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Here are two films from the Chicago International Film Festival that couldn’t be more different.
First up I was Miss Julie, based on the play of the same title by August Strindber, directed by Liv Ullmann and stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and a pug. The general plot is simple, but the drama and themes, are rich and complex as it focuses on a single night where the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat seduces on of her servants. I’m not just saying this because of Ullmann’s legendary collaborations, but the film really does feel like a modern Ingmar Bergman film, particularly Through a Glass Darkly and Cries and Whispers. It is a highly emotional film about the dichotomy between sex and love and the pressures of class based societies. It is also an excellent actor’s showcase, with three powerful performances.
The next film I »
- Max Molinaro
We’re back here again. It’s been a week full of rumors, as talk swirls about who will be in WB’s next DC movie, Suicide Squad, and whether or not Jena Malone is in Batman v Superman. (As it turns out, she is.) On the Marvel side the talk has all been about Doctor Strange. While […]
- Russ Fischer
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Doctor Strange: With Joaquin Phoenix apparently out of the mix, Marvel is still searching for the right actor to star as Doctor Strange. Reportedly, Colin Farrell (above in Saving Mr. Banks) is the latest possibility, joining Benedict Cumberbatch, along with the recently touted Keanu Reeves, as the leading candidates for the role. Supposedly, others being considered include Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux and Oscar Isaac. The movie is scheduled for release in 2016. [The Wrap] X-Men: Apocalypse: Tom Hardy (in The Drop, above), who played the villainous Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is now being "courted" to star as a villainous, extremely powerful mutant named En Sabah Nur in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. The character was featured...
- Peter Martin
(Cbr) Yet another name has been conjured to potentially lead Marvel Studio’s "Doctor Strange" to the big screen. The Wrap reported Friday that Colin Farrell is now a frontrunner for the Sorcerer Supreme role, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves. The report comes on the heels of this week’s rumor that Ewan McGregor may also be up for the Strange role. This is the first time Farrell — who will soon begin shooting the second season of "True Detective" — has been mentioned as a possible lead for the film. Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke are also apparently interested as well. However, The Wrap’s "Doctor Strange" casting roundup initially also still named Joaquin Phoenix as a frontrunner, despite talks breaking down between Phoenix and Marvel earlier this month. The same report also mentions that aside from once being in contention for Doctor Strange, Tom Hardy »
- Ryan Ingram, Comic Book Resources
Doctor Strange: With Joaquin Phoenix apparently out of the mix, Marvel is still searching for the right actor to star as Doctor Strange. Reportedly Colin Farrell (above in Saving Mr. Banks) is the latest possibility, joining Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves as leading candidates for the role. Supposedly others being considered include Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux and Oscar Isaac. The movie is scheduled for release in 2016. [The Wrap] X-Men: Apocalypse:...
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The casting process for Doctor Strange continues to limp ever onwards, with Colin Farrell the latest name to be linked to Marvel’s favourite sorcerer. According to The Wrap, Farrell is now one of the top names in contention for the role, with Keanu Reeves and Benedict Cumberbatch also thought to be among the frontrunners. The report also claims that Joaquin Phoenix is still in the mix, despite early negotiations having apparently broken down. It is thought he had previously come close to accepting the role, only for the finer points...
- George Wales
Colin Farrell is apparently the latest actor added to the mix when it comes to those being considered for the title role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. He joins names that include Benedict Cumberbatch, Keanu Reeves, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux. Scott Derrickson is directing for a July 8, 2016 release. The Wrap In a new interview director Guillermo del Toro says the first draft of Pacific Rim 2 is completed with an eye to start shooting around November next year. He also adds, "Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies.' So some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one." Collider Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered $10 million to star in the Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation of the Japanese »
- Brad Brevet
Meanwhile Joaquin Phoenix's representative has scotched rumours he will play the neurosurgeon-turned-superhero saying, "talks are dead, dead, dead. A couple of weeks ago they mutually decided to part ways. It was over before the New York Film Festival."
He had previously been in talks before dropping out, but was said to be reconsidering.
A source told The Wrap that Farrell is being considered for the role, and confirmed the news that Reeves is also in the running.
The studio has apparently wanted to work with Benedict Cumberbatch for a while, especially following his appearances in Star Trek Into Darkness, The Imitation Game and 12 Years A Slave. But commitments to Sherlock »
Late last night, TheWrap surprised us all when they reported that Keanu Reeves and Colin Farrell had entered the mix for Doctor Strange. However, they also dropped another rather large piece of news in that report, and that is that Tom Hardy is being courted for X-Men: Apocalypse. Particularly, for the title role, that of En Sabah Nur, who was seen in the post-credit scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Of course, the studio has yet to comment on this and considering that the actor is apparently close to signing on for Suicide Squad, and also had his eye on Doctor Strange at one point, take this with a grain of salt. Obviously, Hardy couldn’t commit to all three franchises and until we hear something official, this is all just speculation for now.
Personally, I’d be most excited to see the actor join Suicide Squad, especially if »
- Matt Joseph
There’s been yet another shift in the seemingly never-ending casting race for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Just a few days ago, we learned that Marvel’s new shortlist included Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke. Then, on Friday, we heard that Ryan Gosling had actually taken a meeting with the studio for the titular role of Sorcerer Supreme.
Now, however, there seems to be a new list of frontrunners, which was reported by TheWrap late Friday night. The new names in Marvel’s crosshairs are apparently Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Benedict Cumberbatch and… Joaquin Phoenix?!
Last we heard, Phoenix had gone so far as to enter final negotiations for the role, but eventually took his name out of the running as he was supposedly uncomfortable with the studio’s demands. The actor’s publicist insists that the talks with Marvel are, “dead dead dead, »
- James Garcia
At one point, Marvel decided that Joaquin Phoenix is the perfect actor to star in its upcoming "Doctor Strange" film. But Phoenix didn't feel comfortable signing a multi-picture deal and eventually dropped out. The studio immediately started searching for his replacement. And now comes word that Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves are all having talks with Marvel. And what's really interesting is that Phoenix had a change of heart and is now once again entered negotiations. According to The Wrap, Cumberbatch is at the top of the list, followed by Farrell and then Reeves. It's not clear where Phoenix stands. But these are all actors that Marvel is pursuing. There are other actors, who actually pushing to be considered, including Jared Leto, Justin Theroux and Oscar Isaac. "Doctor Strange" is set to hit theaters on July 8th, 2016. »
There’s been a few sites chipping in this week with shortlists for the lead role in Doctor Strange – with names such as Ewan McGregor (Star Wars), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ethan Hawke (Sinister), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) bandied about – and now the rumour mill has churned a few more contenders for the upcoming Marvel movie.
According to The Wrap, Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) is still in contention for the part, while Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) remains in the mix along with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers). And following his expression of interest, it’s also said that Marvel is giving some thought to Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
At this point, it’s becoming easier to track which names haven’t been linked to the role »
- Gary Collinson
Stranger things have happened.
They will join several others already being considered including Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and yes—Benedict Cumberbatch. For some unknown reason, TheWrap also mentioned Ryan Gosling’s name out there, but highly doubt he wants to part due to family obligations.
- Gig Patta
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
There was once a time when Marvel's Doctor Strange project was the more stable of the two new Phase 3 films in production, as Ant-Man had a cast but no director at the eleventh hour. While that is a rather problematic scenario to be in, it is perhaps even more of a problem when a director has been selected and there's no cast to put your film into action. This is what Scott Derrickson has to contend with at this point, with the role of Doctor Strange still vacant, but down to three big choices: Colin Farrell, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves. The Wrap has the official betting odds down to three high profile names, though it was four until long time frontrunner Joaquin Phoenix was removed from the running by his representatives. The three names still in play are previously hinted contenders Keanu Reeves and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as »
We’ve already got Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke in the mix for Doctor Strange. Why not add another name to the ever-growing list? Not only is it being reported that Colin Farrell is in consideration for the title role, but that Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the race as well. Hit the jump for more on who’s supposedly in and out. Doctor Strange is due in theaters on July 8, 2016. This latest report comes from The Wrap with the outlet initially claiming that both Cumberbatch and Joaquin Phoenix are still “very much in the mix.” However, soon after publishing the article, The Wrap added an update from Phoenix’s publicist insisting that his negotiations are “dead dead dead. A couple of weeks ago they mutually decided to part ways. It was over before the New York Film Festival.” Does »
- Perri Nemiroff
Is there a man in Hollywood not already connected to the Marvel cinematic Universe that isn't being looked at for Doctor Strange? With Joaquin Phoenix's publicists confirming that all talks with the actor are dead, Marvel and Disney are casting a wide net to find their Stephen Strange. Today, they are adding Colin Farrell to a shortlist that has grown to become very long.
Previously rumored Benedict Cumberbatch is said to be at the top of this want list, and The Wrap confirms that Keanu Reeves is now officially in the mix after he publicly talked about the role with the press earlier in the week.
Marvel has no comment at this time, and its not known when we can expect an announcement.
If Farrell takes the part, he could jump into the role right after he wraps production on the second season of HBO's anthology series "True Detective" early next year. Marvel wants Cumberbatch as well but his scheduling may prove a major issue.
Joaquin Phoenix's publicist insists any talk of the actor playing the role is "dead dead dead. A couple of weeks ago they mutually decided to part ways. It was over before the New York Film Festival." »
- Garth Franklin
The endless back and forth of super-hero casting speculation continues. Marvel studios has a release date strategy for “Dr. Strange." They have a script and a director, Scott Derrickson, in place. But they don't have a leading man yet, though they reportedly came close with Joaquin Phoenix before talks broke down. Now another new actor has emerged as a possible contender: Colin Farrell, who’s moving back up in the world after scoring a key role on the second season of “True Detective.” But apparently Phoenix is still in the conversation, as is Benedict Cumberbatch, who has mentioned for the role months ago. Other actors in contention? Keanu Reeves is apparently a legit player (beyond recent rumors) and Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, and Oscar Isaac all apparently want the rpart. Tom Hardy was mentioned early on, but apparently Fox is now eyeing him to play the titular villain of their "X-Men: Apocalypse. »
- Edward Davis
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