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It’s official, up-and-coming Swedish actress Alicia Vikander — who will be everywhere in 2015 and has already appeared in "Son Of A Gun," “Ex Machina,” and “Testament of Youth” — has bagged a leading role opposite Matt Damon in the upcoming fifth ‘Bourne’ film. No word on who she will play, but Vikander was trying to squeeze in both this ‘Bourne’ film, directed by Paul Greengrass, and “Assassin’s Creed,” co-starring her current boyfriend Michael Fassbender. But she couldn’t fit both, so Vikander has elected to star in the already-established franchise. Read More: Alicia Vikander In Talks For The New 'Bourne' Film And 'Assassin's Creed' There is still so much Vikander to come in 2015, including potential Oscar bait performances. There’s Warner Bros’ summer spy offering “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” and she'll hit the awards season with Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” the Weinstein Company’s “Tulip Fever,” and John Wells »
- Edward Davis
An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Vikander was Danish, not Swedish. The post has been updated to reflect the change.
Universal’s fifth Bourne installment is casting up, with Matt Damon set to reprise the role of amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne in a new entry again directed by Paul Greengrass (who helmed the first three Bourne pics). Additionally, Julia Stiles has been recruited to again play Bourne’s ally Nicky Parsons. Now, it’s been officially confirmed by Deadline that Ex Machina breakout Alicia Vikander, previously in talks for a key role, has signed on for the tentpole.
The site simultaneously reports that the Swedish actress, who has been courted by just about every major studio in the wake of her star-making performance as A.I. Ava in Alex Garland’s sci-fi hit, will not be appearing in the Assassin’s Creed adaptation alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
Best Actor could once again (as it almost always is these days) be an ultra-competitive race full of some of major A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper (going for his fourth nomination in a row), Robert Redford (who has never won for acting, and is coming off that "All Is Lost" snub) Michael Fassbender (with three juicy roles), Jake Gyllenhaal (with two, and coming off not being nominated for "Nightcrawler") and Don Cheadle -- all of whom have never won -- have films coming out this year that scream Oscar (at least on paper) and all of them are due. They might have to compete against someone who is definitely not due, though, as Eddie Redmayne could be in the running again for his role as a transgender artist in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl." Could Eddie Redmayne be the next Tom Hanks or Spencer Tracy, »
- Peter Knegt
“Everybody’s very, very nervous,” runs the most memorable lyrical refrain in “London Road,” and one imagines the filmmakers found themselves singing it often. An avant-garde musical based on the recorded testimonies of concerned residents following the Ipswich serial murders of 2006, Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s unique piece was a bold enough proposition for the U.K.’s National Theatre a few years ago, let alone for the bigscreen. Yet while Rufus Norris’ stage production was an unlikely triumph, its film adaptation — in the same helmer’s hands — emerges as something of a curate’s egg. Though performed with stalwart conviction by an ensemble including Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy, Blythe’s much-celebrated verbatim technique translates in surprisingly mannered fashion to camera, while Norris’ season-based visual treatment of the material cloys. Commercial appeal beyond Blighty is limited; even at home, this may prove a “Road” less traveled.
Local auds, »
- Guy Lodge
Read More: Kit Harington on His 'Naughty' 'Game of Thrones' Cast and Going Full-Blown Romantic for 'Testament of Youth' It would behoove any cinephile to learn Alicia Vikander's name, and learn it quickly. The Swedish actor first hit the states in Joe Wright's 2012 "Anna Karenina" and since then she's been working non-stop on an avalanche of films that all hit theaters this year. Earlier this year, she played the robot Ava in Alex Garland's directorial debut, "Ex Machina." Later on this year, she'll appear alongside Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," which she couldn't yet discuss. At the moment, she's taking on one of England's most revered World War I memoirists, Vera Brittain in "Testament of Youth." During the "Testament of Youth" press day earlier this week, Vikander welcomed me with a warm smile and, as I prepared to sit across from her at a lengthy table, »
- Casey Cipriani
“Ex Machina” star and undeniable Hollywood “It” girl Alicia Vikander stars on one of three new covers of Interview magazine touting “Hollywood’s New Heavies,” in TheWrap’s exclusive first look. Two alternate covers feature her “Ex Machina” costar Domhnall Gleeson and actor Jai Courtney. Vikander’s “Anna Karenina” director Joe Wright penned her cover interview, in which they discussed several high-profile films Vikander will release this year including Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Light Between Two Oceans” costarring Michael Fassbender and Tom Hooper‘s “Les Miserables” follow-up “The Danish Girl.” “Do you get worried about that, »
- Matt Donnelly
British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.
Oscar-winners Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech and Les Misérables, and James Marsh, who was behind Man On Wire and The Theory Of Everything, have endorsed the licence fee and the BBC’s contribution to the UK creative industries.
“The BBC inspires, informs, provokes and entertains, not for profit but to enrich and deepen our appreciation and understanding of the world. We should cherish and celebrate all that it stands for,” Yates said.
The board of Directors UK voted unanimously to support the campaign and chief executive Andrew Chowns said: “The BBC should be celebrated as a place that inspires our brightest television talent and empowers them to achieve »
Focus Features will certainly have a timely player in the race later this year in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," starring Eddie Redmayne. But the studio, which has seen great Oscar luck in recent years with films like "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Theory of Everything," will also be looking to find some room for Sara Gavron's drama "Suffragette," centered on early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the turn of the 20th Century. This one could also be seen as timely, given the current landscape of income inequality. The film was written (Abi Morgan), produced (Aloson Owen, Faye Ward) and directed by women as well, it should be noted. Meanwhile, it has also been tapped to open the BFI London Film Festival. The way I hear it from someone who saw the movie back when it was being shopped around for a buyer, Carey Mulligan is »
- Kristopher Tapley
Eddie Redmayne is keeping busy since winning his Oscar for "The Theory of Everything." The Brit star has now been tapped by Warner Bros. to play Hogwarts alumnus Newt Scamander in the "Harry Potter" prequel "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," to be released November 18, 2016 in 3D and IMAX. "Fantastic Beasts" will mark author J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut, and will be directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four "Potter" pictures. David Heyman, who oversaw the entirety of the eight-film franchise topped by "Deathly Hallows - Part 2" in 2011, will produce this prequel set 70 years before "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Obviously, Warner Bros. wants to keep this money-making property alive. This Fall, Redmayne stars in Tom Hooper's Oscar hopeful "The Danish Girl" as 1900s trans pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1930s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has been cast as Newt Scamander in Warner Bros. Pictures’ much-anticipated wizarding world adventure Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated the movie for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
In making the announcement, Silverman said, “Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors. We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know »
- Michelle McCue
As Warner Bros. prepares to begin production on the their Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for it's November 2016 release, they've officially confirmed Eddie Redmayne as the lead in the film. Come inside to learn more and see their official statements.
David Yates is preparing to re-enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter with the upcoming spin-off, penned by J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rumors about Eddie Redmayne joining the film as Newt Scamander, the lead character in the film and the author of the text book from which the movie derives its name, started up a little be ago, and now the studio has confirmed it. This marks the film's first official casting, but with the film set to hit theaters on November 18, 2016, expect more to happen soon as they prepare to film the thing. Check out the official press release »
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“It was a working and learning experience,” says Copenhagen Film Fund CEO Thomas Gammeltoft of The Danish Girl with Working TItle and Universal. “We want to collaborate in a way that the money ends up on screen. We are learning how we can make this perfect experience for all of us.”
The Fund is currently doing a “benchmark analysis” of costs and plans for productions across the Ireland, UK, Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic and will publish the results of the study in August.
From 2016 to 2018, the Fund’s coffers could double from Euros 5m every two years to Euros 5m every year. The Fund covers »
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Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
In early April, it was announced that Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) is Warner Bros.' top choice to take on the lead role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. At the time, no former offer had been made to the actor by the studio. Today, it is being widely reported that Eddie Redmayne has entered talks to officially take on the role.
J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter universe, has completed the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The story takes place long before Harry and his friends ever arrived at Hogwarts, and follows Scamander as he sets out to write a text book about all of the fantastical creatures living in the real world, undetected by mankind. The movie will be set a full 70 years before the original movie franchise.
David Yates, who directed four of the »
A month ago, we learned that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) was Warner Bros.’ top choice to play adventuring hero Newt Scamander in Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but now it appears that the British thesp has entered into official talks for the lead role.
When Redmayne’s name first came up in association with the high-profile project, J.K. Rowling had not yet completed the first draft of her screenplay for the franchise-launching pic, which takes place in New York 70 years before the Harry Potter movies and centers on the travels of a magizoologist whose eventual textbook (the source of the title) would go on to become required reading for Hogwarts students.
- Isaac Feldberg
As Variety first reported, Redmayne was the front-runner for the role and was intrigued by the part but wanted to wait for a finished script before committing. Insiders say that now that the script has been delivered, he is very happy with what he has read.
Though director David Yates may be considering a few other actors, it’s looking like Redmayne has the inside track.
WB declined to comment on this story.
Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. »
- Justin Kroll
The actress, who has been getting rave reviews for her performance in Alex Garland’s sci-fi film, will take the lead in the project for James Ponsoldt, the director behind The Spectacular Now and Smashed.
The Circle is based on a 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, and tells the story of a college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a tech-producing company, before she catches the eye, and affections, of the owner, played by Hanks.
- Scott J. Davis
Actress Alicia Vikander is all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. She’s outstanding in Alex Garland’s tremendous sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, and fresh off that film’s success, she’s signing on to lead a very promising sounding project. Image Nation announced today that Vikander has signed on to star in The Circle, based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel of the same name. The story revolves around a recent college graduate who gets a job at a powerful tech company called The Circle. While there, she strikes up a relationship with the company’s charismatic co-founder. The role of the co-founder will be played by none other than Mr. Tom Hanks, who is also onboard to produce. If that didn’t make this project enticing enough, The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt is penning the screenplay and directing, with production set to begin this August in California. »
- Adam Chitwood
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