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Though it hit a recent bump in the road with the departure of director Fredrik Bond, Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen got right back on track with Babak Najafi taking his place behind the megaphone. And the cast has just expanded by one, with Jackie Earle Haley signing on.Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are behind the script for this one, which finds Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Aaron Eckhart’s President Benjamin Asher, Angela Bassett’s Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs and Morgan Freeman’s Speaker Trumbull among those who travel to London to attend the funeral of the Prime Minister. But when it turns out that there’s a dastardly plot afoot to assassinate world leaders, Mike will have to team up with a distrustful MI6 agent, prove that the fictional Secret Service is not as slipshod as the real one at the moment, »
Us Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) and his team will be heading to London to stop a new terrorist threat.
The film will revolve around a plot involving a strike in London during the funeral of the British Prime Minister.
Although no character details have been revealed for the character, Haley will play Deputy Chief Mason.
Haley can next be seen in Criminal Activities in »
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler (Secret Service Agent Mike Banning), Aaron Eckhart (President Benjamin Asher), Morgan Freeman (Speaker Of the House Trumbull), Radha Mitchell (Leah), Angela Bassett (Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs) and Melissa Leo (Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan) are all reprising their roles for the sequel, with Jackie Earle Haley becoming the first new casting addition. He will portray Deputy Chief Mason, although no further character details were given.
The story brings the action to London, as Banning and Trumbull accompany President Asher to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister, where a deadly plot is uncovered to kill all of the world's leaders in one fell swoop.
Babak Najafi (Easy Money: Hard to Kill) stepped »
Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley (“Little Children,” “Watchmen”) has closed a deal to join “London Has Fallen,” the sequel to last year's sleeper hit “Olympus Has Fallen” that's being mounted by Focus Features and Millennium Films, TheWrap has learned. Babak Najafi (“Easy Money II”) is directing the movie, which will reunite original stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell. Also read: JFK Drama ‘Parkland’ Adds Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Ron Livingston to Complete Ensemble Butler returns as a U.S. Secret Service agent tasked with stopping a terrorist threat — this time overseas. »
- Jeff Sneider
London Has Fallen is the surprise sequel to the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen, which managed to beat the similarly themed White House Down at the box office, despite that film taking on stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. However, it hasn’t been a smooth road for London Has Fallen, with original director Antoine Fuqua unable to continue the series due to post-production work on The Equalizer, and then Fredrik Bond leaving the project just 4 weeks before principal photography was due to start. Now it looks as though Focus Features has found their man in the form of Swedish director Babak Najafi, the man who gave us Easy Money II: Hard To Kill.
Set in London (obviously), the film sees world leaders attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. This is obviously the perfect time for nefarious evildoers to attempt murders and badness. Enter Gerard Butler as the head of the secret service, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
As unlikely as it may seem (or maybe not, when you consider the surprisingly high box office receipts), Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart’s White House takeover pic Olympus Has Fallen will be getting an equally ludicrous, action-packed sequel with the upcoming London Has Fallen. And despite Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua and Charlie Countryman filmmaker Fredrik Bond both backing away from the project over its creative direction, Millenium Films isn’t giving up. Now, we’re hearing that Scandinavian director Babak Najafi is being eyed to take the reins.
Though he’s hardly a household name, Najafi has a solid resume and is best known for directing Joel Kinnaman in another sequel, Easy Money II: Hard to Kill. He has also helmed episodes of the action-packed Cinemax series Banshee and made his debut on the acclaimed drama Sebbe. According to Deadline, Najafi is the favorite to helm London Has Fallen, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Earlier this month, we reported that Fredrik Bond parted ways with the upcoming Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen due to creative differences. Today, Millennium has announced that Easy Money: Hard to Kill director Babak Najafi is close to making a deal to take the director's seat.
The sequel is set in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head, and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
The project will begin shooting next month with stars Morgan Freeman, »
Despite powerful forward moment after Olympus Has Fallen won victory in the Battle Of The White House Action Films last year, sequel London Has Fallen stumbled recently when director Fredrik Bond decided to quit. But it appears that star Gerard Butler and the producers already have their eyes on a replacement, with Easy Money II: Hard To Kill’s Babak Najafi entering talks for the job.With Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of a British Prime Minister.World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a »
At some point or another, every major international filmmaker gets the itch to broaden their audience and work with big (or biggish) names for a film that, at least in part, is in the English language. The latest director to experiment away from their native tongue is Pascal Ferran, who made a splash eight years ago with her three-hour French adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley." "Bird People," which is in large part in English, and features a number of recognizable faces, including Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and "The Wire" actor (and director) Clark Johnson, has its vocal champions here in Cannes, but we were legitimately puzzled by the film, which combines a drab, enervating English-language first half with a better, but still not entirely successful, second that marks a major departure from what's come before. After a brief prologue in which Ferran delves into the thoughts of passengers on a train, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Comedy A Month of Sundays will be the next film from the production arm of distributor Madman.
While Felony was not written by Saville – lead actor Joel Edgerton was the writer – he will direct A Month of Sundays from his own script, which draws on personal experience: his father was a real estate agent and so is this film’s lead character, to be played by Anthony Lapaglia.
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Screen Australia today announced investment of nearly. $965,000 for three films and a feature documentary, estimated to generate more than $6.8 million of production.
Fiona Cameron, Screen Australia.s chief operating officer, said, .This round we have backed a diverse collection of projects that promises audiences an amusing, informative and imaginative experience with innovative narratives and vivid characters..
The film follows real estate agent Frank Mollard (played by Anthony Lapaglia), whose life takes an unexpected turn when he receives a call from his dead mother, sending him on a journey of redemption.
WildBear Entertainment will receive completion funding for Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films, Mark Hartley's doco about movie-obsessed immigrant cousins, Yoram Globus and the late Menahem Golan, »
- Staff writer
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax
Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades Of Grey," "The Fall") has joined the cast of Alex Aja’s psychological thriller "The 9th Life Of Louis Drax" at Miramax. Max Minghella makes his screenwriting debut on the project.
The story follows a doctor who is drawn into a mystery surrounding the near-death experience of a young boy. Shooting will commence in October in Vancouver. [Source: Screen]
Legendary comics creator Stan Lee has joined the cast of Kevin Smith's action comedy "Yoga Hosers". Johnny Depp, and both Depp and Smith's teenage daughters star, as does much of the cast of Smith's upcoming horror film "Tusk" and actors like Adam Brody, Natasha Lyonne and Tyler Posey.
The story follows the adventures of two 15-year-old girls from Manitoba who go into battle after an ancient evil returns, teaming with Montreal legend Guy Lapointe (Depp) for a Yoga-infused offense. [Source: Twitter]
- Garth Franklin
Film Victoria is investing $1.14 million in three features and five TV projects through its new assigned production investment program.
Combined these projects will create employment for around 400 creatives, cast and crew and generate an estimated $11.8 million in production expenditure in the State, according to CEO Jenni Tosi.
.Under our assigned production investment program, which came into effect in July, Film Victoria.s equity, copyright and recoupment position is assigned to the producer, giving screen production businesses access to an increased level of returns and a greater financial capacity to develop new ideas and expand their output,. she said.
.The diversity of projects in this round reflects the significant production activity taking place in Victoria right now . activity that is being driven by our talented local screen practitioners." The projects are: Downriver, Happening Films Jannine Barnes, producer Grant Scicluna, writer/director
The plot follows a teenager, James (Reef Ireland) who serves »
- Don Groves
Hong Kong – Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge,” “Mission: Impossible II”) and Radha Mitchell (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “Silent Hill”) take the lead roles in “Looking for Grace,” an Australian drama now in production under director Sue Brooks (“Japanese Story”).
Involving a lengthy drive across the wheat country of West Australia, the film is a story of a family pulling in different directions after their 15 year old daughter empties the safe and runs away to see her favorite band.
Producers are Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor and Alison Tilson, and executive producers are Antonio and Benjamin Zeccola of Australian distributor Palace Films. Hong Kong’s Fortissimo Films will handle international sales.
Finance partners include Screen West, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Melbourne International Film Festival Film Fund and Fulcrum Media Finance. »
- Patrick Frater
The cast includes Terry Norris as the retired cop, Julia Blake as his wife and Tasma Walton. The plot follows the couple and their helper as they head off on the road to Ceduna to try to retrieve Grace.
The investors include Screen West, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the »
- Don Groves
What seemed like an impossible idea before last year’s financial victory over fellow terrorism thriller White House Down is closer to becoming a reality. The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just locked in a director. Fredrik Bond, who last shot Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, will marshal the madness.With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of our Prime Minister. World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a seismic change to the world order. Only Banning, the Prez and a distrustful MI »
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, President of the United States Benjamin Asher and Speaker of the House Trumbull, who all head to London to attend the funeral of the U.K. Prime Minister. A plot unfolds, using this event to kill all of the world's leaders and "unleash a terrifying vision of the future."
Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart, Sequestro) wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was originally crafted by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. Production is slated to begin in October.
Lucy Fry will play Alexis, the most popular girl in school who becomes the apple of a young drug dealer’s eye in Joe Castelo‘s film. The Preppie Connection follows a group of private school students who ran a drug ring during the early 1980s. The ring is spearheaded by Toby, one of the lower-class scholarship candidates at the school, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to work his way into the popular-kid clique, which includes Alexis. Production began this week on Staten Island. Fry recently wrapped Blumhouse/Universal’s 6 Miranda Drive starring Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell and Matt Walsh. She […] »
Radha Mitchell plays Lizzie, a woman who has been trying to conceive a child with her husband for years and has almost given up hope. But, when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) gets pregnant on a one night stand, Andie offers to have the baby and give it to Lizzie. Lizzie accepts but on one condition, Andie must move in with her and her husband for the duration of the pregnancy. Will their friendship survive until the birth? Will the relationship troubles between Lizzie and her husband affect their performance as parents?
Expecting is advertised as a comedy drama, a comedrama? A dramedy? I am not sure that either of those words exist but I would definitely say that it is more drama than comedy. The moments that made me »
- Richard Axtell
Exclusive: Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
The story centres on a pair of siblings at a secluded mountain farm who decide not to tell anyone when their mother dies, leaving them orphans. In the coming days they must deal with sinister visitors. Stephen T Barton and Blunder co-wrote the screenplay. Blunder also produced.
“We are excited to collaborate with 108 Media to release this jarring, incredibly cinematic film with its creative and unpredictable storytelling,” said Arc’s head of acquisitions Scott Moesta. “We are proud to distribute the film on all platforms.”
Moesta brokered the deal with 108 Media’s Jordan Nutson on behalf of the filmmakers.
108 has closed deals with Japan (New Select), pan-Asia (Astro) and Scandinavia (Take One). Deals are understood to be in the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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