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Director Tim Burton is preparing to go into production on his next film, which is an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City 2) is already set to play the title character, and now the director is looking to cast Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield as the other lead.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says, "Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he's Burton's choice for the coveted role."
The story follows a teenager who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them.
If Butterfield gets the part, he would play 16-year-old Jacob Portman, "who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a 'hollow,' a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. »
- Joey Paur
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is now accepting enrollment. Eva Green is already aboard, and now Asa Butterfield ("Hugo," "Ender's Game") is being eyed to join her. Based on the book by Ransom Rigg, the story follows "a teenager who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them." Production will begin in February. [The Wrap] Liam Neeson is joining "Ted 2" because… why not. He'll join Morgan Freeman in Seth MacFarlane's sequel to his comedy smash that will hopefully be funnier than his Oscar gig and "A Million Ways To Die In The West." [EW] Michael Pena will join Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in Ridley Scott's "The Martian." Based on the book by Andy Weir, the film centers on "an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
According to TheWrap, Tim Burton is looking for Ender’s Game and Hugo star Asa Butterfield to headline his upcoming adaptation of Ransom Bigg’s bestselling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Butterfield has not been given an official offer yet, but Butterfield is reportedly “Burton’s choice for the coveted role” of 16 year-old Jacob Portman, who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures that are hunting them. Here’s a long description courtesy of TheWrap:
Should Butterfield get the offer, he would play 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather’s past after he’s murdered by a “hollow,” a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. He quickly meets a young girl named Emma who can control fire, and via a time loop, she introduces him to Miss Peregrine and a group of peculiar children with special abilities, »
- James Garcia
The Ender's Game star has not been offered the role, but The Wrap reports that he will be imminently.
The story centres around Miss Peregrine and a group of supernaturally powered children she is fighting to protect.
Butterfield is in line for the role of 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who is thrown into the strange world after his grandfather is murdered by a monster.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will be released on March 4, 2016. »
We’ve got some casting news worth noting. Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Asa Butterfield is being eyed to lead Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Michael Pena is in early negotiations to join Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Natalie Dormer is locked to lead Patient Zero for Stefan Ruzowitzky. Hit the jump for more on all three films. First up we’ve got Butterfield for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He hasn’t received an offer for the role just yet, but The Wrap reports that it’ll likely happen soon. Should Butterfield accept, he’ll play Jacob Portman, a 16-year-old boy who makes his way to a mysterious island where he finds what remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Now it’s up to Jacob to protect the school full of orphans with special powers from »
- Perri Nemiroff
Apparently they didn't have the make-up to turn Johnny Depp into a 16-year-old boarding school student, so "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" star Asa Butterfield is Tim Burton's top choice for the lead in the upcoming "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Based on Ransom Riggs's best selling fantasy novel, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" follows 16-year-old boy Jacob as he investigates his grandfather's paranormal murder, meets a firestarter named Emma, and travels back in time to 1940 to miss the titular caretaker. The "peculiar children" are like a Hogwartsian spin on the X-Men, each with their own super-powered gifts. The Wrap reports that, if deals go down the way they're predicted to, Butterfield will take on the role of Jacob alongside Eva Green's Miss Peregrine. The disappointing returns of "Frankenweenie" and "Dark Shadows" aren't keeping Burton down. The gothic auteur's next film, "Big Eyes," is looking like »
- Matt Patches
It was probably just a matter of time before Asa Butterfield caught Tim Burton‘s eye. The kid just looks like a Tim Burton character, with his pale skin, dark hair, skinny limbs, and big eyes. And now he may get to be one for real, as Burton is looking to cast him in Miss Peregrine’s […]
- Angie Han
Exclusive: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul
Morgan Matthews’ drama X+Y, about a socially awkward but highly intelligent teenager who finds new confidence when he is selected for the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, was acquired up from Bankside.
The Dark Horse, based on the true story of New Zealand’s troubled genius chess champion Genesis Potini, was picked up from Seville International.
Both films are set for early 2015 releases.
Also due out in 2015 will be Austrian horror Goodnight Mommy, acquired through Films Distribution.
The story surrounds a pair of twins who start to doubt their mother’s identity when she »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Danny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
The story focuses on an unprecedented global rabies pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species - violence-addicted predators. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt to find a cure. [Source: Deadline]
Liam Neeson has scored a role in Seth MacFarlane's upcoming sequel to his hit comedy "Ted". Both Neeson and his "Batman Begins" co-star Morgan Freeman have been on the set to film this week. MacFarlane is returning to helm, co-write the script and voice the ribald title character. [Source: Twitter]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
- Garth Franklin
With Eva Green already set to play the title character in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield is circling a pivotal role. The actor doesn't have an official offer at this time, but The Wrap reveals that he is director Tim Burton's choice for the role.
If his deal comes together, Asa Butterfield will play 16-year-old Jacob Portman. Jacob goes on a quest to seek the truth about his grandfather's past, after he is murdered by a "hollow," an evil creature that Jacob only thought to be imaginary. He meets up with a young girl named Emma, who has the ability to control fire, and introduces Jacob to Miss Peregrine and other children with extraordinary abilities.
Tim Burton’s pending adaptation for 20th Century Fox, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, may have found its lead in Ender’s Game star, Asa Butterfield. According to The Wrap, the actor is being strongly considered for the lead role:
While Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he’s Burton’s choice for the coveted role.
Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, the film has already snagged Eva Green (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) for the titular role. If Butterfield bags the part, he’ll play 16-year old Jacob Portman, “who seeks the truth about his grandfather’s past after he’s murdered by a “hollow,” a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. He quickly meets a young girl named Emma who can control fire, and via a time loop, she »
- Gem Seddon
With Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz poised to hit theaters this winter, director Tim Burton now has his focused on his forthcoming adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 20th Century Fox recently pushed the film back again to March 4th, 2016, but it sounds like that's not stopping Burton from getting the cast together as The Wrap reports Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender's Game, is wanted to lead the film about 16-year old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. But in his search for the truth, Jacob meets a girl names Emma who can control fire, and takes him through some kind of time loop where he encounters a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live »
- Ethan Anderton
After starring in three movie adaptations of acclaimed novels, Asa Butterfield is poised for a fourth, as he's being eyed to star in Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. While Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he's Burton's choice for the coveted role. 20th Century Fox is fully financing and distributing the movie, which will be produced by Chernin Entertainment. Production is scheduled to start in February, as the film is slated to hit. »
- Jeff Sneider
One of the biggest sleeper hits of the Toronto International Film Festival this September was the British coming-of-age drama X + Y. In the film, Asa Butterfield plays Nathan Ellis, an autistic teen hoping to land a berth in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Co-starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and newcomer Jo Yang as Zhang Mei, a Chinese girl who befriends Nathan, the film received accolades and much enthusiasm from its opening night crowd.
Earlier this week, I had the chance to sat down with director Morgan Matthews and the two young stars of X + Y during Tiff to discuss their new film. They spoke about the young man who inspired Asa’s character, shooting in Taipei and, ahem, eating stinky tofu.
Check it out below and enjoy!
What drove you make a documentary about the Math Olympiad in the first place? How did that turn into a feature film?
- Jordan Adler
Directed by Morgan Matthews.
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
An autistic boy is in a fatal car accident which results in the death of his father who was extremely attentive and good to him; he is discovered to have a talent for mathematics and is taught by a teacher who suffers from multiple sclerosis. A disconnect exists between the son and mother but not from a lacking of trying on her part as she is desperate to establish an emotional bond with her socially awkward child.
At the centre of the story is the International Mathematics Olympiad where the high school student attempts to be one of the six participants which will represent the UK. »
- Trevor Hogg
, “X+Y” zeroes in on a young math whiz who only gradually comprehends the basics of establishing relationships with other people. Deconstructionist critics and mainstream moviegoers alike may find it difficult not to reference “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “David and Lisa” while describing the movie to potential ticketbuyers. But even though such comparisons are hardly inapt, director Morgan Matthews’ debut fiction feature — inspired by his acclaimed 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” — proves potent on its own terms as a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes.
Much like its nonfiction predecessor, “X+Y” focuses on student competitors in the Intl. Mathematics Olympiad (Imo). In concert with scripter James Graham, Matthews has spun off a scenario about a character not unlike one of the more memorable subjects in “Beautiful Young Minds,” a neurodevelopmentally challenged math prodigy named Daniel Lightwing.
In the world according to “X+Y, »
- Joe Leydon
There are not many films made about kids like Nathan Ellis. Sure, the story of a young social outsider trying to break out of his shell is not a unique one (as I wrote about in my review for fellow Tiff selection Wet Bum), but Nathan is autistic and has a very deliberate way of doing things. For instance, he cannot order chicken balls from the local Chinese restaurant unless the number of balls he gets is a prime number. Besides his picky eating, Nathan gets distracted by noise and has a hard time working in a room with a ticking clock or other students tapping their fingers on a desk loudly. He fears handshakes, is unable to understand the social cues involved with that greeting gesture, and calms himself by saying the Fibonacci sequence out loud.
Few films focus on boys who can be coldly sincere, their personality almost hidden from view. »
- Jordan Adler
Size definitely mattered for the teenage stars of "Ender's Game" ... who had a mine's-bigger-than-yours attitude on the set ... at least as far as their dressing room trailers were concerned. Both Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld made sure they didn't get stuck with a dinky or crappy trailer ... by including specific language in their minor's contracts. Studios are required to file these with the court for all actors under 18. According to the legal docs obtained by »
- TMZ Staff
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, and for the past few years, the pleasure of the arrival of crisp air and turning leaves has been increased, because it means that London Film Festival time has come around again. Though the public festival runs for 12 days — this year it’s October 8th though 19th — for the press it runs for a full month. (Press screenings will start on September 22nd.) It is a veritable orgy of cinema, and I love it. It’s exhausting, but I love it.
Yesterday morning the full program for the 58th BFI London Film Festival was announced. I already knew that two of my most anticipated films of the fall were on the slate: The Imitation Game, Headhunters director Morten Tyldum’s film about Alan Turing and the WWII Enigma codebreaking project, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the mathematician; and Fury, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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