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London — Benicio Del Toro, who looks set to play the baddie in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” will be the good guy at the Sarajevo Film Festival next month, when he will receive the Bosnian festival’s Heart of Sarajevo Award for his contribution to the art of cinema.
Del Toro will present Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s drama “A Perfect Day,” in which he has a starring role alongside Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko, at the festival’s open-air screening venue, where Del Toro will receive the award in front of a 3,000-strong crowd. The film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
The actor will also hold a master class for the participants of Talents Sarajevo, a networking and training platform »
- Leo Barraclough
Seeing Benicio Del Toro in a Star Wars movie would be out of this world! According to multiple reports, the 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor is being for a role in Episode VII. The character is likely a villain. Disney and Lucasfilm do not comment on casting negotiations. "Discussions are still in the very early stages, but Disney and Lucasfilm are high on the Oscar-winning Traffic star," The Wrap's Jeff Sneider wrote after breaking the news Monday. Insiders told Variety that "the studio was going after A-list talent for the role" and met with Joaquin Phoenix regarding the role. Del Toro was previously considered for a major role in another franchise: Khan in Star Trek Into »
Benicio Del Toro has been offered the main villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII by Disney and LucasFilm. The Wrap reports that discussions are in very early stages, but the actor is Disney's top choice for the role. Neither Disney nor LucasFilm had any comment about the potential casting, and no details were given for the character.
If Benicio Del Toro does sign on, he will be the first confirmed cast member for Star Wars 8, which will be written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is believed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) will reprise their roles in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, but that has yet to be confirmed. Production is expected to begin early next year, with the studios already setting a May 26, 2017 release date.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is only 5 months away, Rogue One begins filming in a few weeks, but now we're already hearing rumblings about casting for Rian Johnson's Episode VIII! It's a good time for Star Wars fans, and supposedly Benicio Del Toro will be joining up as a villain.
The Disney Star Wars machine is really starting to show how it's going to come around. While fans felt like the wait for The Force Awakens has been a wasteland of waiting, it's all about to change. Next month, (August 3rd or 5th from what we've been hearing), Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will begin filming. That's Two Star Wars films we'll be getting more information on over the next coupel months, but on top of that, Episode VIII isn't that far behind either.
With a release date moved back into May, it's coming only six months after Rogue One, »
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Multiple sources are telling TheWrap that Benicio del Toro, who won an Oscar for his performance in Traffic, has been offered the main villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Rian Johnson (Looper) has closed a deal to direct for Lucasfilm and Disney.
Discussions are still in early stages for the acclaimed actor, who is well-versed in everything Disney thanks to his part as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but execs are reportedly euphoric about handing over the role of a key antagonist to del Toro.
Disney and Lucasfilm went after an A-list actor for the role – Joaquin Phoenix was also a contender, but he passed on the role. Interestingly, del Toro was at one point rumored to be playing antagonist Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness – but we all remember how that one turned out.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Benicio del Toro has the offer to play the villain in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” multiple individuals familiar with casting process have told TheWrap. Discussions are still in the very early stages, but Disney and Lucasfilm are high on the Oscar-winning “Traffic” star. A representative for Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Del Toro would be a strong fit for the sci-fi sequel, as he’s able to conjure menace on a whim. He’d also continue “Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams’ diverse vision for the “Star Wars” universe that will be led by John Boyega, »
- Jeff Sneider
More than a decade after Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” took on U.S. drug policy, popular culture is once again turning a jaundiced eye toward the government’s failed efforts to stanch the flow of narcotics.
On the bigscreen, the documentary “Cartel Land” and the thriller “Escobar: Paradise Lost” present parallel stories of vigilantism and criminality, all of it fueled by America’s insatiable appetite for marajuana, cocaine, heroin and other illicit pleasures.
In book stores, Don Winslow, the crack novelist behind “Savages,” is criss-crossing the porous border between Mexico and the U.S. to examine the intractable standoff between cops and drug barons in “The Cartel.” The picture that emerges in each of these works is of rampant lawlessness, shocking violence and dysfunctional policies that have done nothing to reduce illegal drug consumption.
“The war on drugs is a disaster,” Winslow told Variety. “For 45 years we’ve been doing »
- Brent Lang
Deadline is reporting that Disney has snapped up an untitled pitch from Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), who is set to write and direct an adventure film based around the English naturalist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin.
The site reports that the movie will likely focus on Darwin’s formative years, where he embarked on a five year voyage to South America aboard the Hms Beagle.
Darwin appeared on the big screen as recently as 2009, with Paul Bettany portraying him in the biographical drama Creation, while he also featured in Aardman Animations’ The Pirates! Band of Misfits, where he was voiced by David Tennant.
- Gary Collinson
In 2009, Paul Bettany starred as revolutionary naturalist Charles Darwin in Creation, which told of his struggles writing On the Origin of Species, and his grief following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie. The film, based on a biography by Darwin’s great-great grandson, made just over half a million pounds worldwide.
Now, Walt Disney Studios is to attempt to reanimate the scientist in a new movie. Stephen Gaghan – whose previous script credits include Traffic and Syriana – is on board to direct from his own screenplay. He is currently about to direct Matthew McConaughey in a mining drama, Gold.
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- Catherine Shoard
Well, I can't say that I saw This coming! Walt Disney Pictures has just acquired an untitled pitch that writer Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) will pen and direct. While details are scarce, Deadline reports that the movie is being molded into an adventure film featuring Charles Darwin. While the English naturalist and geologist is best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, evidently he was a... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Charles Darwin doesn.t seem like he would be the prime candidate to spotlight an adventure movie, but, then again, Abraham Lincoln didn.t seem like a vampire hunter. The scientist famous for developing the theory of evolution is said to be the face of a new movie that Disney is close to snagging that will send the famed scientist on a whirlwind trip. Deadline was first to report the news of the new Darwin adventure flick . a phrase I.d never thought I.d be writing . and details are extremely limited - including the title of the project. However, we do know that Stephen Gaghan, the mind behind the screenplays for Traffic, Syriana, The Alamo and Rules of Engagement, penned the script that caught the eye of the Mouse House. As the trade notes, Darwin took a nod from Indiana Jones in exploring and answers questions about the world. »
Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.
The studio acquired an untitled pitch from Gaghan, whose credits include writing the Oscar-winning “Traffic” and directing “Syriana” from his own script. Gaghan is in pre-production to direct Black Bear Pictures’ mining drama “Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey.
Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist, established that all species of life have descended from common ancestors in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.”
Jeremy Thomas produced a Darwin movie, 2009’s “Creation,” starring real-life spouses Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. That film, directed by Jon Amiel, focused on Darwin and his family as he struggled to finish “On the Origin of Species.”
Gaghan is »
- Dave McNary
Traffic writer-director Stephen Gaghan has apparently found a home away from home in the unexplored natural world. He’s currently in pre-production on Gold, a mining drama with Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Williams that will take place in the depths of the Indonesian jungle. And now, the Oscar winner has closed a deal with Disney to write and eventually direct a pitch he made that relates to famed explorer Charles Darwin.
Details were few and far between on the pitch, but it’s an adventure story about the British nationalist and geologist, whose work led to major breakthroughs in the fields of natural selection and evolution. It’s possible that the story could center on Darwin’s intrepid voyage to chart the coastline of South America, which took the form of a perilous five-year voyage on the Hms Beagle. Outside of that trip, which established him as one of the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Disney has closed a deal to acquire an untitled pitch that Oscar-winning Traffic scribe Stephen Gaghan will write to direct. Scant details were available, but I’m told that it is an adventure film involving Charles Darwin, the British naturalist and geologist who made breakthroughs in the areas of evolution and natural selection. Darwin had a bit of that Indiana Jones-like swashbuckling spirit in him, and in his formative years he took a daring five-year voyage… »
The story is said to be a tentpole adventure film involving Charles Darwin, the British scientist whose theory of evolution changed science forever.
In his earlier years, Darwin took a daring five year voyage in 1831 to chart the coastline of South America. He made many discoveries along the way.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Most drug-war tales play in major keys, the action unfolding between nations and institutions, pitting cartel leadership against police and politicians, lawbreakers against lawmakers. But in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” director Andrea Di Stefano (making his big-screen directing debut after years of acting in his native Italy and abroad) shuns the approach of films like Steven Soderbergh‘s “Traffic” and books like Don Winslow’s “The Power of the Dog” to tell a story where the drug war isn’t international but interpersonal, where the action plays out across patios and around dinner tables, not over borders or in the corridors of power. »
- James Rocchi
After receiving rave reviews out of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Lionsgate has unveiled the latest trailer, as well as a new poster and three new images for Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated cartel thriller, Sicario.
When Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer (Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt) uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house of death, her shocking find leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro (Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Best Supporting Actor, Traffic, 2000) along with special agent Matt Graver (Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin, Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008).
Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, she is thrust into the dark heart of a secret battleground that has swept up ruthless cartels, kill-crazy assassins, clandestine American spies and thousands of innocents. »
- Michelle McCue
Sicario Trailer. Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario (2015) movie trailer stars Jon Bernthal, Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, and Victor Garber. Sicario‘s plot synopsis: “In Mexico, Sicario means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.”
This looks like an exciting drama. I immediately thought of The Bridge and Traffic when I began watching this trailer. Emily Blunt is center stage and she owns ever scene. Her character seems to have gotten over her head with her “allies.”
- Rollo Tomasi
The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's crime drama Sicario is now available and it's got some serious Traffic vibes. Sicario stars Emily Blunt as idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer, who quickly finds herself out of her depth when an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) enlists her help with America's war on drugs. The thing is, this particular arena of warfare is taking place in a lawless and violent area south of the border in Mexico, a world which Macer is woefully unprepared to deal with. The first look at Sicario, which translates to hitman, is certainly an attention-grabber, even if it gives away what feels like two-and-a-half acts of the movie. I'm more than happy watching Blunt play a fish out of water in a violent, dog-eat-dog war on drugs in a foreign land; I don't need to have all the plot twists laid out for me. »
- Collider Staff
Sean Keller is a jack of all trades, and if you disagree with that statement, chances are that you don’t know the guy. One helluva singer/songwriter, a screenwriter who has written for horror legends Dario Argento (Giallo) and John Carpenter (the Great L.A. Gothic, which sadly fell through), Nicolas Cage (Keller co-wrote one of Cage’s best films in recent years, Rage), and is continually working and writing with fervor. Did we mention he was also on Jeopardy once?
While we were planning on originally kicking off our Fictional Frights column with my drugged out race to the death, “I’m Tired of Dying,” when Icons of Fright friend Keller sent us one of the most rock n’roll horror stories around, “Red Noise“, we couldn’t resist but to kick things off with one hell of a story. So, put on your leather boots, dust off »
- Jerry Smith
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