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In the taut wilderness thriller Edge of Winter, Joel Kinnaman plays an unemployed, single dad with seething personal issues and more than a bit of a mean streak. It's another complex character in an increasingly long line of layered performances by Kinnaman, who always manages to bring humanity to his roles, no matter how flawed the characters may be. After his breakout role in the Swedish crime thriller Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash), Kinnaman came to widespread attention for his portrayal of detective Holder in AMC's The Killing. Now, like many actors these days, he seems comfortable sliding between Hollywood tentpoles like Robocop and Suicide Squad, independent productions like Edge of Winter and even television with roles on House of Cards and the streaming service's upcoming cyberpunk show...
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Paris — With the Nordic film and TV industry gaining more clout abroad, Scandi powerhouse Svensk Filmindustri is set to rebrand as Sf Studios as part of a move to leverage its worldwide ties and dive deeper into international production.
The banner, which has output deal with MGM, Fox, Warner, Stx and Studiocanal, will also be launching a U.K. office by the end of the year with soon-to-be-announced high-profile U.K. execs.
“The U.K. boasts a strong pool of creators and producers. Especially in London where there’s a cluster of talent. For Sf Studios, London is a very strategic base to develop and co-produce upscale English-language thrillers and work with local exec producers, producers and renown sales agents,” the company CEO Jonas Fors told Variety, adding that Sf Studios will gather all of the group’s sub brands and businesses.
One of the first drama series that will »
- Elsa Keslassy
If I had to name the film that’s causing agents the greatest amount of stress about their young, male British clients’ future — I don’t know why I have to name that film, but let’s just go with this for a second — it would be Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk, an IMAX-shot World War II actioner that Warner Bros. have given a prime summer spot on their 2017 slate. Although it already may have leads in the form of Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy, its large ensemble will primarily consist of unknowns — which is to say, “multiple opportunities for young, male British actors.”
And so Deadline has an update on its casting process, first telling us Jack Lowden (’71) has been eyed for one of two lead roles while Aneurin Barnard (with whom Lowden co-starred in the recent War & Peace miniseries adaptation) is also in talks. Then there’s »
- Nick Newman
When you release the biggest movie of the year (at least up to this point), one that could possibly revamp the way studios approach superhero movies (the R-rated option is being discussed far more than a few months ago), what do you do for an encore? Well, if you.re Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, you pen the sci-fi thriller Life. The project has already attracted some top shelf talent, but it just added another in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal. Daniel Espinosa, the man behind Snabba Cash and Safe House, will direct Life, and Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal has just joined the science fiction party. And he.s only the latest big name to sign up, as Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has agreed to reteam with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Mission: Impossible.Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson has also been cast in a »
“If with 'Deadpool' the goal was to make you laugh, with ‘Life’ the goal is to make you sweat,” co-writer Rhett Reese recently told us about the movie he penned with Paul Wernick. The duo, who are still basking in the smash success of "Deadpool," move in a totally different direction with their upcoming sci-fi flick, and it just got a whole lot more interesting with this latest cast addition. Read More: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Star Rebecca Ferguson To Lead Sci-Fi 'Life' From 'Deadpool' Writers Jake Gyllenhaal is joining Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson in the project. Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House") is directing "Life," which centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life from Mars that is more intelligent than expected. Judging by what Reese teases, what they find perhaps won't be too friendly. It's a heckuva trio for this one, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you've got a good thing going, don't rock the boat. Anyone would with an eye on the bottom line understands that sentiment, and everyone involved with the massive success of "Deadpool" this weekend is eager to get rolling on the next movie. Ryan Reynolds in particular has writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to thank for crafting him a great role, not to mention reviving his career, so it makes sense he'll star in another movie written by the pair. Read More: 'Deadpool' Starrring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein And Gina Carino Deadline reports that Reynolds has joined the cast for the sci-fi project "Life," for which Rebecca Ferguson is slated to star. Set to be directed by Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House"), the Wernick- and Reese- penned story centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life on Mars. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The future keeps getting brighter for "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" star Rebecca Ferguson. She's currently filming "The Snowman" with Michael Fassbender, and later this year will appear in the already anticipated thriller "The Girl On The Train," not to mention she already has "Florence Foster Jenkins" with Meryl Streep in the can. But now the rising actress is getting her first major lead role. Read More: The 20 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2015 Variety reports she'll star in the sci-fi feature "Life" for director Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House"). Penned by "Deadpool" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the story centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life from Mars that is more intelligent than expected. Presumably it leads to some unexpected consequences. No word yet on when production will begin, but it's an intriguing premise. And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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