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Production starts later in the year on Marvel's next production, Doctor Strange. Scott Derrickson is directing this one, which has long since now cast Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Further members of the cast include Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
And now another name can be added.
The latest to join the Marvel cinematic universe is Mads Mikkelsen, best known for his starring role in Hannibal, and for his villain role in Casino Royale (although check out The Hunt if you haven't, a really strong, impressive piece of work).
Mikkelsen is currently shooting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Variety now reports that he's set to take on one of the villain roles in Doctor Strange. The exact role hasn't been identified at this stage. Note that at one stage, »
The D23 Expo over the weekend delivered tons of Star Wars news, including the confirmation of Colin Trevorrow directing the third film in the new sequel series. We also got word that the first stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, will now be called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, rather than The Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
Director Gareth Edwards or indeed any of the cast were present at the show, as they are currently shooting the film over in Pinewood, but an official cast photo was released.
Take a look at this.
Check out the full cast list as displayed at the Expo below.
D23 Expo 2015 – D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. »
- Paul Heath
From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.
“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”
- Michelle McCue
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, »
- Michelle McCue
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008's Oscar-winning Milk and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let »
Danish performer Mads Mikkelsen has become a familiar face to North Americans over the past decade, whether it’s because of his film role as Bond villain Le Chiffre in 2006’s Casino Royale, or as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal over the past three seasons. Mikkelsen, however, has continued to be active in the Danish cinema industry, even garnering international acclaim for his role in 2012’s The Hunt.
Mikkelsen’s latest Danish feature sees him make a turn towards the comedic, reteaming with After The Wedding scribe Anders Thomas Jensen. Titled Men & Chicken, the film sees Jensen once again take on writing duties, as well as returning to the director’s chair for the first time since 2005. The film’s synopsis is as follows.
Gabriel and Elias are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Recently, NBC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hannibal" episode 9 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "And The Woman Clothed In Sun," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense stuff go down as a vicious serial killer becomes the focus of a major FBI hunt, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Will Faces Hannibal As The Hunt For A New Serial Killer Heats Up. Press release number 2: The FBI's search for elusive serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage) is going to intensify as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) begins envisioning himself in Dolarhyde's tormented psyche. Wading deeper into dangerous territory, Will is going to enlist the help of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to assist with the killer's profile. In the meantime, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) is going to remind Will that the last time that he and »
- Andre Braddox
The kids are not all right in “The Here After,” a cold, controlled, minimalist drama about the aftermath of a crime committed by a teen in contempo rural Sweden. Mirroring the milieu of his tale, where repressed emotions eventually run amok, Sweden-born, Poland-trained helmer-writer Magnus von Horn withholds traditionally expected narrative information, revealing only gradually the reason for the locals’ hostility toward his protagonist, thus making spoilers an inevitable part of any synopsis. This style of storytelling will not be to all tastes, but the pic should serve as a calling card for fests on the lookout for new talent.
The action kicks off as John (Ulrik Munther) leaves an unidentified, locked-down institution in the company of his controlling father (Mats Blomgren). Back at the family farm, John wrestles with young brother Filip (a winning Alexander Nordgren) and helps with chores. But there’s no discussion of where he has been, »
- Alissa Simon
Thomas Vinterberg was a Palme d'Or contender, and an Oscar nominee, for 2012's "The Hunt," which won Mads Mikkelsen Cannes' Best Actor prize. After "Far From the Madding Crowd," the Dogme 95 pioneer turned humanist filmmaker returns to his Danish-language roots with "The Commune." Shot in Denmark and Sweden last Fall, this 1970s-set period piece turns on Erik (Ulrich Thomsen, star of Vinterberg's shrieking "The Celebration") and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a young academic couple who move into a Danish commune with their daughter — all is sweet serenity until Erik's younger lover is invited to join them. From the looks of it, this film co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who wrote "The Hunt" and directed 2012's intense "A Hijacking") also brings Vinterberg back to the kind of complicated group dynamics that made "The Hunt" and "The Celebration" so compelling. According to THR, "The Commune" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
★★★★☆ Thomas Hardy gets a hearty update in the newest adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd (2015). A faithful adaptation of Hardy's most notable work, this is a film built on realism, bringing the farmlands and estates of Dorset to life in the richest of Victorian palettes. Director Thomas Vinterberg, fresh from the success of quiet Danish thriller The Hunt (2012), and screenwriter David Nicholls have created a period drama centred, appropriately, on a cast of endearing but fallible characters that bring freshness to a classic story. Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has grown up on her own. Despite being in the care of relatives, she has formed her own opinions of the world, choosing independence over tradition.
- CineVue UK
Just the most recent adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romance novel, director Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd is a painterly film, every image of it captured and displayed on screen is so rich and neatly framed, colors vibrant, landscapes captivatingly photographed. I don't know much about the technical craft of shooting a film but this new take on the story results in a very appealing picture to look at from its first frame to its last. Unfortunately, the film's beauty is too often found on the surface and not beneath it, a polished veneer without the underlying heart to fully sustain it. Based on Hardy's Brit-lit classic, Far from the Madding Crowd is set during the late 1800s, a time when men ran everything. Err, almost everything. Enter Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a successful, headstrong woman and the sole heir to one of the largest farms in the region, »
- Jordan Benesh
Listing the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Paul Thomas Anderson as her Bucket List of directors with whom to work, Juno Temple’s film choices are best described as eclectic. The daughter of rock and roll filmmaker Julien Temple, Juno had a creative, rebellious spirit instilled in her at an early age, and her career has reflected that greatly.
Starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe and Daniel Radcliffe in Horns, she’s never been one to back away from darker roles. On the other hand, she’s also completely willing to play dress-up every once and a while. You may remember her as a fairy in Maleficent or as Queen Anne, dripping in pearls and lace, in Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers.
- Sasha James
Carey Mulligan proves that she can carry a movie as the incandescent and powerful Bathsheba in "The Hunt" director Thomas Vinterberg's gorgeous realization of the Thomas Hardy classic "Far from the Madding Crowd," now in theaters. We also discuss Robert Downey Jr.'s recent take down of indie film. Read More: How They Did It: Bringing the Hardy Atmosphere to "Far From the Madding Crowd" »
- Anne Thompson
There aren't a lot of interesting movies hitting theaters this May. Heck, there aren't a lot of movies, period, hitting theaters this May. Sure, one title that will soon be crowned one of the biggest of all-time -- you know the one of which I speak -- after it bowed late last night to the tune of $27.6 million. Who knows, it could very well be the case that several of you read this article while you're standing in line to see the-movie-that-shall-not-be-named-until-page-two. And if that's the case, I urge you to share this with your cohorts, all those people standing around you looking for something to do until the movie finally (Finally!) starts. Do it now, don't worry, I'll wait. But back to what I was saying... Outside of a handful of blockbusters, there just isn't a lot on the release slate for the coming month. It's slim pickings, y'all! »
- Jordan Benesh
It’s hard to believe that a 2015 screen adaptation of an 1874 Thomas Hardy novel could be even stodgier than the 1967 movie version, but director Thomas Vinterberg‘s take on “Far From the Madding Crowd” accomplishes just that. It’s not just that Vinterberg’s work here pales next to the admittedly flawed John Schlesinger film; anyone watching this prosaic, “Masterpiece Classic”-friendly movie would be hard-pressed to connect it to the firebrand filmmaker behind the revolutionary 1998 drama “The Celebration.” Alternating between character close-ups and pastoral shots of the British countryside (courtesy of cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, “The Hunt”) and scored to. »
- Alonso Duralde
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (but not since high school and have no strong memory of it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The novel it’s based on is a century and a half old, and it opens with a mad-sheepdog accident, of all the crazy rural old-fashioned things, but this new cinematic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us in our stodgy convention-bound movie landscape. And it’s not always modern in positive ways! The challenges faced by »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I was never a fan of John Schlesinger’s overblown and undercooked 1967 screen version of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd, which starred Julie Christie. Thankfully, as I say in my video review above, the new version from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) gets it absolutely right. Working in the English language, Vinterberg emphasizes the vulnerability, passions and resolve of Hardy’s characters rather than the still-life version tried by Schlesinger, a… »
Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) may be looking for love in the 19th century, but Thomas Vinterberg’s (The Hunt) adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd still feels surprisingly relevant. Bathsheba is an independent, career driven woman who suddenly finds herself with three men vying for her hand in marriage, a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a cocky solider (Tom Sturridge) and a wealthy farm owner (Michael Sheen). All three have pros and cons so while in New York City promoting the upcoming release, I opted to find out how Schoenaerts and Sheen would sell Mr. Oak and Boldwood in modern times - by creating an online dating profile. Find out what they said and what Mulligan thinks Bathsheba should have on her own page in the video below, and be sure to keep an eye out for my full interviews with all three as we »
- Perri Nemiroff
It’s All About Love: Vinterberg Revamps Hardy’s Classic Romance
Inevitably, we would have seen some filmmaker tackle a revamp of Thomas Hardy’s classic 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd, so it’s mostly surprising to note that it wasn’t Michael Winterbottom, who has made several Hardy adaptations since the 1990s. Instead, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg takes the reins from director John Schlesinger, who previously held credit for a famous 1967 adaptation starring Julie Christie, with Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the trio of suitors (and let’s not forget to mention a modern reimagining of this novel, the comic strip serial Tamara Drewe, made into a film by Stephen Frears in 2010). Curiously, this is Vinterberg’s follow-up to his 2012 critically acclaimed title The Hunt, which won Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor at Cannes and received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film, making »
- Nicholas Bell
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