Actor Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf) may be on the cusp of his second cinematic franchise with American Assassin, a film where he plays a CIA black ops recruit named Mitch Rapp. The project is based on Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel, and currently Flynn has penned 15 books centering on Rapp’s adventures.
Opening July 13, The Infiltrator is the true story of Federal Agent Robert Mazur’s (Bryan Cranston) attempts to take down Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking empire in 1986. The project, directed by The Lincoln Lawyer filmmaker Brad Furman, co-stars John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger as the agents are also doing undercover work with Mazur.
Paramount Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Anomalisa, a stop motion animated film from directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. The project, featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis, is set for a December 30, 2015 release in New York and Los Angeles.
Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Odeya Rush (The Giver) and Haley Joel Osment (Entourage) have signed on to the coming-of-age comedy Holding Patterns.
Actor Chiwetel Ejifor (12 Years a Slave, Redbelt) was in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming drama Z for Zachariah, a post apocalyptic drama based on the novel by late writer Robert C. O’Brien. During the interview I asked several questions about the first rate feature, which co-stars Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, and I’ll share these audio clips in the coming days (the movie comes out August 28).
But let’s start off with Ejiofor’s foray into another drama – Secret In Their Eyes.
Mistress America, another inspired collaboration between director Noah Baumbach and actress Greta Gerwig, centers on a college freshman (Lola Kirke) who bonds with her soon to be stepsister (Gerwig) in New York City.
Alexander Skårsgard stars in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a 1970s set coming of age narrative that’s propelled by a star making performance from Bel Powley (as the “teenage girl”). To check out the actor’s experience about working on the film, please go to my post on Find Your Seen.
Alexandra Daddario, who will be seen this summer opposite Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas, has signed on to director William H. Macy’s road trip comedy The Layover.
I had the pleasure of interview director Atom Egoyan (Exotica, Where the Truth Lies, The Sweet Hereafter, Devil’s Knot) this week in Los Angeles, and during the session he was asked about another movie that he recently finished.
Remember stars Christopher Plummer, an actor Egoyan previously worked with on Ararat. In a Daily Variety piece, Plummer described Remember as a story that is “arresting and powerful beyond measure.”
Penned by Benjamin August, the project also stars Martin Landau, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), and Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire).
Atom Egoyan sums up Remember below:
“Christopher Plummer plays a Holocaust survivor with early stages (of) dementia who thinks he’s found the person responsible for having killed his family in Auschwitz and goes on a mission to execute this person but keeps forgetting why.
What’s remarkable (about) the script is that (they’re) all these themes that are really close to me but it’s a really completely linear story. And yet the complexity of the characters is so fascinating and Plummer is extraordinary . . . It’s a pleasure to work with him again.”
To hear Atom Egoyan’s audio version of his answer, click on the media bar below:
The Captive, which premiered exclusively on DirectTV on November 13, hits theaters December 12. I’ll have more posts on The Captive, a thriller which I really enjoyed, in the coming days.
The Captive’s Boilerplate Summary:
In this psychological thriller from Academy Award Nominated director Atom Egoyan, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew’s once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter’s safe return—and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair. Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood co-star.