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High-Rise trailer: Hiddleston Ascends into Madness

Tom Hiddleston’s sanity and British politeness are pushed to the limit in the JG Ballard novel adaptation. Watch the High-Rise trailer below.

We still have a whole to wait before we see Tom Hiddleston don his stenston for the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. Fortunately we have another Hiddleston project to keep us busy this summer. No, not Captain America: Civil War. It’s Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, and we just so happens to have a High-Rise trailer, courtesy of Collider.com.

We’ve known about the adaptation of JG Ballard‘s acclaimed Sci-fi novel for some time now, but this is our first look at some proper footage. Hiddleston plays reclusive doctor Robert Laing, who’s sought out anonymity in an impossibly enormous High-rise. All his needs are met by the services and facilities within the building, but all is not well as the classes start to clash.

Luke Evans also appears in the High-Rise trailer as a lower-level apartment owner who’s had enough of the richer upper floor crowd living the high life (contains no trace of puns). Also starring is The League of Gentlemen‘s Reece Shearsmith as a tenant who seems all to aware of the emotional turmoil masked by the lavishness of the building. Not to mention Jeremy Irons as the eccentric architect who built the High-rise and knows all its ins and outs.

From the look of High-Rise trailer it seems like the film has no problem holding on to the seventies setting of the novel. Even so, there looks to be all manner of weird and wonderful fashions in the building, so it’ll be a lot of fun seeing those aesthetics hash it out. It goes without saying that this should be a top pick for British cinema this year.

High-Rise hits theatres March 17th. Watch this space for all the latest High-Rise movie news.

Jack Huston the Latest Actor to Exit “The Crow” Reboot

Hey, so this is a little embarrassing. Remember a few months ago when I said The Crow reboot project at Relativity Studios had a new lease of life and was going to see some serious traction and if you had any sense you’d heavily invest in the film’s production? Remember that? Well forget I said that.

According to Screenrant, the project has seen yet another mammoth setback with the exit of Jack Huston. The actor was set to take up the mantle of the supernatural rockstar Eric Draven, originally played by Brandon Lee in 1994, following the departure of Luke Evans and what feels like every other leading man in Hollywood. Huston’s addition to the cast was a strong sign, as the Boardwalk Empire actor joined very quickly after Corin Hardy took the helm as director, keeping the flow of fresh blood running thick and fast.

Unfortunately, the actor’s departure is down to a scheduling conflict.

I may be overreacting about how doomed the project is, since Hardy himself doesn’t seem too perturbed by the abandonment of his leading man:

Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow. The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”

Who could that new lead be? Currently the rumours are suggesting that the role will go to either Nicholas Hoult of  Mad Max: Fury Road fame or Jack O’Connell, who recently starred in Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken. Even Relativity doesn’t seem that concerned about the loss, and continues to laud Hardy as a director:

“Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future. Corin Hardy has a tremendous vison for The Crow, and we are working closely with him to continue prepping the movie and supporting him as he brings his vision to the big screen.”

It sounds as though the studio is pretty well versed in setbacks when it comes to The Crow, so it wouldn’t be a surprise that they have contingencies ready and waiting. Let’s just wait and see who gets the role next.
Who would you like to see as The Crow?


Luke Evans and Dan Stevens Eyeing “Beauty and the Beast”

In spite of the hype and the Age of Ultron number of trailers, I’ve yet to be completely taken in by the live action Disney adaptation of Cinderella. Maybe it’s just me but there definitely seems to be a lack of shock and awe from the small amount of footage I’ve seen. But since live action Disney classics will most likely become an annual thing, I really should be getting in on the ground floor. Fortunately, Disney’s next live action remake of Beauty and the Beast is finally getting some momentum, so I’m gonna hitch myself to that wagon.

The news coming out of Empire today is that Dan Stevens is in talks to take in the role of the Beast. Stevens has also starred in Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler alongside Adam Sandler, so he’ll be no stranger to a few feats of magical whimsy. He’s also known for his role in Downton Abbey and the Liam Neeson vehicle A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Stevens wearing the shit out of a hat in "Downton Abbey"
Stevens wearing the shit out of a hat in “Downton Abbey”.

Alongside a not entirely confirmed Stevens is a sort of more confirmed for the moment Luke Evans, who will be starring as Gaston, the beast’s wrestling partner and rival for the affections of Belle.

This is a surprising move for Evans, considering how full his dance card is at the moment. Following on from his Hobbit and Dracula Untold success, he’ll be working with director Ben Wheatley on Scifi adaptation High Rise and Free Fire, as well as Message from the King with Chadwick Boseman. Both Evans and Stevens will star alongside Emma Watson, who will play Belle.

Luke Evans wearing the shit out of a bat-cape in "Dracula Untold"
Luke Evans wearing the shit out of a bat-cape in “Dracula Untold”.

Stephen Chbosky has been the latest screenwriter to take a whack at the script for Beauty and the Beast, and as far as we know the plot will follow the Disney animated version more or less, maybe with a bit more action and bite. It doesn’t seem as though Evans would play Gaston in the egotistically goofy manner he appears in the animation, but he could certainly pull off a dose of jealous, violent machismo.

Beauty and the Beast will be directed by Bill Condon. We’ll let you know when there are any confirmations coming out of the Disney camp. In the meantime, watch the live action Cinderella, and let me know if I’m dead wrong about it.