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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.

“Compton” Star Jason Mitchell Heads for “Skull Island”

Jason Mitchell will join Straight Outta Compton co-star Corey Hawkins on an expedition to King Kong’s island getaway.

There’s no stopping the unparalleled success of Straight Outta Compton. The biopic’s stock keeps on rising and it’s getting the clout it deserves from critics and audiences alike. So it’s no surprise when the stars of the film start getting snatched up by other projects at record pace.

One project is winning out in the Compton star grab, and that’s Skull Island. Not only did they enlist the services of Corey Hawkins, but now they’ve also eyed his co-star Jason Mitchell.

The latest news is that Mitchell is currently in negotiations for a role on the film, so nothing is written in blood as yet.

While we already had a few names attached to the King Kong reboot, it was a little light in the actor department. So it makes sense that they’d be staking out big ticket projects to fill out the ranks.

Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the NWA biopic, is set to play a wise-cracking pilot in Skull Island. The part is bound to be more three dimensional than that (we hope), since Mitchell is in high demand and has earned some well-deserved clout from Compton.

Mitchell and Hawkins will be joined by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell. Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly and Tom Wilkinson are also in talks to star in the monster expedition. The team will venture to the enigmatic island that houses legendary beast and WWF spokesman King Kong. There are no specifics on any of the actors’ characters as yet, but the movie is still a couple of years away.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will begin shooting in a matter of weeks, with a script from the likes of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly and John Gatins.

Hopefully we’ll have more news on this project from Legendary soon.

Watch this space for the hairiest, latest movie news.

Beware the First Trailer for “Crimson Peak”

I’ll tell you what, it’s been a long time coming. Say what you will about past mainstream Guillermo Del Toro projects, they were never shy of a decent helping of publicity. But when it comes to his latest project Crimson Peakwe’ve has very little to go on apart from a few set photos. Now Apple has been kind enough to release an official trailer for the classical ghost story, and suddenly the level of media quiet makes a lot more sense. Despite this being a classic Del Toro tour of wild imaginative horror, it certainly looks to be a quieter, more emotional sort of film in places. Hopefully the balance will play out well in the story of a newly-wed girl moving into the grand, foreboding house of her new husband and his sister. But why am I telling you? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Apple:

It seems a little premature to start calling Crimson Peak Del Toro’s masterpiece, but there looks to be a strong enough sinister streak to make this a worthy addition to his canon. Written collectively by Del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucina Coxon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston.

Will you be making the climb to Crimson Peak?

Michael Keaton the Latest to Join “Kong: Skull Island” Expedition

For a film that we know surprisingly little about, there’s a lot of reasons to get excited about Legendary’s upcoming project Kong: Skull Island. Well, there were actually three reasons to get excited: Kong, obviously, Thor villain Tom Hiddleston and Whiplash Villain J.K Simmons are all on board. But now we have another name joining the expedition onto the prehistoric island: that’s right, it’s history’s greatest Michael, Birdman‘s Michael Keaton!

Keaton is currently in talks to finalise his role in the film that will act as a prequel to King Kong and take place almost completely on the great ape’s original stomping ground.

Who will he be playing? Well, there’s really nothing to go on character-wise right now, for any of the actors involved. But that’ not necessarily a bad thing: For such a well known franchise, there’s really nothing that we can knowingly expect from this film, aside from the ape himself. So, much like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, We could be seeing a much-loved concept combined with an entirely original storyline and batch of characters.

Let’s not forget that the actors now named in this project have all had a great twelve months – we’ll most likely be seeing Simmons and Hiddleston in the Oscar race considering the hefty dose of awards buzz they’ve gotten so far. Unfortunately, Hiddleston’s Only Lovers Left Alive may not have been timed quite right for a nomination, especially considering the competition from Selma, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything later in the year. But he is in the next Avengers film, so he’ll probably be fine. So there’s no doubt in the strength of the cast – all we need now is a story. Unfortunately, since release for this particular creature feature won’t be util March 2017, we’ll be waiting a while for that trailer.

Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kings of Summer fame with a script from John Gatins (Real Steel) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).

Are you digging Keaton in Skull Island?

 

First Official Look at Tom Hiddleston in Del Toro’s Fiendish “Crimson Peak”

Honestly, I was hoping that Guillermo Del Toro would go the whole hog with the marketing campaign for his latest horror flick Crimson Peak and do it just like Pacific Rim. We’d see huge posters draped across buildings with Tom Hiddleston on them looking Victorian and grumpy, team-based websites, action figures, all that jazz. But I guess that Crimson Peak is going to be a different sort of thing to Pacific Rim. Ah well, I suppose it might still be good.

The most we’ve seen officially of Del Toro’s latest, based around a tawdry courtship between Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska and a ghostly gothic manor, is a shot of the stately emblem and a look at Jessica Chastain as Hiddleston’s jealous sibling. Now we have an official shot of Hiddletson looking dapper in what appears to be the foyer of his ancestral home. Take a look, courtesy of Screen Crush:

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This all looks to be a return to a familiar groove for Del Toro. The house has a lot of distinct echoes from his earlier work and looks positively magical already. Hiddleston is definitely going for a Mr Rochester style character, a handsome, older bachelor with some grim secrets of his own. Hopefully the film won’t hug that Jane Eyre plot too tightly, but with Del Toro I doubt that will be a problem.

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The film is written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. This project has all the potential to be a commercially viable gothic return-to-form, but with an October 16 release we’llhave a hell of a long time to wait for it.

I Never Read It! – Everything you need to know about Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” Adaptation

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the long sought after adaptation for Neil Gaiman’s New York Times Best-selling graphic novel Sandman. The project is definitely getting some sturdy foundations with David S. Goyer producing and legendary young-looking actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to direct. When it comes to Sandman, for some people it’s been their obsession to get this adaptation off the ground, but for most people the reaction to the latest news is “I didn’t even like Sandman for the small amount of time he was on screen in Spider-Man 3“.

The goal here is to give you just enough information that you can successfully carry out a conversation about Sandman, but not so much that you sound like you’ve combed Wikipedia for tidbits. Also, it’s fun to learn right?

In a nutshell, Sandman is a contemporary dark fantasy tale concerning the character Dream, who is the lord of – you guessed it – dreams. He also goes by Morpheus, along with a whole string of other other names. But he ain’t no con-man, he is the personification of dreams.

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Sandman, with his trademark chronic bedhead.

It’s not hard to see why Gaiman wants Tom Hiddleston as a potential contender for Dream in the adaptation given how he looks more or less identical to Dream in Only Lovers Left Alive (as reported in Screen Crush). Benedict Cumberbatch is also a popular choice, after Gaiman saw him in Sherlock. Dream makes up one of seven magical beings known as the Endless, each of whom are physical representations of Death, Despair, Desire, Dream, Delerium, Destiny and Destruction. You see the pattern right?

The first major storyline in Sandman  is Dream’s 70 year-long capture by an occult group during a ritual. Once he finally escapes and exacts revenge, Dream has to get his dream kingdom up and running again because…well imagine if you didn’t clean your house for 70 years.

Dream is a tragic hero of sorts, in that he’s all about learning the error of his formerly cruel ways and putting right what once he buggered up. Considering he’s been around for a few billion years. Dream goes about meeting back up with the other Endless, each with their own deity-esque quirks.

What starts as a dark comic horror quickly becomes a fantasy epic. Gaiman adds in a whole bunch of myths, legends and occult history to give the storyline some real meat.

As opposed to being about dreams, the storylines are composed like incoherent dreams, so the surroundings are surreal while the plot is strong and deliberate.

The series ran from 1988 to 1996, and is available in ten paperback collections along with larger, higher quality Absolute Editions.

So, feel ready for the adaptation?