There’s been a hefty amount of chatter around the release of The Stanford Prison Experiment ever since we found out it was coming out. How would the film depict real life events? Would the film-makers favour creativity over truth with such a grey spot on academic history? Well it looks like we finally have a chance to find out.
The film that recalls a daring and perhaps misguided experiment at Stanford University in the 1970s that saw test subjects assume the roles of prisoners and guards finally has a trailer. Want to see how it turned out? Course you do. Go on then, here it is courtesy of YouTube:
Well that was a stressful experience. Faithful or not accounts aside, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez has created what looks to be a thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking horror. Not to mention it looks scary as all get out, using mute cinematography and a 70’s discolouration as a tool of bleakness and claustrophobia. Also, who knew Billy Crudup could play mad scientist so well whilst also wearing a bizarre moustache?
At roughly two hours, it will be interesting to see how the film manages to maintain what is clearly a relentless momentum. Set for release July 17th, The Stanford Prison Experiment stars Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, Tye Sheridan and Ki Hong Lee. Will you be participating?
Ok people we’re moving on! Get rid of your Age of Ultron calendar and your fan made post credits sequences and your bespoke Legos battle scenes. Avengers is out, so let’s get real for a moment. Let’s talk X-Men: Apocalypse. Not a beat after Age of Ultron finished premiering, Fox made damn sure to get the shared target audience’s attention with some sneaky looks at the cast of the latest Mutant escapade. For starters, they released some fancy presentable head shots of Codi Smit-Mcphee as the true blue teleporter Nightcrawler. Check out Mcphee’s new look below, courtesy of Screen Rant:
It’s certainly a far cry from the Nightcrawler Alan Cummings portrayed in X-Men 2. Despite the obvious difference that he’s a much younger depiction he also appears to be a lot more clean cut than the abrasion and tattoo-heavy Cummings. There’s something suspiciously Matt Smith era Doctor Who about the hair to face ratio, but along with the striking attire this is most likely a reflection of the 80’s setting. If you needed any more evidence of the, you’d only need to check out the set photos tweeted from shopping mall in Montreal. Have a look and see who you can spot:
Well it would certainly looks be a task to miss Sophie Turner sporting her bright red bouffant. Alongside her we have Mcphee once again in what appears to be the red leather jacket from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, as well as Tye Sheridan as cyclops. Sheridan is rocking the Future X-Men leader’s signature ruby sunglasses, matching Turner’s hair almost perfectly. Finally we’ve got Jubilee in the mix, played by Lana Condor. I didn’t anticipate that the settings would be as vibrant as they appear, although this could very well be the kaleidoscopic quiet before a monochromatic shit storm when Apocalypse comes a callin. Speaking of the man himself, there’s unsurprisingly no sign of Oscar Isaac in this 1980’s mall, but that will certainly be coming soon enough.
There’s a good chance that Fox will respond to these unofficial tweets with images of their own, so keep an eye out for that. Perhaps we’ll also get a look at McAvoy and Fassbender in their latest Mutant incarnations.
What do you think of the new team?
Ok, we know who’s playing Apocalypse, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. But those characters were obviously going to be in the film. It’s time to step up your game, movie industry, and toss us some curve balls to get us pepped! Well now they’ve done just that, because not only do we have news that Angel will be making an appearance in the sequel, but we also know who’s playing. Hit that next paragraph fools!
According to Screenrant and Jeff Sneider of The Wrap’s Twitter feed, the role will be going to a young actor by the name of Ben Hardy. Hardy was reported to be in talks to star in the sequel at the end of February, without specifics on which mutant he’d be playing. Now there is confirmation that Hardy will strap on some giant feathery wings to play the giant feathery winged hero.
Hardy is best known for his role on British soap opera Eastenders. He’s joining a strong set of young actors who are playing fresh-faced versions of the mutant team as they rip it up in the 80’s against Apocalypse. Angel was previously played by Ben Foster in director Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
Angel has a rich comic history with Apocalypse, particularly as one of his roster of horsemen. Angel’s been on both sides of the fence when it comes to the X-Men, so it will be interesting to see which side he falls on this time around and whether or not he’ll fall under the influences of Apocalypse. I would put some serious money on it!
Hardy will be joining Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who play Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler respectively.
After Oscar Isaac revealed to the world that his performance as the monstrous, villainous titular villain Apocalypse in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse would involve some form of CGI, we were immediately to learn some other news about the project. And by other news, I mean real news. Not to berate Isaac in any way, but lets see him and Apocalypse side by side:
Yeah, I’d say some CGI would be useful. But forget about all that because some more news has come down the pipeline in the form of an official cast list! Not every member of the mutant team has been assembled cast-wise as yet (that we know of), but we do have word from director Bryan Singer himself that Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp will play Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm respectively in X-Men Apocalypse.
So where do we know these guys from? All over the place really, but let’s start with Turner. You’ll most likely know her best as the ever-so-slightly moody Stark daughter Sansa on Game of Thrones. Other film work includes Another Me in 2013 and a couple of projects this year Barely Lethal and Alone. However, it’s fair to say that despite it’s far-off release of May 27th, 2016, her part as the psychic Jean Grey in X-Men might either overshadow or potentially boost her work in 2015.
Next up is Alexandra Shipp, who will be whipping up some wind and lightening as weather controller Storm. Shipp’s gotten a fir dose of acclaim for her part TV show House of Anubis as KT Rush, and like Turner she also has a few films under her belt. Granted, one of them Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel but she did star in Drumline: A New Beat which didn’t have any chipmunks in it at all.
Finally, optic-blasting Cyclops will be re-introduced on the big screen by Tye Sheridan. Sheridan is currently working on The Stanford Prison Experiment alongside fellow superhero-portrayer Billy Crudup, who played Dr Manhattan in Watchmen. Sheridan has also had roles in Tree of Life and Mud.
Other than Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters, who have already confirmed they will be reprising their roles from the previous two films, Isaac is the only other new cast member to be announced. Hopefully we’ll be getting more news on the project as the film begins filming later this year.
What do you think of the casting choice? Watch this space for all the latest X-Men Apocalypse movie news.