Unbroken Trailer – Director Angelina Jolie delves into the life of Louie Zamperini

unbroken-slideThere’s been a lot of interest in Angelina Jolie’s second directorial outing, Unbroken. Last week came the sad news that the subject of the film, Louie Zamperini, had died. Now we can get a good taste of the film about him, as a full trailer has been released.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

‘Director Jolie began shooting some of the most dramatic and challenging scenes on Wednesday, October 16, on location far out at sea in Moreton Bay, Australia, with Zamperini (O’Connell) and his fellow airmen—Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) and Mac (Finn Wittrock)—having impossibly survived being adrift in the open Pacific for several weeks.

‘Working with cameras on a floating rig in choppy waters and braving the elements, with actors dieting for months to appear as depleted as their characters, Jolie completed a successful first day of a location shoot that promises to be rigorous and uniquely challenging.

‘Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Starring alongside O’Connell, Gleeson and Wittrock are Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”’

The film will hit cinemas in December. [Read more...]

Felony Trailer – Joel Edgerton & Jai Courtney are thrown into a massive moral dilemma

Felony-Joel-Edgerton-Tom-WilkinsonAfter decent reports for its film festival screenings, the thriller Felony is now in the run up to its cinema release. While it doesn’t appear firm UK or US dates are set yet, it’s out in Australia on August 28th.

The film stars Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the script) as a decorated police officer, who when driving home after a celebration drink with his team after the long waited bust of a major gang, runs a young cyclist off the road. As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement. In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident, which will change all their lives in this edge of your seat thriller.

Jai Courtney is another cop who suspects that Edgerton has been lying, while Tom Wilkinson is the lead police investigator who arrives on the scene following the accident.

Take a look at the first trailer below. [Read more...]

John Boyega May Have A Choice Between Terminator: Genesis & Star Wars

John-BoyegaJohn Boyega is having quite a year. The Attack The Block star is rumoured to be in contention for a major role in the new Star Wars movie, and now there’s talk that he’s being looked at for Terminator: Genesis.

THR’s Boris Kit tweeted, ‘Tidbit: John Boyega (Attack the Block) tested for #StarWars but he is also wanted for #Terminator : Genesis. The role: son of Miles Dyson.’

‘Joe Morton played Dyson, exec at Cyberdyne. If u recall, Terminator pays a visit to Dyson’s house, son is there.’

‘He [Boyega] can’t do both. He has to wait out the Star Wars game.’

If he is offered both roles, it would be one hell of a choice for the young Brit. And he certain can’t do both, as Terminator: Genesis starts shooting next month, while Star Wars: Episode VII begins production this May.

In T2 Miles Dyson is the Cyberdyne engineer who is primarily responsible for the creation of Skynet. His young son Danny was featured in a scene where the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and John Connor (Edward Furlong) visi the Dyson home. The character was also played by Phil Morris in the Fox TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It’s not known how he might fit into Genesis.

Jai Courtney Lands Kyle Reese Role In Terminator: Genesis

Jai-Courtney2-slideLast week it was reported that producers were closing in on who they wanted to play Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis. It was down to Boyd Holbrook and Jai Courtney. Now THR reports that it’s Courtney who’s got the part.

The actor joins Jason Clarke as John Connor and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzengger is also returning. In the original 1984 classic The Terminator, Kyle Reese (played by Michael Biehn) was the soldier sent back in time by resistance leader John Connor to save his mother Sarah. He ultimately became John’s Connor’s father.

Genesis is being planned as the beginning of a new, stand-alone trilogy. It’s believed that the story will take place both in the future and in an undetermined time in the past (not least because the actor playing John is significantly older than who will be his mother), most likely before John was even born.

Alan Taylor is directing from a script by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis.

Jai Courtney & Boyd Holbrook On Final List For Terminator: Genesis’ Kyle Reese

boyd-holbrook2For the past couple of months Paramount has been busy putting together the cast for Terminator: Genesis. Now Deadline reports that the role of Kyle Reese is down to two actors, Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook.

Both actors were on a shortlist revealed last month, alongside Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) and newcomer Tom Cocquerel. However it now appears the decision is between Courtney and Holbrook.

Michael Biehn played Kyle Reese in the original 1984 The Terminator, who was a soldier sent back from the future to protect resistance leader John Connor’s mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) from Arnie’s killer cyborg. He ends up becoming John’s father. Anton Yelchin played the role in Terminator Salvation.

For the new film, Jason Clarke will be John Connor, with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also onboard in a currently unconfirmed role whose exact role has not been confirmed. Due to the ages of the actors, it seems like the movie will take place both in the future and some years earlier in the past, possibly before (or simultaneous to) the events of the first movie.

Alan Taylor is directing from a screenplay by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis. it’s not clear when it will shoot.

Jai Courtney, Boyd Holbrook, Wilson Bethel & More Testing For Terminator: Genesis

Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney

Emilia Clarke recently signed up to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming Teminator: Genesis, and now the casting people have turned their attention to the person who’ll be Kyle Reece – John Connor’s father, as played by Michael Biehn in the first film and Anton Yelchin in Terminator Salvation.

According to Variety, five actors are currently testing for the part – Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Boyd Holbrook (Out of the Furnace), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), and relative newcomer Tom Cocquerel.

Paramount also apparently wanted Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund to audition, but they weren’t interested for one reason or another.

Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor will direct. No plot details have officially been revealed, but it seems clear there will be an element of time travel involved. It’s believed it will be set before the first movie, as well as taking us into the future during the war between mankind and Skynet. It would suggest some rewriting of the Terminator chronology will take place, but we’ll have to see.

Expect to hear who has the role soon.

Jai Courtney Joins Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken & Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner

Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney

A Good Day to Die Hard’s Jai Courtney is going to be busy working for actors turned war movie directors, as he has signed on to star in two war projects back-to-back, Unbroken and The Water Diviner, for Angelina Jolie and Russell Crowe, according to Deadline.

Courtney will first shoot director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which has already started filming. The movieis based on the story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), who survived after being shot down in the Pacific during World War II, only to be imprisoned and tortured by the Japanese when he was finally rescued. Jai Courtney plays Hugh ‘Cup’ Cuppernell, a veteran pilot who is involved in a gunfight alongside Zamperini.

The actor will then move straight onto The Water Diviner. It’s Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, and he’ll also play an Australian father who travels to Turkey on a mission to find his three sons’ bodies, who died during in World War I. Courtney will play Lt. Colonel Cecil Hilton, who is tasked with identifying the thousands of soldiers killed at Gallipoli, and reluctantly allows the father to conduct his search.

Die Hard 5′s Jai Courtney To Play Eric In Divergent

Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney

Summit Entertainment is betting big on Divergent to be their new Twilight, and they’re now busy filling out the cast for the film. Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Zoë Kravitz, and Ansel Elgort are already set for the movie, and they’ve now been joined by Die Hard 5′s Jai Courtney, according to Deadline.

The film is based on Veronica Roth novel, which depicts a futuristic America that is divided into five factions: selflessness (Abnegation), peacefulness (Amity), honesty (Candor), bravery (Dauntless), and intelligence (Erudite). At the age of 16, each citizen must choose which trait they want to devote the rest of their lives to.

Courtney is set to play the leader of the Dauntless tribe, who’s called Eric. He serves as one of the primary antagonists for Shailene Woodley’s Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior, who struggles with the Dauntless initiation when she makes a powerful discovery about her hidden strength, and uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all people like her. In the book Eric is described as having multiple facial piercings, although it’s not known if this will follow through into the movie.

Neil Burger is directing from an adapted screenplay by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Crush Of The Day: Live Free Or Die Hard’s Jai Courtney


In the next few days, Jai Courtney’s star is likely to go stratospheric, thanks to the fact he’s playing Bruce Willis’ son in Live Free Or Die Hard (out February 14th). However many will already know him as Varro in Spartacus: Blood & Sand, and some will have caught him recently in the Tom Cruise movie, Jack Reacher.

It’s certainly been a quick rise to international stardom for the 26-year-old, whose credits previous to Spartacus were all in TV shows and films that weren’t seen much outside his native Australia.

He’s a hottie who’s got the look of an action star, both with his handsome face and plentiful muscles. I also have to say I prefer it when he’s got a bit of fur on his chest than when he went for a full-on shaving regimen for Spartacus.

Take a look at the pictures of him below, including a few where he’s engaged in a little nudity. Click on the images to enlarge, and watch the trailer for Live Free Or Die Hard at the bottom. [Read more...]

New A Good Day To Die Hard Trailer – Bruce Willis gets explosive in Russia

Presumably there’s not enough of the US left that John McLane hasn’t had a hand in destroying, and so this time he’s going international, heading to Russia to team up with his son (Jai Courtney) for a new, and as this trailer show, suitably explosive adventure.

What John doesn’t know when he first gets to Russia is that his wayward son, Jack, is actually a highly trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. Jack likes likes his modern, tech based techniques while John is old-school – and the combination may be the only way to stop the bad guys.

The film’s due out February 14th, 2013, so it’ll be a Valentine’s movie for the guys.