J.K. Simmons Joins Tom Hiddleston In Kong: Skull Island

jk-simmonsA few weeks ago Tom Hiddleston became the first actor to sign up to star in Kong: Skull Island (which as the time was just known as Skull Island, before it got a more franchise friendly title). Now he’s got some company, as the always excellent J.K. Simmons has signed up too, according to Variety.

Few specific details have been released about the plot, or indeed either of the actors’ characters, but we do know it will be a prequel to King Kong, and that the movie will be entirely set on Skull Island, the mysterious place full of dinosaurs and monsters, along with giant apes. The speculation is that it will be about how Kong became the last of the giant gorillas, while also giving an explanation for how outsiders new about the island and so set sail to later find and capture Kong.

Back in October screenwriter John Gatins (Need for Speed, Real Steel) signed up to rewrite the original script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son). Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct back, with March 10th, 2017 release date already pencilled in.

Tom Hiddleston Up For King Kong Prequel Skull Island

Tom-HiddlestonIt’s not often a movie gets trailer before the film has a director or a cast, but Skull Island did when Legendary unveiled a promo for the movie at Comic Con a few months ago (although sadly only those in San Diego got to see it).

Now Universal and Legendary are filling in the blanks, with the announcement that Tom Hiddleston will play the main human role, while King Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct.

There are still no details of the plot of Max Borenstein’s script, although it is known that the movie will be entirely set on Skull Island, the mysterious place full of dinosaurs and monsters, along with giant apes. Taking place before the events of King Kong, the speculation is that it will be about how Kong became the last of the giant gorillas.

The film’s due out November 2016.

Only Lovers Left Alive (Blu-ray Review)

Like many Jim Jarmusch movies, Only Lovers Left Alive is the sort of film where one chunk of the audience will be wondering what sort of tedium they’ve just had to sit through and another chunk will be hailing it as a masterpiece. He is as impressively idiosyncratic director and his films determinedly refuse to be boxed. Many have described him as a cinematic poet, and it’s a very good description. What he’s great at is creating mood, feeling and thought, where narrative isn’t the driving force, it’s merely the thread that pulls the fabric together.

Tom Hiddleston is Adam, who’s living in Detroit making music but keen that nobody bothers him. That’s partly because he’s a vampire and hundreds of years old. He’s also depressed and filled with weariness at the direction mankind has taken and how it treats the promise it has, to the point whether he’s wondering if there’s any point living on to see the future. [Read more...]

Elizabeth Olsen To Star Alongside Tom HIddleston In Hank Williams Biopic

elizabeth-olsenBack in June Tom Hiddleston signed up to show off his singing skills in the Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light, and he’s even been seen practicing at small gigs and festivals singing Williams’ songs.

Now the film’s cast has grown, as Elizabeth Olsen is now set to co-star, according to Variety.

The movie is based on the 1994 book Hank Williams: A Biography, by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen, which charts Williams’ quick rise to fame, as well as the toll it took on his personal life. The musician is best known for hit songs such as Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Hey Good Lookin. Williams tragically passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure after struggling with addictions to alcohol and the prescription medication he took to help with that fact he had spina biffida.

Elizabeth Olsen will play the country singer’s wife, Audrey Mae Williams.

Marc Abraham is directing from his own adapted screenplay, with filming set to kick off in October in Louisiana.

Ice Bucket Challenge Redux: Chris Hemsworth, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, James Franco & Grant Gustin

tom-hiddleston-ice-bucket-challengeIt seems celebs can’t get enough of doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Just yesterday we posted the likes of Chris Pratt, Stephen Amell, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello getting drenched for charity, and since then they’ve been joined by plenty more.

As a result you can see Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Vin Diesel, The Flash’s Grant Gustin and a pant-free James Franco have a bucket of ice water chucked over their heads. Diesel in particular has an impressive list of people he’s calling on to take the challenge next.

I’m also a fan of Tom Hiddleston in a wet white t-shirt.

They’re not doing it solely to jump on a bandwagon, as those taking part and also raising funds and awareness for ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US and motor neurone disease in the UK).

Take a look at the new Ice Bucket celebs below. [Read more...]

Tom Hiddleston Sought For Title Role In Ben-Hur Remake

Tom-HiddlestonFor quite a while now a remake of Ben-Hur has been in the works. Now it’s starting to move towards production with Deadline reporting that Tom Hiddleston is MGM, Paramount Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov’s top choice to play the lead role.

It doesn’t appear an official offer has been extended to the actor yet, and Hiddleston has other offers on the table, but it seems he’s the one the studios want.

Keith R. Clarke wrote the spec script for the film, which is said to be more faithful to Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel than the multi-Oscar winning 1959 movie, which starred Charlton Heston.

The 1950s version focussed on the section of the story that was about the feud between the Jewish Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his Roman former friend Messalla (Stephen Boyd). The new film is said to further explore these characters’ formative years, when they grew up together before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem.

This film will also include the story of Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel to Ben-Hur’s. Although this was touched on in the Charlton Heston film, it’s said to be more central to the remake.

Luke Evans & Elisabeth Moss Join Tim Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise

Luke-EvansFor the last year A Field In England and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley has been putting together an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise.

It was supposed to start shooting this month, but while that start date has been pushed to July, it’s now added to its cast, with Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, and comedian Dan Renton Skinner joining the previously announced Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons.

Wheatley commented, “Elizabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast. I’m really excited to be working with both of them. I’m looking forward to see what they will bring to the complex relationship between Richard and Helen Wilder.”

We’ve also got a new synopsis, which gives us a few details on how the movie will take on a novel come thought was unfilmable. Here it is: ‘High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.

‘Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).

‘But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.

‘As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself’

The film starts shooting next month in Belfast for release in 2015.

Tom Hiddleston Will Show Off His Singing Skills In I Saw the Light

Tom-HiddlestonWhile many people would be happy if Tom Hiddleston just popped up in every movie as Loki, he’s going to show off some new skills in I Saw The Light, as he’ll be playing country music legend Hank Williams, according to Deadline.

The biopic will chart Williams’ quick rise to fame, as well as the toll it took on his personal life (just one day I want a music biopic where someone becomes famous and doesn’t have a terrible time because of it). The musician is best known for hit songs such as Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Hey Good Lookin, so it’ll give Hiddleston a chance to show off his singing skill. Williams tragically passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure.

Marc Abraham is directing from his own screenplay, which is based on Colin Escott’s biography. The producers have also made a deal for the rights to Hank Williams’ music catalogue for use in the film, which should add a touch of authenticity. Shooting will begin in October.

Tom Hiddleston Goes Into J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise For Sightseers Director Ben Wheatley

tom-hiddlestonTom Hiddleston is out to prove there’s more to him than Loki, as he’s signed on for Ben Wheatley’s planned adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, High Rise. The director Tweeted the news himself, saying ‘HIGHRISE. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston!’, along with the pic below.

Set in a luxury high-rise building, the book is almost a grown-up Lord Of The Flies, which follows a group of tenants hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem. Human society slips into violent reverse as the inhabitants of the ultra-modern high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

There’s no news yet on exactly who Hiddleston will play, but speculation is that he will either be TV producer Richard Wilder, antisocial physiologist Dr Robert Laing, or the wealthy Anthony Royal, who designed the building himself and lives in the penthouse.

Making a movie based on the 1975 book has long been a dream project for producer Jeremy Thomas (who was also Ballard’s friend), and now it seems he’s finally going to make it happen. [Read more...]

Take A Look At Tom Hiddleston As Captain America & Auditioning To Play Thor (With His Shirt Off)

It seems to be the day of Tom Hiddleston playing every Marvel character except for Loki. Footage of him having fun on the Thor: The Dark World set dressed as Captain America has shown up online, as has a look at his audition to play Thor himself, before he was cast as his nefarious brother.

If you’ve seen The Dark World, you’ll know there’s a brief appearance from Chris Evans as the Cap, but he actually never set foot on set. Instead there was Hiddleston in a Captain America costume, looking far skinnier than Evans but still surprisingly hot. That footage has now been revealed via Empire, which you can watch above.

You may not be aware that a few years ago Tom also did a screen test to play Thor, packing on 20 pounds of muscle so he could do a shirtless audition. The footage of his test will be available as part of Thor: The Dark World home entertainment release, and while the video isn’t available online, you can take a look at a couple of GIFs from it below (via ScreenCrush).

He would have been a very different kind of Norse god than Chris Hemsworth, but he certainly brings plenty of intensity and he’s certainly have been a cute Thor. And now it’s difficult to imagine him playing anyone but Loki, a role he’s managed to turn from evil villain to one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe. That said, he certainly looks good with his shirt off while holding his hammer. [Read more...]