The director of Ice Age, Chris Wedge, is heading in a much warmer direction with the luscious looking CG-animated movie Epic. The first trailer for the movie has now hit, which shows off its intricate forest setting and great looking visuals. Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the woods between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours. The voice cast includes Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis and Johnny Knoxville. It’s due out May, 2013.
Saving Mr. Banks got off the ground with a strong cast already attached, as Tom Hanks is set to play Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author PL Travers. Now Colin Farrell is in negotiations to join the Walt Disney Pictures film, according to Deadline.
The film is about Travers and shifts between her childhood days in early 1900s Queensland, which helped inform her creation of Mary Popping, and her experiences in the 1960s, negotiating with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) for a big-screen adaptation of her books. She long held out from Disney’s advances, but eventually sold the rights (although she wasn’t happy with the resulting film).
Colin Farrell will play the author’s father, a banker who starts drinking heavily after going through some hard times financially. His hardships had a profound effect on her writing and it was him who Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins was based on.
John Lee Hancock is directing from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel, with shooting scheduled to begin in the autumn.
Normally a movie looks to fill its lead roles first, but with Winter’s Tale, it’s been the supporting parts that have gained the most interest, with Will Smith and Russell Crowe sniffing around smaller roles in the movie. However it may now have found its lead, as Variety reports Colin Farrell is in talks for the movie.
The story is set in both the present day and the late 19th century, and centres on a thief (Farrell) who falls in love with the Irish heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) he just robbed, right before she dies. He later learns that he possesses the gift of reincarnation, and becomes determined to save her life. Smith was interested in playing a judge, while Russell Crowe was up to portray a mob boss called Pearly Soames, although it’s not clear if either actor is stillinvolved.
Akiva Goldsman is directing Winter’s Tale from his own screenplay, which he adapted from Mark Halprin’s novel. Production will hopefully start in September.
Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Scandinavian adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is busy putting together his English-language debut, Dead Man Down. Now Variety reports that Terrence Howard has joined the cast.
Noomi Rapace will play the lead character, who enlists the help of a shady criminal (Colin Farrell) to get revenge on the mob boss who murdered her family. Terrence Howard will play the crime lord, Alphonse Hoyt, who is used to being feared before this revenge-seeking duo wreaks havoc on his crime enterprise. A few days ago Dominic Cooper signed up to play Colin Farrell’s partner on the street.
Production is scheduled to begin later this month in Philadelphia.
Dominic Cooper could do with some success, as while he signed up for a lot of movies (quite a few of which he ends up dropping out of), he hasn’t had a massive amount of post-Mamma Mia success. He’ll be hoping that Dead Man Down is a hit, as Variety reports that director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has cast him in the movie.
Last November Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace attached themselved to star in this action-thriller about a woman (Rapace) who enlists the help of a criminal (Farrell) to get revenge on those who murdered her family. Dominic Cooper will play Darcy, Farrell’s partner in crime on the street.
Niels Arden Oplev will direct from a screenplay by J.H. Wyman, with shooting st to begin later this month.
This is less a trailer than a lot of flashy images, but it does suggest this new take on Total Recall will be both very different to and yet oddly similar to the Paul Verhoeven version, as well as rather hectic. Here’s the synopsis: ‘Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.’ The film’s due out August 22nd.
Why do futures always have to be so dystopian? While we’ve only got 30 seconds of the new Total Recall so far, it certainly suggests this future won’t be issue free, although it could be pretty cool. This is just a teaser for a full trailer that’s expected in the next few days. The new take on Total Recall sees Colin Farrell as a factory worker (Farrell) who begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on – Euromerica or New Shanghai, the nation states that are vying for supremacy. It seems it’ll be a very different film to the early 90s Paul Verhoeven movie and just a different again to the original Phillip K Dick story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. The film’s due out August 22nd and you can also see a great new banner image for the film below.
In January, Warner Bros. put their medieval adventure Arthur & Lancelot on hold, even though the cast was coming together, a March 15th, 2013 release date was set and it was preparing to shoot this spring. It was assumed that this was the end for the movie, but now Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star as one of the title characters in a revived version of the flick.
Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman were previously attached to star, but both actors had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts once the project was put on hold (and it’s said Warner were slightly reticent about the duo’s lack of star power, which was one of the reason they put the film on hold). It isn’t known which of the title characters Colin Farrell will play.
David Dobkin is directing Arthur & Lancelot from his own screenplay. Little is known about the story, although it is said to be an action epic in the vein of Braveheart. Although the project is moving forward once again, it still isn’t known when shooting may start, or when Warner Bros. is targeting Arthur & Lancelot for release. It also isn’t known what happened to the $90-$130 million budget that Warner balked at first time around.
There are quite a few Hollywood stars with gay silbings, including Chris Evans and Colin Farrell. The latter has recently been speaking out in an attempt to end homophobia and bullying in Ireland (and indeed everywhere else).
Colin and his brother Eamon have joined forces with Stand Up! Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying, a campaign launched last week by the Irish LGBT youth organisation, BeLonG To. The Hollywood star was particularly keen to put his name to the campaign after seeing attacks on his brother when they were younger.
In a statement he says, ‘Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools. In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent. It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It’s not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has.
‘Whether it be the attacking of gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from ‘the norm,’ it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be. We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world. My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours.’
Colin will next be seen playing the lead in a remake of Total Recall.
There’s been a bit of confusion over the remake of Total Recall, with some saying it would still involve the main character going to Mars, other that the Red Planet was out, with most hedging their bets on what was going on. However now the official synopsis has dropped, and it appears that Mars is indeed out, with things staying earthbound this time around.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.’
It sounds kind of like the Schwarzenegger version, but not really, but it could well be a decent film. The Len Wiseman directed movie arrives in cinemas in August.