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Empire's Ant-Man Covers Unveiled

Sat, 23 May 2015 21:34:51 GMT

Empire's Ant-Man Covers Unveiled

Small but perfectly formed

If you look very closely at the gallery below, you'll spot the cover star of our latest issue (on sale this Thursday, May 28): Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, otherwise known as Ant-Man, the hero of Marvel's upcoming insect-themed action spectacular. He's the biggest thing in our superhero special issue, featuring the latest on everything from Suicide Squad to Captain America: Civil War. (N.B. The left-hand cover the newsstand edition and the right-hand cover for subscribers only.)

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But that's not all! You can also look forward to two free posters, one of Henry Cavill's Superman and another of Ben Affleck's Batman, in honour of next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, also covered in the new issue.

On top of all these comic-book shenanigans, there's plenty more in this new-look Empire, from Jessica Chastain talking Crimson Peak to Guy Ritchie on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., not forgetting Rick Baker explaining how he made his finest work - Bigfoot And The Hendersons has never looked so good - or your first shot of Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's The Martian, or the Entourage cast gathered together in honour of their long-awaited film.

Ant-Man is set for a July 17 release, while the new issue of Empire is out this Thursday, May 28.
 


Exclusive First Look At Ridley Scott's The Martian

Sat, 23 May 2015 21:34:48 GMT

Exclusive First Look At Ridley Scott's The Martian

Matt Damon dodges Q-36 explosive space modulators

Aside from returning Matt Damon to the far reaches of space, The Martian looks like departing from Interstellar's philosophical ruminations in favour of an out-and-out astronaut-in-distress thrills (CC Apollo 13, Marooned, Gravity). Damon plays a marooned astronaut called Mark Watney and the new issue of Empire magazine is debuting a first look at him and his Mars-worn spacesuit. {First Look At The Martian}Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel, The Martian sees Watney as part of a science team conducting experiments on the red planet. When a storm forces the team to evacuate, Watney is injured and presumed dead, then left behind to fend for himself. With little hope of rescue and limited resources, he uses the power of science to keep himself alive on the planet’s barren surface.

"Any survival story is fascinating,” expands Scott in Empire. “I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe.” The director, who, presumably because of permit problems on the Red Planet, doubled Jordan for Mars, also has Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor aboard for the ride.

The Martian lands on November 27. Pick up the new issue of Empire – on sale on May 27 – for more on Scott’s latest.

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Two New Clips Of Michael Fassbender's Macbeth

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:26:23 GMT

Two New Clips Of Michael Fassbender's Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes...

Justin Kurzel’s take on the Bard’s brutal, machination-filled Scottish play, Macbeth, is shaping up to be one of the must-see films of this coming winter. It’s certainly a wintry-looking proposition, with two new clips revealing a little more of the bleak aesthetic the Australian filmmaker is bringing to his adaptation.

This first shows, briefly, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) in his early role as one of King Duncan’s generals. The battle, shot like a dream sequence, unfolds slowly with Fassbender to the fore, screaming like a banshee.

If the slow-motion, square-on shot of the two armies coming together offers an impressive sense of scale and violence, the second clip is a more subdued affair. Macbeth’s coronation comes at the end of some high-grade scheming from the nobleman and his wife, Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard), that will bring only ruin upon them.

On the basis of these snippets and Kurzel’s bleak Snowtown, it’s easy to see how the Aussie was deemed a good fit for the material. His research brief involved discovering what was that time like and how brutal it was. “It reminded me a lot of a Western,” he expands in the press notes, "and of a landscape and atmosphere that felt much more dangerous than I’d ever seen before from adaptations of Macbeth”.

Macbeth arrives in UK cinemas on October 2 with Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and The Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki in train.


First Look At Meryl Streep As Florence Foster Jenkins

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:18:36 GMT

First Look At Meryl Streep As Florence Foster Jenkins

Missing the high notes with Hugh Grant

Like a live-action version of Tintin’s Bianca Castafiore, opera singing socialite Florence Foster Jenkins is an real-life example of what happens when passion and resources outstrip talent. Not so much the "Milanese Nightingale” as the "Pennsylvania pane shatterer”. Meryl Streep plays her in Stephen Frears’ new eponymous movie and Pathé has released a first-look image of her in full 1940s get-up. Click on the thumbnail for a much closer look. {First Florence Foster Jenkins Still}

The eagle-eyed will have spotted Hugh Grant’s presence in the snap too. He plays Jenkins’ partner and manager St. Clair Bayfield, the loyal aristocratic type who ushers her towards her crowning glory: a night on the Carnegie Hall stage in 1944 that prompted an unlikely stampede at the box office.

Florence Foster Jenkins is currently shooting the UK with Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda also aboard. Tune in to Meryl Streep's Empire Podcast interview for more on the movie.








Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:15:07 GMT

Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie

Is there a doctor in the house?

The Prince Regent, Bertie Wooster, Gregory House, Viscount George Bufton-Tufton, Frederick Little and Jasper from 101 Dalmatians - Hugh Laurie's played them all, and been very funny with it. He continues that funny streak with his Empire Podcast interview for Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, explaining how how he achieves that pitch-perfect English accent.

Elsewhere, the team talk trilogies, the planned Transformers writers' room and what we can expect from the Warcraft movie - if our resident expert can make sense of it...

P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally.


Justin Lin Brings Bruce Lee To TV

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:56:26 GMT

Justin Lin Brings Bruce Lee To TV

Developing crime drama Warrior for Cinemax

Back in 2013, word arrived that Justin Lin was developing a television project based on some unrealised ideas by the martial arts legend Bruce Lee. No specific details were forthcoming at that point, but this morning comes the announcement that the project is still in good health and has found a home at Cinemax. It's called Warrior, and it's a crime drama.

The series revolves around a morally ambiguous fighter having some sort of existential crisis after his long-term plans for revenge against an old foe come to nothing. Lee worked on the project for some time in the early '70s, initially as a Western before Warner Bros. and Paramount persuaded him to re-tool it as something more modern. But Lee's accent was always a concern for the studio suits, and the series' thunder was eventually stolen by Kung-Fu.

Lee's daughter Shannon found her father's copious notes on the idea some years after his untimely death, and eventually partnered with Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment on working up the material. It's the first project to come out of Perfect Storm's new TV division, and Lin will direct the pilot, written by Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper. Shannon Lee will be among the executive producers.

Lin, of course, is currently in pre-production on Star Trek 3, due out on July 8, 2016, but currently still awaiting a start date while Simon Pegg hammers out a screenplay. It seems unlikely that Lin has time to slot in a quick pilot in the meantime, however, so Warrior will likely be waiting until Lin is done with the final frontier before it kicks into action. 

The next we'll see from Lin is the first two episodes of True Detective's new season, which starts on Cinemax's parent channel HBO on June 21.








George A. Romeo Bringing His Empire Of The Dead Comics To TV

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:56:26 GMT

George A. Romeo Bringing His Empire Of The Dead Comics To TV

Zombies on the small screen? It'll never catch on

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The man who helped usher zombies into mainstream pop culture is back shepherding the undead. George A. Romero, who expanded his horror reach to graphic novels with Empire Of The Dead, is now aiming to bring the story to television.

Demarest, which produced films such as A Most Wanted Man and Kevin Smith’s horror comedy Tusk, is backing the effort, which boasts Romero and long-time writer Peter Grunwald on scripting duty for the project, which has yet to land a channel or announce whether it’ll be intended as a long-running show or a limited, “event” series as US TV is so fond of calling them these days. 

Empire Of The Dead, which was featured art by Alex Maleev and was published by Marvel, is set in the world years after the undead plague originally erupted, and finds humanity dealing with it in different ways. Manhattan has long been quarantined as a zombie zone, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely contained, and appear to be developing intelligence. Plus there’s another threat stalking the streets – vampires...  

Now what Romero needs is a little assistance from his old collaborator and effects maestro Greg Nicotero, who would surely be the smart choice to work on a TV series about zombies. Oh... Wait...

But if you’re a fan of the zombie types, take a listen to Nicotero talking to us recently about everything from working with Romero to his duties on The Walking Dead.  


Gabrielle Union Ready For A Sleepless Night

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:40:57 GMT

Gabrielle Union Ready For A Sleepless Night

She'll co-star with Jamie Foxx in the thriller

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We learned in February that Jamie Foxx had taken the lead role in a new thriller called Sleepless Night. Gabrielle Union has now joined him in the film

Swiss director Baran bo Odar is aboard to make the movie, with Andrea Berloff adapting the 2011 French thriller Nuit Blanche for American audiences. Foxx is set to play a cop with connections to the criminal underworld that finds his family – specifically his son – in danger when he double-crosses some very bad people. The title refers to him scouring a nightclub and, presumably some of a city, to find his kidnapped child. Union is set as his ex-wife, who will have to help him if they’re to save the boy from the gangsters’ clutches. 

It’s not her only film scheduled for this year: the actress has also landed a main role in Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s film Keanu. The comedy finds the main pair as mild-mannered friends who decide that the only way to retrieve a stolen kitten is to act like gangster drug dealers. Union will be Key’s wife, who wishes her hubby would be a little more assertive in life, but will probably come to regret the thought.

Peter Atencio is directing that one in New Orleans this summer, with Union shooting her role in the comedy before moving to Night in Atlanta and Las Vegas. 








Batkid Begins Trailer Shows Heroes Come In All Sizes

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:40:57 GMT

Batkid Begins Trailer Shows Heroes Come In All Sizes

Heart-warming documentary has a first promo

It’s already been targeted for a remake by Julia Roberts’ production company, but the trailer for Batkid Begins is now online. Take a look below and wonder whether it’s getting dusty in the room...

Directed and produced by Dana Nachman, the documentary follows the build-up and to and events of November 15, 2013, which saw Miles Scott, a five year-old from Northern California whose Make-A-Wish request was to be Batman for a day. The result was one of the biggest events of its kind, with San Francisco turned into Gotham City for a day so Miles could aid Batman on a crime-fighting mission. Thousands of supporters turn out to help, and the day became a massive presence on social media. 

Exploring the phenomenon, the documentary chronicles the initial campaign, the build-up and the day itself, with commentary from the family, those involved in bringing the wish to life and even looking at the impact it had with those who have worked on the Batman movies. Batkid Begins played several festivals in the US and arrives in cinemas across the pond in limited release on June 26. There’s no word on a UK date just yet. 








John C. McGinley Faces Horror In The Belko Experiment

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:40:56 GMT

John C. McGinley Faces Horror In The Belko Experiment

Melonie Diaz is also on for the James Gunn-produced film

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James Gunn is taking the drip feed approach to casting announcements when it comes to The Belko Experiment, the horror thriller he’s producing. The Guardians Of The Galaxy director has announced that John C. McGinley and Melonie Diaz are now aboard the film.

Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean is handling the directorial chores on this one, since Gunn has his hands full wrangling together another script about Rocket Racoon and co. 

The Belko Experiment, which Gunn wrote several years ago and has since polished, is set at a facility of the Belko company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees ordered to either kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belko employee. McGinley will be socially awkward executive Wendell Dukes, a man who prefers to socialise with friends such as Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) and doesn’t enjoy being around his employees. Diaz will be Dany Wilkins, the new girl at the facility who is about to experience the worst employee orientation of all time.

With John Gallagher Jr. also in the cast, McLean will kick off shooting next month in Bogota, Colombia. Expect more cast members to be announced in the coming days.


Keanu Reeves Gets Terrorised In New Knock Knock Trailer

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:40:54 GMT

Keanu Reeves Gets Terrorised In New Knock Knock Trailer

Eli Roth's home invasion horror gets a promo

His first name may translate as "cool breeze over the mountains" but it's more a case of "shitstorm in the kitchen" for Keanu Reeves in exploitation homage Knock Knock. The Eli Roth home-invasion thriller has a new trailer to watch below.



Knock Knock finds Reeves as a seemingly happily married man living with his wife (Ignacia Allamand) when two beautiful young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) show up. They seduce him and end up wrecking his perfect life. With knives and guns and whatever else comes to hand. Ouch.

It's another chance to see Reeves doing genre work, with John Wick's success - and planned sequel - showing there's plenty of appetite for that. On this evidence, though, he's on the receiving end of the majority of the punishment, until the tables, presumably, get turned.

Roth has billed this one as a "psychosexual thriller" in the spirit of early Roman Polanski (Knife In The Water, Repulsion) and Paul Verhoeven. See for yourself when it crashes through the cinema door on June 26. For more on Keanu in the meantime, head to our recent chat with the great man.


The Help's Tate Taylor Catches The Girl On The Train

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:09:55 GMT

The Help's Tate Taylor Catches The Girl On The Train

DreamWorks' adaptation of Paula Hawkins' novel

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Looking to jump on the bandwagon – or maybe the bookshelf – of novel adaptations such as Gone Girl, DreamWorks is turning to director Tate Taylor to help bring Paula Hawkins’ thriller tome The Girl On The Train to cinemas

Taylor is no stranger to novel adaptations – he made The Help into a huge, Oscar-winning hit for DreamWorks and more recently directed James Brown biopic Get On Up

Hawkins’ novel follows a recently divorced woman struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She sees a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasize about their lives. But things take a turn when she returns home covered in blood after a blackout drunk spree, and may have become intertwined with their lives...

With roughly two million copies of the tome sold so far, it’s easy to see why DreamWorks might see the potential in this one, with Secretary/Men, Women & Children writer Erin Cressida Wilson at work on the adaptation.

It’s early days for the thriller, which is still in the development station and the eventual film may end up transposing the setting to, say, New York, but DreamWorks will no doubt want it on screens as soon as possible to capitalise on the book’s success.








Whiplash's Melissa Benoist Driven To Lowriders

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:09:55 GMT

Whiplash's Melissa Benoist Driven To Lowriders

She'll star in the car culture drama

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She made an impact with just a couple of scenes in Whiplash and is set to become a much bigger name thanks to scoring the title role for TV’s Supergirl, but Melissa Benoist is still finding time for indie movies. She’s signed on to star in Lowriders.

Ricardo de Montreuil is set to direct, working from Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping’s script for the film, which already boasts Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria, Tony Revolori, Gabriel Chavarria, Theo Rossi and Yvette Monreal in its cast.

Lowriders follows a teenager caught between his traditional father and estranged gang member brother when he enters an annual "supershow" for lowrider vehicles. Benoist will be his girlfriend, Lorelei, having won the role over the likes of Nicola Peltz and Lily Collins. It also marks her reunion with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, which helped make Whiplash.

Benoist will be back on the big screen in the Al Pacino-starring Danny Collins, which arrives in the UK next week. 


Kat Dennings Joins The Croods 2

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:09:55 GMT

Kat Dennings Joins The Croods 2

Leslie Mann also aboard the DreamWorks Animation sequel

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DreamWorks Animation announced in April 2013 that it was working on a sequel to caveman family comedy The Croods, but given how long it takes to produce CG films generally, it’s not a shock to have to wait for updates. But we do at least now know that Kat Dennings and Leslie Mann will be part of the voice cast for the follow-up.

The sequel, which is once more from writing/directing team Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, picks up with the prehistoric family (including Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Ryan Reynolds as human pal Guy), settling into life in a community. But this time, they’ll have to deal with snooty upscale neighbours who want to compete with them. Mann will play the matriarch of this new family, with Dennings as the daughter, who has had her hunting instincts suppressed.

Mann, last seen in The Other Woman, will crop up in the new Vacation movie (out on August 21) and How To Be Single, which arrives here on February 12 next year. Dennings, currently best known here for her snark-tastic turn as Darcy in the Thor films, spends most of her time appearing on US TV sitcom 2 Broke Girls. 








Release Date For World War Z Sequel

Fri, 22 May 2015 07:54:25 GMT

Release Date For World War Z Sequel

Zombiegeddon continues in 2017

The screenplay was signed, sealed and delivered by Steven Knight in January. Now the sequel to 2013's World War Z has a release date. It'll be out on June 9, 2017, leaving just the small matter of Juan Antonio Bayona's actual production in the meantime. 

Half a billion dollars at the box office meant that the first World War Z was not at all the disaster that many had predicted. Bayona (The Impossible) and Knight (LockeHummingbirdEastern Promises), signed onto the project around this time last year, with Knight dropping the intriguing bit of intelligence that the sequel is "a clean slate".

With no plot details revealed so far, it's still unclear what that means. Is it possible that World War Z is set to become an anthology series, with each potential instalment a smaller piece of a bigger puzzle? Are we going to move our focus to different characters, leaving Brad Pitt to produce - via his Plan B shingle - but not appear in front of the camera? Or was Knight just talking about ignoring whatever had already been written and starting his own attack from scratch?

What's certain is that there's plenty of as-yet unused material from Max Brooks' novel for the film to draw on. The undead are moving more slowly this time though, since the hoped-for start date last autumn shuffled past with nothing happening. Since the clock is now officially ticking, however, we'd assume there'll be more action soon.


Reese Witherspoon Goes Magical For Tink

Fri, 22 May 2015 00:09:38 GMT

Reese Witherspoon Goes Magical For Tink

Disney has her playing a live-action Tinker Bell

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Disney has been enjoying some success with its live-action versions of popular fairy tales, and is looking to keep the magic and the money flowing. Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in and produce a new take on Tinker Bell, which is in development under the name Tink.

The Mouse House has Finding Dory co-writer Victoria Strouse at work on a script that will aim to do for Tink what Maleficent did for, well, Maleficent. The unexplored side to the occasionally temperamental sprite will fill a story that has yet to be specified and there’s no director on board right now. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be a more modest film than the lavish spectacle of the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale revamp. 

Peter Pan’s fairy pal has been well used by the company since she rose to more prominence in its 1953 Disney 'toon of his adventures, especially since she began headlining her own range of Fairies Blu-ray-based titles. The Peter Pan story itself is flitting back to our cinemas later this year with Pan landing on October 16. 


New Trailer For Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:21:23 GMT

New Trailer For Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Little Mister Sunshine

Already a darling of this year’s Sundance, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl lands at the ember’s end of the summer with prizes and goodwill in tow. It’s going to have to struggle hard to avoid the ‘this year’s Fault In Our Stars’ tags, although Juno, Little Miss Sunshine and Napoleon Dynamite may also muscle onto the posters quotes too. Regardless, it’s one we’re looking out for. Check out the film's new trailer below.

Our protagonist is the socially-awkward Greg (Thomas Mann), a man with a clunky turn of phrase that's occasionally at odds with his pathological desire to fit in. When he finds himself thrust by his well-meaning parents (Connie Britton and Nick Offerman) into the company of his classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke), he’s all, like, "god-do-I-have-to?" and “whatever!” about it.

But Rachel's potentially life-threatening illness – she’s been diagnosed with leukaemia – adds meaning to their time together and soon they’ve formed a bond. It’s one which deepens when he introduces her to Earl (RJ Cyler), a friend he can barely bring himself to call as such, with whom he makes short spoof versions of movies. As Greg and Earl start to work on a movie for Rachel, Greg starts to realise what he might have been missing out on.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown's Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed this one, working from a script adapted by Jesse Andrews from his own novel. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl hits UK cinemas on September 9.








The Voices Director Marjane Satrapi Sets Up Her New Film

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:01:58 GMT

The Voices Director Marjane Satrapi Sets Up Her New Film

About a fake fakir's misadventures in Europe...

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Marjane Satrapi is not a director who makes run-of-the-mill movies. Her work to date has included graphic novel adaptation Persepolis and The Voices, which had Ryan Reynolds as an accidental serial killer who hears his pets speak in his brain. She’s continuing the run of unusual films with her latest, The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe

Adapted from Romain Puertolas’ bestselling book, the story follows a con man from New Delhi who travels to France and falls in love with a Parisian. But even as he’s trying to woo the woman, he’s accidentally deported with a group of African refugees to a far corner of Europe. “I made a film about the Iranian revolution, Persepolis, another film about a man who kills himself for love, Chicken With Plums, and this movie will touch on immigration but as always, in a light and humorous way,” the director tells Variety. “It’s a story about love, magic and adventure and it takes place across three continents. I’m drawn to fantasy stories and I love creating worlds that don’t exist, imagining things in bigger and more beautiful ways because reality bores me.” 

She has Indian actor Dhanush in talks for the lead role, and is looking for three English-speaking actors to complete her main cast. We can’t wait to see cinema owners try to fit that title on even digital billboards. 


Zac Efron Knows We Are Your Friends In A New Trailer

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:01:58 GMT

Zac Efron Knows We Are Your Friends In A New Trailer

Hey DJ

We saw Zac Efron orchestrate insane parties in Bad Neighbors, but that was frat boy comedy. Now comes We Are Your Friends, which finds him trying to find his groove as an electronic dance music DJ in a new coming-of-age drama. Check out the first trailer. 

We Are Your Friends sees Efron playing Cole Carter, a 23-year-old wannabe DJ who spends his days working manual labour and other jobs with his mates and plotting how they’re going to shape their future. Cole wants to find that one track that will set him on the road to success, but he’s still struggling. Then he meets James (Wes Bentley), a charismatic, talented but damaged older DJ who takes him under his wing. Soon, his life is changing, but things start to get complicated when Cole falls for James’ girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). Soon, Cole has a choice, and his decision could make his career or destroy everything...

With Max Joseph directing from a script he wrote with Meaghan Oppenheimer, and featuring Jon Bernthal, Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez and Vanessa Lengies also in the cast, We Are Your Friends will be in UK cinemas on August 28.








Cinematographer Roger Deakins Joins The Blade Runner Sequel

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:01:57 GMT

Cinematographer Roger Deakins Joins The Blade Runner Sequel

He'll reunite with director Denis Villeneuve

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If you still have concerns about the Blade Runner sequel, you can now seemingly rest assured that it should look good. Because director Denis Villeneuve has hired regular collaborator (and even more regular Oscar nominee) Roger Deakins as his cinematographer for the film.

The sequel is still in development, with Hampton Fancher and Michael Green at work on the script. While Ryan Gosling has reportedly been in talks to star in the movie, there is no confirmation of a deal or whether he even got to the negotiating stage. Plot details naturally remain scant, but we do know that Harrison Ford in aboard to reprise his iconic role as conflicted cop Rick Deckard.

Deakins, who has now been nominated for 12 Oscars without a win, worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners and the director’s latest, Sicario, which has been premiering at Cannes. “Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to Blade Runner to the big screen,” say producers Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson in a statement.

Given the Academy’s usual attitude to science fiction – the original Blade Runner scored two nominations, for its effects and art decoration – we doubt the sequel will be the movie that finally brings gong justice to Deakins, but stranger things have happened. He’s been busy most recently reuniting with the Coen brothers on Hail, Caesar!, which will be with us on February 26 next year.