Thomas M. Wright (Acute Misfortune) is prepping crime thriller shoot, The Unknown Man, with Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Boy Erased) and Sean Harris (The King, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) set to star. South Australian Premiere Steven Marshall’s office made the announcement on Monday with confirmation of the film’s location shoot in the region following production wrap on Warner Bros. Mortal Kombat from director Simon McQuoid.
Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat film is reportedly circling actor Joel Edgerton for the role of Kano according to an exclusive at That Hashtag Show. The news comes following word that screenwriter Greg Russo completed his latest script for the upcoming production which the report also states is being slated to shoot in the summer.
From L to R: Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry and Will Smith in BRIGHT (Matt Kennedy/Netflix)
Taken through the meat grinder by critics while heralded by viewers like myself, it was a likely matter of time before Netflix would officially plant its feet into sequel territory from David Ayer’s latest success story, Bright. Thus, the streaming giant made it official on Wednesday with a new comedy skit as seen below, and with reports that Ayer will direct, as well as pen the script in place of Max Landis who wrote the first film.
Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton led the film set in an alternative Los Angeles where humans, orcs and elves co-exist in a fragile state of peace in seperate classes stemming from a tumultuous history of conflict. That history comes to a head when two embattled LAPD patrol partners, Daryl and Nick, find themselves on a collision course with a dark elf and her two deadly enforcers a bust gone wrong with a fugitive elf girl carrying a powerful wand in her care.
Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless are also returning to produce the new film while cast additions and further announcements remain pending. That being said, while it is okay to observe what the critics have said, it will also service you to take consumers’ responses into consideration as well. Granted, Suicide Squad was crap but Bright is definitely not the shitshow the naysayers are making it out to be. Recommended.
Amazon Studios rolled out their first official trailer in fine form for Nash Edgerton’s new road action comedy, Gringo. David Oyewolo leads and teases a hilarious fish-out-of-water narrative for this one with actress Charlize Theron milking the heck out of another boss role alongside Joel Edgerton fetching his best American accent to date.
Mild-mannered pharmaceutical company executive Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) takes a business trip from Chicago to Mexico with his cutthroat bosses Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Elaine (Charlize Theron).
At the company’s Mexican lab, Richard orders manager Sanchez (Hernán Mendoza) to stop selling the bioengineered marijuana product Cannabax to a brutal, Beatles-loving cartel kingpin known as The Black Panther. Meanwhile, straight-arrow Harold learns he’ll be out of a job as soon as Richard and Elaine sell their newly cleaned-up company to a conglomerate. And when he turns to his wife Bonnie (Thandie Newton) back home for comfort, she confesses via Skype that she’s having an affair.
Targeted by the ruthless Black Panther, who hopes to gain access to the Cannabax formula, Harold disappears before his bosses return to Chicago. A few hours later they receive a call informing them he’s been kidnapped, and his captors are demanding a $5 million ransom. Rather than pay, Richard dispatches his mercenary-turned-humanitarian brother Mitch (Sharlto Copley) to extract Harold. But even with some temporary assistance from warmhearted American tourist Sunny (Amanda Seyfried) and her drug-mule boyfriend Miles (Harry Treadaway), Harold’s prospects for survival grow dimmer by the minute.
Pursued by an army of attackers, Harold crosses the line from mild-mannered citizen to wanted criminal. But is he out of his depth? Or two steps ahead? An action-comedy roller-coaster ride brimming with black humor, white-knuckle car chases and double-dealing, Gringo takes the concept of adventure travel to a whole new level.
That Edgerton, the acclaimed debut helmer behind The Square, is also stuntman speaks highly here to his accumulating credentials. His approach to outlandish and gonzo comedy here from a script by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone looks proper and the addition of Sharlto Copley peppering things in that department should all but add to the delight when Gringo rolls out in select theaters in March.
A green-band and NSFW trailer are online… but I’m sharing the latter because I suspect that we’re all adults and otherwise concious beings aware of what to do and what not to do at the workplace. Enjoy!
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.
Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad) also star for the film’s December 22 release. Enjoy the trailer below because much of it looks like a purely promising holiday action flick.
Bright is also up for a hopeful sequel if the rumors are anything to say for it. Otherwise, there’s still time to stir the pot should Ayer’s latest effort of film labor suit your fancy.
Filming is reportedly underway for the production of Red Sparrow for 20th Century Fox with none other than Hunger Games franchise co-helmer Francis Lawrence directing actress Jennifer Lawrence. She is joined by Academy Award-nominated Dutch actress Thekla Reuten along with actors Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons.
Lawrence plays a Russian intelligence officer forced against her will to become a ‘Sparrow’ and assigned to operate against a first-tour CIA agent only for her mission to spiral into an impossible love affair fueled by her accidental double-life. The film hails from Jason Matthews’s espionage novel of the same name and adapted for the screen by Eric Warren Singer and later by Justin Haythe.
Chernin Entertainment is producing for the film’s November 10 release.
Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales of Stingray, with WME Global representing U.S. rights.
The martial arts action genre continues to play heavily in India’s highly productive market despite anyone’s notice of these films beyond their borders. So, it still a delightful surprise to see such films come about, and much to the chagrin of some critics, that includes remakes which are pretty typical in Indian cinema as directors sometimes remake their own films or that of other directors, local or abroad.
In this instance, we take the name Gavin O’Connor whose 2011 feature-length mixed martial arts drama, Warrior, was a critical hit, but flopped in the U.S.. This week, that film falls at at the feet of Bollywood writer and director Karan Malhotra for the Hindi remake with lead actor Sidharth Malhotra (pictured above) and potential addition, action hero Akshay Kumar respectively portraying the roles previously played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
The original film’s distributors at Lionsgate are producing the remake with Endemol India to retell the story that previously featured fight choreography by J.J. Perry (Haywire, The Expendables 3) and centered on Hardy and Edgerton as two brothers, one a former Marine and the other a former UFC fighter-turned-schoolteacher, on opposite ends of a three-way family rift stemmimg from their abusive childhood at the behest of their father, played by Nick Nolte. Driven by their own motives, the two brothers eventually find themselves competing in the same mixed martial arts tournament with the grand prize of 5 million dollars to the winner.
In my opinion, not a lot of people are very familiar with Indian action cinema as it gets overlooked by a lot of other films from Hollywood, Hong Kong and the like. But with Lionsgate helping out the project, we’ll see how much publicity this one gets in the states. Granted it might gain its footing mostly with filmgoers familiar with Bollywood cinema, but it could go as far as the film festival circuit in North America much like Vidyut Jammwal’s 2013 hit, Commando, and grow its audience from there. But, time will tell.
In the meantime, Malhotra is currently expected to dazzle audiences at home with director Mohit Suri’s latest romantic murder thriller, Ek Villain, which releases natively on June 27. Check out the trailer below!
H/T: Bollywood Hungama