Whoa! Last year it was announced that actor Ralph Fiennes would be making his debut as a director on a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus. At the time, we didn’t actually know how contemporary it would be, but thanks to these first photos from the set in Serbia, it looks like Fiennes has actually set his film around the Iraq war. Action blog 30 Ninjas has the scoop on the photos, which come from the first week’s battle scenes in the Serbian city of Pancevo. Fiennes is also starring in this as the lead along with Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, William Hurt, Eddie Marsan, Jessica Chastain & Vanessa Redgrave.
Obviously comparisons are already being made to The Hurt Locker, especially because that took home the Best Picture Oscar earlier this year, and an Iraq war movie combined with Shakespeare instantly sounds like more Oscar bait. The story in Coriolanus follows Roman military leader Caius Martius, who returns home from a war against the Volscans as a war hero with a new last name, Coriolanus, given for the city which he conquered. However, he is banished from Rome as a traitor. Coriolanus then allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city of Rome. I’m not sure how that will fit into the Iraq war, but I’m already excited.
If the calls stop coming into Bryce Dallas Howard’s agent’s office for the description of a young, lead red head, I get the feeling that it’s because newcomer Jessica Chastain might be grabbing her future roles instead. You might not know it yet, but Chastain is the next best thing – especially if Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life turns out to be golden. She has now been added to Ami Canaan Mann’s The Fields as the film’s co-lead. But just before uploading the piece, I noticed that Chastain isn’t the only lady with a bright future who is boarding the project – an accidental find on IMDB reports that Chloe Moretz will also be joining the picture. I first caught a glimpse of Moretz here, and just recently saw her steal the show in Kick Ass.
Written by Don Ferrarone, The Fields is the story of two homicide detectives (Worthington and Chastain) who probe a series of murders along coastal Texas. During the course of the investigation they must overcome fierce killers as they race to save a street child named Little Anne (Chloe Moretz) from becoming the next victim.
Chastain will be seen next in John Madden’s The Debt, Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome and is currently filming Coriolanus for Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut.
TREE OF LIFE is another one of those films that everyone is waiting on.
Well, news comes about the film, but it isn’t much.
At the Indie Spirit awards, Apparition’s Bob Berney talks about his excitement for the next film from director, Terrence Malick. If you remember back in October, Berney said he had no clue when TREE was coming out.
Now he’s saying that the film will be released worldwide in early November. It’s also very likely that it will show at Cannes this year. Pete Hammond from the LA Times reports Berney saying that TREE is like a dream and that Malick fans will be very happy. He also compares Brad Pitt’s performance to Robert De Niro’s in THIS BOYS LIFE, saying that people are going to see a side of Pitt they’ve never seen before. Another performance that made some waves was from Jessica Chastain, who plays Pitt’s wife.
For those of you who may have already forgotten what TREE OF LIFE was about, here’s our synopsis:
We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, Jack, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does, with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way, of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth. Framing this story is that of adult Jack (Sean Penn), a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.
Ralph Fiennes will begin shooting his directorial debut Coriolanus next week.
The award-winning British actor will also star in the historic epic alongside Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox when filming begins in Belgrade, Serbia, on March 17.
Ralph, who is also producing the big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, will star as revered Roman General Coriolanus, at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens.
Pushed by his controlling mother Volumnia (Vanessa) to enter the Senate, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses, despite needing their votes to secure a Senate seat.
When the public refuse to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot which culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard) to take his revenge on the city.
The cast also features John Kani, Paul Jesson, James Nesbitt, Ashraf Barhom, Lubna Azabal and Jessica Chastain – soon to be seen in Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life and John Madden’s The Debt – as Coriolanus’s wife Virgilia.
Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd and Oscar-winning sound mixer Ray Beckett, who both worked on The Hurt Locker, are among the crew.
source: The Press Association
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