Deadline is reporting that Nicholas is on a shortlist to take on “Robin Hood: Origins”. Read the article below.
Lionsgate is looking to beat its rival Robin Hood projects to the punch by mining up-and-coming talent from across the pond for its Robin Hood: Origins. Rising Brit actor Taron Egerton is on the mini-major’s shortlist to head into Sherwood Forest, along with fellow Brits Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston and Irish-American actor Jack Reynor. The Maze Runner‘s Dylan O’Brian is also believed to be under consideration. Scheduling is an issue for some of these hot young thesps. For example Egerton, who came to prominence with a career-making turn in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, could have availability issues if a sequel to Kingsman, which grossed over $400 million worldwide, gets its expected greenlight from Fox.
Deadline understands that Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst, the only actor who did that, and that perhaps gives him a slight advantage on the likes of Hoult and Huston, though no decisions have been made. All of the above names would bring plenty — and different — strengths to the role.
Peaky Blinders‘ Bathurst is directing Lionsgate’s gritty, revisionist take on the legend. Joby Harold, the scribe who wrote Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur with Guy Ritchie directing Charlie Hunnam, has conjured up the origins story that has been likened to The Dark Knight. Here, Robin Hood returns from fighting in The Crusades and finds that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws and they take matters into their own hands. The picture is being produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, and Safe House’s Harold and Tory Tunnell and Basil Iwanyk.
There are other Robin Hood projects also set up around town. Disney has the Brandon Barker spec Nottingham & Hood, which is said to be in the vein of Pirates Of The Caribbean and Enchanted. The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona are producing. Sony last fall bought a Robin Hood pitch for $1 million from Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott with Aperture’s Adam Goldworm executive producing. That project, Hood, has been described as Fast And Furious meets Mission: Impossible. Warner Bros has also quietly put one of its own Robin Hood projects into development, scripted by Gangster Squad and Aquaman scribe Will Beall and produced by The Lego Movie‘s Dan Lin and John Zaozirny.
With the quartet of projects vying to get to the start post, Lionsgate is doing everything it can to get out of the gates first. It is aiming to start production in the first quarter of 2016. The last time there were rival Robin Hood projects was in 1991, when the Kevin Costner-starrer Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves went against the Patrick Bergin-Uma Thurman Robin Hood and wiped the floor with it despite being released a month later.
After announcing “Equals” will be part of the line-up of Venice Film Festival they also released some production stills of the film, which I’ve added to our gallery.
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Relativity filed for bankruptcy yesterday and now THR is reporting what might happen to the films they have down the pipeline, including Nicholas’ upcoming movie “Collide” (previously known as “Autobahn”)
Relativity, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, may be shedding films. But with an auction now pending, lenders have a vested interest in seeing the company remain in the film business. And to do that, a restructured Relativity will need to keep some product in the pipeline.
Now that Relativity has filed Chapter 11, there are several high-profile titles in flux. Autobahn, now titled Collide, the action-thriller starring Felicity Jones, Nicholas Hoult and Anthony Hopkins, which had been penciled in an Oct. 30 release, is among that group. “If it stays at Relativity, it’s a disaster,” says one person involved with the film. However, other parties involved in the production would still like to see it remain at Relativity.
Nicholas’ upcoming film “Equals” has been selected for the Venice Film Festival. The film will be in competition for the Venice Golden Lion Award.
Emin Alper Abluka (Frenzy)
Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog
Marco Bellocchio Sangue del mio sangue
Sue Brooks Looking for Grace
Drake Doremus Equals
Atom Egoyan Remember
Cary Fukunaga Beasts of No Nation
Giuseppe M. Gaudino Per amor vostro
Xavier Giannoli Marguerite
Amos Gitai Rabin, the Last Day
Luca Guadagnino A Bigger Splash
Oliver Hermanus The Endless River
Tom Hooper The Danish Girl
Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson Anomalisa
Piero Messina L’attesa
Jerzy Skolimowski 11 minut (11 Minutes)
Aleksandr Sokurov Francofonia
Pablo Trapero El Clan
Christian Vincent L’hermine
Zhao Liang Behemoth
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival takes place September 2-12.
Nicholas is featured in the July issue of Total Film UK. A scan of the interview has been added to our gallery. Massive thanks to my friend Lindsey, who is the webmaster of Rachel McAdams Online, for sending the scan our way.
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The first production still featuring Nicholas from “X-Men: Apocalypse” has been released. The still has been added to our gallery.
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