Deadline is reporting that Nicholas and Kristen Stewart are being eyed for the lead roles in the science fiction movie Equals.
Drake Doremus is casting up his next film Equals for an early 2014 start, and I hear he is courting The Twilight Saga‘s Kristen Stewart and Warm Bodies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past star Nicholas Hoult to be the young couple that anchors this science fiction tale penned by Nathan Parker (Moon).
Doremus talked up the project while doing press for Breathe In, the most recent film he helmed that stars his Like Crazy heroine Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan. Indian Paintbrush, Steven Rales’ production/financing company that forged a relationship with Doremus on Like Crazy, is backing the film.
Stewart is repped by Gersh and Hoult by UTA and 42.
Dark Places, the feature adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel starring Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster), Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emmy Award-nominated actress Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Corey Stoll and Tye Sheridan commenced principal photography this week on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Dark Places is written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), and is co-financed by Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films. Exclusive Media is producing with Stephane Marsil of Hugo Films, Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix; and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Matt Rhodes. Exclusive Media’s Matt Jackson will produce, with the company’s Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner Executive Producing. Peter Safran will also serve as an Executive Producer.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby’s mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw – or didn’t see – the night of the tragedy.
Rounding out the cast alongside Theron, Hoult, Moretz, Hendricks, Toll and Sheridan are supporting cast members Sterling Jerins, who will play Young Libby, and Shannon Kook.
Toiling in the shadow of bigger players such as Pixar, DreamWorks and Fox / Blue Sky are the smaller indie ‘toon companies, who often struggle to find a box office niche. The latest company, UK outfit Kaleidoscope, will be hoping that a Toy Story-style adventure called Once Upon A Time In The Kitchen about spoons and such plus voice work from Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and Stephen Fry will help its cause.
Alexander Williams, who has worked as an animator on the likes of The Lion King, Monster House and The Iron Giant, is stepping up to direct this one, working from a script by Friends veteran Chris Brown.
They will be kicking off work in September on the tale of a kitchen divided between everyday utensils and the snooty best silver from the other side of the table.
Williams, as you’d expect from a director of a movie like this, was quick to stress the potential film’s universal appeal: “It’s a fantasy adventure aimed squarely at a family audience, but with enough sophisticated wit to keep the grown-ups happy.”
The British actor, and beau of Jennifer Lawrence, talks about tackling the lead role in Jack The Giant Slayer, laughing at his co-star’s stunt bloopers and a penchant for climbing trees.
What makes your Jack tick in Jack And The Giant Slayer?
Well, Jack lost his parents when he was pretty young, has been raised by his uncle and has a good heart and good intentions, but things don’t always go his way. He hasn’t had a lot of breaks in life, and then he gets swept up on this adventure to try to rescue the princess, but he’s totally unprepared and scared of heights, which is very inappropriate when you’re climbing five miles into the sky on a beanstalk.
Did you have fun romancing Eleanor Tomlinson’s princess?
We’d mess around and joke about stuff in the scenes. It can be tricky to develop a relationship quickly without that many scenes and have the audience believe your characters. But Bryan [Singer] knows how to formulate a solid story that’s well told, and that sweeps you up. So he managed to pop out the key points for us very clearly.
Were there any opportunities to have a laugh during production?
I enjoyed it when things would go wrong during Eleanor’s stunts [laughs]. Not terribly wrong, but just, like, when we were in the cathedral and maybe Eleanor wasn’t listening when they were talking about camera timings and when we had to drop to the floor. So we were meant to go on ‘action’, but on ‘one’ I see her out of the corner of my eye just hit the deck. It was a hard, concrete floor and you’d hear a little moan of: ‘Ow.’ That made me laugh a lot.
Did you enjoy the physicality of the role?
I climbed a lot of trees when I was a child, and I thought I’d enjoy a second chance to do that on a grand scale. Even recently, I was out walking around the woods at my house and I was like: ‘Oh, a massive tree to climb,’ and I did. It was easier when I was a kid: I’m getting worse at tree climbing. When you’re a kid, you’re fearless and the branches can take your weight a lot easier.
What did you like about the film’s story?
I just like the fact that these two characters are being told what they can’t do and they won’t achieve, and they both, against the odds, go out and accomplish things and learn and grow. That’s a great message to be sending out to anyone watching the film, but particularly to kids. Don’t accept no as an answer. And don’t get the beans wet.
Jack The Giant Slayer is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.