Thursday, April 2, 2015
Kristen Stewart is in negotiations to join Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Newcomer Joe Alwyn was cast in the titular role, while Steve Martin and Garrett Hedlund are also part of the cast.
Based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, story follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn (Alwyn) and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings the veterans home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show before they return to war in Iraq.
Stewart is lining up the role of Kathryn, Billy’s older sister.
Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group are onboard alongside TriStar and Film4. Production is slated to start this month.
Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing “Slumdog Millionaire,” adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, as well as Lee.
Stewart, best known for “The Twilight Saga,” most recently won raves for her roles in “Still Alice” opposite Julianne Moore and “Clouds of Sils Maria” opposite Juliette Binoche. She will next be seen in Drake Doremus’ “Equals” and recently signed on to star in Woody Allen’s next film.
She is represented by Gersh.
Kristen Stewart is in talks to join the cast of the TriStar pic “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” directed by Ang Lee.
Joe Alwyn stars as the title character along with Garrett Hedlund.
Based on the Ben Fountain novel, “Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group.
Sony Pictures is handling worldwide distribution except for China, where Bona Film will release the film.
In the fictional story, Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashes back to the underlying events and Billy’s heroism.
Lee will be using new methods, both technological and artistic, with the goal of further engaging the audience. Lee will use the Sony F65 camera shooting in native 3D, high resolution, and with an ultra-high frame rate to create a different cinematic syntax in service of the story. He envisions creating a new way for audiences to experience drama, including the heightened sensation that soldiers really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.
Per Backstage (via @Gossipgyal)
A young private is brought home for a promotional tour after a battle he's involved with in Iraq is caught on camera.
With Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Beau Knapp, and Steve Martin.
Produced by TriStar Productions, Bona Film Group, Ink Factory.
Shoots April 15–June 15 in Atlanta and the Middle East.
Casting Juliette as Juliette, in terms of how the audience perceives her, is kind of a thread in the casting of most of your movies. Asia Argento or Kim Gordon, for instance, in Boarding Gate, or Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep. They have their public, celebrity image, which you use to an effect in all of those films.
Yes, it's always been in the background. Here more than the others it's in the forefront. It's basically the subject of the film. But I didn't realize it until late in the process: the fact that I was using Juliette as Juliette. And then that somehow contaminated the whole film. All of a sudden you were looking at Kristen as Kristen and Chloe playing someone who she's not, but could easily have been. You know, it's a movie where you always keep in touch with whatever you know about those individuals, those actors.
You said that originally you were thinking of casting Kristen in Chloe's role.
We kind of moved back and forth between the two parts. But I think the best approach was using her as Valentine.
You didn't cast her in a part where you could say, "Oh, there are aspects of Kristen there," but in a part that forces her to basically comment directly on herself. She has that line about Chloe's character: "Well, at least she's not some antiseptic celebrity..."
Right, yes, exactly.
It's that public perception of her as being sort of aloof because she doesn't fit a certain definition of starlet.
Right, and those are the sort of actresses that I'm attracted to working with and find interesting.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Portraits were taken during 'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Camp X-Ray' promo in New York on 8 October 2014 for 'Still Alice' promo.
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Outtake is from the 'Interview magazine' photoshoot and interview in 2006.
To see more on that photoshoot (interviewed by 'Zathura' director Jon Favreau), click here.