Nathan Fillion recently challenged Tom to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Tom has responded!
According to Deadline, Tom is being consider for the title role in the Ben-Hur remake!
EXCLUSIVE: MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov set a February 26, 2016, release date on an epic remake of Ben-Hur; have they found their chariot driver in Tom Hiddleston? I hear that he’s the one the studios are courting to play Judah Ben-Hur in the adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.
Hiddleston isn’t being fitted for a toga just yet. He has other projects vying for his services, including the MGM pic Me Before You. Keith Clarke, who scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back, wrote the script that MGM pounced on after that company got ambitious following its emergence from bankruptcy and huge hits in Skyfall and The Hobbit. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey joined Sean Daniel and Joni Levin as producers, with Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing. Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley wrote the last draft.
MGM released the 1959 Charlton Heston-toplined Ben-Hur, as well as the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. That doesn’t mean much here, after all the library strip mining done by Kirk Kerkorian in the 1980s. Wallace’s book is public domain, and that makes it possible. Pic leans heavier on the book than did William Wyler’s film, playing up a parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ. That’s juxtaposed by the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. Judah Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector. After the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude and mocks Judah and his religion. When a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, Messala betrays his childhood friend and manipulates the accident so that Judah is sold into slavery and certain death on a Roman warship, with his mother and sister thrown in prison for life. Judah vows revenge, culminating in the famed chariot races.
Hiddleston seems an ideal choice. Long thought of as a classical actor in parlor dramas, he remade himself as a global action star thanks to his work as the charismatic anti-hero Loki in the Thor and The Avengers films. Stay tuned.
Some news on the status of Crimson Peak by director, Guillermo del Toro.
As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects. There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain. Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain. Read on after the jump.
Del Toro most recently wrapped filming on his next film, Crimson Peak. The pic has been described as a classical gothic romance ghost story and stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska. Del Toro has normally kept to more colorful stories for his English-language pics and tackled heavier subject matter in Spanish, so Crimson Peak marks a significant “first” for the filmmaker:
“It’s the first time I tackle, on film, an adult subject in a way that is not based on a property or comic book/animation type of arena. Mimic was such a shocking experience that I made a decision back then in 1997 to do the sort of more auteristic, harder-to-pin movies in Spanish and do the big pop spectacles in English. It was finding a home at Legendary and being supported by Universal—Donna Langley was a big champion of Crimson Peak—that gave me the courage to try to bring those sort of adult tools to an English-language studio film. It is, by comparison with Hellboy or Pacific Rim, Crimson is a smaller movie, but it’s very, very personal. So it’s something I haven’t tried before and I’m very proud of it and happy.”
Read more at Collider.Com
Some great news today! It is now confirmed that Tom will play country musician, Hank Williams in the biopic, I Saw The Light!
Marvel’s The Avengers and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston has, according to Deadline, taken the lead role in I Saw the Light, an upcoming biopic of legendary country singer Hank Williams. Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) is set to both write and direct, adapting Colin Escott’s “Hank Williams: The Biography.”
Williams ranks high among the most influential country music singer-songwriters, and he lived a life as hard as any character in a country song. After growing up dirt poor in Alabama during the Depression, Williams skyrocketed to fame with 11 No. 1 hits, including classics “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
Williams also suffered from spina bifida, which led him to turn to alcohol and morphine for pain relief. Haunted by demons and bad habits, Williams died in 1953 at age 29.
RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios, and Creative Wealth Media Finance are co-producing and co-funding the project, which aims shoot this October in Louisiana.
Aaron L. Gilbert will produce with Brett Ratner, G. Marq Rosell and Abraham. Ratner’s partner, James Packer, will be exec producer.
Packed talent schedules are the curse of good television.
With no confirmation yet on when Sherlock series four will start filming, there is still a glimmer of hope for fans of another hit BBC1 crime drama: RadioTimes.com understands that the fourth series of Wallander will be filmed next year.
For fans of the brilliant Swedish detective played by Kenneth Branagh, the news is mixed, however. The BBC have only developed Henning Mankell’s original books and they have nearly done them all.
This means that after three series of three films, the next run will be the last and looks set to conclude with a one-part adaptation of Mankell’s novel The White Lioness and a two-parter based on his final book The Troubled Man.
Sources at the BBC and independent producers Left Bank Pictures confirmed that both parties are confident next year will see the filming begin.
….The first series of Wallander aired in 2008 and subsequent films have appeared at sporadic intervals because of the difficulty of securing the services of lead actor Kenneth Branagh and the rest of the cast. These include Tom Hiddleston who played Magnus Martinsson, a member of Wallander’s team of detectives, in the first two series of the drama but did not appear in series three. Sources say they cannot confirm whether he will reappear in the final run.
Soruce: Radio Times
Producer Thomas Tull is overseeing some big projects at the moment – Godzilla, Jurassic World and Warcraft to name but three. But when we recently caught up with the Legendary Pictures’ boss, the film he seemed most excited about was Crimson Peak – the forthcoming horror from Guillermo Del Toro.
A period piece that stars Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, Del Toro revealed that it’s a gothic romance in the style of Rebecca and Jane Erye when we spoke to him last year (see video below).
And now the director has shown an early cut to Tull, which seems to have blown him away…
“I was very excited about Crimson Peak – I’d seen a bunch of the dailies and footage” he explained. “But he cut together a very large assembly and I was absolutely astounded. I’m going to quote him so I’m not being blasphemous – knowing the great films he’s made that are out there – but I think this is going to be his best film.”
He continued: “The cast in this movie – Mia, Tom, Charlie, and Jessica Chastain – have just embraced their roles and Guillermo, and I literally cannot wait for people to see this.”
High praise indeed, even if it is coming from the producer. If the finished film is better than The Devil’s Backbone or Pan’s Labyrinth, we’ll be very impressed, but audiences will have to wait awhile to find out, with Crimson Peak not hitting screens till the tail-end of 2015.
Tom has signed up for Samuel L Jackson’s The One For The Boys Fashion Ball. The event takes place on June 15th!
If you saw Samuel L Jackson’s awesome (and terrifying) “Have You Got Balls?” video earlier this year, you know that the actor is passionate about raising awareness about male-specific cancers – so much so that he signed up to be the public face of Sofia Davis’ charity One For The Boys. However next month he’s taking his efforts to the next level by hosting the first-ever One For The Boys fundraiser in the capital; and when better than during London Collections: Men, the bi-annual three-day menswear extravaganza.
The One For The Boys Fashion Ball (an apt name on many levels) will take place on 15 June at the gargantuan Natural History Museum and will feature a Moët & Chandon reception, dinner cooked by a team of Michelin star chefs including Michael Caines and Tom Kerridge, and a silent auction, raising funds for the charity.
However the real draw will be seeing a few of Jackson’s celebrity friends hit the catwalk in clothes from some of the finest designers around such as Fendi, Armani and Alexander McQueen. Names already signed up to walk? Simon Pegg, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, David Walliams and, yes, Jackson himself. Our Editor Dylan Jones, a global ambassador for the charity, will be there on the night so you can be assured to see all the action here on GQ.co.uk. However if you want to get yourself along to support the very worthy cause a limited number of tickets are available to buy on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The One For The Boys Fashion ball will take place on 15 June at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7. More information at onefortheboys.com
Find @One4TheBoys or search #OFTBFashionBall on Twitter to follow all the action from the event.
Source: GQ Magazine
Never underestimate the power of social media.
Stratford Caldecott, 60, is a huge comic book fan and loves Marvel movies. Unfortunately, due to his advanced prostate cancer, he was too ill to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters. His daughter Sofie Caldecott started an online campaign to get him a DVD before it’s released in August.
Thanks to her efforts, people began posting pictures of themselves appealing to the cast of The Avengers and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by holding signs and using the hashtag #CapforStrat. Mark Ruffalo was the first star from the movie to participate. “Banner/Hulk for Strat! #CapForStrat,” he tweeted Wednesday. The actor, 46, added the caption: “Hang tough Strat! We are pulling for you.”
Samuel L. Jackson followed suit that day, tweeting, “Keep fighting and Stay Strong Strat! You can do it!”
ther Marvel actors who took #CapforStrat selfies include Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Ming-Na Wen. Only one Avengers star (Scarlett Johansson), one Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star (Iain De Caestecker) and three Captain America stars (Hayley Atwell, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan) have yet to participate in the campaign.
Sofie blogged Friday to publicly acknowledge “how great Christopher Markus and the people at Marvel have been, how great the actors have been, how great the general public have been, and, most importantly, the courage of cancer patients, their families and their doctors and nurses around the world.”
Source: E Online
According to Radio Times, Tom is reportedly attached to the role of Stelios Kyriakides, the Greek marathon runner who survived the Nazi occupation of Athens in an upcoming biopic. No official word yet, just rumors for now.
Among his many talents, we reckon Tom Hiddleston is a dab hand when it comes to running. After all, there is this performance to consider….
Could his next role be that of Greek marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides? According to industry website, The Tracking Board, the British actor is being lined up to star as Stelios Kyriakides, the Greek marathon runner who lived in Athens during the Nazi occupation.
The athlete – who competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – ran in the Boston Marathon after the war, going on to win the event and raise funds for Greece’s relief effort.
The film, written by Bill Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), is expected to focus on one specific period of Kyriakides’ life and is yet to find a director, with Hiddleston’s attachment still very much in the rumour stage.
If he does climb on board, his involvement will make for a busy 2014 with roles already confirmed in Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror Crimson Peak (which he’s currently filming) and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise co-starring Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
Source: Radio Times
Finally we have some casting news regarding, High-Rise. Having just wrapped Crimson Peak, Tom will start shooting High-Rise in July!
Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller have joined Tom Hiddleston on Jeremy Thomas’ anticipated JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise from Sightseers and Kill List director Ben Wheatley.
Oscar-winner Irons, who will also shoot Zak Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman this year, will play a visionary architect while the in-demand Foxcatcher star Miller will play his devoted aide who strikes up a relationship with Hiddleston’s character Robert Laing.
Production is due to get underway in July in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the project, which HanWay is shopping in Cannes.
The film centres on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.
Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).
But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees. As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.
Additional casting is underway on the project scripted by Wheatley’s wife and regular collaborator Amy Jump. Backers include Film4, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI, which has committed more than £1m to the project.
Thomas said: “I’m excited to adapt another Ballard book, whose books are full of so many ideas, and to be working with Ben and Amy, Tom, Jeremy and Sienna, and working with Ben and the cast in a movie like this is why I love producing films.”
Wheatley added: “I’ve been a fan of Sienna’s since seeing her heartbreaking role in Factory Girl. There’s a steely resilience in her performances, and I know she will be excellent in her central role in High-Rise.
“What can you say about Jeremy Irons? From Dead Ringers to Margin Call, Jeremy has been creating indelible performances. He’s one of our finest actors and it’s very exciting to work with him.”
Previous adaptations of Ballard’s work include RPC’S controversial drama Crash, directed by David Cronenberg, and Steven Spielberg’s epic, six-time Oscar nominee Empire of The Sun.
HanWay’s Cannes slate includes Everything Will Be Fine from director Wim Wenders starring James Franco and Rachel McAdams; Last Days in The Desert starring Ewan McGregor; Brooklyn starring Saorise Ronan and Domnhall Gleeson; Todd Haynes’ Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska; and Slow West starring Michael Fassbender from See-Saw Films.
The stars were out at Dundurn Castle Tuesday.
Dozens of fans watched as crews filmed scenes for the horror flick Crimson Peak, which has been shooting around Hamilton in recent weeks.
The movie stars Hollywood hunks Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston. The period film is being directed by Guillermo del Toro. Fellow actors include Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Jim Beaver.
Great news! High-Rise will start filming in July in Ireland. Tom has the title role in the upcoming adaption of the book as Robert Laing.
Jeremy Thomas was pleased to confirm today that his upcoming production High-Rise will shoot in Northern Ireland, including a key location in Bangor. The production will receive funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by his regular collaborator Amy Jump, the film is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic British thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston in the lead (Only Lovers Left Alive, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World).
Wheatley is considered one of the most exciting British directors in a generation; having created a substantial stir with his provocative films Sightseers, Kill List and A Field In England. Wheatley recently completed shooting on the new season of Dr Who for the BBC.
Thomas said; “I’m delighted to be shooting this special film in Northern Ireland, with wonderful support from Andrew Reid and all at Northern Ireland Screen. We look forward to a great shoot.”
Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said; “We are delighted to welcome Oscar-winner Jeremy Thomas and his team at the Recorded Picture Company to Northern Ireland. Our investment in projects of this nature help develop the Northern Ireland production sector; contributing to the long-term stability of our creative industries, through the creation of jobs and the evidence that Northern Ireland can compete in the global market.”
High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.
Enter Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal. Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte.
But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.
As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.
High-Rise is slated for a July start, with Thomas producing through Recorded Picture Company.
HanWay Films are handling international sales worldwide. Financiers include Film4 and the British Film Institute.
I have added screen captures to our gallery of Tom in The Pirate Fairy where he voices a young Captain James Hook!
Tom Hiddleston is amused by my voice recorder.
I’ve sat down with him in a quiet room at the Intercontinental in the middle of a busy Toronto Film Festival press day, and he’s intrigued by the boxy digital device I’ve pulled out of my bag.
“I’ve done your job actually, recently,” he says. “I interviewed Natalie Portman for something. It was, like, an hour-long chat, and I had to transcribe it the next day – and I was like, ‘Jesus!’”
Don’t you have people for that? I ask him jokingly.
He shakes his head and laughs. “No.”
I can think of several dozen fans who would have offered to help him out. In recent years, Hiddleston has become not just a movie star but a full-on heartthrob thanks to his breakout portrayal of the emotionally volatile Loki of the Marvel universe.
The unassuming English actor’s magnetism has been evident since his very first feature in 2007, Joanna Hogg’s terrific British drama Unrelated, but when Kenneth Branagh cast him in Thor, Hiddleston was catapulted to a new level of stardom.
Strong work followed: within the space of a month, Hiddleston delivered very different but equally memorable performances in Joss Whedon’s billion-dollar blockbuster The Avengers and Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea. (Post-TIFF, Hiddleston was cast opposite Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, currently wrapping up its Toronto shoot.)
But right now he’s kicking back in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, in which he plays Adam, a louche Detroit-dwelling vampire in a centuries-long relationship with Tilda Swinton’s formidable Eve.
Hiddleston had a ball building his character’s deep, thoughtful backstory with his collaborators.
“Jim and Tilda and I met for about two weeks, six weeks before we shot,” he says. “We sat around a table every day and talked about poetry and music and science and literature and nature. We read each other Rumi and talked about Einstein’s theory of entanglement and Hamlet and the White Stripes and Fibonacci.
“It was just an amazing time of sharing all the things that we loved, filling ourselves up with so many references that we were then happy to drop, because we knew what we were talking about. You see only a third of what we came up with, you know.”
I have added new photos of Tom on the Crimson Peak set during the past couple of days!