The past week in film saw a brief break from awards season excitement and instead the focus was on previewing some of 2015’s most highly anticipated upcoming films, confirming exciting new projects for some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of one of the best-loved films of the ‘80s. Join Culturefly as we highlight the movie news from the past week.
Casting News: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for Assassin’s Creed
X-Men and Twelve Years a Slave actor Michael Fassbender has been attached to the film adaptation of video game Assassin’s Creed for some time now and this week the film was confirmed as being officially in production. Excitingly, La Vie en Rose’s Marion Cotillard, also notably Fassbender’s co-star in the upcoming latest movie version of Macbeth, has also signed up to appear in the film.
The plot of Assassin’s Creed revolves around the ability of protagonist Desmond Miles to relive his assassin ancestors’ memories via a mysterious machine called the Animus. Fassbender, who is also a co-producer on the film, will play both Desmond and his assassin ancestors, whilst Cotillard is believed to be playing the female lead, although the details of her character are being kept tightly under wraps.
Interestingly, Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel also directed Fassbender and Cotillard in Macbeth. This highly anticipated adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy has yet to be released, but the fact that the two actors wanted to reunite with Kurzel so soon after completing Macbeth bodes well for this new project they plan to complete together. Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed both promise to be must-sees upon their releases in late 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The Breakfast Club Turns 30
Ask anyone to name their favourite teen high school movie and there’s a safe bet 1985’s The Breakfast Club will get a mention. This iconic,John Hughes directed film tells the story of five very different teenagers, forced to spend a Saturday morning together in detention where they form an unlikely bond. The movie endures today in large part because of the universality of its themes, its charming leads and relatable story. The Breakfast Club remains as relevant today as it was upon its first release, but fans of the film might still be surprised to hear that this week the movie is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.
This landmark birthday will be celebrated by fans across the world: special screenings across the USA will premiere a new digitally-restored version of the film and these screenings are expected to be inundated with fans ready to dress up and celebrate the film. These special broadcasts will be prefaced with an exclusive feature, featuring interviews with cast, crew and commentary from teen film directors including Juno’s Diablo Cody. Memorably the film’s twenty-fifth anniversary saw the cast coming together to remember the movie and its prolific director John Hughes, who sadly passed away in 2009. It would not be surprising if a similar convention was organized this year and fans of the movie should keep an eye out for more thirtieth anniversary news.
Trailer: Crimson Peak
Guillermo del Toro’s latest stylish horror Crimson Peak released its first trailer this week. Following in the footsteps of his universally acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Spanish language film Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak look set to deliver a stylistic horror-thriller, complete with a talented cast lead by Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska.
The trailer is suitably creepy, establishing Crimson Peak’s high-gothic ambiance, sumptuous costumes, stylish cinematography, terrifying visuals and top-notch performances. The studio also released its first poster, a striking red and blue print, depicting the film’s gothic mansion and Wasikowska in red. The tagline is simple but effective, merely stating ‘Beware’. The movie is set to be released on 16 October of this year, making it perfect Halloween viewing.
First look at Spectre
It’s been nearly three years since the success of Skyfall and we finally have a sneak preview at the latest Bond installment, November’s Spectre. This week the first image from the movie was released, depicting Daniel Craig in full on Bond-mode, under cover in the Alps, complete with all-black clothing and designer sunglasses.
The studio also released a short behind-the-scenes feature from the set, in which fans can get a preview of the stunning Austrian scenery, hear the director and crew talk about the excitement and the challenge of filming in Alpine conditions and new female lead Lea Seydoux and fellow new addition Dave Bautista talk about their expectations for the movie. The clip also features John Barry’s iconic Bond theme and concludes with a brief preview of Craig in action. Spectre is due to be released on 23 October 2015 in the UK.