This past week’s movie news has been dominated by the the highly anticipated trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the premiere of the much-hyped teaser for Batman v Superman and Marvel upping their marketing campaign for upcoming movie Ant-Man. These trailers have ruled the headlines, but what of the other exciting film news that has got buried behind all this excitement? Join us as we round up the movie news you need to know about from the past week.
New Poster for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s The Walk
In 2008, James Marsh’s documentary Man On Wire won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film charted French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s famous tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City in 1974. The documentary was acclaimed and celebrated by critics.
Seven years later, Hollywood is set to revisit Petit’s feat, this time in a dramatised account entitled The Walk. The movie is directed by Forrest Gump’s Robert Zemeckis and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, Lincoln) as Philippe, alongside Ben Kingsley and upcoming French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon.
Producer Tim Rothman describes Petit’s walk as “an endearing crime” whilst Zemeckis says the film is “a love story to the city, to the towers. He’s the only person who ever walked it, who ever will. There’s something beautifully powerful about that.”
Chris Pratt to star in The Real McCoy
Barely a week seems to pass without the rumour mill insisting Chris Pratt is to take the lead in a new action film, but this week the news is confirmed.
Pratt is set to star in Universal Pictures’ upcoming Prohibition-era film The Real McCoy, based on the life and times of the real-life bootlegger who allegedly inspired the famous phrase.
Bill McCoy smuggled rum from the Bahamas in 1920s America, but took pride in the fact he did so without gangster involvement. The movie is billed as an action-adventure, with McCoy depicted as a loveable rogue. The role sounds perfectly suited to Pratt, whilst the movie’s ‘true story’ credentials and period setting allow the actor to expand away from his comedy and comic book franchise beginnings.
New Trailer for adaptation of The Little Prince
The new trailer has appeared online for the gorgeous animation The Little Prince, an upcoming adaptation of the famous 1943 French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This famous book has been translated into hundreds of languages and is one of the most-read and best-selling texts in the world.
The upcoming film is directed by Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne and will premiere at Cannes in May.
The animation is fascinating, beginning with fast-paced, Pixar-esque CGI before unfolding into paper cut-out, stop-motion animation. In an added framing narrative, the original story’s pilot narrator tells the story of the Little Prince to a young girl. Featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Benico del Toro and James Franco, the film looks set to capture the magic of the original story, whilst retaining its philosophical themes and multi-faceted, much-loved story.