Daniel Radcliffe has worked hard to put his childhood behind him, taking on challenging, mature roles on both the big screen and Broadway. But when your face will forever be linked with a character as beloved as Harry Potter, it’s not easy to escape the ghost of movies past. That won’t stop Radcliffe from forging forward, though. He’s got a new movie, Jungle, which again defies the Harry Potter stereotype. But he doesn’t look at his role selection as a way of rebelling against the role that made him a star. Radcliffe told us he’s not consciously trying to make people forget he was Harry Potter — he just wants to play roles he finds different, interesting, and challenging.
Jungle can be bought or rented on Amazon and other streaming services.
Sterling K. Brown has more than a decade’s worth of credits to his name, but none made him a household name until he signed on for This Is Us. Brown earned an Emmy Award for the role of Randall Pearson in Season 1 of NBC’s hit drama, and the show’s new season has Brown and his fellow cast members getting rave reviews again. Brown credits the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, with creating characters that are both realistic and likable; in fact, Brown wishes he could be a little more like Randall in real life! (Click on the media bar below to hear Sterling K. Brown)
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer’s current movie has her teamed up with Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro, who’s brought us such movies as Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth. The Shape of Water is a sci-fi fairy tale, telling the story of a woman (Sally Hawkins) working in a Cold War-era government laboratory whose life is changed when she and her co-worker (Spencer) come across a top-secret experiment. For Spencer, the role was both physically and emotionally draining, but she told us she was able to make it through the experience because of del Toro’s style on the set. (Click on the media bar below to hear Octavia Spencer)
Joe Cole has delivered scene stealing work in Secret in Their Eyes and Green Room, but with A Prayer Before Dawn he gets to flex his lead actor chops in what may be a star making performance.
The true story centers on Billy Moore (Cole), an English boxer who survives his way through two Thai prisons that’s filled with drug use and gang violence. By entering Muay Thai tournaments, Moore fights for survival and dreams for a way out of his bleak existence.
With movies such as The Witch, Slow West, and more recently The Florida Project, A24 has been at the forefront of distributing independent cinema, and last year they received an even bigger boost with Moonlight’s Best Picture win. A Prayer Before Dawn comes out in 2018 (specific date is TBA), and it looks like this movie will also score a knockout punch. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Based on journalist David Finkel’s acclaimed 2013 nonfiction book, Thank You For Your Service sheds a spotlight on how PTSD has affected the lives of military vets who have returned home from the Iraq War. Miles Tellerstars as Adam Schuman, one of the soldiers of the 2-16 Infantry Batallion and Haley Bennett plays Adam’s wife Saskia.
“One of the reasons why I wanted to be a part of Thank You For Your Service is my personal connection with the military and also the display of courage and sacrifice and love that these families portray,” said Bennett. “And to be able to collaborate with the actual real life people was such an incredible and unique experience that connected us in a really special way.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Bennett talk about the “difficult” yet “rewarding” process of taking part in Thank You For Your Service:
Directed by American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall, Thank You For Your Service is now playing in select theaters.