David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom, Selma) hangs hit hat on dramatic fare, and with his latest film Gringo the talented actor goes the comedic route. Directed by Nash Edgerton, Gringo centers on a pharmaceutical company manager named Harold (Oyelowo) who is tasked by his bosses (Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron) to ensure a business transaction in Mexico. The trip, however, doesn’t go as planned and Harold is immediately thrust into a world of chaos .
“It was a complete delight to do something lighter,” said Oyelowo. “And something that was also challenging in a different way. There’s a misconception that comedy as opposed to more dramatic work is easier or not as testing when it comes to whatever talents you have. I found this to be a wonderful challenge. Not (just) because it had comedic elements but it has elements of action. It has drama to it. With the way we did it there is a social commentary element as well.”
Click on the media bar to hear Oyelowo talk about why he signed up for Gringo.
Charlize Theron delivered a standout performance in Jason Reitman’s 2011 feature Young Adult, and now she reteams with the director in the drama Tully. Diablo Cody, who penned Young Adult and the Reitman flick Juno, is Tully’s screenwriter.
The story centers on Marlo (Theron), a mother whose life takes on a new direction after her brother (Mark Duplass) hires a night nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis) to give her a little breathing room. Theron should be in fine form once again with the flick, and Davis may have actually landed her breakout role (at least in cinema, as she was excellent in Halt and Catch Fire).
Check out the teaser trailer below for Tully and tell us what you think!
Theron can also be seen in Gringo, a dark comedy that opens March 9. Tully opens nationwide April 20.
Charlize Theron’s new movie, Atomic Blonde, has her back in familiar territory, playing a strong screen heroine. Following her action-oriented roles in Æon Flux and The Fate of the Furious, Atomic Blonde finds her taking on the role of a Cold War-era British spy sent to Germany for a dangerous undercover mission. Theron told us she loved the empowering aspects of the role, which she felt pushed her both physically and professionally.
With Sofia Boutella’s dancing background as well as director David Leitch’s previous work as a stunt coordinator, one would think that the actress would have a plethora of action sequences in Atomic Blonde. That was not to be for Boutella, who’s flexed her physicality earlier this summer in The Mummy and in 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. The actress plays a French spy who has a romantic interlude with an M16 agent (Charlize Theron) in the flick.
“I didn’t have to do anything that was very action driven in the part,” said Boutella. “I just have a tiny bit towards the end of the movie. But most of what I did with David was talking about the character and the story so I had (more of a) relationship with a director as opposed to a man who is very much from the stunt world. I also loved that fact that he picked me for this role and not for my ability to be in action scenes. He saw me as something else. And I love that I’m in a movie where a movie like Charlize is kicking ass the way she does.”
Click on the media bar to hear Boutella talk about embracing all of the diverse roles that have come her way.
Atomic Blonde, co-starring John Goodman,opens nationwide July 28.
Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron stars in Atomic Blonde as Lorraine Broughton, an M16 agent who is tasked with delivering a dossier out of Berlin. James McAvoy is the seen-it-all station chief who helps Lorraine on her dangerous mission.
“I don’t know if I can articulate it,” said Theron, who also stars this year in the Sean Penn directed feature The Last Face. “I just saw an incredible amount of potential in exploring her through this journey. I think that’s the first thing that made me go ‘there’s something there, I’m excited about this.'”
One of the standout features of Atomic Blonde lies in its use of such popular tracks as “Under Pressure” (David Bowie & Queen), “Father Figure” (George Michael) and “Just Like Heaven” (The Cure). Click on the media bar below to hear Theron talk about the music behind Atomic Blonde:
Atomic Blonde, co-starring Sofia Boutella and John Goodman, opens nationwide July 28.