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.”
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Jennifer Lawrence stars in the action thriller Red Sparrow, playing Dominika, a former ballerina at the Bolshoi whose career ends after a debilitating injury. Recruited by the Russian government (specifically by her manipulative uncle, played by Mathias Schoenaerts) to become part of their intelligent service, Dominika needs to succeed in her latest venture to ensure her ailing mother (Joely Richardson) continues to receive medical care.Joel Edgerton co-stars as the CIA agent that Dominika is tasked with seducing in order to obtain the identity of a dangerous mole. The project reunites Lawrence with Francis Lawrence, the director behind the three Hunger Games films.
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Red Sparrow, co-starring Jeremy Irons (Damage) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) opens nationwide March 2.
Netflix bet big on Bright, the $90 million sci-fi film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. And it looks like that bet is paying off in a big way. In its first three days of release alone, the film was streamed more than 11 million times, and those figures have helped push Netflix stock to a new all-time high. Now, it appears the movie might be the start of a streaming franchise, since a sequel has already been approved! We asked Will Smith why he thought the movie was doing so well, and he gave a lot of credit to the way director David Ayer handled such a timely story.
Bright is currently streaming on Netflix, while Smith,Edgerton, and Ayers have all signed on for the sequel.
Even though their names get equal billing on the advertising for Bright, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton’s roles in the film weren’t exactly created equal. For example, Smith got to cruise through the makeup trailer as his usual suave, debonair human self, while Edgerton spent hours every day having special effect makeup and prosthetics applied for his role as a mystical alien-like creature. Smith admits he enjoyed having that extra time for himself, at Edgerton’s expense.
Even though it was unfairly critically savaged last year, Suicide Squad was a box office hit for Warner Bros., proving filmmaker David Ayer can successfully craft top notch, tent pole driven material.
Ayer is back to his Los Angeles stomping grounds, as the Training Day scribe and End of Watch filmmaker talked about his fantasy/cop flick Bright.
“It’s about a really f**ked up L.A.,” said Ayer who attended Comic-Con with Bright stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. “But our world is f**ked up, you know? And that is what’s pretty cool about this movie is I get to explore some really interesting social issues. This is a world where orcs and elves and fairies are real. And if magic was real. What happens if we take it seriously? This isn’t like some bulls**t PG-13 standard issue movie. I was able to do my s**t here. I was really able to tell a f**king story.”
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