12 Strong, the true story of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit who was sent to Afghanistan in the days after 9/11, hits Blu-ray May 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Chris Hemsworth, seen last year in Thor: Ragnarok, is Captain Mitch Nelson, the leader of the outfit that spearheaded this dangerous mission. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña co-star in the feature. The project is based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers.
Along with learning more about the inner workings of this military mission, one of the sequences I’m interested in checking out is the cavalry style charge that’s featured in the flick. Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about the visual aesthetic behind 12 Strong:
Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission” and “Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Moment.”
Chris Hemsworthhas wielded the most powerful hammer as his work as Thor and has even collaborated some of cinema’s most revered filmmakers (he worked with Michael Mann in Blackhat). With 12 Strong, Hemsworth is up for a different ride, playing an Army Special Forces captain who leads a military attack in Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11 (on horseback no less).
Based on Doug Stanton’sHorse Soldiers, the war movie is directed by former photojournalist Nicolai Fuglsig, a filmmaker whose career also includes covering the Kosovo War.
Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about why he was more than up for the “unique” and “special” journey of 12 Strong:
Co-starring Michael Shannon and Trevante Rhodes, 12 Strong opens nationwide January 19.
Michael Stuhlbarg is getting his share of critical acclaim in director Luca Guadagnino’sCall Me By Your Nameas a loving father, and he also delivers fine work as a dedicated scientist in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.
Set during the Cold War era in Baltimore, the tale centers on Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at the Occam Aerospace Research Center along with her lifelong friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Her life is forever changed when a creature (Doug Jones, whose character is simply named the “amphibian man) is transported to the building for a bit of research. Though this creature finds a loving bond with Elisa and a bit of concerned sympathy from Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Stuhlbarg), the amphibian man is abused by his malevolent handler (Michael Shannon).
Click on the media bar to hear Stuhlbarg explain why working with Guillermo del Toro was a “singular” experience:
As much as I appreciated the ambition behind Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, director Guillermo del Toro’s most resonant work came with Pan’s Labyrinth and his finest work The Devil’s Backbone. The Shape of Water doesn’t have the genre bending spectacle behind Pacific Rim or Crimson Peak, but the trailer suggests a more intimate form of storytelling and del Toro has already made the brilliant master stroke of casting under utilized Sally Hawkins as its lead.
Set in the Cold War era of 1963, Elisa (Hawkins) is a lonely woman who works in a high-security government that houses a highly classified experiment (frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones). When Elisa gradually bonds with this life specimen, her job, as well as this government secret is compromised. Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer co-star in the highly anticipated flick. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Director James Gunn is getting out ahead of the inevitable questions. Speaking on his Facebook page, Gunn stated that he will return to write and direct a third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. The second installment is set to arrive May 5.
After Robin Williams‘ scene-stealing role, it may be hard to imagine anyone else in the role of the Genie in Aladdin, but a new live action version of the animated favorite from Disney may have found their man. According to Deadline, Will Smith is in talks for the role.
HBO Films is preparing an adaptation of the popular book Fahrenheit 451 and according to Deadline, two of the central characters have been cast. Michael B. Jordan will star as the young fireman Montag, who forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon) and struggles to regain his humanity.
Riz Ahmed has joined the cast of The Sisters Brothers, a film that centers on a pair of brothers who are hired to kill a prospector who stole from their boss. Set in the 1850s, Variety reports that the movie also stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Rosamund Pike has been tapped to play American reporter Marie Colvin in a still untitled film. Colvin, who lost her left eye in 2001 and wore a distinctive eye patch, worked primarily in conflict zones like Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. The reporter died in 2012 during a rocket attack while covering the civil war in Syria.
Amy Schumer has signed on to star in I Feel Pretty. Deadline reports that the script was written by and will be directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The storyline is being kept under wraps.
Guillermo del Toro‘s Cold War drama The Shape of Water now has a Dec. 8 release date. The fantasy adventure film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.
Deadline reports that David Oyelowo has signed on for Only You, a thriller written and directed by Mean Creek‘s Jacob Estes. The film is expected to be a time travel thriller.