Cannes Diary: Atwell will soon be a $10m-a-movie star, says director Junger
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Saturday 19 May 2012
Atwell will soon be a $10m-a-movie star, says director Junger
British actress Hayley Atwell is set to become a household name across the Atlantic, according to the director who helped kick-start the careers of Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.
Gil Junger, who has cast Atwell for his movie 10 Things I Hate About Life after seeing her turn in Captain America, said she was "electric" adding: "She will be a $10m a movie player, she's one of the pre-eminent actresses of her generation."
The London-born actress, who was in The Duchess and TV drama Any Human Heart, will next hit the big screen in The Sweeney with Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis.
Junger directed teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You in 1999 , but stressed 10 Things I Hate About Life was not a sequel, although it "would have the same blend of heart and humour". Shooting starts in November.
Jackie Chan wants superhero’s easy
Jackie Chan announced yesterday that his new film Chinese Zodiak "is my last big action movie". This is not the first time the Hong Kong star has "retired" – in 2010 he said The Spy Next Door would be his last action movie because of ongoing injuries. Yesterday he joked that perhaps a superhero film would be the next step as the special effects made stunts "easy... Jackie Chan movies are difficult; I really jump from tables and hit the wall."
An American Richard the Lionheart, naturally
Richard the Lionheart normally pops up with cameo appearances in Robin Hood blockbusters. But now the warrior king is to have his own movie in Richard: The Red Lion, the first of a straight-to-DVD trilogy which may star an American, according to Wonderphil Productions. It will be in the style of Spartacus – the bloody TV show, that is.
Bilingual Paltrow to play Picasso's muse
Gwyneth Paltrow is to play Picasso's lover in Guernica 33 Days, with Antonio Banderas signed up to play the painter during the time he worked on the masterpiece. Paltrow will play Dora Maar, who photographed its development. Paltrow's Spanish is passable, having been an exchange student there when she was 15.
A new generation to enjoy the Moomins
The 1986 children's show Moomins may be returning to the UK, with two rather surprising actors on board to do the voices – Alexander Skarsgard, of True Blood fame, and Casino Royale baddie Mads Mikkelson – and there's a title song by Bjork.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Transformers 4 named highest-grossing movie of 2014 ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'