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.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
Pottermore: JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story featuring 'greying' 33-year-old wizard
JK Rowling to publish new Harry Potter story online for Halloween
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt stars in visceral and brutally ugly drama that reminds us war is hell
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year