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As ever, I’m here to rummage through the steaming great pile of movie news laundry to see what can conceivably be worn again and what really needs a soaking…
JEDI, STEADY, GO
The next classic Star Wars character to get his own movie is reportedly Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. His role in the creation of Darth Vader and training of Luke Skywalker is well-known, so it’s difficult to see what fresh angle Lucasfilm can explore. Mind you, watching Ewan McGregor get into scrapes during the prequel trilogy was fun and they could do a lot worse than more of the same.
The talent behind the project has yet to be announced and there’s no guarantee McGregor will be back in the frame. If it’s an origin story we may be seeing a younger face. With director Stephen Daldry apparently being courted, the film should be as dramatic as it is action-packed. He introduced the universe to Jamie Bell via Billy Elliott – could this be a reunion between the two? Watch this “space” (geddit?) for more details…
DEER OH DEER
You may have thought Darren Aaronofsky‘s upcoming Mother! had filled the weird horror quota for the month but director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) has other ideas. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sees Lanthimos working with Colin Farrell again on a stark ‘n scary tale of surgery and revenge.
Also starring is Nicole Kidman, who got trippy alongside Farrell recently in The Beguiled. How does pop songstress Ellie Goulding enter the mix? Find out by watching the trailer below:
The movie sharpens its scalpel in November.
ISLE BE DAMNED
An interesting genre of documentary has sprung up in recent years concerning great unmade films. Lost In La Mancha explored Terry Gilliam‘s aborted movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Jodorowsky’s Dune chronicled the doomed sci-fi adaptation. Then three years ago David Gregory released Lost Soul, which was about Richard Stanley‘s failed attempt to make something out of H.G. Wells‘ The Island Of Dr. Moreau.
Cult director Stanley – who helmed Hardware and Dust Devil – got the action up and running in 1996. Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando took the starring roles. However personal tragedy struck both leading men and this led to epic tensions on set. Stanley fell out with studio New Line Cinema and was notoriously fired by fax. Now it seems this tale of terror is to have a happy ending, as a new version is currently being discussed with backers. Once again Stanley is to sit in the director’s chair, the direct result of Gregory’s efforts in bringing the behind the scenes story to the screen.
WHICH REMINDS ME…
Jon Hamm goes from Mad Man to Dead Man in new futuristic drama Marjorie Prime, out today. The photogenic star plays a hologram ordered by Lois Smith‘s elderly widow to recreate the relationship she had with her husband. It’s a film which explores memory in an imaginative way and it inspired me to write a feature about the concept. Read that here.
Lastly, I have the trailer for the worst-titled movie of the year. Tying into the previous story, Rememory stars charismatic Game Of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage, who finds himself plunging headlong (so to speak!) into a memory-charged murder mystery when a prominent scientist is killed.
Co-starring Julia Ormond and the late Anton Yelchin, it’s entering your mind next month:
I’ll be back with more movie news next week…