Shia LaBeouf was starring in what would have been his Broadway debut alongside Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge until yesterday, when the actor dropped out of Lyle Kessler’s play because of creative differences. Then came the fun part, when LaBeouf took to his Twitter feed to show off emails allegedly sent between him, Baldwin, Kessler and director Daniel Sullivan that ran the gamut from apologies to rantings, including Baldwin and LaBeouf promising not to talk bad about each other and LaBeouf mentioning putting his fist through a door during rehearsals (“i’m a child dont mind me”, he wrote to Kessler). He also posted his audition video. Now it is Ben Foster (The Messenger) stepping into the fray, taking on LaBeouf’s role of Treat. (For the record, LaBeouf tweeted today: BEN FOSTER IS A BEAST. HE WILL KILL IT.) Foster was front-and-center at Sundance last month, starring as William Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings and as a deputy in Ain’t Them Body Saints. He next stars on the big screen opposite Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s SEAL Team 10 tale Lone Survivor from Universal. Despite all of the drama, previews on Orphans still are set to begin March 19 and opening night is April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster Circle Peter Berg’s ‘Lone Survivor;’ Emmett/Furla Financing For Universal
EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla Films is coming aboard to finance Lone Survivor, and director Peter Berg is in talks with Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster to play three of the four lead Navy SEALs. Universal Pictures, which developed the movie, will distribute. An adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor tells the harrowing story of how Luttrell and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader. Wahlberg will play Luttrell in Berg’s followup to Battleship, which stars Kitsch.
Berg and Universal first began developing the project at Universal when the filmmaker signed on for Battleship. At the time, movies with sand in them and war weren’t working, but the opening-weekend grosses of Act Of Valor indicate that audiences are once again hungry for heroic war tales, especially those involving Navy SEALs. Kathryn Bigelow and Sony Pictures are getting underway with a drama revolving around the Navy SEAL Team 6′s hunt and killing of 9/11 terror attack mastermind Osama bin Laden. Lone Survivor is a different film, but it is expected to get underway this fall. Berg and Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey, Akiva Goldsman, Barry Spikings will be producers as well as Randall Emmett and George Furla. Wahlberg will likely be involved in a producing capacity also.
Berg, who covered the Middle East terrain previously with the taut drama The Kingdom, has put in the work on this one. He wrote the Lone Survivor script after embedding with a SEAL team for a month in Iraq, an experience that really gave him a chance to see how they do their job. Berg wanted to make the film immediately, but two years ago the studio made him a bargain: direct Battleship and then follow with Lone Survivor. The timing hasn’t hurt, at all.
Oren Moverman’s corrupt LA cop drama Rampart stars Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon. Millennium Entertainment plans to launch Best Actor, Director and Screenplay campaigns for Harrelson and Moverman.
Here’s the international market trailer Universal released Monday for Contraband. Directed by Icelander Baltasar Kormákur, it features Mark Wahlberg as a guy forced back into smuggling when a member of his family botches a drug deal. It co-stars Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, Lukas Haas, Diego …
Toronto: Woody Harrelson Enters Oscar Race With Millennium’s $2 Million Deal For Cop Corruption Drama ‘Rampart’
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Entertainment is putting Woody Harrelson into the Best Actor Oscar race this year, closing a $2 million U.S. rights acquisition of Rampart. That is the Oren Moverman-directed police corruption drama that Moverman wrote with L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. The plan is to open in 20 cities and launch campaigns for Harrelson and for Moverman for Best Director and Screenplay. A deal for Canadian rights is expected to close shortly. Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee made the deal, and Millennium Films’ Mark Gill will be a consultant on this and get to roll up his sleeves and wage an awards-season campaign for Harrelson, who drew raves at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival for his portrayal of a corrupt cop in a drama that also stars Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon. The 1990s Los Angeles police family drama explores the dark soul and misadventures of an LAPD cop whose past finally catches up with him in a department-wide corruption scandal.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Foster is negotiating to join Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins in 360, the Peter Morgan-scripted drama that will be directed by Fernando Meirelles. The indie drama has been building steam since last year when Weisz agreed to …
CBS Films has issued this Red Band trailer for The Mechanic, the remake that stars Jason Statham and Ben Foster in roles originated by Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent in the 1972 film. The Mechanic bows January 28, and it looks like there is plenty of violence.
CBS Films has just released a trailer for The Mechanic, the drama that stars Jason Statham as a killer who takes on an apprentice, played by the excellent young actor Ben Foster. Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent starred in the 1972 original. The pic will be released January 28, 2011.