This is the first in my annual Cannes ‘To Watch’ series of profiles which highlight talent, executives and companies who have skin in the game, and are expected to do interesting work on the Croisette, over the next 10 days. First up are Actors from around the world and across the various sections:
Denmark’s Sonja Richter first broke out at home in Open Hearts, Susanne Bier’s now classic 2002 Dogme movie that co-starred Mads Mikkelsen. She’ll be in Cannes this week with two films: Critics’ Week‘s When Animals Dream – opposite Mads’ older brother Lars Mikkelsen – and, in her first U.S. role, Tommy Lee Jones’ Competition pic The Homesman. Over the past 15 years Ricther has become quite well known at home working with such directors as Per Fly and Ole Bornedal and appearing in hit TV series The Killing. She was also in 2013’s biggest Danish movie The Keeper Of Lost Causes. But this Cannes double-whammy is new to the actress. “I’m excited and also a little nervous. I don’t know what I’m walking into,” she laughs. She’ll certainly be wearing two hats. In Jonas Alexander Arnby’s Danish werewolf pic When Animals Dream, Richter plays the protagonist’s mother, a woman who does not speak and barely moves. … Read More »
The busy Meloncholia and Martha Marcy May Marlene actor has boarded a pair of projects. Brady Corbet has joined the ensemble cast of While We’re Young, about how an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife loosen up a bit after they befriend a free-spirited younger couple. Directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Scott Rudin, it stars Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Charles Grodin and Adam Driver. Corbet also has been cast in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand, about a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy. Corbet will play Henry Thibodeau, devoted husband of Denise (Zoe Kazan). He recently wrapped production on the indie dramas Paradise Lost, Sils Maria — starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche — and Eden. Corbet’s other credits include Simon Killer and TV’s 24. He is repped by manager Brian Young at Killer Moxie and WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Brady Corbet, who stars in the upcoming IFC release Simon Killer, has signed on to star with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson in Paradise Lost. The drama is about notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and it was written and marks the directing debut of Andrea di Stefano. Corbet plays the brother of Hutcherson’s character. Hutcherson’s character visits Colombia, meets the love of his life, only to see things go awry when he meets her uncle Pablo. The film will begin production in Panama in March.
Corbet is repped by WME and KillerMoxie.
EXCLUSIVE: Brady Corbet plays the title character in Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, which premiered in competition at Sundance Film Festival in January. IFC Films will release the film directed by Antonio Campos in the fall. Last year, Corbet appeared in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene. He’s also appeared on TV shows Greetings From Tucson, Oliver Beene, The King Of Queens and 24. He continues to be repped by manager Brian Young.
Sundance certainly is credited with launching the careers of filmmakers. As the 10-day festival progresses, there undoubtedly will be more performances that grab deserved attention. But here are 10 receiving early buzz ahead of the festival’s launch Thursday:
Melanie Lynskey, Hello I Must Be Going (directed by Todd Louiso) – Those in the know describe Lynskey’s performance in this Sundance film as “one that will take notice of her as an adult”. Back in the mid-90s Lynskey first-caught audience attention with her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with best friend Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-nominated Heavenly Creatures goes out of control. Lynskey also starred in last year’s Sundance feature, Win Win. Apparently the Sundance higher ups are “super bullish” on her latest and gave this competition feature an opening night spot Thursday. Lynskey plays the lead who at age 35 is forced to move back in with her parents. Then a 19 year-old guy (played by Christopher Abbott who also received initial Sundance accolades) brings her back to life.
Brady Corbet, Simon Killer (directed by Antonio Campos) – Still in his early 20s, Brady Corbet is a film fest vet. Corbet starred in last year’s Sundance discovery Martha Marcy May Marlene and in Lars von Trier’s recent Cannes pic Melancholia. But his trek to Park City this time is being … Read More »