EXCLUSIVE: Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston has been set to star in The Longest Ride, Fox 2000′s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks tale that will be directed by George Tillman and produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey along with Theresa Park. Huston will play the young Ira in a tale that brings together two intertwining love stories. Pic has an April 3 release date.
Scripted by Craig Bolotin, Brad Desch, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the story opens with a 90-year-old man snowbound and stuck in his car after a major crash on an isolated road. As he drifts in and out of consciousness awaiting rescue, the man sees visions of his life’s love, who died earlier. Together they reminisce about their life together, including his difficulty in returning from WWII and being unable to have children with her because of a war wound. They become renowned art collectors and the man has been lost since she died from a stroke. There is another romance between a young art history major and a handsome bull rider who fall in love despite coming from completely different backgrounds. Each has aspirations and dreams, and the cowboy is fighting the clock and should not be riding due to past injuries, but has a family ranch to save. A strange occurrence allows the two generations of lovers to save each other. Read More »
ITV has set the roster for its upcoming four-part miniseries that follows the lives and loves of both historical and fictional characters in 1666 London as The Great Fire rages. Broadchurch‘s Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie (Utopia, Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs, Welcome To The Punch) have each taken on key roles in the production from Fleming and Mistresses‘ Ecosse Films. Inspired by the real events of 1666 when nearly half of London was destroyed in less than a week, the drama is written by Tom Bradby, political editor of ITN and author of Shadow Dancer. The story unfolds over four consecutive days as the fire takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames amid a threat to the monarchy. Buchan will play humble baker Thomas Farriner in whose shop the fire began on September 2, 1666. Leslie plays his sister-in-law with whom he has a complex relationship. Huston is the playboy King Charles II and Mays is Samuel Pepys, a close confidante. Per ITV, pyrotechnics and special effects, as opposed to CGI, will create the fire sequences as London burns. Also in the cast are … Read More »
Two classic films are on their way to the London stage. Veteran helmer Trevor Nunn will trade Cats for bunny rabbits with an update of Fatal Attraction. James Dearden penned the new take on the 1987 hit film about a one-night stand that turns deadly. Glenn Close and Michael Douglas starred in the movie; there’s no cast yet for the stage version which is expected to have a 15-week limited run after it opens in March at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart are producers.
Also on deck is Strangers On A Train, which will be produced by the James Bond franchise’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The original 1951 film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. It centers on Guy Haines, a man whose life takes a dangerous turn after a seemingly innocent conversation with a fellow train passenger. Per the show, “Ahead lies a lethal nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn’t commit.” Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis, W.E.), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Christian McKay (Rush), Miranda Raison (My Week With Marilyn), Imogen Stubbs (Sense And Sensibility) and MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) star. Craig Warner wrote the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston has just joined the cast of David O. Russell‘s untitled corruption drama, the one that has been known as American Bullshit and more recently the ABSCAM project. Huston joins Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Huston, who plays the scarred WWI vet Richard Harrow who continues to be one of the most riveting characters in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, will next be seen starring opposite Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen and Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings, which Sony Pictures Classics acquired at Sundance. He also stars in the Bille August-directed Night Train To Lisbon, which screened at Berlin, and Posthumous opposite Brit Marling. Huston was last seen onscreen in the David Chase-directed Not Fade Away. He’s repped by UTA, Untitled and Ken Mcreddie Associates. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: As Marvel Studios does each time it looks to land a lead for a superhero franchise, Kevin Feige’s hit-making studio has put together a short list for the lead in its next major project, Guardians Of The Galaxy. Marvel, after reportedly hiring James Gunn as director, has begun the effort to cast Peter Quill, the Guardians leader who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father. I’m hearing that Marvel is making test deals with a small group of leading men. Here are the names: Zero Dark Thirty‘s Joel Edgerton, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, Cloud Atlas‘ Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace (who has roles in both Lincoln and The Hobbit), and Eddie Redmayne from Les Miserables.
I’ve confirmed all of them are in contention but can’t say definitively that this list is all-inclusive as I’ve also heard of interest from or in Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden (he already played Cyclops in X-Men, but then again Chris Evans played Fantastic Four‘s Human Torch before landing Captain America) and Edgerton’s Animal Kingdom co-star Sullivan Stapleton. We’ll stay tuned, but this certainly means that Marvel and Disney are serious about launching new superhero franchises. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: There will be a lot more of the brilliantly scary Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire next year. Young British actor Jack Huston, who played the role in five episodes during the second half of the prohibition era drama’s first season, is joining the cast as a regular for Season 2. Harrow, a disfigured war veteran and former sharpshooter in the American army who has the left side of his face covered with a painted tin plate, got a second shot at life when Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) hired him as a hit-man and bodyguard. Huston, who is part of an acting dynasty as the grandson of John Huston and nephew of Anjelica Huston, is coming into his own. In addition to getting the plum series regular role on Boardwalk Empire, he recently landed one of the leads in The Sopranos creator David Chase’s feature debut, a music-driven coming of age story set in 1960’s suburbia. In fact, it was Boardwalk Empire creator (and former Sopranos executive producer) Terence Winter who recommended Huston to his former boss Chase after seeing his work on Boardwalk Empire. Huston, whose credits include the feature Boogie Woogie and the ABC series Eastwick, is repped by UTA, the Collective and UK’s Ken McReddie Assoc.
David Chase has set Bella Heathcote for the female lead of Twylight Zones, the film Chase wrote and is directing for Paramount as his first major project after The Sopranos. She joins John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston. Chase is producing with Mark Johnson and production starts February. Set in the 1960s, the story involves three high school friends who form a band inspired by the classic rock influences like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. The film follows their rise and the pitfalls of fame.
Heathcote is currently starring alongside Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Wilde in the Andrew Niccol-directed Now. She’ll also play a supporting role in Cogan’s Trade, the Andrew Dominik-directed adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel that will star Brad Pitt. Heathcote hails from Australia, where she recently received a scholarship named for the late Heath Ledger and bestowed by the Australian Film Industry for her performance in the Aussie war epic Beneath Hill 60. The award is meant to give young actors the chance to travel to the US to train and take acting jobs. She’s making the most of the opportunity since receiving the honor seven months ago. She has signed with WME and Jackson/Medavoy, while still repped by JM Agency in Australia.
Roadside Attractions bought US rights to Garden of Eden, the John Irvin-directed adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel that stars Mena Suvari and Jack Huston as a young couple on extended honeymoon in Europe in the 1920s. Bored, she tests her writer husband’s devotion and pushes the limits of her erotic imagination by luring a sultry Italian girl (Caterina Murino) into their inner circle. Richard E Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura also star. The novel was adapted by ex-Paris Review editor James Scott Linville. The book, Hemingway’s last, was published posthumously in 1986.