Category: News & Rumors

“Our Souls At Night” Selected For Venice Film Festival

Deadline is reporting that “Our Souls At Night” will have it’s world premiere during the Venice Film Festival. Matthias’ co-stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement awards.

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford have each been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice International Film Festival and the duo’s upcoming pic Our Souls At Night, a Netflix original film, will world premiere at the 74th edition of the fest in an out-of-competition slot.

Our Souls At Night, which is directed by Ritesh Batra and produced by Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, will screen on September 1 in the Palazzo del Cinema and a ceremony to award the film’s stars Fonda and Redford will take place just before the screening.

The film marks the first time Fonda and Redford have appeared on screen together since they both starred in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. Based on the novel by Kent Haruf and adapted for screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Our Souls At Night is set in Colorado and begins when Addie Moore (Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor Louis Waters (Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town, they’d been neighbors for decades but had little contact. Netflix is launching the film globally next year.
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Matthias Joins “Mustang”

THR is reporting that Matthias is set to star in Clermont-Tonnerre’s “Mustang” alongside Jason Mitchell. The movie got picked up by Focus.

In one of the first major acquisitions on the ground in Cannes, Focus Features has nabbed worldwide rights, excluding France, to Mustang, a drama that will star Matthias Schoenaerts and Jason Mitchell and mark the feature directing debut of French helmer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.

Written by de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock, the film centers on a convict named Roman (Schoenaerts) who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program training wild mustangs. With little connection to his fellow inmates, Roman struggles to communicate with the animals. Working alongside young convict Henry (Mitchell), Roman forges a strong bond with a particularly difficult mustang, which forces him to confront his harsh past and innermost demons.

Actress-turned-director de Clermont-Tonnerre, whose credits in front of the camera include The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, developed Mustang through the Sundance Labs and received the Sundance Institute/NHK Award for the project in 2015. Production on the English-language film will begin in September.

“Laure’s project is in the classic tradition of movies illuminating the connection between human nature and animal instinct,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “Her vision for this project resonated powerfully to us, and the lead role is perfect for Matthias and his formidable talents.”

In France, the film will be distributed by France 3, Canal + and Ad Vitam. Alain Goldman (La Vie en Rose) is producing through his company Legende, with Molly Hallam executive producing.
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“Kursk” Production Begins

Coming Soon is reporting that the production has begun for “Kursk“.

Filming is officially underway today on the upcoming thriller Kursk. The Kursk movie production is taking place in locations throughout Europe, including Belgium, Norway and France. Written by Academy Awards nominated screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, Thor: The Dark World), directed by Oscar nominated director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), and produced by Luc Besson and Ariel Zeitoun, the Kursk movie is based on the book A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy by acclaimed journalist Robert Moore.

The Kursk movie is inspired by the unforgettable true story of the K-141 KURSK, a Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save them.

The film stars an internationally acclaimed cast headlined by Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From The Madding Crowd, The Danish Girl), Colin Firth (The King‘s Speech, Kingsman: the Secret Service), Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds, Blue Is The Warmest Color), Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann), Max Von Sydow (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Shutter Island), and Michael Nyqvist (Millennium Trilogy), among others.

The Kursk movie crew includes Catherine Marchand (The Danish Girl) as costume designer and Alexandre Desplat as composer. Anthony Dod Mantle (Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) is director of photography, Thierry Flamand (Chocolat) serves as Production designer and Valdis Oskardottir (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Finding Forrester) is the film’s editor.

Advising and consulting the filmmakers are subject matter experts including journalist Robert Moore, author of the novel upon which the film is based, along with David Russell, (Commodore, British Royal Navy), and noted submarine expert Ramsey Martin.

The film is being produced by Via Est, Belga Productions in association with EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales for the film. STXfilms will distribute in the United States for EuropaCorp Films USA.

“Red Sparrow” Gets 2018 Release

Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has announced the release date for “Red Sparrow“. The Russian spy film starring Jennifer Lawrence moved from a November 2016 release to March 2, 2018 for the United States, where it’s the only title standing.

Last month Variety reported was presented at CinemaCon.

Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming “Red Sparrow” seduced audiences at CinemaCon on Thursday.

20th Century Fox used the exhibition industry trade show to debut a sexy first look at the upcoming Cold War thriller. The film follows Lawrence as a prima ballerina who breaks her leg. With her dancing career in jeopardy, Lawrence is recruited for a secretive Russian spy agency. There she falls in love with Joel Edgerton (glimpsed in a skimpy speedo).

“The two begin this cat and mouse seduction and fall in love, but you’re never really sure if the relationship is real and whose side you’re on,” said Emma Watts, Fox film vice chairman.
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Matthias To Star In “Territoires”

We missed this news before, but looks like Matthias has another upcoming project. Earlier this year actor Reda Kateb revealed his next project is going to be “Territoires” alongside Matthias with director David Oelhoffen. Screendaily reported the following story:

Alongside touring with Django, Kateb is also preparing to reunite on set again with film-maker David Oelhoffen, on the provisionally titled Territoires.

The pair first collaborated on the Oelhoffen’s 2014 Albert Camus adaptation Far From Men set in Algeria in 1954 at the onset of the country’s war of independence.

“I will play a drugs squad officer. It’s a very human story using the codes of a classic police thriller but in such a way that the film touches on contemporary themes in France. Matthias Schoenaerts is also in the cast.”

Further, Kateb also talked to Eye For Film about the project:

AKT: What’s coming up for you?
RK: I’m going to shoot a movie [Territoires] with the director of Loin Des Hommes, David Oelhoffen. I am starring with Matthias Schoenaerts. You know him?

AKT: Yes, he is great in [Alice Winocour’s] Disorder [Maryland].
RK: We’re going to be the two main characters in this one. For the moment, that’s what I can talk about.

Lea Seydoux Joins “Kursk”

Lea Seydoux Joins “Kursk”

Screen Daily is reporting that Lea Seydoux has joined Matthias and Colin Firth in “Kursk“. Filming is expected to start in April.

Lea Seydoux (Spectre) has joined Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth in the cast of Thomas Vinterberg’s English-language Russian submarine drama Kursk for France’s EuropaCorp.

Set to start shooting in April, the film is based on the real-life events of 2000 when an explosion on board caused the Kursk submarine to sink in the Barents Sea, prompting a desperate struggle to save those on board.

Written by Robert Rodal, who was nominated for an Oscar for Saving Private Ryan, Kursk is based on the novel A Time To Die by Robert Moore.

The project is being produced by Luxembourg’s VIA EST with Belgium’s Belga Productions with EuropaCorp.

EuropaCorp has international rights to the film which it is starting to talk to buyers about at this week’s European Film Market.

Deadline confirms the news and also has details on Matthias’ role, which you can find after the jump.
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Neon Buys “Racer and the Jailbird”

Variety is reporting that Neon has bought the North American rights to “Race And The Jailbird“, which was previously titled “The Faitful“.

Neon has pre-bought North American rights to Michaël R. Roskam’s “Racer and the Jailbird” out of the Berlin Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The romantic thriller pairs director Roskam with actor Matthias Schoenaerts — the two have previously collaborated on the likes of “The Drop” and “Bullhead,” a foreign language Oscar nominee. It co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos, who turned heads in “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

“Racer and the Jailbird” follows a gangster (Schoenaerts) who meets and falls for a race car driver (Exarchopoulos). Their romance tests loyalties. The film is in French and set in Belgium. Neon is planning a theatrical release, but a premiere date has yet to be picked.

Neon is a new distribution company founded by Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League and Tom Quinn, the former head of Radius-TWC. It was very active at this year’s Sundance, buying the comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” the drama “Roxanne Roxanne,” and the drama “Beach Rats.” All three won awards at the festival.

Roskam wrote the screenplay to the film with Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré. It will be produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Bart Van Langendonck, with cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis, and editing by Alain Dessauvage. Stone Angels and Savage Film produced with Pathé and Wild Bunch co-producing. Wild Bunch is handling international sales and Pathé is distributing in France.

Wild Bunch negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

A first look at promotional banner which is featured at Berlinale can be found after the jump.

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Mister Smith Entertainment Boards “Radegund”

Screen Daily is reporting that Mister Smith Entertainment has boarded the international sales for “Radegund“. Further, they confirm Matthias will star in the Terrence Malick directed movie which is already in post-production.

David Garrett’s Mister Smith boards period drama, currently in post-production.

David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment has boarded international sales to Terrence Malick’s upcoming Second World War drama Radegund.

Sales are set to commence at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

Radegund will follow the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis and was executed by them in 1943.

The film marks Malick’s return to the Second World War period following acclaimed 1998 drama The Thin Red Line.

From Malick’s screenplay, the film stars August Diehl as Franz Jägerstätter, Valerie Pachner as his wife Fani, Matthias Schoenaerts as Captain Herder and Bruno Ganz as Judge Lueben alongside Martin Wuttke, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser and Alexander Fehling.
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Matthias Joins “Red Sparrow”

THR is reporting that Matthias has joined “Red Sparrow” alongside Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons have signed on to join Jennifer Lawrence in the Red Sparrow.

The story, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel, follows a Russian intelligence officer (Lawrence) who is ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, and to operate against a young CIA agent who handles the agency’s most important Russian mole. Joel Edgerton also is attached to star.

The Hunger Games helmer Francis Lawrence is reuniting with Jennifer Lawrence for the Chernin Entertainment and Fox film. Justin Haythe wrote the script.

Schoenaerts’ recent films include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl and Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, and he will soon star in Netflix’s Our Souls at Night with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. He’s repped by CAA and UBBA in Paris.

Irons will soon be seen in video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed and Disney’s Their Finest. He also will reprise his role as Alfred in Warner Bros.’ Justice League. He’s repped by CAA.

Matthias Joins Terrence Malick’s “Radegund”?

We missed this possible project before, but looks like Matthias might have joined Terrence Malick’s upcoming movie “Radegund“. Indiewire is reporting the following story:

While the biggest news surrounding Terrence Malick at the moment is that the reclusive director will be making a rare public appearance next month at the Princeton Garden Theater for a live conversation following a screening of Roberto Rossellini‘s “Journey To Italy” (tough nuts, it’s already sold out), the filmmaker is already at work on his next feature, “Radegund.” Even though his love triangle music drama “Weightless” is yet to come, cameras are rolling on WWII movie, and all we know officially so far is that “Inglourious Basterds” actor August Diehl is leading the movie, with newcomer Valerie Pachner also in the film. Well, you can add another name (and possibly more).

According to German site Blick, the always great Bruno Ganz (“Wings Of Desire“) is part cast for this tale about Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian man who opposed the Nazis, and refused to fight as a conscientious objector. He was executed by the Nazis in 1943. However, if this cast list from German industry site Crew United is accurate, the full ensemble has been revealed, and among the many names, are Matthias Schoenaerts and Jürgen Prochnow. IMDB also lists Michael Nyqvist in a role that doesn’t appear on the Crew United page, but again, none of this is official. And as we already know, Malick calls in lots of people for his movies, but they don’t always make the final cut.

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