Screen Daily is reporting that “Belgica” producer announced that Matthias dropped out of the movie.
Matthias Schoenaerts has left upcoming feature Belgica, according to production company Menuet.
The Belgian star of Bullhead and Rust and Bone was set to play the main role in the latest film from Felix van Groeningen, director of Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.
Schoenaerts has chosen to devote his attention to an upcoming US project at this time, said a statement from Ghent-based Menuet.
A replacement will be announced ahead of the shoot, which will begin on December 1 in Ghent.
Schoenaerts will be next seen alongside Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini in The Drop, from Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam.
He will also star in Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which will close the Toronto film festival in September; romantic war drama Suite Francaise; and novel adaptation Far from the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Juno Temple, Michael Sheen and Carey Mulligan.
Belgica follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene.
Van Groeningen wrote the script with With Friends Like These co-writer Arne Sierens, and the film will be produced by Menuet in co-production with Topkapi and Pyramide Productions.
Van Groeningen is represented by CAA and Management 360. Schoenaerts is represented by CAA.
It has been speculated by several news outlets that the US project mentioned is “Galveston”.
Matthias covers OUT’s September 2014 issue. We have added the magazine scans and photoshoot in our gallery. Be sure to pick up your own copy while it’s on newsstands! The full interview can be found in our press archive and excerpts can be found below.
On potentially becoming typecast: “I don’t want to be pinned down as just a physical actor. I understand that people may think I am, since Bullhead and Rust and Bone popped up one year after another, but that’s a coincidence. I’ve done a lot of different stuff.”
On the vulnerability of acting: “When I get on set, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he says. “And it makes you very vulnerable, as an artist, to do that. In our job, we’re always the subjects of judgment, and if you want to do the real work, I think you have to be vulnerable as hell. You have to be prepared to suck.”
On truthfulness leading to sexiness in acting: “What I think is sexy is truthfulness, and that’s something that overwhelms time. That’s why Marlon Brando is still sexy nowadays — not because he was a gorgeous guy, but because his work was truthful. The rest is form. That may make me want to have sex with someone, but it’s temporary, and in the end it’s bullshit.”
» Read full interview
Welcome to Matthias Schoenaerts Network, your newest and first source dedicated to Belgium actor Matthias Schoenaerts. You might know him from his roles in “Loft”, “Bullhead” or “Rust and Bone” (De rouille et d’os). This site is aiming to keep you up-to-date on Matthias’ (upcoming) projects and appearances. We are striving to become an in-depth and comprehensive source dedicated to Mr. Schoenaerts so we will work on expanding our content the coming months. We wanted to launch our site before the fall because Matthias has an exciting slate coming up: “The Drop” (opposite Noomi Rapace & Tom Hardy), “A Little Chaos” (opposite Kate Winslet), “Suite Française” (opposite Michelle Williams) and the American remake of “The Loft”.
Be sure to follow our twitter account @MatthiasNetwork and be the first to know when we update our site and head over to our gallery with already contains over 2,200 – mostly high quality – images. A special thanks to Carol from sin21 designs for our theme and to our host Gertie. Enjoy your stay, bookmark our site and come back later because we will update the site with some recent news the coming days.
Louis Vuitton released some promotional videos of Matthias as part of the Spring/Summer 2014 Louis Vuitton Menswear campaign. The videos can be watched below and we have added the high definition screencaptures in our gallery.
Matthias is the new face of Louis Vuitton’s Menswear. He appears in the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. They travelled to the Glen Canyon dam in Arizona for the shoot. Photographer Mikael Jansson shot the ads. We have added the promotional images and print advertisement scans in our gallery.
A contemporary traveller, the Louis Vuitton man is framed by the vast expanses and stunning landscape of the South-Western United States. Matthias Schoenaerts opts to journey in style, showcasing the timeless men’s Icons collection, an ideal wardrobe augmented by new designs each season.
Fun fact: Matthias “Suite Française” co-star Michelle Williams is part of the Spring 2014 bag advertisement campaign.