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This past summer the Django Unchained writer/director hosted a very exclusive live-reading of the Hateful Eight script, and helping him bring it to life on stage were many actors whom with he's previously collaborated. While it may very well turn out that all of those stars return to work on the film version, but now new rumors are circulating saying that the filmmaker is looking at yet another big name to join his latest cast.
If you asked 100 Star Wars fans what the best of the movies is, I suspect 90 would probably say The Empire Strikes Back. Thatís a hell of a lot closer to a consensus than you would get for Lord Of The Rings, but to actor Viggo Mortensen, itís not even really close. For him, The Fellowship Of The Ring is the clear choice.
At some point, Iíd love to be able to report on a story involving Viggo Mortensen joining a screwball comedy in which he plays the funniest man on Earth, but his career has just featured a string of characters that are either caught up in the aftermath of some devastating event, or theyíre actually going through said devastating event. To be expected, the Oscar-nominated actor wonít be changing things up with Captain Fantastic.
Mortensen has signed on to star and produce an untitled drama by Argentinian auteur Lisandro Alonso, who has garnered international notice at film festivals all over Europe and South America. The film will center on a Danish man (Mortensen) who journeys with his daughter to a desert that lies "in a realm beyond the confines of civilization."
While the site has discovered that Maps to the Stars will roll into production in May of 2013, and boasts a budget of $15 million, no mention is made of precisely what the plot is. Of course, if you're familiar with Cronenberg's canon, you know that explaining the plot of almost any of his films is typically a tricky endeavor.
The film marks the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name The Two Faces of January centers on a strange trio made up of three Americans who become entangled in covering up the murder of a police officer in Greece. This image shows the feature's three stars, Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac
Viggo Mortensen clearly has many talents as an actor, but one you may not know about is his linguistic skills. The star is fluent in English, Spanish, Danish, and French, and can speak some Swedish and Norwegian (and we've all seen him talk in Elvish too). As one could expect, these languages could give him an edge in terms of his ability to stretch his performance, and it has paid off with the movie Everybody Has A Plan.
The premise behind Demeter sounds so incredibly cool that no matter who they cast, fans should flock. But yes, adding three actors as talented as Rapace, Kingsley and the amazing Mortensen would elevate this project to insanely anticipated levels.
After A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg reteamed with Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises. The film about a henchman working for London's Russian mob earned the actor an Oscar nomination and ever since there have been whispers of a sequel. Finally, almost the entire creative team behind the original have agreed to return for Eastern Promises 2.
Originally titled The Talking Cure and based on a play by Christopher Hampton of the same name, A Dangerous Method stars Fassbender as Carl Jung, a protege of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) who tests out a new method of therapy on a young Russian woman
That leaves the film without either of the two leads in place-- though Kristen Stewart has been in role for the part of Snow White for months, her participation is also not yet confirmed. The only actor truly in place is Charlize Theron, who has signed on to play the Evil Queen in the film that Rupert Sanders will direct
When the rumor began that Viggo Mortensen was being considered for the role of Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman (since debunked), one interesting piece of info slipped out. The report said that after a month of negotiations, the actor had still not closed a deal to play in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman.
Even at the time the story was that Mortensen would likely have to turn down the role thanks to his commitment to Snow White and the Huntsman at Universal; while Snyder made no mention of that, he told LR "Viggo is not going to be in the movie letís say that right now."
While I know a lot of people won't like to hear that General Zod is the villain of the new Superman movie and would prefer Brainiac or Doomsday, Mortensen could be an interesting bit of casting. Thanks to playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films he's typically perceived as a hero character and it would be interesting to see what he could do with a truly malicious character.
At the present moment, there are three Snow White projects in development: Disney's Snow White and the Seven, Universal's Snow White and The Huntsman, and Relativity Media's The Brothers