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As is usually the case, this year’s lineup for the Sundance Film Festival packs in a variety of highly anticipated premieres. From the American debut of Hogwarts’ most famous wizard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first feature film as a writer/director to what looks like one badass rock doc, Sundance 2013 is sure to have us buzzing in the subfreezing temperatures.
Even if you can’t make it out to Park City, Utah, this year, these are the films you’ll need to keep an eye out for down the road when they make their way to a theater near you. These are our must-see movies of Sundance 2013:
Chan-wook Park has been a legend of the South Korean film scene for over a decade, and he will finally make his English-language debut with the trippy gothic thriller “Stoker.” Written by Wentworth Miller, this creepy story tells the tale of a teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska), her deranged mother (Nicole Kidman) and her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode).
Family? It’s complicated … but also bloody, at least when it comes to Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s thriller Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.
Case in point, check out this exclusive one-sheet poster for the film that features an unusual holiday-esque portrait warning “DO NOT DISTURB THE FAMILY” with a blood splattered twist.
Kidman (as mother Evelyn) shoots eye daggers big enough to kill, Wasikowska (as daughter India) holds a sharply pointed pencil in her bloody hands, and Matthew Goode (as handsome uncle Charlie, who appears out of the blue after India’s father dies, and becomes the object of both Evelyn and India’s obsessive affections) stands to the side with an intense stare. Written by Wentworth Miller and co-produced by Ridley Scott, the late Tony Scott, and Michael Costigan, Stoker is the first English language film helmed by South Korean director Park, a master at emotional murder mystery with a stylized edge.
Stoker is out in theaters March 1.
Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment banner has acquired the infidelity thriller “Loft” from Anonymous Content and Belgian banner Woestijnvis. It has yet to be determined whether the film will be released through Warner Bros., where Dark Castle is currently based, or Universal, where Silver just inked a 12-picture distribution deal.
Silver will now be credited as an exec producer on “Loft” along with Andrew Rona and Steve Richards.
In addition, Dark Castle is in production on “Getaway,” a thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. Details on that project were not immediately available.
Dark Castle is currently working with Emmett/Furla Films on Albert Hughes’ actioner “Motor City,” which has Gerard Butler attached to star, though Gary Oldman and Amber Heard are no longer involved with the project.
As for “Loft,” the Erik Van Looy-directed pic is an English-language remake of his own 2008 Belgian film. Edgy indie follows five married friends who share a loft where each brings his mistress. When the dead body of an unknown woman is found there, they begin to suspect one another of murder.
Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, Karl Urban, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts star alongside Rhona Mitra, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Margarita Levieva and Kristin Lehman.
Wesley Strick (“Doom”) adapted Bart De Pauw’s original screenplay. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Paul Green, Matt DeRoss and Adam Shulman produced along with original “Loft” producer Hilde DeLaere of Woestijnvis.
If you had told us back in 2005 that the star of “Prison Break” was going to become one of the promising screenwriting talents in Hollywood, we would have said you were crazy. But that’s just happened to Wentworth Miller. Under the pen name Ted Foulke (which he seems to have now abandoned), the actor wrote “Stoker” which quickly landed on the Black List, and then assembled a jaw dropping brace of talent with Park Chan-wook directing, and Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Alden Ehrenreich, Jacki Weaver and more starring. It’s one of the most anticipated movies of the year. And now, he’s got something else brewing.
Voltage Pictures and Killer Films have picked up his latest script, “The Disappointments Room,” and it’s another interesting thriller from Miller. The story centers on a woman who moves into a mysterious old house in the country with her husband and young son, only to discover their new home comes with a dark past. Yes, it seems like another old school style concept from Miller, but an intriguing one nonetheless.
Right now the project is out to directors, and give the heat “Stoker” brought, it should be attracting some serious attention. As for Wentworth Miller the actor, he’ll next be seen in the thriller “Loft.”
On her Twitter page, Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich revealed and confirmed new details on the next film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution. Jovovich confirmed the rumor that Leon Kennedy and Barry Burton will make their first appearances in the series and they’ll be joined by Ada Wong, who appeared in the video games Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 4, and The Darkside Chronicles. Jovovich also announced that Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), and K-Mart (Spencer Locke) won’t return but Sienna Guillory will reprise her role as Jill Valentine. Shawn Roberts will also return to play the villainous Albert Wesker. Principal photography is set to begin on October 16th.
Chris, Claire, and K-Mart won’t return because they’ve been abducted by the Umbrella Corporation. Also, fans should expect an epic fight between Alice (Jovovich) and Jill.
Jovovich also tweeted to her fans that the mind-controlling parasite “Las Plagas” featured in Resident Evil 4 will be used in the movie.
Finally, Jovovich says she hopes to make a sixth Resident Evil that brings all the major characters together, which hints that all of the new characters will survive Retribution.
Matthew Goode is in talks for the male lead in Fox Searchlight’s “Stoker,” which marks the domestic directing debut for South Korean helmer Chan-wook Park.
Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman are already lined up to star. Story follows a teenage girl who, while mourning the death of her father, must deal with the unexpected appearance of a mysterious uncle (Goode).
Tony and Ridley Scott are producing through their Scott Free banner along with Michael Costigan. “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller penned the script under the pseudonym Ted Foulke.
The project has been a top priority for Fox Searchlight, given the rising profile of Park, who steered international hits “Oldboy” and “Thirst.”
Goode’s part has been a hot item among many leading men in Hollywood: Colin Firth and James Franco were both at one point considered front-runners; when they moved on, thesps such as Michael Fassbender and Joel Edgerton had also shown interest.
Best known for his role as Ozymandias in Warner Bros.’ “Watchmen,” Goode can be seen next in “Burning Man,” set to bow this fall.