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Berlin: Sam Worthington, Idris Elba Join ‘Alive Alone’

Posted by Anne in Feb 12,2014 with No Comments

Sam Worthington and Idris Elba will team up with Noomi Rapace in Alive Alone, a New York-set thriller marking the directorial debut of Khurram Longi.

Elba will star as Jamal, an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver, and Rapace will play Sarah, a prostitute on the run from a feared crime boss. When their worlds collide, they unexpectedly find salvation in each other. Worthington will play the crime boss Murphy.

Thunder Road Pictures will make the movie which is being touted to buyers during the European Film Market by Protagonist Pictures.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is producing with Rapace acting as executive producer. Michael Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures is financing.

Elba is represented by WME; and Longi, Rapace and Worthington by CAA. [Source]

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Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana Returning For 3 More Avatar Sequels

Posted by Anne in Jan 17,2014 with No Comments

Jake Sully & Neytiri are back for three more “Avatar” sequels!

Director James Cameron announced that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles from the 2009 blockbuster in three more movies.

“Jake Sully is rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength,” Cameron said in a statement.

“Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora,” his statement continued.

Stephen Lang, who played mad Marine Colonel Quaritch in the 2009 film (and appeared to have died at the end of the movie), was the first star to sign on for more “Avatar.”

The plot of the new films is being kept under wraps, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake and Neytiri have children in the films.

The first sequel will hit theaters in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. [Source]

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Sam Worthington Headed Back To Pandora

Posted by Anne in Oct 22,2013 with No Comments

Director James Cameron is finally heading back to the world of Pandora, to create the second, third and fourth Avatar films, with the plan being to shoot them concurrently, in the way Peter Jackson shot Lord Of The Rings, according to Avatar star Sam Worthington.

Worthington was speaking to an Australian radio station when he revealed the plan that filming was to begin this time next year.

According to Variety, Cameron will be working with Josh Friedman, who scripted War of the Worlds, Rick Jaffa, writer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Savages scribe Shane Salerno to write the screenplays for the three Avatar sequels.

The current plan is to release Avatar 2 in December of 2016, and then one new sequel every year through 2018.

According to Worthington and Cameron, the sequels will serve to deepen the world of Pandora, and explore more of the fictional planet’s majestic vistas and incredible alien life. [Source]

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Anthony Hopkins to Star in Thriller ‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’

Posted by Anne in Oct 11,2013 with No Comments

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten also have joined the project, to be directed by Daniel Alfredson.

Anthony Hopkins will play Dutch businessman Alfred “Freddy” Heineken in the new thriller Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. The grandson of the founder of the Heineken brewery and his driver were kidnapped in 1983 and released only after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders was paid, the largest ransom ever paid at the time.

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Dutch actor Mark van Eeuwen and Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel round out the cast.

Daniel Alfredson — who directed the original 2009 Swedish film version of The Girl Who Played With Fire and its sequel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — will direct from a screenplay by William Brookfield based on a book about the case by Peter R. de Vries.

The film, which begins principal photography in late October in Belgium and then moves to Amsterdam and New Orleans, is being produced by Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson and by Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sam Worthington To Star In ‘For The Dogs’ Directed By Phillip Noyce

Posted by Anne in Feb 01,2013 with No Comments

Sam Worthington will star in the action-thriller For The Dogs directed by Phillip Noyce. The screenplay is by Oren Moverman based on an adaptation by Paul Leyden of Kevin Wignall’s novel. Leydon wrote the script after optioning the rights out of his own pocket. For The Dogs is about an assassin who agrees to help a college girl exact revenge on the murderers of her parents and younger brother. FilmEngine’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce along with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Paul Leyden. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and Paradigm will be handling domestic. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. UTA handles Noyce. Moverman is represented by WME. Full Clip is represented by Jon Levin at CAA. Leyden is with Paradigm and Code Entertainment. Wignall is represented by Marjacq in the UK. [Source]

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Stealth has The Riders starring Sam Worthington

Posted by Anne in Sep 12,2012 with No Comments

Charles Dance and Timothy Spall will join Aussie Terminator Sam Worthington in the drama-thriller, “The Riders” for director Robert Connolly.

Based on the award-winning novel by Tim Winton, “The Riders” will shoot on location on the Dalmatian Coast and in Paris.

Michael Hirst, Francesca Brill and Brooks-Smith adapted the screenplay, which centers on “Australian expatriate Scully (Worthington) who prepares to start a new life with his wife Jennifer and young daughter Bille in Ireland. His life is blown apart when he goes to the airport to meet his family, but finds only Billie and no message from his missing wife. With Billie in tow, he travels to Korcula and Paris in search of Jennifer: beginning a journey of self discovery that will alter the course of his life in ways he could never have envisaged.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sam Worthington: What’s Next for the Australian Actor

Posted by Anne in Sep 02,2011 with No Comments

With “The Debt” and “Texas Killing Fields” opening in theaters, the “Avatar” star is keeping busy with numerous projects.

Sam Worthington has several films on the docket after starring in several films last year, including Clash of the Titans and Last Night. But it was 2009’s blockbuster Avatar that catapulted him to notoreity.

With several films set to make screen at festivals and be released in theaters for moviegoers, what is next for the Australian actor? One of his upcoming projects is the drama-thriller The Debt, co-starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain.

The Debt, a remake of the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was originally set to be in theaters by the end of 2010, but its opening was pushed to the following year. Worthington stars as a young David, who is a former Mossad agent. The Debt was directed by John Madden and written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Staughan. Read the rest of this entry »

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