Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Remember that Jim Jarmusch project?

It was announced yesterday that the film project to be directed by Jim Jarmusch, featuring Michael, Tilda and Mia has had a change in the line-up. After not hearing anything new about the film, on Sunday, I removed it from the 'What's up Next' feature on the side-bar. Only to learn just the following day, that Tom Hiddleston has replaced Michael in the vampire film, now titled, 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. See, this is what I hate about these projects that are announced which state that Michael is apparently in talks with. It was mentioned way back last summer about this vampire film, and that Michael was going to star in it. And finally in late frigging January, we now learn he's not a part of it?

I know the big tip off was when Michael mentioned that he is taking time off for his personal production projects and to prepare for '12 Years a Slave'. And with no mention of Jim's film, nor no more comment about Brendan Gleeson's project, it's all hopeful hype and then nothing! I'm not blaming Michael at all... I just wish the the damn gossip media and studios stop using Michael's name to promote stuff that he really is not going to be a part of. Stop USING his name to get shit green lit, that's not cool!

Tom Hiddleston
Anyway, I think Tom is a worthy replacement... he has 'Fassbender vibes' about him. Coincidentally, I watched Thor over the weekend... I did not like the film, too silly and cartoonish, and the acting was horrible. But Tom as Loki was pretty good. It's obvious that he's a fine young actor who was doing his job amidst a sucky script and film, and very bad actors. Even Natalie Portman sucked in her role, and don't get me started on Chris Hemsworth... yuck!

Yesterday, someone posted at tumblr a picture of an Atlanta, Georgia restaurant receipt, with Michael's name and the last four digits of his Mastercard. I thought I read quickly on tumblr that Michael was spotted in Atlanta late last week, and this new development proves it. I think it's tacky and an invasion of his privacy to post a picture of the obscure receipt, but, welcome to the world of waiters with iPhones. What's he doing in Atlanta of all places? Maybe he's doing research for '12 Years a Slave'. Being anywhere in the South would be great research territory for a film of this historical nature. I spent two weeks in Atlanta last January, it's a nice city, but, not somewhere I would want to live. Surely sometime soon, Michael will be heading back to the UK for his final awards event weekend, Feb 11-12th.

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Sources: Cinema Blend

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the Jarmusch project in any way interfered with the production schedule of 12YAS, I'm glad Michael dropped it. McQueen's film has far more potential in every respect. Good for Tom Hiddleston: he's said wonderful things about Michael's performances in Hunger and Shame on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

There's another possibility: what if Michael pulled out because of that Scorsese project he so coyly mentioned in that Hollywood Reporter cover article? I can definitely see him giving that precedence, especially if it was for a part originally written for Daniel Day Lewis, as rumored.

Dionne said...

Hmm, I admit I was a bit disappointed at first, but Tom is a great guy and actor so I'm okay with the replacement. Also as far as 12 Years is concerned, I read an interview with Brad and he said this:

“a free black man in the north who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. I’m only doing a small cameo, but it stars Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor and there’ve been very few movies about slavery, certainly that had the impact of Roots.”

I'm so excited for this now!

Simone said...

That's good to know Dionne.

Does anyone want to start speculating which role Michael will have?

The good Canadian, or the vile slave master?

I wanna see Michael play a nasty character this time. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I think Michael plays the Canadian farmer who rescues him. Actually, I had a very vivid dream that his character falls in love with Chiwetel's, but never says anything because he knows the man is married and doesnt return his love. So he suffers in silence, but is thankful to do anything to help the man return to his family. So, the film would be quite timely and controversial with an unrequited and doomed interacial/homoerotic love story... at least in that time period. It was quite an interesting dream, to say the least.

Dionne said...

Simone, I'm hoping he plays the bad guy too!
I saw the older film made from the book and it did not stay true to Solomon's Biography. It essentially softened everything, and made the relationship between the slave master and the main female lead a bit of a romance. If you read the book you know it was not that way at all. Solomon's Biography was heart breaking, so I hope Steve stay's true to the Biography and doesn't soften the story like the other film did. I have no doubt that Steve will portray it as is, so if Michael plays the evil slave master... WOW, he will have to play an extremely evil dude. I mean he was a rapist, woman beating, jealous, vile, horrible person. If Michael play's this character it will def. be a change from the character's he's played thus far.
I vote for evil slave master!

Anonymous said...

I dunno, he's played a lot of villains before, not even taking magneto into account. So much so, and with such talent, that some people seem incapable of separating his personality from the characters he plays.

Dionne said...

He's played villains before but never one as Vile as the slave master in 12 Years. The man has no humanity whatsoever.

Simone said...

Dionne, I vote for evil slave master too! And he'll look good doing his wicked deeds too!

Hair length alert: Fassy will have long hair, as men in those days tended to have.

If we all know anything about Steve McQueen, he doesn't dodge the truth, and as a artist, he's bold and frank. This will be a slave saga for the ages... dare I say yet another film that will scare the bejesus out of AMPAS. LOL!

Dionne said...

Simone that's what I was just thinking! The AMPAS will surely be rattled once again. Fassy with long hair :0!!! I'm just anxious to see this project through.

Anonymous said...

Count me in as someone who doesn't want Michael playing the slave master. He's played villains before, but never a man that is totally benevolent ala Atticus Finch, which is who the Canadian farmer essentially is. I want people to see him as a loving, caring man willing to sacrifice everything for the freedom of another. It would be totally new for him.

Anonymous said...

I vote slave master!!!
If you have actually read the book you will understand that no other character Fassbender has played thus far, even comes close to the kind of villain he would play in 12 Years a Slave. No comparison. None. Period. Either way the film will be amazing if Steve is the director, and Michael is acting in it.

Anonymous said...

I think people might be afraid of what others might think of Fassy if he plays the Slave master too well. If we know Fassy at all we know that he will nail it. Also in the story I don't remember too well the Canadian farmer, was he Solomon's friend back home? The one who helped him escape? If so then @ Anon 11:51, the character is not like Atticus Finch. Maybe I'm confused. Anyway I think Fass should be the villain. People are going to judge him anyway so why not get the more challenging part?

Sam B said...

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Anonymous said...

Michael playing the slave master would be his Amon Goethe (Ralph Feinnes in Schindler's List) role.

liptontea said...

I've not read the book, but if it's centered more on slavery, perhaps Steve won't put much weigth into the part with the Canadian saviour, and may focus more on human sufferings which he'll do well.
I'm quite puzzled with what Steve said on Michael's feminity but if he gets the evil part he'll manage to pull something creepy (his acting in Jonah Hex was excellent and more convincing than John Malkovitch) and like in every film from Steve it will be beautiful and horrible.
if he doesn't play evil he'll show his fragility as the Canadian folk and trust Steve to find an incredible villain, to put as much ambiguity as he likes, to depict white males then

Flora said...

I panicked when I read that he was in Atlanta, because he's supposed to be at the London Dangerous Method premiere RIGHT NOW, but I just checked, and there are pics starting to come in, so phew, he's back in freezing old London town. Yay!

http://www.rexfeatures.com/live/2012/01/31/'a_dangerous_method'_film_premiere,_london,_britain

(hope it's ok to post links, and that the link works)

Atlanta sounds like the perfect location for 12 Years A Slave, so I would bet that's why he's there. I don't know the story, but it's got McQueen, Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor, it surely can't go wrong. Can't believe some idiot posted his credit card receipt though - surely that's a sackable offence!

Anonymous said...

Yes, if he plays the slave master he will be brutal and ruthless. If he plays the Canadian, he will be sympathetic and fragile. Either way, we win.

Flora said...

Sorry, that link's too long to fit on the page. I'm sure there'll be pics appearing soon on various sites though. There's a nice one of the three stars on the Daily Mail website already, alongside the usual snide comments about how skinny Keira is.

Flora said...

Dionne, I'm very glad to hear the Brad Pitt role is only a cameo. I was worried that this was going to end up being taken over by Hollyood and being A Brad Pitt Movie rather than a Steve McQueen film. I'd still rather he wasn't in it at all, as a lot of the publicity will no doubt end up focussing on that aspect, but you can't have everything.

I also don't mind too much about the Jim Jarmusch vampire film - there are far too many bloody vampire films already, I'd rather see Michael in something different, although I bet working with Jarmusch would be interesting. He is getting to work with some really interesting directors. I'd be interested to see him in something even more left-field and European.

Anonymous said...

Brad Pitt didn't turn an art house masterpiece like Tree Of Life into a Hollywood flick, so I'm not worried. If anything, it will just pique interest in the project, which is good.

meelichka said...

I would have loved to see what Jim would do with the character Michael was intended to play. It's interesting to state that his theme always reflects an outsider's perspective, highlighting Far-East & European flavour; we all know Michael is a world wide talent, however fairly more appreciated by critics and audiences in Europe (minus us Fassinators in North America hehehe). The characters Jim produces, especially male roles would probably reflect a feeling Michael has been going through this past year with being in the spotlight in Hollywood, and here in America in particular. Especially after his snub, it'd be interesting to see him playing a character developed by Jim.

However, Tom is a talented actor in his own, & I am still excited to see what transpires ! If it had to be between the two, I'm sure the wiser choice would have been to go with Steve's project; & we are all anxiously waiting for production development !

meelichka said...

& it would be nice to see Michael play the bad guy ! hehehe

Anonymous said...

That quote from Pitt is VERY interesting. We could be looking at a double lead situation (like Abraham and Hulce in Amadeus) between Michael and Ejiofer.

Emmy said...

I'm very disappointed that Michael is no more concerned with the Jim Jarmush project. I was so looking forward to see his Vampire (and maybe "bad vampire"?) role :/ Arrrgh I'm reaaly disappointed actually .... But I think Tom is a good actor...
Finger crossed for Martin Scorcese project :)
And I'm really hopping that Michael will play the vile slave master in 12YAS xD !!!!

Emmy said...

I've just learned for the X-Men First Class sequel with Matthew Vaugh and I'm just SOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY !!!!!! MCFASSY FOREVER xD

Manuela said...

i just want to add Tom is more right choice for movie like this. im pretty sure fassy can take any role and show great perfomance but i thin it s good decision for all of them.
thanks for news