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Mel Gibson to Star With Charlie Hunnam, Eiza Gonzalez in Action-Thriller ‘Waldo’

Mel Gibson to Star With Charlie Hunnam, Eiza Gonzalez in Action-Thriller ‘Waldo’

HollywoodReporter.com — Based on Howard Gould’s books, the AFM-bound project is being helmed by Tim Kirkby, who directed episodes of ‘Veep’ and ‘Fleabag.’
Mel Gibson is putting his action boots on once again.

The actor, last seen in 2017’s comedy Daddy’s Home 2, is teaming with Charlie Hunnam and Eiza Gonzalez for Waldo, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal.

The action-packed thriller comes from Brit filmmaker Tim Kirkby, best known for directing episodes of Veep and the pilot for Fleabag, and follows a brilliant ex-detective gone rogue. The film is based on the novel Last Looks by Howard Gould and published by Dutton. The sequel, Below the Line, is set to be released next Summer.

Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie and Steve Shainberg will produce. IMR International is handling foreign sales, which will launch at the AFM this week. CAA Media Finance is handling the US rights.

Waldo introduces a new hero in disgraced former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo, played by Hunnam, currently living the life of a minimalist in the woods. His quiet life comes to a startling halt when he is roped back into working as a private eye to investigate the murder of an eccentric television star’s wife. Filming is set to commence in the first quarter of 2019.

Gibson can next be seen in the Venice-bowing Dragged Across Concrete, and also has Farhad Safinia’s The Professor and the Madman and Boss Level directed by Joe Carnahan in the works. Hunnam, meanwhile, has JC Chandor’s Triple Frontier, Justin Kurzel’s The True History of the Kelly Gang and Max Winkler’s Jungleland lined up, while Eiza Gonzalez has Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, Bloodshot alongside Vin Diesel, and Kung Fury 2.

Variety: Charlie Hunnam Joins Cast of Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of The Kelly Gang’

Variety.com — Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) has joined the cast of Justin Kurzel’s “True History of The Kelly Gang” with George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”), Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”), Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) and Essie Davis (“The Babadook”).

Kurzel directs the film from a screenplay by Shaun Grant (“Berlin Syndrome”), based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same title, about notorious bushranger Ned Kelly (MacKay), one of the world’s greatest outlaws, and the colonial badlands from which he rose. The film will be wrapping principal photography on Sept.8

The cast of “True History of The Kelly Gang” includes Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”), Sean Keenan (“Strangerland”), Harry Greenwood (“The Nightingale”) and Earl Cave (“Born to Kill”).

The film is being produced by Liz Watts from Porchlight Films, Hal Vogel from Daybreak Pictures, Justin Kurzel and Paul Ranford. Financiers include La Cinéfacture and Memento, with principal production investment from Screen Australia and Film4 in association with Film Victoria. The film was developed with Film4, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Max Winkler Helms ‘Jungleland:’ Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, Jessica Barden Star

Deadline.com — Director Max Winkler has started production on Jungleland, the Romulus Entertainment, Big Red Films and Scott Free co-production that stars Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden. Shooting began today in Massachusetts, with Winkler directing the script he wrote with Theodore B. Bressman and David Branson Smith. Producing are Brad Feinstein (who co-founded Romulus with Joseph F. Ingrassia), Jules Daly and her Big Red Films banner and Kevin Walsh and Ryan Stowell of Scott Free Productions.

A reluctant bareknuckle boxer (O’Connell) and his brother (Hunnam) must travel across the country for one last fight, but an unexpected travel companion (Barden) exposes the cracks in their bond along the way. Deadline revealed the cast was in talks when it broke Daly’s move from longtime RSA head to become producer.

Pic shoots in Fall River and New Bedford, MA, Buffalo, NY, Gary, IN, Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA.

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek’s ‘Papillon’ Is “Somewhat of a Love Story”

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek’s ‘Papillon’ Is “Somewhat of a Love Story”

Variety.com — When the autobiographical novel “Papillon” was published in France in 1969, it was hailed as “the greatest adventure story of all time” — and that description set the tone of the 1973 film adaptation starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman as two prisoners trying to escape a penal colony in Guiana.

But Michael Noer, the Danish director of a new remake starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek taking on the parts played by McQueen and Hoffman, respectively, says he had more than an action/buddy movie in mind while shooting the real-life drama about Parisian safecracker Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Hunnam), who was framed for murder and formed an unlikely friendship with counterfeiter Louis Dega (Malek) while planning his escape from the penal colony in the 1940s.

Noer envisioned an unlikely love story of inmates-turned-soulmates.

“That was the first thing I wrote on the side of the pages as I was skimming through the script: The chance to make not only a film about friendship but also a film about love,” Noer told Variety on Sunday night before a screening at the London West Hollywood hotel. “Because in friendship you can say that you’re bound only to a certain extent, but in love, you’re bound good and bad. You can hurt each other much more than you can just in a friendship. It starts off with they detest each other, [then] try to build a friendship and at the end, I’d say that they’re molded together into one. This is told through the lead, Charlie, and Rami, as supporting, but they’re both extremely important in creating this bond. Because I truly believe that they are one.”

Granted, heads do roll in “Papillon” (French for butterfly) due to the guillotine, but more importantly, hearts flutter between the co-stars.

“One thing Charlie and I looked at [was] ‘You know, we could do a prison escape movie, which is entertaining, and that’s the deal here — we have to entertain — but at the same time to have something going on where two human beings are searching for themselves and [it’s] somewhat of a love story,” Malek said. “The desire and need to be with one another, to overcome certain aspects of themselves, and to discover what it is to have hope and joy.”

While Noer doesn’t shy away from sex, as well as affection, between male convicts, it’s not quite a tropical “Brokeback Mountain” either. Hunnam, however, appreciates his director’s description as a love story between two men.

“I think that’s really accurate,” he said. “For me, what I’ve always been very interested in is the human condition and how we overcome adversity in our lives. Because as all of the religious teachers have taught us: We’ll have to encounter enormous hardship and tragedy and injustice and disappointment and, you know, broken hearts in our lives. That can become overwhelming — I feel that very acutely in society now as much as, if not more than, ever.”

“The question is: How do you weigh the balance?” Hunnam added. “And so I thought this was a really interesting and grand backdrop to explore that fundamental question: How do you make life make sense in the face of the inevitable, axiomatic rule that life is suffering? And so it’s about friendship and belief and faith and love. Those things — like community and friendship and within that, the love that comes — is of paramount importance. And ultimately that’s the message of this film.”

As it turns out, the male bonding blossomed into bromance off the red carpet, too: Before taking his seat in the front row of the theater, Malek couldn’t resist spanking his co-star on the bum.

Charlie Hunnam Reveals the Shocking Weight He Got Down to to Play Escaped Prisoner in ‘Papillon’

ETOnline.com — Charlie Hunnam underwent a pretty dramatic transformation for his latest film.

ET caught up with the 38-year-old actor and his co-star, Rami Malek, at the Los Angeles premiere of Papillon on Sunday, where they discussed Hunnam’s shocking weight loss in order to play a prisoner detained on a remote island who is attempting to escape. The transformation was made all the more mind-blowing because Hunnam had just dropped a significant amount of weight for a previous movie role.

“I did this two times in a row. I did a film called The Lost City of Zedd and I lost 40 pounds for that exactly. I went from 185 to 145 exactly,” Hunnam told ET’s Lauren Zima. “I was down to 145 again for this [role], but I think I probably started at 180 so maybe [I lost] like 35 pounds.”

While the dedication to his craft is certainly appreciated, Malek confessed that he was actually a bit worried about his co-star while they were acting out such “brutal circumstances.”

“Yeah, how can I not be? I mean it’s a very intense experience as it is. Filmmaking, and this one especially, it’s not the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. We weren’t out there going back to our trailers every two seconds,” Malek said. “It’s just out there sitting in the mud and hanging out and watching Charlie starve. So, I was a bit concerned, but he’s alright.”

Known for always being in shape, Hunnam often finds himself shirtless in his roles, but that’s not something he wants to continue in future projects.

“It’s certainly not intentional and not something that I want to keep doing, but it seems to be a running theme,” the former Sons of Anarchy star admitted. “I don’t know what that’s about.”

Hunnam hasn’t just cut weight for roles, he’s worked hard to put on weight too! Last year, he packed on 20 pounds of muscle to play King Arthur in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller ‘Triple Frontier’ Set to Begin Filming March 26th

J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller ‘Triple Frontier’ Set to Begin Filming March 26th

Variety.com — Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Adria Arjona are starring in J.C. Chandor’s crime thriller, the long-in-development project known as “Triple Frontier.”

Netflix announced Monday that the currently untitled project begins shooting March 26 in Hawaii. It will also shoot in California and Colombia.

The film will be set in South America as five friends reunite to take down a drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.

Chandor, whose credits include “All is Lost” and “A Most Violent Year,” will shoot from a script that he rewrote from Mark Boal. Boal’s credits include “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.”

Producers are Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Andy Horwitz for Atlas Entertainment. Executive producers are Thomas Hayslip, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb.

The project has been in development since 2010. The “Triple Frontier” title comes from the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making the area difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.

Actors such as Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum, and Mahershala Ali have been tied to the project at various points, and Kathryn Bigelow was initially attached as the director. Netflix took over the project last year from Paramount.

Charlie Joins Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Million Little Pieces’ Movie

HollywoodReporter.com — Charlie Hunnam is also boarding the adaptation of the infamous book by James Frey.

Billy Bob Thornton, Blade Runner 2049 actress Carla Juri and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, is behind the camera for the adaptation of the James Frey best-seller that is being financed by Brad Weston’s Makeready Films.

Weston is producing along with The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

The book was for years set up at Warner Bros. but husband-and-wife team Taylor-Johnson extricated it. The book became controversial after Frey was exposed for inventing or embellishing parts of the story that was originally dubbed a memoir.

Frey wrote about a young man, ostensibly himself, who awakens on an airplane to Chicago, with no recollection of his injuries or of how he ended up on the plane. He then heads to a rehab and begins his journey to sobriety.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the man at the center of the story with Thornton playing a mafia boss whom he meets at a recovery clinic and becomes a lifeline.

Juri is playing the movie’s female leads, a crack and heroin addict who falls in love with the man.

Hunnam will play Frey’s brother.

Thornton is coming off a Golden Globe win for this work in TV’s Goliath; the Globe was his second after his acclaimed work in season one of FXs Fargo. He is repped by WME, Media Talent Group and Myman Greenspan.

In addition to Blade Runner, Juri recently starred as the title character in Dear Agnes. She is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Independent Talent Group.

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