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Seeing double: Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund

Inquirer.netI — t was interesting to watch Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, buddies in real life and playing brothers in the movie “Triple Frontier,” seated together in our recent interview at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Paired together, the handsome actors often stroked their beards, clasped their hands or leaned forward at the same time.

“He was doing that to me yesterday,” Charlie, 38, said about Garrett, 34, playfully imitating his moves. Laughing, Charlie admitted, “It f***ed me up.”

But on that afternoon, the two seemed to be spontaneously in sync with their gestures.

Not surprisingly, Charlie (as William “Ironhead” Miller) and Garrett (Ben Miller) play brothers in director JC Chandor’s testosterone-heavy action-adventure for Netflix, “Triple Frontier.”

Add Ben Affleck (Tom “Redfly” Davis), Oscar Isaac (Santiago “Pope” Garcia) and Pedro Pascal (Francisco “Catfish” Morales) and you have five former US Special Forces operatives who reunite to stage a heist—rob a drug lord in South America.

For a change, these dudes go on a dangerous mission for themselves, not for their country. Of course, twists and surprises test their skills and loyalties to each other.

Asked if they have been mistaken for each other, the English Charlie answered, “Funny enough, no. But when we spend a lot of time together, people would always ask us if we were brothers. But I’ve never gotten like, ‘Are you that guy from ‘Friday Night Lights’?”

“No,” Garrett confirmed. With a smile, the American actor added, “And I just like that Charlie’s response is always, ‘Yes, we are brothers. Which one do you think is younger (laughs)?’”

“You know, these roles weren’t originally written as brothers,” Charlie stressed. Garrett finished Charlie’s answer: “Pope (Oscar Isaac) and Redfly (Ben Affleck) were meant to be brothers.”

Charlie shared, “JC (Chandor) was talking to both of us. But he felt that we looked so similar and have a similar sensibility that it would be distracting to have us onscreen together. Then, he had this eureka moment and that he could change the script, write us as brothers and hire us both.”

On their roles, Garrett described his as: “I play Ben Miller, the younger brother to Charlie’s character. We’re all with Special Forces with every ability that you’re taught within the Special Forces. We are able to accomplish any task that the military asks. And we’re brought together for this mission, which seems impossible.” Continue reading

STX Punches For Guy Ritchie Crime-Comedy ‘Bush’ (Formerly Toff Guys) In Splashy $7M Deal

Deadline.com — In the biggest deal to emerge from the 2019 EFM, STX has finalized a deal for U.S. rights to Guy Ritchie’s Miramax pic Bush — formerly known as Toff Guys — for around $7M.

Multiple suitors were in the mix for the star-studded crime-comedy, whose cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery. The deal was in the works in Berlin and has just been completed.

While the EFM was relatively sedate in comparison to a blockbuster Sundance, this is one of the biggest deals ever to come out of the Berlin market which wrapped last week. In 2016 Paramount paid around $10M for Suburbicon while TWC bought The Imitation Game for $7M in 2014.

Written by Ritchie with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson, Bush returns the Brit filmmaker to his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch roots. But with a twist. Ritchie also produces the film which follows a very British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Currently in post-production, the film is likely to launch later this year.

First Official Production Still from ‘Triple Frontier’


EmpireOnline.com — With his previous three films, J.C. Chandor announced himself as a sharp and talented director, crafting compelling dramas and drawing stellar performances from A-listers. Now he’s following up Margin Call, All Is Lost and A Most Violent Year with Netflix action-drama Triple Frontier, assembling a star-studded cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund. They play a group of former special ops soldiers facing financial hardship, choosing to resolve their situation by pulling off a heist against a notorious Colombian cartel kingpin. Safe to say, it won’t be easy.

Speaking in the new issue of Empire, Chandor explained that Triple Frontier balances action spectacle with character drama and underlying social commentary, exploring the impact that military experience has on war veterans – and the wider US population. “In my mind, the film was a play on some of those action movies with a kind of moral or ethical dilemma at their core,” Chandor tells Empire, “as well as an idea of masculinity, and what makes you valuable to yourself, your family and society.”

Read more about Triple Frontier in the Captain Marvel issue of Empire, on sale from Thursday 24 January and available to order online here.

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”

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.

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