Charlie Hunnam to Star in Apple Series ‘Shantaram’

HollywoodReporter.com — The former ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star will play the lead role in the series based on a novel by Gregory David Roberts.

Charlie Hunnam is returning to TV.

The Sons of Anarchy star has taken his first series role since his FX show ended in 2014, signing on to drama Shantaram at Apple. The series from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content is the first international production for the tech giant’s nascent Apple TV+ streaming platform, which launches in November.

Shantaram, which is set for 10 episodes, is based on a best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts. Hunnam will play Lin, a man on the run from an Australian prison who looks to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. The novel also explores themes of love, forgiveness and courage on the road to redemption.

Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, Top Gun: Maverick) adapted the novel and will executive produce with director Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed), who will helm the first two episodes, Dave Erickson, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey.

Clemens helped Paramount TV and Anonymous win a bidding war for the project in early 2018 when she worked at Anonymous; she was named president of Paramount TV in November 2018.

Shantaram has previously been in development as a feature film with Joel Edgerton attached to star and Johnny Depp producing. When that didn’t go forward, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content won the rights to adapt the novel and follow-up The Mountain Shadow for TV.

Production is scheduled to begin in October in Australia and India.

Hunnam’s recent film work includes The Lost City of Z, Netflix’s Triple Frontier, True History of the Kelly Gang and Jungleland, the latter two of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. He is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane Offer.

Deadline first reported the news.

Video: Max Winkler and Charlie Hunnam Talk ‘Jungleland’: “It’s About Toxic Masculinity And Brotherhood”

Deadline.com — The world of bare-knuckle boxing is explored in Max Winkler’s TIFF entry Jungleland, which stars Charlie Hunnam as Stanley, who manages his boxer brother Lion (Jack O’Connell).

“I’d always wanted to write sort of an unconventional love story,” Winkler told us when he came to the Deadline studio, “and this one is about brothers. It’s sort of like the male dramas of American film in the ’70s—Bob Rafelson movies like The King of Marvin Gardens and Five Easy Pieces, and Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail. I love Paul Newman in Hud. I just loved these movies about masculinity, and how we mask our true emotion with these sort of faux facades of toughness, and that, paired with how much I love John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, was the early starting point for me, when I started writing this. I knew I wanted to make a movie about toxic masculinity and brotherhood, [because] this type of love story is not something you see a lot. We sent it to Charlie with our fingers crossed, and it was then that we really started kicking in gear.”

“I play the elder of the two brothers,” said Hunnam, “who is just a really passionate, open, loving dude, who has aspirations that are beyond his station. But he is relentless in his self-belief, and in faith in his brother, that they’re destined for something greater than their meager beginning in life. [That’s] the engine that pushes them through, and really, for me, it was about his existential dread. Y’know, if you start running from the dragon, and allow the dragon to grow, then there’s a certain point it becomes impossible to turn and face it—that’s one of the things that identifies or reveals the fragility of his façade of masculinity. He starts to realize that this is a losing battle, and there’s no recourse, so that’s where the great drama for him comes in: how do we get out of this impossible situation I’ve got us into?”

Video: Justin Kurzel On ‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’: “In Australia, Ned Kelly Is Made Out To Be A Beacon”

Deadline.com — The full story of Ned Kelly and his outlaw family isn’t widely known outside of Australia, despite several attempts to tell the story onscreen, notably a 1970 version starring The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger in the lead. After sitting out festival season with 2016’s videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed, Justin Kurzel returned to TIFF with his attempt to put the record straight: based on Peter Carey’s 2000 book of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang is a loose biopic of the armed robber who was executed by hanging in 1880, aged just 25.

“In Australia, he’s made out to be a beacon,” Kurzel explained with he stopped by the Deadline Studio. “[His image] was at the beginning of our opening ceremony at the Olympics. The right-wing use him as a kind of icon. He’s been kind of stolen by everyone as something that is Australian, and I was really curious about why we place a certain sense of who we are on him. He was a kid, when he died, and there was something about poking at the mythology of him that I thought could be really, really interesting.”

To play Ned, Kurzel chose a Brit: Captain Fantastic’s George Mackay. “My dad’s Australian, and there [were] all kinds of family ties,” Mackay recalled, “so when it all came together, the opportunity of auditioning for the story and playing this part was amazing. But after auditioning for Justin in the room, and talking about the possibility of the character, and reading Peter Carey’s book, it all changed. Because I was just seeing all the surface-level things of this icon of Australia, [and I wanted to know] who this man really was. Without getting too heavy, what’s truth?”

Charlie Hunnam reveals his softer side and gives rare insight into his relationship at TIFF

HelloMagazine.com — Charlie Hunnam is known as one of Hollywood’s toughest bad boys thanks to his role as motorcycle gang leader Jax Teller inSons of Anarchy, which he followed with a string of hard-man roles. But now the 39-year-old is finally revealing his softer side in new movie Jungleland, which he stars in alongside Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden.

The film directed by Max Winkler (Henry Winkler’s son) sees Charlie play a boxing coach named Stanley, who is fiercely loving and protective of his little brother Lion (Jack), a talented young boxer with big dreams.

The movie premiered to rave reviews at TIFF, with critics hailing Charlie’s emotional performance.

“I’m a really gentle, soft sort of person, who had a lot of issues from my childhood that I had to work through. That was reflected in the work that I did from the age of 25 to 35,” the British-born actor explained exclusively to HELLO! Canada. “I’ve worked through that – I’m not compelled by it anymore, and I’m not particularly interested in that any more. It was a phase in my life.”“I had a realization about that around a year ago, which made me feel that, for the first time in my career, I was actually really doing what I was supposed to be doing, and not just being a fake,” he added.

Ahead of turning 40 in April, Charlie told HELLO! Canada he is feeling better than ever about life. He said that is partly thanks to having great friends, but also comes from a strong relationship with Morgana McNelis, his long-term partner.

“I felt way behind where I wanted to be and should have been at 35, but I’ve had some really transitional experiences and done a lot of work on myself in the last few years, and I really feel very chill about turning 40,” he continued. “I feel honestly feel like I like myself and I’m happy with my life. I’ve got no complaints – I’ve got really good friends and a lovely partner and, you know, life’s good!”

Charlie also opened up about how he hopes Jungleland will tackle the issue of toxic masculinity through its progressive point of view.

“Right now, in this day and age, when masculinity is seen as a little bit toxic – I loved that we could have an opportunity to maybe put a different face on it,” he said. “Max creates a very violent environment in the film. You go in with this expectation that it’s a fighting film, so it’s going to adhere to a more classic colour of masculinity, and what Max does is just completely subvert that and say, ‘These are guys who have a capacity for violence, and they are street guys, but they also have the capacity for incredible tenderness towards each other!’ That’s a really important message right now.”

This was Charlie’s second film screening at TIFF 2019. On Sept. 11, he was on hand for the world premiere of True History of the Kelly Gang, which had its world premiere at the festival. In the Justin Kurzel-directed film, Charlie plays one of several people hunting down legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay).

Photos/Press/Video: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (Master Post)

On September 9th, Charlie arrived in Toronto, Canada for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where two of his upcoming films are making their premiere this week. First up, Charlie stopped by the AT&T On Location to discuss Jungleland, later followed by the Variety Studio (will have photos from this event soon!) to talk about The True History of the Kelly Gang.

Later on September 11th, Charlie joined the cast of The True History of the Kelly Gang for their premier. Followed by the premiere of Jungleland on September 12th.



Along the way Charlie sat down to discuss his films in addition to posing for new portraits! 🙂




Photos: ‘Papillon’ (2018) Movie Captures, DVD Extras & Additional Stills

I’ve added high quality screen captures of Charlie as Henri ‘Papillon’ Charrière from the 2018 film Papillon along with screen captures from the DVD extras and 20 additional high quality production stills.

You can check those out in the gallery now. 🙂




Video/Photos: Official Trailer for ‘A Million Little Pieces’

A Million Little Pieces will be in theaters in the UK on August 30th, 2019 and then later in the US on December 6th, 2019. You can watch the trailer below:

Here is the synopsis:

An alcoholic and a drug addict, 23 year-old James has two options: treatment or death. After waking up on a plane with a smashed up face and no memory of the past few weeks, he heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As James endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connecting with other kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life.

Based on the best-selling book by James Frey with a screenplay by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, and Odessa Young.

You can also view high quality screen captures of Charlie from the trailer in the gallery now.

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