With “Blue Ruin,” writer/director Jeremy Saulnier made some major noise, which apparently reached the ears of some notable folks. Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair will star in his next movie “Green Room,” which is now shooting. And the premise is intense. The movie will follow a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, and must fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses. And in the kind of role we’ve never seen him in, Stewart will play Darcy Banker, the unflinching leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest. Holy shit. The news was first broken by The Wrap.
Ridley Scott‘s “The Martian” cast keeps growing with Sean Bean joining Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig. The Drew Goddard penned movie will follow “an astronaut who is stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission.” Hopefully, Sean Bean won’t die. [THR]
“Game Of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer is headed into “The Forest.” The actress will star in a supernatural thriller set “in a forest called Aokigahara, a real location in Japan where people go to end their lives, where a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister who has mysteriously disappeared —only to be confronted by the angry souls of the dead who have perished in the forest.” David Goyer is among the producers, Jason Zaya will direct, and the film already has a release date of January 8, 2016. [Variety]
Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens and Clancy Brown are joining the ensemble of George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill and Tilda Swinton in the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” Production will start next month on the film, which follows “Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.” [THR]