“Celebrity is the new religion, as far as I can see, along with money, power, status. It’s all the same umbrella — the seductive forces of evil, really,” Andrew Garfield told Vulture. It’s safe to say the years under the microscope of public scrutiny during “The Amazing Spider-Man” wasn’t the young actor’s favorite time in the whole world. He’s been backlashing on it hard on his recent press rounds, and who can blame him? So, as he transitions out of superhero movie world and returns back to indie films, including his latest movie, “99 Homes,” don’t be surprised if you see him dive into character actor roles for some time to shake off the aftertaste of Peter Parker. And if you expect him to take a tentpole gig any time soon you’re probably going to be disappointed.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“At Any Price,” “Goodbye Solo”), “99 Homes” centers on the American housing crisis of 2008 and follows a single father (Garfield) evicted from his home. His only chance to win it back is to go to work for the charismatic and ruthless businessman (Michael Shannon) who evicted him in the first place. It’s a kind of deal-with-the-devil thriller, and it’s very angry about what went down in ’08. The movie also co-stars Laura Dern, and as it begins moving out of limited release this weekend, a new trailer has arrived.
Meanwhile, as Garfield’s career turns away from blockbusters (his next turn is starring for Martin Scorsese in the religious drama “Silence”), he’s taking more unexpected detours. This week shooting began on Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and you can check out the first look from the film below via Variety (if Mel Gibson sounds like a controversial choice, Garfield addresses why he took the role and chose to work with Gibson in this recent podcast). The movie centers on a World War II American Army Medic who served during the Battle of Okinawa and became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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“99 Homes” is in select New York theaters now, expands to LA, SF, D.C, Boston, and Chicago this weekend, and goes nationwide on October 9th. Watch the new trailer and some new clips from the film below.