No time to keep up-to-date? No problem. Every issue, RSL rounds-up relevant goings-on in the world of fact-based cinema. We start with some double trouble in London…
One to watch!
Tom Hardy sees double in forthcoming Brit crime flick, Legend. He stars as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, notorious twin gangsters who terrorized London’s underworld in the 1950s and 1960s. One of the brothers was the brawn and the other the brains – and the film culminates in a bit of bro-on-bro fisticuffs (meaning Hardy gets to beat himself up!).
Legend, which written and directed by Brian Helgeland, muscles its way on to UK screens on 11 September 2015, opening a few weeks later in the US, on 2 October. In the meantime, feast your mince pies on the trailer:
Take a first look at Snowden, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who hit the headlines when he leaked thousands of classified documents to the press. Snowden is directed and co-written by Oliver Stone (who’s never been afraid to put his unique stamp on controversial topics). Kieran Fitzgerald shares the screenwriting credit, and the script is based on The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The film is due out in the US on 25 December.
A new trailer has been released for forthcoming biopic, Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender stars as the late Apple pioneer, which is directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin (based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs). Steve Jobs opens in the US on 9 October and in the UK on 19 November.
Opening in the US on 24 July and now out on DVD in the UK, Jack Strong tells the true story of Polish army colonel, Ryszard Kuklinski, who co-operated with the CIA during the Cold War. The film stars Marcin Dorocinski and was written and directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski. Take a peek:
In the works: The Independent reports an unofficial ‘sequel’ to 1981’s Chariots of Fire is being developed. The original told of Scottish runner Eric Liddell, who competed in the 1924 Olympics. It won four Oscars, including original screenplay (Colin Welland) and best picture. The Last Race will reportedly tell of Liddell’s life following the race, which included time as a missionary in China. Joseph Fiennes will take on the lead role, a part originally played by Ian Charleson.
Quick hit: Garth Callaghan’s memoir Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow is to be turned into a film. It tells of a father’s daily notes to his daughter, which became all the more poignant when illness strikes. Find out more here.
Quick hit: A film adaptation of Osha Gray Davidson’s non-fiction book, The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, is reportedly in the works. It tells of civil rights activist Ann Atwater, who had a decade-long battle with Ku Klux Klan leader, C.P. Ellis. Find out more here.
Quick hit: Veteran actor Brian Cox is reportedly planning a biopic of Scottish-American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The project will either be a feature film or mini-series. Find out more here.
Recently out to rent/buy…
Woman in Gold: Helen Mirren stars in this true life tale of a Jewish refugee who battled the Austrian government to recover artwork taken by the Nazis during World War II, which she believed rightfully belonged to her family. It’s out on 7 July in the US and on 13 August in the UK.
(Image: “A stack of newspapers” by Daniel R. Blume)