EVENING STANDARD – Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for a new production opening at the Apollo Theatre this July.
Directed by Benedict Andrews, it will be produced by the Young Vic, making it the theatre’s first production to debut in the West End. They have previously transferred a number of their shows to the West End, including The Scottsboro Boys and A View From A Bridge.
Miller, who has had a number of screen roles including The Edge of Love and Alfie, has appeared on stage a number of times already. She starred in Flare Path at the Royal Haymarket in 2011 as part of Terence Rattigan’s centenary celebrations, and has appeared in After Miss Julie on Broadway.
O’Connell, who was directed by Angelina Jolie in the film Unbroken and is known for starring in Skins, last appeared on stage last year for The Nap at Sheffield Crucible.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs at the Apollo Theatre from July 13 to October 7
Sadly, Tulip Fever has been pushed again. It will be released sometime later this year.
THE WRAP – The Weinstein Company film “Tulip Fever” has been punted down the release schedule yet again.
The Alicia Vikander drama will not open on Feb. 24 as planned but will be “moved to later in 2017,” a TWC spokesperson told TheWrap.
A specific release date wasn’t given. The film had already been moved once, away from a July 2016 opening where it was expected to enter this year’s awards conversation.
“Tulip Fever” was directed by Justin Chadwick, with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard adapting Deborah Moggach’s acclaimed novel. Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein served as producers.
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the film follows a married woman (Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.
The film has a starry ensemble that includes Oscar winners Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench, as well as Jack O’Connell, Cara Delevingne, Zach Galifianakis, Tom Hollander, Holliday Grainger, David Harewood and Matthew Morrison. The studio cut a trailer for the project last year, which can be viewed below.
While TWC is enjoying some late-in-the-season success with their film “Lion” — which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman and Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel — distribution is a touchy subject at the moment.
The company was hit with a lawsuit last week from a subsidiary of fellow distributor FilmNation for allegedly violating the release terms on their co-production “The Founder.”
FilmNation claims that TWC agreed it would not release any other film within two weeks of the Ray Kroc biopic starring Michael Keaton. TWC indeed wound up rolling out another awards hopeful — Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold” — the weekend after “The Founder” opened in limited release. FilmNation is seeking the most valuable of two settlement options: the full cost of their final prints and advertising budget, or $15 million.
Legal woes aside, we do hope “Tulip Fever” blooms in theaters sometime this year. It’s a reunion of sorts between Weinstein and Stoppard, who swept the Oscars with 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.”
The first production stills of Jack as William in the upcoming film Tulip Fever have been released. Check them out in the gallery!
The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards were announced a few days ago. Jack’s short film “Home” has been nominated for British Short Film. The awards will take place on February 12, 2017. Hopefully we will see Jack there!
BRITISH SHORT FILM
CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Andrew Haigh is set to direct the film about the late fashion icon, with principal photography to begin in January.
The hotly anticipated Alexander McQueen biopic has found its leading man.
Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, ’71) has been cast as the late fashion designer in the untitled film to be directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) with Pathe producing.
The script is written by Chris Urch, the award-winning playwright of The Rolling Stone and Land of Our Fathers, and based on the biography Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson. The film will explore the creative process of McQueen — who passed away in 2010 — in the months leading up to one of his greatest shows in 2009, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand.
Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle, Lady in the Van) is producing, with principal photography set to start in January for delivery at the end of 2017.
Pathe will distribute the film in the U.K., France and Switzerland and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world, introducing the film to buyers at this year’s AFM.
Haigh, who saw 45 Years pick up awards in Berlin in 2015 and earn an Oscar nomination for Charlotte Rampling this year, recently wrapped Lean on Pete and is teaming with See-Saw Films and the BBC on a new drama series.
Sorry for the lack of updates! I’ve been pretty busy with host issues. We have moved again to another host and hopefully this will be the last! I have added some additional portraits Jack took during the BAFTA Awards earlier this year. Enjoy!
Today is Jack O’Connell’s 26th birthday! On behalf of Jack O’Connell Web and all Jack fans around the world, we wanted to wish you a very very happy birthday! We are all wishing you a year of happiness, success, joy, health, and love. We hope you get to spend it with all your family and friends! Hope you are having a wonderful day Jack!
With slow news on Jack, I thought it would be nice to give you an update in the gallery. I have added over 40 high quality outtakes from Jack’s shoot earlier this year for ShortList. Be sure to check them out! It would be greatly appreciated if you did not repost the photos. I had to spend a lot to get these photos for you all to have.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The period drama starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander opposite Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz was slated to open July 15.
The long-gestating Weinstein Co. project Tulip Fever won’t be blooming in July as expected.
In the latest shuffle of its release schedule, the Weinstein Co. has pushed the period drama seven months, from a release date of July 15, 2016 to Feb. 24, 2017.
The project, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander opposite Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz, was shot back in 2014, and has been finished for more than a year and was just nine days away from release when the company announced the push.
Tulip Fever is based on Deborah Moggach’s novel about an artist (DeHaan) who falls in love with a married woman (Vikander) after he’s commissioned by the husband (Waltz) to paint her portrait. Justin Chadwick directed from an adapted script by Tom Stoppard.
The film will open opposite Paramount’s God Particle and Open Road’s Sleepless on its new date.