Thursday, 24 June 2010

The British update: Oldman | Thewlis | Isaacs

Gary Oldman, who has been quite quiet in recent years, seems to be getting back on good form with a number of films in the works. After a small reprise as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II in July 2011, he will then be lending his vocal talents to the Kung Fu Panda sequel; The Kaboom of Doom before appearing in Easter Sixteen, the story of the 1916 Irish uprising. He is also rumoured to be starring in the Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) directed Red Riding Hood (2011), based on the fairy tale. For 2012 he has the eagerly awaited next Batman film and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, as George Smiley, a role originally played by Alec Guinness in the TV series. Adapted from the John Le Carré novel by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and also starring Colin Firth and David Thewlis, this should be a really good film and a great opportunity for him to get back to his best.

David Thewlis can be seen in the upcoming London Boulevard, out on October 15th here in the UK. Directed by William Monahan, the Oscar winning writer of The Departed, this stars Keira Knightley as an actress and Colin Farrell as an ex-con and has been described as a “very British crime thriller”. It also stars Ray Winstone (that’s how you know it’s a British crime movie) and Thewlis’ partner Anna Friel. After this, you can try to catch a glimpse of him as Remus Lupin in the final two Harry Potter films; unfortunately his appearance is likely to be fleeting, as was the case with The Half-Blood Prince. He will then be in the Roland Emmerich directed political thriller Anonymous (2011) alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Rhys Ifans, and the Steven Spielberg directed War Horse.

Jason Isaacs will also be appearing in the last two installments of Harry Potter, after that he will be starring in Abduction in 2011. This film is about a young man who sets out to discover the truth about his past after seeing his baby photo on a missing persons website. Described as a Bourne-style thriller, this will be seen as Taylor Lautner’s first chance to show what he’s made of away from the Twilight series. With a cast that also includes Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello, he has very strong support. Apart from lending his voice to the upcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow video game, this seems to be all he has on the cards at the moment…

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