It’s been almost two years since it was announced that X-Men‘s Nicholas Hoult would play famed writer J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye, and finally there’s a trailer to show for it.
Rather than a full biopic, however, the new film will focus on Salinger’s formative years, as he struggled to make it as a short story writer and finally met mentor Whit Burnett (Kevin Spacey), who encouraged him to write his masterpiece Catcher in the Rye.
It’s no easy task making the act of writing look dramatic, given how it’s mostly a case of an individual sitting staring blankly at a page. But this trailer uses every trick in the book.
First there’s WWII, which provides the backdrop to Salinger’s development as a writer, and then there’s the love affair with Oona O’Neill, played by Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy, Why Him?). Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson) also does her best to steer Salinger towards more commercial fare as his agent Dorothy Olding.
And then there’s the clacking sound of a typewriter, plus shots of a scribbling Salinger, and repeated references to “Holden Caulfield,” the hero of his most famous book.
From Will Smith’s Bright to Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Netflix is pumping out high-budget movies quicker than ever before.
The latest addition to their already glistening roster is Sand Castle – starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman), and Logan Marshall-Green (Snowden) – the trailer for which is debuting above on The Independent. Enjoy!
Written by Chris Roessner, who was inspired by his own experiences in Iraq, Sand Castle is an ‘honest and candid depiction’ of the Second Gulf War as told from the perspective of American soldiers.
IFC Films has nabbed North American distribution rights to the J. D. Salinger drama “Rebel in the Rye,” Variety has learned.
The movie, starring Nicholas Hoult as the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.
Danny Strong wrote and directed the movie, which focuses on the early years of Salinger’s writing career as he struggles to find his voice. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as a Columbia University professor, Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s first literary agent, and Zoey Deutch as the starlet Oona O’Neill, who dated Salinger before marrying Charlie Chaplin in 1943.
The pic was produced by Strong, Bruce Cohen, Black Label Media, and Jason Shuman. It was financed by Black Label Media and West Madison Entertainment.
The deal was negotiated by CAA and Arianna Bocco from IFC films.
This year’s Sundance offered a healthy market for filmmakers. But in a drastic change from past years, many of biggest titles went to deep-pocketed streaming players Amazon Studios and Netflix, which spent $12.5 million on the period drama “Mudbound.”
Nicholas Hoult has been cast in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film — a period drama The Favourite that stars the already reported Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Hoult recently wrapped production on The Current War playing Nikola Tesla opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He also plays J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye which will be distributed through IFC this fall.
In The Favourite, Hoult will play “Harley,” the Tory party leader during the reign of Queen Anne at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century. The story was written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Scarlet Films’ Ceci Dempsey and Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday — who produced The Lobster — will produce The Favourite. Element’s Andrew Lowe is exec producing.
Hoult, who audiences can see currently in Collide (bowed this past weekend), is repped by UTA, management company 42 and law firm Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
It’s mid-afternoon in the small, but mighty Himalayan country of Nepal, and actor Nicholas Hoult gets a wet kiss from an orphaned, baby rhino. Nepal’s National Trust for Nature Conservation found the stray, who is now in their care. Hoult recently traveled to Chitwan National Park in Nepal to learn about Nepal’s and WWF’s conservation efforts to protect little “Mayure” and the other greater one-horned rhinos that are threatened by poaching and habitat loss, among other dangers.
“Wildlife conservation is so important,” said Hoult. “A lot of these animals are being poached illegally, their numbers are dwindling, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Rhinos in particular I’ve adored since I was three years old and was lucky enough to go on holiday to Africa. I didn’t see a rhino at that age, but I was given a little wooden carving of a rhino which I still own to this day, I’ve loved rhinos ever since that moment. To come out here and see them in their natural habitat is such a great pleasure and I can’t thank WWF enough for the wonderful work they do in helping this park and the Nepal government develop their programs and keep rhinos in the wild.”
While in Nepal, Hoult met with community members of Amaltari, the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park, to learn about their lives and their relationship with the wildlife surrounding them. Ecotourism in the area provides great conservation incentives to the Amaltari community, who maintain a voluntary anti-poaching unit in which members undertake regular patrols of their community forest to keep a check on poaching and illegal wildlife crime.
With the support of WWF Nepal’s maiden Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Amaltari community is focused on the key pillars of sustainability and conservation – self-sufficient livelihoods, alternate energy, health and education – which has delivered scalable impact for the local people and their natural environment.
Hoult’s visit to Chitwan comes at a momentous time where they are celebrating nearly 1,000 days of zero poaching in the area. This exceptional success is due to high-level political will, an impressive Nepali army committed to tracking poachers and the active involvement of conservation communities. More than 645 one-horned rhinos now live in Nepal.
“This is a positive story for me in terms of the wildlife and just keeping the world as it should be for future generations,” Hoult said. “To track rhinos, to see them in their natural habitat has just been unbelievable and to see everyone care so much about that and people doing such incredible work, it’s remarkable.”
The robust efforts to protect rhinos and support the local Nepali communities and government are paying off: Earlier this year, we celebrated a fourth 365 day period of zero poaching in Nepal.
As part of his work with WWF, Hoult and his two childhood friends, Carlos Adams and Nick Atkins, will team up for a rigorous rickshaw run adventure in India in early 2017 to raise funds for rhino conservation along with supporting Teenage Cancer Trust.
British actor Nicholas Hoult, known for his roles in blockbuster films including Mad Max and the X-Men series, has become the second Jaguar ambassador to tackle the ‘Smart Cone challenge’ after F1 driver Romain Grosjean set the score to beat earlier this year.
It comes as Nicholas’ brand new film Collide, which also features Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, hits cinemas across Europe. The film features Nicholas behind the wheel of a Jaguar XF, as well as the Jaguar F-TYPE as the ride of choice for Ben Kingsley’s character.
For the unique ‘Smart Cone’ challenge, Nicholas put the Jaguar XF AWD R-Sport through its paces around a course situated in the beautiful backdrop of rural Sardinia, where the Art of Performance Tour visited in August. The course was built on a low-grip sandy surface, pushing both Nicholas and the AWD capability of the XF to the limit.
The Smart Cone course uses wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time. With millions of different potential options taking place in real time, the technology provides a unique test of driving skill, precision and reactions.
The challenge is part of the Art of Performance Tour – a worldwide tour for Jaguar fans that provides the opportunity to drive the latest Jaguar products. To get behind the wheel and challenge Nicholas’ score of 42000 and Romain’s score of 49032 points, sign up here – www.jaguar.com/experience
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They might play characters forbidden from expressing human emotions in Drake Doremus’ new romantic sci-fi Equals, but the real-life friendship between Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart couldn’t be further from their fictional selves.
In an interview with AZ Central, the actor praised the ELLE September Issue cover star for her relentless curiosity for acting.
‘That’s something that’s obviously part of our lives. Part of the thing that makes us similar is the fact that we’re not really in the classical world of acting and trained particularly,” he said.
‘We’re both very curious people, and she’s incredibly smart and in touch with her emotions,’ he added.
Describing the 26-year-old Twilight actress skill in front of the camera, Hoult admitted that he often felt inspired of her raw and relatable performances on set.
‘She’s very passionate and cares wholeheartedly about film and telling stories, and also that moment right there. So it’s wonderful to be in scenes with her, because the smallest flick of an eye or quiver of her voice, you pick up on so little.’
Equals (which is yet to be given a UK release date) centres on the eradication of human emotions (otherwise known as ‘Switched on Syndrome’) from society where physical contact, sex and love is forbidden.
his futuristic romance, which takes place in a world where emotions have been eradicated, hits select theaters July 15.
Equals stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult were among those walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of their new movie on Thursday at the Arclight Hollywood.
Though Equals has been exclusively available on DirecTV since May 26, the premiere celebrated the film’s limited release in theaters.
This futuristic romance takes place in a world where emotions have been eradicated, aside from a certain few — including Hoult and Stewart’s characters.
While the two are an exception, that doesn’t mean they don’t portray themselves as emotionless in portions of the film. Doing so presented a unique challenge — not only for Hoult and Stewart — but a majority of the cast.
“The characters aren’t meant to feel, so then you have to play into that and understand that and how that changes through the movie and what it all means for these people,” Hoult said.
Jacki Weaver, who plays Bess, also struggled with the task. “I had to concentrate,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
There is one scene in particular (it’s even teased in a trailer) where Hoult and Stewart are forced to confront their newfound feelings, though.
“It’s a special scene,” writer-director Drake Doremus told THR. “This is a scene where, the whole movie they’ve been waiting and waiting, to touch each other and then suddenly they’re able to in this very strange, tight environment and it was really amazing because we waited to shoot it. It was just an explosion. It was like boiling water until that moment, so it’s very explosive and very intense.”
Hoult thought so, too. “We shot it, and after, I think after a week or two of filming, there had been no physical contact between our characters up until that point or anything so it was kind of a release I guess, in terms of that — and also a discovery for the characters,” he told THR.
To prepare the actors not only for the scene, but the entire film, Doremus used slightly unconventional methods.
“Drake has this incredible rehearsal process that really doesn’t consist of rehearsal because it’s not about going over the material; it’s about getting to know each other, which is, like, really nice groundwork that a lot of people don’t necessarily typically put into rehearsal,” Stewart said. “Usually it’s about making sure in this sort of fearful way that you know your lines or that you are on the same page — this was really more about breaking down barriers and feeling comfortable with each other and just knowing that once we actually got to set that we were able to give our all.”
Hoult explained the process as being put in a room and doing different exercises, “where you’ll just say hello to each other, look into each other’s eyes for a long time and then you’ll, like, only be allowed to tell the truth or you’ll only be able to lie.”
The two seemed to have a natural chemistry, according to Doremus.
“They’re perfect,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I mean, I really wrote the film for Nick, so he was always, you know, right there. When I met Kristen, she was so interesting and such a powerhouse, so much energy. I feel like they bring out something really intense and beautiful in each other in the film.”
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While Equals certainly isn’t Doremus’ first love story (his credits also include the award-winning Like Crazy), the film is different compared to other movies he’s worked on.
“I think this film is very different than the previous films, but also very similar,” he said. “I mean, at the end of the day it’s a very intimate study of what it’s like to fall in love and deal with those feelings and over the course of time how that changes you.”
The dystopian setting also brought Doremus into a new territory.
“I was never really a sci-fi nerd, per say, but I was always fascinated with the genre and thought it was an interesting sort of landscape to set a love story, to try to do something really warm to be honest,” he said. “Most sci-fi films, to me, are very cold and very distant and I really wanted to make something that was the opposite of that — it seems very warm.”
Weaver even called the film a “retelling of the old Romeo and Juliet story,” due to Hoult and Stewart’s love being forbidden.
Though Stewart certainly isn’t new to playing a Juliet-type character — like Bella in Twilight —she didn’t see any relation between Bella and this new character; however, she said the two are “similar in their sort of dire nature.”
For moviegoers, Doremus told THR he wants them to turn off their brains and turn on their hearts.
Charlie Hunnam, Courtney Love and Matthew Gray Gubler also were among those attending the premiere of Equals, which will hit theaters July 15.
Though the sci-fi drama Equals takes place amid a dystopian future where people have lost the ability to feel basic emotions, Kristen Stewart seemingly inspires curious affection from Nicholas Hoult in an exclusive clip (above) from the upcoming film.
The scene sees Stewart seated in what appears to be a cafeteria, gazing down at a bumble bee that has landed on the table in front of her. Hoult, seated opposite her, watches intently as Stewart traps the insect under a glass, musing on its physicality. “According to the laws of aerodynamics, they shouldn’t fly,” she says, the film’s hypnotic score beginning to surge. “But they don’t know it, so they fly anyway.”