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Reeve Carney Cast in Second Buckley Biopic

Remember when I said that Reeve Carney should play Jeff Buckley in a biopic? Probably not. But I did actually suggest that casting choice a couple of months ago when Penn Badgley was cast as the late singer in the upcoming film Greetings from Tim Buckley. And today, The Playlist reported that Carney will in fact be portraying Buckley in the second of two competing biopics.

Now, I’m certainly not the first or only person to notice the comparison between Carney and Buckley, so I can’t brag (though I’m going to try anyways). But while I’m not sure if we need one Buckley biopic let alone two, I think Carney is a great choice, at least visually. And since he’s currently toiling away in the ill-fated Spider-Man musical, we know Carney can sing. The only question that remains is whether he’ll have the screen presence to carry an entire film.

While Greetings from Tim Buckley will cover a very short period in Jeff Buckley’s life (the 1991 tribute concert for his late father, Tim), this second, currently untitled project has much broader source material. The Carney vehicle will be adapted from David Browne’s biography Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley, and it will reportedly cover the period between Jeff’s rise to fame and his eventual death in 1997.

The duelling biopics seem to each have their pros and cons. While I think the untitled one has the more fitting star, Greetings from Tim Buckley (which is set to go into production later this month) may have the advantage with a more compact storyline. Neither film has an especially well-known director, but neither is a newbie. Greetings From Tim Buckley will be helmed by Daniel Algrant, whose last feature was 2003’s People I Know, with Al Pachino and Tea Leoni (which is apparently a film that existed). Meanwhile, the Carney-led biopic will be directed by Jake Scott, who brought us last year’s Welcome to the Rileys.

However, this second biopic may have a slight advantage, since Scott will presumably have Buckley’s original music to work with. Greeting from Tim Buckley is set a few years before the release of Jeff Buckley’s first (and only) album, Grace, and that project does not have the rights to Jeff’s music. But this second project will probably see Carney’s taking on tracks from that album. This puts more pressure on Carney, but it also gives him the opportunity to wow with his renditions of some of Buckley’s best-known songs.

I’m still slightly suspicious that both projects will come to fruition, but if so, it should be interesting to see how each one portrays Buckley.

Carney has been all over television promoting Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, so you probably know what his singing voice sound like, but if not, you can check this clip from the musical’s soundtrack to see that he’s very a capable singer. Oh, and if you’d like to see some of my other casting suggestions for musical biopics, I’ll direct you to an older list of suggestions that I made.


Which upcoming movie features 7 Oscar nominees (with 18 collective nominations between them)?

Why, it’s New Year’s Eve, of course!

Watch the first trailer, if you dare.

TIFF ’11 Announces Line-Up

The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first 54 in its 2011 line-up today, and there are some pretty exciting features on the list. A few major Oscar contenders are making their world debut at the festival, and a number of indies that I’ve been interested will also have their first screenings. As well, favourites from festivals like Sundance and Cannes will be making stops in Toronto. Here’s a look at what will be screening at TIFF. Get the details over on the TIFF website.

* denotes gala presentation

Bold titles denote a Times Like Those pick

World Premieres

11 Flowers (Wang Xiaoshuai) – A young boy befriends a runaway murderer

360 (Fernando Meirelles) – The director of City of God takes a multi-storyline approach to modern love around the world. Stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster, and a huge international cast.

50/50 (Jonathan Levine) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young man diagnosed with cancer in this…comedy? Seth Rogan and Anna Kendrick also star.

*Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo Garcia) – A historical drama about a woman (Glenn Close) who must pretend to be a man to survive. Also stars Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, and Aaron Johnson

Americano (Mathieu Demy) – A young boy looks for peace after the death of his mother. Starring Salma Hayek

Anonymous (Roland Emmerich) – The director of The Day After Tomorrow asks a question that is only important to literary geeks: Who really wrote Shakespeare’s work?

A Better Life (Cedric Kahn) – French hottie Guillame Canet plays a chef who pursues a beautiful woman.

Burning Man (Jonathan Teplitzky) – British hottie Matthew Goode plays a chef being pursued by beautiful women.

*Butter (Jim Field Smith) – A comedy about competitive butter carving starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, and Ty Burrell

Countdown (Huh Jong-ho) – After being released from prison, a man tries to con a debt collector.

The Deep Blue Sea (Terrence Davies) – Rachel Weisz plays a privileged 1950’s housewife who finds temptation outside the home.

The Descendants (Alexander Payne) – George Clooney tries to get his life back on track after his wife is involved in a boating accident.

Elles (Malgoska Szumowska) – Juliette Binoche plays an Elle reporter who covers prostitution amongst university students. (This is the first I’ve heard of this film, but it sounds very interesting.)

Friends With Kids (Jennifer Westerfeldt) – Two people find that they are the only childless ones amongst their friends. This comedy stars Kristen Wiig, Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, and Maya Rudolph.

*From the Sky Down (Davis Guggenheim) – The U2 documentary that will open the festival.

*A Happy Event (Remi Bezancon) – A young couple deals with the birth of their first child

Hick (Derick Martini) – A 13-year-old hits the road to become a superstar and escape her trainwreck mother. Stars Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Juliette Lewis, Rory Culkin, and Eddie Redmayne.

The Hunter (Daniel Nettheim) – A psychological drama about a man (Willem Defoe) who is sent to find the last Tasmanian Tiger.

Jeff Who Lives At Home (Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass) – The directors of Cyrus and Baghead present “the story of one man searching for the meaning of life while running to the store to buy wood glue”. Stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon.

*The Lady (Luc Besson) – The director of Leon and The Fifth Element brings a story of love amidst political turmoil starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis

Machine Gun Preacher (Marc Forster) – A former drug dealer (Gerard Butler) turns his life around to help others. Also stars Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon. (This one could go wrong, but it’s an interesting premise and a promising cast.)

*Moneyball (Bennett Miller) – Brad Pitt plays a MLB general manager who must reinvent his approach to the game. Also stars Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Wright

The Oranges (Julian Farino) – A guy falls in love with a family friend or something groundbreaking like that. Stars Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, Hugh Laurie, Alia Shawkat, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, and Oliver Platt.

*Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding (Bruce Beresford) – A hippie-themed comedy starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, and Elizabeth Olsen

Pearl Jam Twenty (Cameron Crowe) – It’s a documentary about Pearl Jam, shockingly enough.

Rampart (Oren Moverman) – The director of The Messenger re-teams with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster for this story of a renegade cop (Harrelson) set in his ways. Also stars Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, and Ice Cube.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Lasse Hallstrom) – People fish for salmon in the Yemen. I realise that alone is pretty thrilling, but it also stars Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

*Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley) – A relationship drama starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan, and Sarah Silverman

Ten Year (Jamie Linden) – Old friends reunite on the night of their high school reunion. That sounds pretty standard, but this cast is intriguing. You’ve got Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Kate Mara (if you’ve seen a movie from the past three years, you’ll know her), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Lynn Collins (she’s one to watch), and Brian Geraghty (also from The Hurt Locker). Oh, and Channing Tatum is in it, too.

Trishna (Michael Winterbottom) – A contemporary, eastern take on Tess d’Urbervilles starring Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Riz Ahmed (who I loved in Four Lions).

Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola) – A writer gets caught up in a small town mystery. But is it just me or does that plot description not really correspond with this set picture? Anywho, it stars Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning.

Woman in the Fifth (Pawel Pawlikowkski) – Ethan Hawke plays an American writer who travels to Europe and meets Kristin Scott Thomas instead of Julie Delpy this time.

Other Films

(Sorry, you’re not getting plot synopses for all of these)

The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius) – That silent movie you’ve probably already heard about.

Chicken with Plums (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud)

Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes) – Possible Oscar contender

*A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg) – The Freud/Jung love triangle starring Fassbender, Mortensen, and Knightley.

Dark Horse (Todd Solondz) – It’s Solonz, so this Justin Bartha/Selma Blair drama about “thirty-something in arrested development” is probably a bit less conventional than it sounds.

Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn) – The Ryan Gosling/Carey Mulligan joint from Cannes. Check out the trailer, it’s pretty badass.

The Eye of the Storm (Fred Schepisi) – Charlotte Rampling plays a woman on her deathbed who tries to reconnect with her son (Geoffrey Rush).

Habemus Papam (Nanni Moretti)

Headhunters (Morten Tyldum)

*The Ides of March (George Clooney) – Clooney directs Clooney in this drama about a young press secretary (Ryan Gosling) navigating the dirty world of politics. Also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, and Paul Giammati.

Killer Joe (William Friedkin) – A dramedy about a man (Emile Hirsch) who puts out a hit on his own mother out of financial desperation. It also stars Matthew McConaughey and up-and-comer Juno Temple. And it’s by the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection. Go figure.

Like Crazy (Drake Doremus) – College angst + Anton Yelchin + Felicity Jones + Jennifer Lawrence = Sundance winner.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin) – This breakout hit at Sundance looks moody, intense, and fantastic. I’m excited to see what Elizabeth Olsen can do, and John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy are huge pluses.

Melancholia (Lars Von Trier) – Obviously.

Shame (Steve McQueen) – Michael Fassbender re-teams with the director of Hunger. Should be a light-hearted romp at the multiplex, right?

A Simple Life (Ann Hui)

The Skin That I Live In (Pedro Almodover)

Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols) – It looks crazy in a good way, and it stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine)

*W.E. (Madonna) – Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough play women in two different eras dealing with love in this multi-storyline drama

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsey) – It was a hit at Cannes, and it stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and up-and-comer Ezra Miller (I’m going to predict right now that he’ll blow up after The Perks of Being a Wallflower next year)

Where Do We Go Now? (Nadine Labaki)

January – April 2011 in Film

After the flood of Oscar-approved movies at the end of the year, the first couple months of each year are notoriously slow for movies. But now that we’re a third of the way through 2011, there have been some pretty interesting releases. Yes, January and February were filled with the usual mainstream dreck, but also a couple of indies that got lost in the shuffle. And through March and April, we saw a mix of a few quality blockbusters and unique smaller films. As always, there have been box office flops and surprise hits. First, here’s a look at the 10 highest grossing films of the year so far (ranked by U.S. box office results):

  1. Rango – $120m
  2. Hop – $105.6m
  3. Rio – $102.8m
  4. Just Go With It – $102.8m
  5. The Green Hornet – $98.8m
  6. Gnomeo and Juliet – $98.8m
  7. Fast Five – $98.6m
  8. Battle: Los Angeles – $82.8m
  9. Limitless – $76.3m
  10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $73m

Now, the big player there aside from cartoons is the new release Fast Five, which made almost as much in its first weekend as The Green Hornet did during its entire run. Meanwhile other more “cerebral” wide releases, such as The Adjustment Bureau and Source Code turned in solid but not spectacular box office results.

Here’s a look (in poster form!) at what seem like the most interesting offerings of 2011, so far. I’ve seen a couple of them, and the rest are all on my to-watch list.

Up-and-Coming Actors to Watch in 2011

Last year, I posted a list of 10 up-and-coming actors to watch. That was mainly a list of under-appreciated actors that I thought more people should know about. This time, I’ve assembled a group of nine lesser-known actors who I think will make a serious splash in 2011. I tried to avoid actors who have already had a big “breakthrough” role. For example, Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) may not quite be household names yet, but they’ve already had the roles that are going to help them get work in the future. These nine actors are ones who I believe have those roles coming up later this year, or who are poised to build a name for themselves in a slower way.

Juno Temple – Little Birds

You’ll also see her in: The Three Musketeers, Killer Joe, Dirty Girl, Jack and Diane, Kaboom

If you ask me, Juno Temple is THE young actress to watch right now. She’s already made a decent name for herself in a few short years (you may remember her from supporting roles in Notes on a Scandal, Atonement, Year One, and Greenberg). And you’ll be seeing plenty of her this year, seeing as she has six movies slated for 2011 release.

Her most interesting upcoming project is Little Birds, which played at this year’s Sundance festival. In the film, Temple and Kay Panabaker (No Ordinary Family, Fame) star as two girls on the run to L.A. While the film received somewhat mixed reviews, Temple is garnering plenty of praise for her performance in this coming-of-age drama.

Three of her other films, Kaboom, Jack and Diane, and Dirty Girl are cut from the same indie cloth, and all of them sound like potentially interesting projects. Dirty Girl is another teenage runaway movie for Temple, this time co-starring Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy. Jack and Diane is the “lesbian werewolf” movie that went through so many casting changes a couple of years back (Ellen Page was slated to star originally). Meanwhile, Kaboom is Greg Araki’s follow-up to Mysterious Skin, and this tale of sexual liberation has already seen a limited release and will be coming to DVD in May.

In terms of higher-profile projects, Temple will take a supporting role in Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3-D extravaganza, The Three Musketeers. She’ll also team up with Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, and Thomas Hayden Church in Killer Joe, a dramedy about a man who puts a hit out on his own mother.

All this comes on the heels of rumours that Temple has been cast in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. She joins a growing cast of newcomers to the franchise which includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, and Tom Hardy. I could see Temple having the same kind of year that Andrew Garfield did last year. Like him, she’s got a few big roles in a mix of smaller and high-profile projects, which will help get her name out there before she jumps to the world of the superhero franchise.

Felicity Jones – Like Crazy

You’ll also see her in: Hysteria, Page Eight, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Chalet Girl

England seems to be pumping out one new “It Girl” after another, and now it’s Felicity Jones’s turn. Jones starred in the British TV adaptation of Northanger Abbey back in 2007, and since then, she’s appeared in films such as Brideshead Revisited, Cheri, and Cemetery Junction (which I thought was an incredibly charming little film).

But where she really made waves was at this year’s Sundance festival, where her new film Like Crazy, debuted. The film itself received plenty of love from the critics (and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), but when Jones won the festival’s award for acting, her status as possible Oscar contender was cemented.

Her other upcoming films stick closer to the British fare that Jones was previously known for. Hysteria tells the sure-to-be colourful history of the vibrator (it also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy), Page Eight is a BBC spy thriller with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is a dramedy with Elizabeth McGovern. And there’s also Chalet Girl with Ed Westwick…but by the looks of things, the less that’s said about that, the better.

Joel Edgerton – Warrior

You’ll also see him in: The Thing, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Say Nothing

This 36-year-old Australian is hardly a newcomer to Hollywood, but it seems like 2011 might finally be his breakthrough year.

Edgerton has appeared in King Arthur, Smokin’ Aces, Star Wars Episode II & III, and the Australian cult favourite, The Square, but oddly enough, it was last year’s Australian indie Animal Kingdom that earned him the most attention yet. Though Jacki Weaver was the only actor from the film to receive a very well-deserved Oscar nomination, many viewers (including myself) seemed to latch onto Edgerton’s charismatic, comparatively gentle (though that’s not saying much for that film) character of Baz.

After that, offers started to pour in. And Edgerton seemed to embrace his newfound Hollywood clout, because he’s got starring roles in a ton of big project coming up. The most high-profile of all is the Fighter look-a-like film, Warrior, which co-stars another up-and-comer from last year, Tom Hardy. The trailer looks like it’s full of sports movie clichés, but early word from advanced screenings has been decent so far.

Edgerton’s also got a pair of thrillers lined up. Say Nothing is an Australian vacation-gone-wrong mystery with Teresa Palmer, while The Thing is a good ol’ fashioned alien horror film with Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Perhaps most interesting of all is the fantasy film The Odd Life of Timothy Green, with Jennifer Garner, Dianne Wiest, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The director, Peter Hedges, made Dan in Real Life and Pieces of April, which were two flawed but interesting films.

Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the only film that Mara has lined up for 2011, but I think that’s all she really needs. While fans of The Social Network (and there are many on the internet) know perfectly well who Mara is, most people don’t, and this is a massive enough project to change that. Not only is it based on the biggest book phenomenon since The Da Vinci Code, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, who has become one of the most respected directors in Hollywood. (If you ask me, losing the Best Director Oscar to Tom Hooper might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Fincher’s career.)

There’s already plenty of buzz for the film, and Mara has already posed in costume for several photoshoots. People seem to already like her even though most have only seen her in The Social Network (her few other past credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Winning Season, and Youth in Revolt). Talk of an Oscar is already floating around, but with the slew of young actresses in meaty roles this year, it’s going to be a tough fight for everyone.

Sam Riley – On the Road

2007’s Control was supposed to be the movie that made Sam Riley a star. And his performance in that film as Ian Curtis was so searing and deft that it was hard to believe that it was his first movie. Yet even though Riley had a small string of projects afterwards, all of them ended up in distribution purgatory. Franklyn never made it out of the UK, while 13 fell prey to poor reviews and, despite offering a poster and trailer, still doesn’t seem to have a U.S. release date. Even Brighton Rock (Riley’s most promising project after Control), which played at TIFF, doesn’t seem to have plans for a proper North American release.

But hopefully, all of that is going to change with On the Road. It is, of course, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous 1955 novel, and when you combine that with co-stars of Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart, it’s a recipe for the attention that eluded Riley’s previous films. And considering that director Walter Salles directed The Motorcycle Diaries, there’s a good chance that On the Road will capture the free-wheeling, open-road spirit that is necessary. This guy needs to get more work, and I think this might be the film that helps him do it. Sometimes I like to keep my favourite actors a secret (it’s a strange, contradictory feeling that a lot of people seem to have), but I’m excited for Riley to reach a bigger audience.

Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life

You’ll also see her in: The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, The Fields, Wilde Salome

If you’re a fan of thoughtful movies, get ready to see Jessica Chastain everywhere. Because she has SEVEN films lined up for 2011. (I think she wins for sheer volume.)

The thirty-year-old beauty is a relative newcomer with only two theatrical films previously to her name. But she’s making up for lost time, and she’s starting off with a biggie.

First up (I think) is Terrence Malick’s ridiculously anticipated The Tree of Life, which comes out in May. She’ll play a wife to Brad Pitt and a mother to the future Sean Penn, and I’m already bewitched by all three of them just from the beautiful trailer. She’s already gaining Oscar buzz simply because of the calibre of the film.

Chastain also has a couple of big, lighter summer releases. The Help is based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel (I’ve worked in a bookstore for almost a year, and that book has been on the bestseller wall the whole time), and it stars Emma Stone and Viola Davis. She’ll also appear in The Debt alongside Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren. The film was supposed to get a late 2010 release, but has been pushed back, though, which is never a great sign.

She’ll also go small with apocalyptic thriller Take Shelter, which was a favourite at Sundance that’s already earning Michael Shannon praise from critics. As well, Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus is a star-studded period piece that offers Chastain a supporting role (stars include Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, and James Nesbitt).

Then you’ve also got The Fields, which is a crime thriller with Sam Worthington (again!), Chloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. There’s also Wilde Salome (directed by and starring Al Pacino), where Chastain will take the title role in a story based on one of Oscar Wilde’s most controversial works.

Despite this hugely impressive list of projects, I’m not sure that Chastain is going to become a “movie star” this year. I think she’ll gain a lot of respect as an actress, but I don’t see her starring in any rom-coms alongside Ashton Kutcher in the near future. But to me that’s a good thing, because it’s always interesting when an actress quietly becomes famous for quality work, and it’s surprisingly rare. Marion Cotillard did it, Rebecca Hall did it, and Jessica Chastain might just do it this year.

Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene

You’ll also see her in: Silent House, Peace Love & Misunderstanding

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, because that is indeed the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Just when a couple of Olsen sisters become completely irrelevant, you get a new one to shake things up.

And shake things up she did at Sundance this year. Making her film debut (well, unless you count a couple of Olsen twins TV movies from the mid-90’s…which I don’t), Olsen won critics over with an apparently searing performance as an abused young woman in Martha Marcy May Marlene (which also stars Sundance god John Hawkes). It seemed like she and Felicity Jones were on every blogger’s lips (or fingertips) during the festival this year. Some are predicting a Jennifer Lawrence-like rise to prominence for Olsen thanks to the film.

Olsen appeared in a second film at Sundance with the horror film Silent House. Though not as buzz-y as MMMM, I got a sense that most critics liked her in both films. She’ll also hit the big screen in Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding. With an impressive cast that includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan (curiously enough, it’s his second Woodstock comedy in three years), Catherine Keener, Chase Crawford, Jane Fonda, and Rosanna Arquette, it could turn out to be a crowd-pleaser.

Dominic Cooper – The Devil’s Double

You’ll also see him in: Captain America: The First Avenger, My Week with Marilyn

You probably know who Dominic Cooper is. After all, he’s appeared in films like Mamma Mia, The Duchess, and An Education. But there’s a good chance that you don’t know his name, because he never seems to get the credit that he deserves. He was fittingly unreadable in An Education and he showed off his rowdy, charming side in the very underrated 2007 coming-of-age dramedy Starter for 10 (which also stars James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall). And now that he’s slowly worked his way up, it seems like it might pay off in a big way this year.

In a rare leading role, Cooper will play Saddam Houssein’s son (he will also portray the man forced to become the son’s double) in The Devil’s Double. The film’s director apparently had to tone down some of its more extreme torture scenes, so you can be sure it will be an intense viewing experience. Coming out of Sundance, many reviewers praised Cooper, and the film got decent reviews.

While The Devil’s Double is bound to earn Cooper much more respect as an actor, I don’t see the film being much of a commercial success. But Cooper seems to be compensating for that in a big way by taking a major role in the highly anticipated (but not by me) Captain America movie. He’ll also appear alongside Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.

Sam Claflin – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

You’ll also see him in: United

Claflin made minor waves a few days ago when he reportedly beat of the likes of Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Beastly),
James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom), and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) to land the lead in the upcoming film The Seventh Son. It’s based on a teen book series by Joseph Delaney, and the film (currently scheduled for a 2013 release) also stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

But that’s a ways off, so let’s talk about Claflin’s more imminent films. He’ll take a supporting role in this summer’s tentpole blockbuster, Pirate of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (he appears briefly in this trailer). And even though the Pirates movies are all about Johnny Depp, I wouldn’t be surprised if the handsome Claflin catches the eye of a few young moviegoers.

Appearing in what will likely be the year’s highest grossing movie certainly isn’t a bad way to break into Hollywood, especially for someone who only has a handful of British television credits to his name (though, to be fair, one of them is the highly acclaimed Pillars of the Earth mini-series…Between him and Eddie Redmayne, I think I should check that thing out.) He’ll also star alongside Doctor Who himself, David Tennant, later this year in the British sports drama, United (though I feel like that will be one of those British movie that makes ZERO impact in North America).


Be sure to check out more of my lists of up-and-coming actors!