COLLIDER – Warner Bros. has unveiled the very first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie image from director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular 1960s TV series. Steven Soderbergh was initially attached to helm the film for WB before Ritchie came on, after which Tom Cruise came onboard to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network) before leaving to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, with the Man of Steel himself Henry Cavill subsequently filling the vacant role. This finished iteration of the film takes place in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, as Cavill’s CIA agent Napoleon Solo is forced to team up with Hammer’s KGB agent Illya Kuryakin to stop a mysterious criminal organization. The 1960s aesthetic is on full display in this debut image, and I’m curious to see how Ritchie handles this inherently fun spy set-up. I imagine a debut trailer isn’t far off.
Check out the first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. image after the jump. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Jared Harris, with Ritchie having penned the screenplay alongside his Sherlock Holmes collaborator Lionel Wigram. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in theaters August 14, 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:
Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
IGN - Ex Machina is the new film from writer and director Alex Garland. It stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac – both of whom appear in small upcoming indie film Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and features a breathtaking performance from Alicia Vikander, playing “the most extraordinary thing that’s ever been invented.”
In the video above, we’re introduced to the film’s central philosophical concerns: can humans really create artificial intelligence? If so, does that put us on a level-footing with gods? And at that moment, does a machine become human? It looks like proper, weighty SF. (Hooray!)
If you want to know more, check out the first trailer (below) and here’s the official synopsis:
Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Ex Machina is out in the UK first on 23 January, 2015 (with special screenings from 21 January), and will reach the US on April 10, 2015.
‘Ex Machina’ is featured in the December 26 issue of Entertainment Weekly. Thanks to Claudia, I’ve been able to add high quality scans to the gallery.
Magazine Scans > 2014 > Entertainment Weekly (December 26)
Alicia attended the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England.
Public Appearances > 2014 > Moet British Independent Film Awards
Public Appearances > 2014 > Moet British Independent Film Awards – Reception
Public Appearances > 2014 > Moet British Independent Film Awards – After Party
I have updated the gallery with high quality stills from ‘Seventh Son’ and, thanks to my friend Helen, from ‘Testament Of Youth’ as well.
Film Productions > Seventh Son (2015) > Production Stills
Film Productions > Testament Of Youth (2015) > Production Stills
‘Testament Of Youth’ is featured in the January 2015 issue of Empire magazine. I have added 3 high quality scans, thanks to Luciana!
Magazine Scans > 2015 > Empire (January)
With many thanks to Lindsey, I’ve added high quality scans of Alicia in the January 2015 issue of Total Film.
Magazine Scans > 2015 > Total Film (January)
Alicia is featured in the latest issue (December) of Vogue US. I love this new photoshoot! I’ve added HQ scans in our gallery.
EMPIRE – While we wait for Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman to power up for big-screen outings, a different kind of heroine is making her way into our cinemas. She may not have a gold lasso or Kree powers, but Testament Of Youth’s real-life heroine, Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander), had guts, determination and a single-mindedness to make the best of her gifts as a writer. If you could fly, too, she’d be a cinch for the Avengers.
The film’s new trailer provides a deeper context to her arc: the preconceptions of what a woman should and shouldn’t do in Edwardian society are the battleground she must negotiate before war comes and brings the real thing.
Playing the young poet, diarist and nurse is Vikander, while Kit Harington plays her fiancé Roland Leighton. As the Great War rumbles over the horizon, she must confront the ever-increasing uncertainty of her own life and the lives of her nearest and dearest. They all don the King’s khaki and march off to war. She does likewise in the uniform of a front-line nurse.
A star on the rise, Vikander also has Ex_Machina, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the Tom Stoppard-penned Tulip Fever on the horizon. This one has former documentarian James Kent behind the camera, promising to marry a documentary aesthetic with the more impressionistic style of Jane Campion and others.
“There’s a poetic underworld that Jane Campion uses, nature and metaphor, and I love that,” Kent tells Empire, “and I think documentaries like Restrepo and Armadillo [are also references], because I’m a big documentary watcher. The marriage between poetry and raw material is what I was looking for.”
With Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson in support, Testament Of Youth will be making its UK bow from January 16, 2015. Pick up the January issue of Empire – onsale on November 27 – for a full on-set report.