Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures has set Eddie Redmayne to star in The Last Days Of Night, joining director Morten Tyldum and screenwriter Graham Moore to tell the story about the battle between industrial age titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to electrify America. Redmayne will play famed lawyer Paul Cravath, in his first major career-making case. Schwarzman’s Black Bear teamed with Tyldum and Moore in The Imitation Game, and just before Cannes, Black Bear won an auction for this property, a package that included Moore’s scripted adaptation of his book on the subject that Random House will publish with great fanfare August 16. And Tyldum attached to direct as his followup to Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. The Last Days Of Night will start production in the UK late January in anticipation of a fall 2017 release.
Getting Redmayne certainly adds to the prestige pedigree and distributors will be all over this one when Black Bear sets out to find one. Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and was nominated this past year for The Danish Girl. He got a strong reaction from the Comic-Con Hall H crowd Saturday during the Warner Bros panel to introduce Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the first installment of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff, with Redmayne playing the lead role of Nate Scamander. Warner Bros releases the David Yates-directed film November 16.
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Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander’s critically acclaimed drama The Danish Girl is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on the 9th May, released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, this remarkable love story comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film.
In the 1920s, a strong and loving marriage evolves as Gerda Wegener (Vikander) supports Lili Elbe (Redmayne) during her journey as a transgender woman. Through the other, each of them finds the courage to be who they are at heart.
Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award® nominee Alicia Vikander star in the film, helmed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper. The Danish Girl co-stars Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts.
The release is nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander), Best Costume Design (Paco Delgado), and Best Production Design (Production Designer, Eve Stewart; Set Decorator, Michael Standish). [Source]
Anticipation is building for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and star Eddie Redmayne and the cast attempt to whet our appetites by taking us behind the scenes of the Harry Potter prequel in this just-released video.
As Redmayne says, entering the wizarding world of Harry Potter has been downright magical. “This world, it’s been a wonder,” he says. “It’s just unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of.” [Source]
Tom Hooper, director of “The Danish Girl,” says Eddie Redmayne was under a ton of pressure to do justice to Lili Elbe.
“The more he found out about Lili, the more he felt that burden,” Hooper told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Yet despite all that anxiety and worry, when we came to shooting, when the camera was turning, he was able to be completely free of that.”
“The more I work with actors, the more I realise the ability to transcend one’s anxiety is utterly central to being a great actor,” Hooper added. “Anxiety affects your freedom to be in the moment and those actors who are not controlled by anxiety are free to be truly great.”
Redmayne, in an interview with Reuters, admitted he sometimes felt “scrutinized” on set.
“The first time I walked on set (as Lili) I felt scrutinized, I felt the gaze of other people and I felt nervous,” he said. “It was interesting because it was something that a lot of the (trans) women I’d met had spoken about.”
Redmayne is currently shooting “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. The film, set 70 years before Harry Potter, sees Redmayne in the role of Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist who’s just completed a global journey to find and document magical creatures for a book he plans on writing,” producer David Heyman recently told Empire.
Redmayne, to prepare for the role, said he asked Rowling “800 questions.” “I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough,” he told ComingSoon.net, adding that “it’s so encyclopedic of her world.”
David Yates, director of the final four “Harry Potter” films, directs “Fantastic Beasts,” slated to hit theaters Nov. 18, 2016. [Source]