We have our first look at Damian Lewis in the film Will. Click here at Archstone Distribution or below to view the new trailer. Click here at the gallery for screencaps. (Update: Click here for a download.) According to the distributor, “there is no release date planned for Will yet in the US or the UK” (the November date listed on their website is incorrect) but that a film release could happen “sometime towards the end of this year to early next year.” According to Cinando.com, the film will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market this May.
The Evening Standard offers a few more details on the film Driven in an article about filmmakers David Leon and Rashid Razaq:
Leon, who lives in east London, said they were all “tremendously proud” to have triumphed at the festival co-founded by De Niro, one of his cinema heroes – although work commitments meant none of the team was able to accept the prize from the Hollywood star in person.
The honour comes as Leon and Razaq, 31, are fundraising for their first full-length feature script, Driven, a crime thriller-meets-love story with a budget closer to £1million. Shooting is scheduled to start next year, with Band Of Brothers star Damian Lewis.
The film, which Leon will direct alone, is set in 1989 against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It tells the story of a young man facing the moral dilemma of whether to follow his family into crime.
According to the film website Film New Europe, Will is scheduled to be released in the US, England, Germany and Italy in December 2010 and in Turkey in February 2011. Click here for the article and a few production images (No Damian).
The entire Soccer Aid 2010 match can be found on Youtube:
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The Baker, the Connecticut Film Festival’s 2009 Audience Favorite Award winner, will open on Friday at Criterion Cinemas in New Haven, Connecticut for a one week engagment. Visit the Criterion Cinemas website for ticket information.
The Baker DVD is already available in North America and Europe. Click here for links.
Eleven-year-old Will Brennan (Eggelton) is the world’s biggest Liverpool football fan. At his boys’ school in southern England, Will’s love and knowledge of the sport is all that sustains him. Then out of nowhere appears Will’s absentee father, Gareth (Lewis), and with two tickets to the biggest match of the year: the Champions League Final in Istanbul.
But before the two can begin their journey, Gareth dies suddenly. Determined to make the trip and honour his father’s dream, Will runs away. En route, he encounters Alek (Kristian Kiehling), a former Yugoslavian football star who abandoned the game during his country’s civil war. Despite his initial reluctance to help, Alek finds himself inspired by Will’s heroic journey and helps him fulfil his dream.
The Times Online has a nice little interview with Damian Lewis:
I used to be a bit of a party animal. These days I can’t go out relentlessly and be a father as well. I have two children, aged 3 and 2, so instead I tend to do silly dad things such as going on 150-mile bike rides with my friends just to prove that we can do it. We did a ride in the Cambrian Mountains and Brecon Beacons over three days at Easter out of a sense of adventure, but we’ve all been in physiotherapy ever since.
Read the rest at the Times Online.
Soccer Aid 2010 will broadcast on ITV1 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Soccer Aid: Extra Time – with highlights, analysis and player reaction – will broadcast on ITV4 from 10:00pm to 11:00pm following the match. Click here for more program details.
From the Screen Daily:
Damian Lewis, Bob Hoskins and Perry Eggelton have started shooting Will, about an orphan’s journey across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.
The film will also include appearances by Liverpool football stars Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.
Ellen Perry directs from her own script, which was co-written by Zack Anderson. She also produces, alongside Taha Altayli, Timothy Nicholas and Mark Cooper for Strangelove Films. Executive producers are Stewart Till, Mustafa Karahan and Stephen Moffitt. Muharrem Gulmez is co-producer.
Will is shooting on location in Liverpool, Kent, Paris and Turkey, including Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium, and also at Elstree Studios.
Click here for the Will project page.
New project: Damian has signed on to star in the film Man Is Wolf to Man by the director and producer team, Dominic and Lee Santana!
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Damian Lewis, the redheaded star of “Life” and “Band of Brothers,” has joined the cast of another Santana project, the action-thriller “Man Is Wolf to Man.”
Inspired by true events, “Man Is Wolf to Man” is set in French Guyana in 1934. A group of foreign prisoners escape from a penal colony only to be tracked down by a ruthless bounty hunter. Finnish actress Pihla Viitala (“Bad Family”) and Germany’s Vinzenz Kiefer, who had a supporting role in “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” also star. Principle photography is also planned for fall.
More from Screen Daily:
British director and producer team, Dominic and Lee Santana have arrived in Cannes with a trio of high-profile stars attached to the next two films being produced under their UK-based Santana Brothers production banner.
Ralph Fiennes and Olga Kurylenko will star in romantic drama Coronet and Damian Lewis will star in the action thriller Man Is Wolf To Man.
“We have two films going into production this fall so things are moving incredibly fast for us right now,” said the brothers. “Casting has been our main priority over the last month and we’re very excited that Damian, Ralph and Olga are on board for their respective roles. Ralph and Olga are the perfect leads for Coronet given the on-screen chemistry they can generate to bring the story to life. Damian is a remarkably gifted actor who will command the screen in Man Is Wolf. We’re eager to get started on both films.”
Finally, some news on Will and a new project for Damian!