Hateful Eight Teaser Will Launch With Sin City 2Quentin Tarantino’s next film will have a promo…
For a film that looked as though it might never happen, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is certainly showing healthy signs of life, including a poster in the latest Empire. Now the director is taking the next step in the promotional department, attaching a mysterious teaser trailer to friend Robert Rodriguez’ latest, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
Exactly what this teaser will comprise is unclear, since Tarantino hasn’t actually started shooting the film yet. We know that the likes of Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins and (naturally) Samuel L. Jackson are aboard, but cinema audiences will have to wait and see if any of them actually show up in the teaser. From the sounds of it, this might be a cinema-only event, with a Weinstein Company distribution information page stating that it won’t show up online. Of course, an outcry on that point might change matters…
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is set to open both UK and across the States next week, and we’re hoping that the Hateful trailer is attached for Aussie audiences when the film is released here on September. Given the poster’s presence, we’d guess yes. There is still no definite shoot date for the film, but a teaser would indicate that an early 2015 production schedule is likely.
James White

Hateful Eight Teaser Will Launch With Sin City 2
Quentin Tarantino’s next film will have a promo…

For a film that looked as though it might never happen, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is certainly showing healthy signs of life, including a poster in the latest Empire. Now the director is taking the next step in the promotional department, attaching a mysterious teaser trailer to friend Robert Rodriguez’ latest, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Exactly what this teaser will comprise is unclear, since Tarantino hasn’t actually started shooting the film yet. We know that the likes of Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins and (naturally) Samuel L. Jackson are aboard, but cinema audiences will have to wait and see if any of them actually show up in the teaser. From the sounds of it, this might be a cinema-only event, with a Weinstein Company distribution information page stating that it won’t show up online. Of course, an outcry on that point might change matters…

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is set to open both UK and across the States next week, and we’re hoping that the Hateful trailer is attached for Aussie audiences when the film is released here on September. Given the poster’s presence, we’d guess yes. There is still no definite shoot date for the film, but a teaser would indicate that an early 2015 production schedule is likely.

James White

Sophie Turner Finds Mary Shelley’s MonsterThe Game Of Thrones star is on for another Franken-focused drama
More used to being scared than generating terror on Game Of Thrones (she did nearly marry Joffrey, don’t forget), Sophie Turner has signed on to star alongside Jeremy Irvine and Taissa Farmiga in Mary Shelley’s Monster.
Coky Giedroyc, who has had a thorough grounding in gothic horror working on episodes of Penny Dreadful, will direct the tale about Shelley creation of the seminal horror tale Frankenstein while struggling with her own alter-ego and tempestuous relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley (Irvine). Farmiga is aboard as her stepsister, Claire Clairmont, who may or may not have had an affair with Shelley but who was definitely bonking Byron.
According to producer Rose Fanguzza, this will be a different take on the Shelley story. “Our film is not a period drama,” she tells Deadline. “It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast on board this wonderful project.”
This will need to distinguish itself, because there’s already at least one Mary Shelley film in development: Elle Fanning signed up last month to play her in A Storm In The Stars.
James White

Sophie Turner Finds Mary Shelley’s Monster
The Game Of Thrones star is on for another Franken-focused drama

More used to being scared than generating terror on Game Of Thrones (she did nearly marry Joffrey, don’t forget), Sophie Turner has signed on to star alongside Jeremy Irvine and Taissa Farmiga in Mary Shelley’s Monster.

Coky Giedroyc, who has had a thorough grounding in gothic horror working on episodes of Penny Dreadful, will direct the tale about Shelley creation of the seminal horror tale Frankenstein while struggling with her own alter-ego and tempestuous relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley (Irvine). Farmiga is aboard as her stepsister, Claire Clairmont, who may or may not have had an affair with Shelley but who was definitely bonking Byron.

According to producer Rose Fanguzza, this will be a different take on the Shelley story. “Our film is not a period drama,” she tells Deadline. “It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast on board this wonderful project.”

This will need to distinguish itself, because there’s already at least one Mary Shelley film in development: Elle Fanning signed up last month to play her in A Storm In The Stars.

James White

Shannyn Sossamon Set For Sinister SequelJames Ransone to return from the first film
Following the success of 2012’s Ethan Hawke-led horror pic Sinister, the Blumhouse Productions team is going by the Purge playbook for the sequel: maintain the concept, and swap out Hawke for new faces. Well, one new face so far, as Shannyn Sossamon is set to star in the next instalment.
James Ransone is returning from the first Sinister in the role of the Sheriff’s Deputy who tried to help Hawke with the terror-infused home movies he found in his family’s new home. This time around, he’ll be coming to the aid of Sossamon’s single mum, who moves into a rural house with her nine-year-old twins only to discover that the place is loaded with creepy supernatural phenomena. You really think the estate agent would have mentioned that alongside the healthy yard space and convenient half-bath.
Citadel director Ciaran Foy is taking over the megaphone for this one, working from a script Scott Derrickson wrote with Sinister collaborator C. Robert Cargill. The cameras are set to start rolling next week in Chicago, and Universal has slotted the sequel in for an August 21, 2015 release in the States. No news yet on an Aussie release.
James White

Shannyn Sossamon Set For Sinister Sequel
James Ransone to return from the first film

Following the success of 2012’s Ethan Hawke-led horror pic Sinister, the Blumhouse Productions team is going by the Purge playbook for the sequel: maintain the concept, and swap out Hawke for new faces. Well, one new face so far, as Shannyn Sossamon is set to star in the next instalment.

James Ransone is returning from the first Sinister in the role of the Sheriff’s Deputy who tried to help Hawke with the terror-infused home movies he found in his family’s new home. This time around, he’ll be coming to the aid of Sossamon’s single mum, who moves into a rural house with her nine-year-old twins only to discover that the place is loaded with creepy supernatural phenomena. You really think the estate agent would have mentioned that alongside the healthy yard space and convenient half-bath.

Citadel director Ciaran Foy is taking over the megaphone for this one, working from a script Scott Derrickson wrote with Sinister collaborator C. Robert Cargill. The cameras are set to start rolling next week in Chicago, and Universal has slotted the sequel in for an August 21, 2015 release in the States. No news yet on an Aussie release.

James White

Latest Texas Chainsaw Film Is Now Called LeatherfaceSeth M. Sherwood will work on the prequel
In recent years, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has been through a reboot (2003), a prequel (2006) and its years-later sequel (2013). Now, in its eighth instalment, we’re back in prequel territory because Millennium Films has hired Seth M. Sherwood to write what will be called Leatherface.
There was a brief rights dispute early last year just after the latest film slew the competition at the US box office and triggered excitable announcements about another. But now the producers, including Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzocone, are pushing ahead with Millennium’s plan.
According to The Wrap, the plot is being kept locked away in a scary, dank basement, but Sherwood has apparently been tasked to write a tale that will follow Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s. You know: the time he considered poetry as a career and developed a fascination with an Etch-A-Sketch before picking up his power tool of choice.
How it will – or won’t – tie into last year’s effort is anyone’s guess, especially since the continuity train seems to jump the tracks with every new effort. Millennium wants this one shooting later in the year or early next and is already on the hunt for a director. Sherwood comes from TV and has several film scripts percolating away in development, including an untitled effort for the Blumhouse team and a well-regarded psychological thriller called Interstate 5.
James White

Latest Texas Chainsaw Film Is Now Called Leatherface
Seth M. Sherwood will work on the prequel

In recent years, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has been through a reboot (2003), a prequel (2006) and its years-later sequel (2013). Now, in its eighth instalment, we’re back in prequel territory because Millennium Films has hired Seth M. Sherwood to write what will be called Leatherface.

There was a brief rights dispute early last year just after the latest film slew the competition at the US box office and triggered excitable announcements about another. But now the producers, including Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzocone, are pushing ahead with Millennium’s plan.

According to The Wrap, the plot is being kept locked away in a scary, dank basement, but Sherwood has apparently been tasked to write a tale that will follow Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s. You know: the time he considered poetry as a career and developed a fascination with an Etch-A-Sketch before picking up his power tool of choice.

How it will – or won’t – tie into last year’s effort is anyone’s guess, especially since the continuity train seems to jump the tracks with every new effort. Millennium wants this one shooting later in the year or early next and is already on the hunt for a director. Sherwood comes from TV and has several film scripts percolating away in development, including an untitled effort for the Blumhouse team and a well-regarded psychological thriller called Interstate 5.

James White

Empire’s Lucy Review
Plot
After being beaten up by Taiwanese gangsters, the bag of blue crystals sewn into drug mule Lucy’s (Scarlett Johansson) stomach ruptures and leaks into her bloodstream, causing her brain capacity to surge. But as she enters superhuman realms, her tolerance for human weakness diminishes.
Review
For half a movie, Lucy reminds you why you used to love Luc Besson. Not bothering with the rigours of set-up, we meet Lucy, a partied-too-hard student doing a last lap of Taiwan before shipping back to real life. She’s sort of slutty: bottle-blonde hair, hooker skirt, and a week-long boyfriend (Borgen’s Pilou Asbæk) who sure isn’t a keeper. Scarlett Johansson, milking the contrast with the super-Lucy to come, plays the pre-transformation girl as likably wide-eyed and vulnerable, with just a hint of native savvy. Cajoled into delivering a suspect suitcase (how many innocent drop-offs include a handcuff?) to a Taiwanese syndicate, it takes only a few slick cuts before Lucy is up to her pretty neck in luridly tattooed wacko-gangsters with a bag of CPH4 — the latest in designer drugs heading for Europe’s clubs, albeit one that has bypassed the trial stage — sewn into her stomach lining.Amid the film’s ready supply of screwy science is the news that CPH4 is some kind of atomic-powered growth formula that, in quantum amounts, kickstarts the development of all the bones in a foetus. When the bag splits, in a flurry of CG fireworks, the cosmic cocaine smashes into Lucy’s cerebral cortex, upgrading her from pitiful human levels of ten per cent brain usage towards the Stargate-crossing mystical hooey of 100 per cent capacity. In other words, upgrading Lucy from victim of male brutality into superhuman Lady Vengeance.
For a blissful while, the film lands on a hyper-cool fusion of superhero gig and exotic thriller, with Besson mounting a series of divinely amoral, logic-be-damned sequences of lethal Lucy going about her brainiac makeover. Apart from taking out a penthouse of snarling hoods, this includes breaking into a hospital and forcing a doctor to remove the remaining CPH4 without anaesthetic while she uses his cell phone to call home.
Meanwhile, leading brain specialist Morgan Freeman (only using five per cent of his total wisdom) expounds on the limits of the human brain and what might lie beyond — by 50 per cent capacity the laws of physics become your playthings. Using the X-Men register, Lucy develops into a slick-chick combo of Magneto, Mystique, Professor X and Quicksilver.
Then, as literally mind-blowingly intelligent as Lucy becomes, the film crosses into ultra-cobblers. From that welcome self-homage to the sleek early Besson of Nikita and Léon, via the ultraviolent revenge-tragedies of Park Chan-wook (Oldboy star Choi Min-sik makes a suitably heinous kingpin), it freewheels into the quasi-philosophical sci-fi burbling of The Matrix as Lucy starts jacking into some higher state of consciousness — like Samantha from Her — and what was silly, sexy and fun becomes silly and pompous, consuming the stylish action in lumps of matter-tormenting CG. By the time Lucy is vaulting through time and space, things comes over all Terrence Malick (yes, you read that right), grandly pixel-painting the Big Bang, the dawn of life, and stopping off to gawp at an angry dinosaur. The last thing anyone wants is for this nonsense to mean something. What keeps us watching, eager for the outcome, is the always scintillating star turn from Johansson, perfectly capturing the psychological plunge from foolish waif into a luscious-lipped, icy-eyed, femme-fatale Dr. Manhattan, moving beyond the constraints of morality, desire, fear and frailty into superhuman levels of pouting.



Verdict
What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle — not that you ever stop adoring Johansson’s magnificent heroine. 
3 STARS Ian Nathan

Empire’s Lucy Review

Plot

After being beaten up by Taiwanese gangsters, the bag of blue crystals sewn into drug mule Lucy’s (Scarlett Johansson) stomach ruptures and leaks into her bloodstream, causing her brain capacity to surge. But as she enters superhuman realms, her tolerance for human weakness diminishes.


Review

For half a movie, Lucy reminds you why you used to love Luc Besson. Not bothering with the rigours of set-up, we meet Lucy, a partied-too-hard student doing a last lap of Taiwan before shipping back to real life. She’s sort of slutty: bottle-blonde hair, hooker skirt, and a week-long boyfriend (Borgen’s Pilou Asbæk) who sure isn’t a keeper. Scarlett Johansson, milking the contrast with the super-Lucy to come, plays the pre-transformation girl as likably wide-eyed and vulnerable, with just a hint of native savvy. 

Cajoled into delivering a suspect suitcase (how many innocent drop-offs include a handcuff?) to a Taiwanese syndicate, it takes only a few slick cuts before Lucy is up to her pretty neck in luridly tattooed wacko-gangsters with a bag of CPH4 — the latest in designer drugs heading for Europe’s clubs, albeit one that has bypassed the trial stage — sewn into her stomach lining.

Amid the film’s ready supply of screwy science is the news that CPH4 is some kind of atomic-powered growth formula that, in quantum amounts, kickstarts the development of all the bones in a foetus. When the bag splits, in a flurry of CG fireworks, the cosmic cocaine smashes into Lucy’s cerebral cortex, upgrading her from pitiful human levels of ten per cent brain usage towards the Stargate-crossing mystical hooey of 100 per cent capacity. In other words, upgrading Lucy from victim of male brutality into superhuman Lady Vengeance.

For a blissful while, the film lands on a hyper-cool fusion of superhero gig and exotic thriller, with Besson mounting a series of divinely amoral, logic-be-damned sequences of lethal Lucy going about her brainiac makeover. Apart from taking out a penthouse of snarling hoods, this includes breaking into a hospital and forcing a doctor to remove the remaining CPH4 without anaesthetic while she uses his cell phone to call home.

Meanwhile, leading brain specialist Morgan Freeman (only using five per cent of his total wisdom) expounds on the limits of the human brain and what might lie beyond — by 50 per cent capacity the laws of physics become your playthings. Using the X-Men register, Lucy develops into a slick-chick combo of Magneto, Mystique, Professor X and Quicksilver.

Then, as literally mind-blowingly intelligent as Lucy becomes, the film crosses into ultra-cobblers. From that welcome self-homage to the sleek early Besson of Nikita and Léon, via the ultraviolent revenge-tragedies of Park Chan-wook (Oldboy star Choi Min-sik makes a suitably heinous kingpin), it freewheels into the quasi-philosophical sci-fi burbling of The Matrix as Lucy starts jacking into some higher state of consciousness — like Samantha from Her — and what was silly, sexy and fun becomes silly and pompous, consuming the stylish action in lumps of matter-tormenting CG. By the time Lucy is vaulting through time and space, things comes over all Terrence Malick (yes, you read that right), grandly pixel-painting the Big Bang, the dawn of life, and stopping off to gawp at an angry dinosaur. The last thing anyone wants is for this nonsense to mean something. 

What keeps us watching, eager for the outcome, is the always scintillating star turn from Johansson, perfectly capturing the psychological plunge from foolish waif into a luscious-lipped, icy-eyed, femme-fatale Dr. Manhattan, moving beyond the constraints of morality, desire, fear and frailty into superhuman levels of pouting.

Verdict

What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle — not that you ever stop adoring Johansson’s magnificent heroine. 

3 STARS Ian Nathan

Dwayne Johnson Talks Shazam AgainBut which role will he take, assuming it works out?
Though Warner Bros. has been reluctant to confirm anything officially – presumably because details still need to be worked out, contracts signed and press releases written – it would seem Dwayne Johnson is eager to keep being a one-man PR unit for his potential role as someone from the DC Comics title Shazam.
Talking at a news conference in Mexico City where he was stumping for Hercules, Johnson told the gathered media – as reported by the Associated Press – that he’d be playing a role in a Shazam film. “I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role,” he said, though he followed that by admitting he hadn’t figured out if he wanted to play Shazam or his nemesis, Black Adam.
It’s just the latest statement from the Hercules actor, who like his Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel, isn’t shy about dropping hints or flat out stealth-announcing projects before the studios behind them have a chance, such is his social media reach. Just check out the pic Johnson recently tweeted for example…


So while there’s every chance we’ll be seeing an official statement soon on Johnson’s presence in the DC movie universe, the remaining questions will linger over exactly who he’ll be and how that character will fit into the broader scope: will he pop up in a Justice League film, or fill one of the solo slots Warners has in its extensive release date list?

James White

Dwayne Johnson Talks Shazam Again
But which role will he take, assuming it works out?

Though Warner Bros. has been reluctant to confirm anything officially – presumably because details still need to be worked out, contracts signed and press releases written – it would seem Dwayne Johnson is eager to keep being a one-man PR unit for his potential role as someone from the DC Comics title Shazam.

Talking at a news conference in Mexico City where he was stumping for Hercules, Johnson told the gathered media – as reported by the Associated Press – that he’d be playing a role in a Shazam film. “I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role,” he said, though he followed that by admitting he hadn’t figured out if he wanted to play Shazam or his nemesis, Black Adam.

It’s just the latest statement from the Hercules actor, who like his Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel, isn’t shy about dropping hints or flat out stealth-announcing projects before the studios behind them have a chance, such is his social media reach. Just check out the pic Johnson recently tweeted for example…

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So while there’s every chance we’ll be seeing an official statement soon on Johnson’s presence in the DC movie universe, the remaining questions will linger over exactly who he’ll be and how that character will fit into the broader scope: will he pop up in a Justice League film, or fill one of the solo slots Warners has in its extensive release date list?
James White
Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: OriginsHe’ll voice Shere Khan
We’ve had a virtual ark’s worth of animal voice casting announcements for Jon Favreau’s Disney-backed take on a new Jungle Book film, yet heard very little about Andy Serkis’ competing project, Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. That all changed today when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch has agreed to lend his distinctive voice box to lethal tiger Shere Khan.
Yes, ladies and gents: we have a Khan-off in the making! In the red corner, there is Idris Elba’s apocalypse-cancelling gravelly goodness. In the blue? Cumberbatch’s Smaugy caramel tones. Who will make the best Shere Khan? Only time will tell, but you can weigh in below.
Serkis is developing the movie to incorporate a blend of live action and performance capture, looking to make his directorial debut based on Callie Kloves’ script. Expect announcements soon about characters including Mowgli, the human raised by wolves and other animals who is Khan’s sworn enemy, wise panther Bagheera and friendly Baloo the bear.
Favreau’s film is set to arrive next year, while Serkis’ version will land more than a year later, on October 21, 2016 in the U.S. The Australian release date is yet to be announced. 
James White

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins
He’ll voice Shere Khan

We’ve had a virtual ark’s worth of animal voice casting announcements for Jon Favreau’s Disney-backed take on a new Jungle Book film, yet heard very little about Andy Serkis’ competing project, Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. That all changed today when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch has agreed to lend his distinctive voice box to lethal tiger Shere Khan.

Yes, ladies and gents: we have a Khan-off in the making! In the red corner, there is Idris Elba’s apocalypse-cancelling gravelly goodness. In the blue? Cumberbatch’s Smaugy caramel tones. Who will make the best Shere Khan? Only time will tell, but you can weigh in below.

Serkis is developing the movie to incorporate a blend of live action and performance capture, looking to make his directorial debut based on Callie Kloves’ script. Expect announcements soon about characters including Mowgli, the human raised by wolves and other animals who is Khan’s sworn enemy, wise panther Bagheera and friendly Baloo the bear.

Favreau’s film is set to arrive next year, while Serkis’ version will land more than a year later, on October 21, 2016 in the U.S. The Australian release date is yet to be announced.

James White

Sigourney Weaver Answers When A Monster CallsUpdate: Toby Kebbell now in talks
Update: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Toby Kebbell is also now in talks for the film, and may end up playing the boy’s father, who has a history of being a deadbeat dad.
Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones are already firmly in place in A Monster Calls' cast. But the roster is still coming together, and The Impossible's director Juan Antonia Bayona is attracting some serious star power. He’s now lined up Sigourney Weaver for a significant role.
Writer Patrick Ness has adapted his own novel for the film, which was itself based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. A Monster Calls follows a boy, Conor, who tries to deal with his mother’s serious illness and bullying from classmates by escaping into a fantastical world full of beasts, heroes, warriors and more. His fairy tale life involves courage, loss and faith and helps him handle his troubled reality.
Jones is set to play Conor’s mother, and Weaver will be his grandmother. Liam Neeson will be on the rampage as the titular monster.
Weaver has recently finished with Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie and Ridley Scott’s Exodus, and will slot A Monster Calls in before she starts her epic three-instalment Avatar return for James Cameron next year. Bayona’s film is currently in pre-production and has a release date pencilled in of October 14, 2016 in the U.S., but there’s no Aussie release date as of yet. 
Owen Williams

Sigourney Weaver Answers When A Monster Calls
Update: Toby Kebbell now in talks

Update: Dawn Of The Planet Of The ApesToby Kebbell is also now in talks for the film, and may end up playing the boy’s father, who has a history of being a deadbeat dad.

Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones are already firmly in place in A Monster Calls' cast. But the roster is still coming together, and The Impossible's director Juan Antonia Bayona is attracting some serious star power. He’s now lined up Sigourney Weaver for a significant role.

Writer Patrick Ness has adapted his own novel for the film, which was itself based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. A Monster Calls follows a boy, Conor, who tries to deal with his mother’s serious illness and bullying from classmates by escaping into a fantastical world full of beasts, heroes, warriors and more. His fairy tale life involves courage, loss and faith and helps him handle his troubled reality.

Jones is set to play Conor’s mother, and Weaver will be his grandmother. Liam Neeson will be on the rampage as the titular monster.

Weaver has recently finished with Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie and Ridley Scott’s Exodus, and will slot A Monster Calls in before she starts her epic three-instalment Avatar return for James Cameron next year. Bayona’s film is currently in pre-production and has a release date pencilled in of October 14, 2016 in the U.S., but there’s no Aussie release date as of yet.

Owen Williams

New Horns Character Posters Haunt The Web
Daniel Radcliffe will bring out the devil in you

We’ve had a few posters for Horns lurk online already (you can find those lower down the page), but here come two fresh images featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple for you to feed into your eyeballs.

Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, the never-convicted prime suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing from his head and soon realises that their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and to exact revenge on her killer.

Directed by Alexandre Aja from Keith Bunin’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel, Horns is one of those films we’re eager to finally see. The cast also boasts the likes of David Morse, Max Minghella, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham and James Remar, and the film will hit UK cinemas on October 31, but the Australian release date is yet to be announced. Spooky!

James White

First Poster For Stephen Daldry’s TrashA first look at the adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel
Andy Mulligan’s novel Trash was a hit on release in 2010, shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Award for children’s books. Now Stephen Daldry has turned it into a film, and here’s the first poster to prove it.
As you can probably tell from this, it’s the story of three young boys who eke out a living from the trash at a dump site. There, Raphael (Rickson Teves), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) find a leather bag that contains a wallet with money and some pictures in it, and a key. When the police turn up offering a large reward for the wallet’s return, the boys get suspicious, and start to piece together the life of its former owner, José Angelo (Wagner Moura). Soon the dangerous Frederico (Selton Mello) is after them and they have to find someone they can trust to get the word out.
The film also stars Martin Sheen, as disillusioned priest Father Juilliard, and Rooney Mara as his assistant Sister Olivia, who work in the favela where the boys live.
Richard Curtis adapted the book for the screen, as Daldry makes his first film since Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2011, after huge theatre successes inbetween with The Audience and Skylight there. Meanwhile the book is pacy and quietly moving, so we have hopes for this - and the poster’s clear Slumdog Millionaire influence also suggests the sort of thing we’re looking at. Trash hits UK cinemas on January 30, but Australia is still awaiting a release date. 
Helen O’Hara

First Poster For Stephen Daldry’s Trash
A first look at the adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel

Andy Mulligan’s novel Trash was a hit on release in 2010, shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Award for children’s books. Now Stephen Daldry has turned it into a film, and here’s the first poster to prove it.

As you can probably tell from this, it’s the story of three young boys who eke out a living from the trash at a dump site. There, Raphael (Rickson Teves), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) find a leather bag that contains a wallet with money and some pictures in it, and a key. When the police turn up offering a large reward for the wallet’s return, the boys get suspicious, and start to piece together the life of its former owner, José Angelo (Wagner Moura). Soon the dangerous Frederico (Selton Mello) is after them and they have to find someone they can trust to get the word out.

The film also stars Martin Sheen, as disillusioned priest Father Juilliard, and Rooney Mara as his assistant Sister Olivia, who work in the favela where the boys live.

Richard Curtis adapted the book for the screen, as Daldry makes his first film since Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2011, after huge theatre successes inbetween with The Audience and Skylight there. Meanwhile the book is pacy and quietly moving, so we have hopes for this - and the poster’s clear Slumdog Millionaire influence also suggests the sort of thing we’re looking at. Trash hits UK cinemas on January 30, but Australia is still awaiting a release date.

Helen O’Hara