The American filmmaker Bennett Miller has made just two dramatic features, but both 2005’s Capote and 2011’s Moneyball are exceptionally good movies. Now the 46-year-old is preparing to make his third, Foxcatcher, which is based on the true story of corporate heir John Du Pont, the stamp collector who in the 1990s became an amateur wrestling patron and built a vast training facility on his estate where numerous athletes practiced. Increasingly paranoid and suffering from mental illness, Du Pont without warning shot and killed his close friend, former Olympian Dave Schultz, in front of Schultz’s wife and his head of security. Police arrested Du Pont after a two day standoff.
For the role of Du Pont Miller has Steve Carrell (Crazy, Stupid, Love), while Schultz will be played by Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers’ Hulk, pictured). There’s also a part for the very busy Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) and now the cast has acquired a female member, with the English actress Sienna Miller joining the film, probably as Schultz’s wife. Miller is very famous in Britain, although her celebrity has often outweighed her screen performances. She’s tried to be a romantic lead (Casanova), a leather-clad action star (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), and a low-budget thespian (Interview), but nothing’s really clicked for her. Foxcatcher will follow her performance as Tippi Hedren, opposite Toby Jones’ Alfred Hitchcock, in the cable movie The Girl.
Kline in with Flynn
There are multiple Hitchcock projects about to premiere, as well as Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly, and all this interest in the screen great of an earlier era has found its natural culmination: Errol Flynn. Kevin Kline – who played Douglas Fairbanks 20 years ago in Chaplin – will portray the Hobart-born actor and renowned ladies man during his latter years in The Last of Robin Hood, a biopic about an ailing Flynn’s relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The film will be written and directed by the team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (Quinceanera), with Susan Sarandon also slated to appear opposite Kline.
The end of Oz is near
The Australian film industry now has its own end of the world movie, These Final Hours. First-time feature writer/director Zak Hilditch will tell the story of a narcissistic young man on his way to a party to celebrate the Earth’s final day when he saves a young girl searching for her father. The cast includes Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek), Daniel Henshall (Snowtown), Jessica De Gouw (Kath and Kimderella) and Sarah Snook (Not Suitable for Children).
Ozon essays student/teacher relations
The line between reality and fiction often blurs in the film of French director François Ozon (8 Women, Angel, Swimming Pool), and that will continue with In the House. The plot has a high school teacher played by Fabrice Luchini (The Women on the Sixth Floor) becoming addicted to the essays a student writes about his adventures inside the home of a wealthy classmate. Alongside Luchini there’s Emmanuelle Seigner (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and as his wife there’s Kristin Scott Thomas (The Other Boleyn Girl), who once again proves that being fluent in several languages improves your chances of good roles.