The English actor Eddie Redmayne has been making movies since 2006, when Robert De Niro elevated the freckled Londoner from British television with a part in his espionage epic The Good Shepherd. Since then he's populated period pieces, such as The Other Boleyn Girl, but his turn opposite Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn a year ago gave him a profile and that will now be exacerbated by the box-office friendly Les Misérables, where amidst the established stars singing for all their worth Redmayne has the substantial role of Marius, a young Parisian revolutionary.
The prominent parts are on offer now, and the project Redmayne is up for is Jupiter Ascending, a science-fiction action film made by the team of Andy and Lana Wachowski, who made one of the great marriages of commercial and technological ambition at the end of the 20th century with The Matrix. The siblings, who along with German filmmaker Tom Tykwer have the ambitious Cloud Atlas releasing in Australia in February, may be returning to the field they're renowned for. The closely-guarded storyline is publicly just an outline where an intergalactic ruler sends an assassin (Magic Mike's Channing Tatum) to Earth to killer a young woman (Ted's Mila Kunis) who unknowingly possesses extraordinary DNA. Redmayne's possible role is unknown, as are the effects-heavy techniques the Wachowski's may attempt to introduce.
Araki to repeat no more
The American independent director Gregg Araki has never recovered from 2004's Mysterious Skin – his remarkable drama about the enduring trauma of child sexual abuse that boasted a telling early performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt – in that Araki's return since to the comic teenage nihilism and industrial rock that is his norm has simply felt like variations on an established theme. His next movie, White Bird in a Blizzard, may offer something new. It's the story of a young woman whose life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears, and the cast includes Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Christopher Meloni (television's Law & Order: S.V.U.) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).
From Telly to big screen
From the Why Didn't Anyone Think Of This Before dept: contemporary cue ball Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious) will take over from the late Telly Savalas in a remake of the '70s television crime series Kojak. You just know the tagline on that teaser poster is going to be, “Who loves ya, baby”.
Royal's to romp
Another year, another film about Britain's royal family. Next up is Girls' Night Out, which imagines the celebrations in London for VE (Victory in Europe) Day in May 1945 near the close of World War II and what would have happened if King George VI's two teenage daughters, future monarch 19-year-old Elizabeth and 14-year-old Margaret, slipped out of Buckingham Palace to join in the festivities. The director is Michael Hoffman, whose remake of Gambit with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz appears to have recently failed in British cinemas, and the princesses will be played by Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises; pictured) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady).