Robert Redford is notoriously choosy about the films he appears in, let alone those he directs, but suddenly the 76-year-old screen icon is at work on multiple projects. Redford, who stars in and directs the very strong The Company You Keep alongside Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie and Nick Nolte, which releases later this month, has already finished shooting his next role. In All is Lost he'll be the lone actor on screen for much of the movie, playing a yachtsman struggling to stay alive in a film written and directed by J.C. Chandor, who made such an impressive debut with the Wall Street moral thriller Margin Call.
Redford has also committed to joining the Marvel Comics universe, playing the head of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organisation that had Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury visiting various superhero films such as Iron Man and Thor before all the pieces were pulled together by Joss Whedon for The Avengers. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Redford will join Chris Evans' titular superhero in a present-day sequel that will also star Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. After that Redford may reunite with Nolte for an adaptation of Bill Bryson's memoir about two old friends on a trekking holiday together, A Walk in the Woods. It's another one Redford will star in, with the director appearing likely to be Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, Bernie).
Canet jumps into new role
Is it time for another great show jumping movie? Whether there has previously been one or not, Guillaume Canet (left) hopes so. The French actor will star in Jappeloup, the true story of the bond between leading French rider Pierre Durand and his horse, which culminated in a gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette) co-stars in a film written by Canet but directed by Christian Duguay, the French-Canadian director more often associated with action flicks. Canet's own directing career, which already includes Tell No One and Little White Lies, continues with the 1970s New York-set drama Blood Ties, which has Clive Owen (Closer) and Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) as brothers on either side of the law. Co-stars include Mila Kunis (Ted) and Canet's partner, Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone).
McConaughey continues hot streak
Matthew McConaughey's redemption is close to complete: the one time romantic comedy wastrel who rebounded with the likes of Bernie, Killer Joe, and Magic Mike, is already part of a Martin Scorsese cast alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in this November's The Wolf of Wall Street and now he has the lead in Christopher Nolan's next film. Interstellar, which will reportedly be concerned with time travel, is due in November 2014, and will hopefully continue Nolan's recent track record of his non-Batman films (The Prestige, Inception) being brain-bending blockbusters. Anne Hathaway, fresh off her Oscar win for Les Misérables, will reportedly co-star.
McConaughey also stars in Dallas Buyers Club, the story of a homophobic Texan man who developed HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and stayed alive by smuggling various drugs not yet legally sanctioned into America, creating a network that other sufferers facing death also made use of. Jennifer Garner (Juno) plays his physician, with another French-Canadian filmmaker, Café de Flore and Young Victoria's Jean-Marc Vallee, directing. That's quite the turnaround from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Sahara.