It is five years since Alejandro Amenabar's last feature, the ancient Egyptian period drama Agora, and the Spanish filmmaker finally has committed to a new work. Regression is a thriller about a father accused of committing a crime he has no memory of, with the director of The Others and The Sea Inside recruiting Ethan Hawke (Reality Bites, The Purge), presumably as the wronged patriarch, and Emma Watson (the Harry Potter series, The Bling Ring) as his leads. The latter will shortly be seen helping get a bigger boat alongside Russell Crowe in Noah, and remains attached to The Voices in My Head, an adaptation of writer Emma Forrest's memoir about dealing with self-destructive issues.
Hawke, meanwhile, continues a prolific mix of genre flicks and arthouse productions (with stage commitments in New York to boot). He's also the father in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which shot for a few days annually in Austin, Texas for 12 years to show the progression of a young boy towards adulthood, plays a biker in Michael Almereyda's modern take on William Shakespeare's Cymbeline, and follows in the footsteps of Jean-Claude Van Damme to play a time-traveling law enforcement officer in Predestination for Australian sci-fi siblings Michael and Peter Spierig. The pair previously directed Hawke in Daybreakers, and this time he co-stars with Sarah Snook (Not Suitable for Children) and Noah Taylor (Submarine).
Skarsgard gets revenge on Ganz
Two celebrated European veterans star in the Norwegian thriller In Order of Disappearance. Stellan Skarsgard (Breaking the Waves, Thor) plays a snow plough driver in rural Norway who becomes obsessed with avenging the death of his son after he's slain by gangsters. The father's increasingly brutal acts of revenge make the local mobsters mistakenly confront a Serbian cartel, whose head is played by Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire, Downfall). It's the latest in a two decades long collaboration between Skarsgard and filmmaker Hans Petter Moland, following on from A Somewhat Gentle Man, Aberdeen and Zero Kelvin.
What duration of time is required to pass before an ailing blockbuster franchise can be rebooted? In the case of The Mummy, it's only six years since the third and final installment of that series, but a new version is planned for 2016 (definitely without Brendan Fraser). There's no director yet, but expect it to be the first in a series that shapes a monster-themed universe – including Dracula and Van Helsing – that will culminate in an Avengers of the undead.
Page as police officer
Perhaps Ellen Page's decision to come out about her sexuality was spurred by her next role? The Juno and Inception star will star alongside Julianne Moore (What Maisie Knew) in Freeland, a drama based on real life events where a New Jersey police officer, Laurel Hester (Moore), fell terminally ill but was told she couldn't assign he pension benefits to her female partner, Stacie Andree, who will be played by Page. Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) will direct, and the cast now also includes Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as a gay rights activist who campaigned for the couple.