Sky Arts Channel has announced a new series of original comedy and drama
productions to begin airing in April. Filming has been completed for
THE MAN, starring Stellan, Stephen Fry, Hayley Atwell and Zoe
Wanamaker. It was directed by Iain Softley with a script by Sandi
order to avoid confusion with the British series, "The Avengers", the
new Marvel film will be retitled "The Avengers Assemble" for the
UK theatrical release on April 26th. The US premiere date of
THE AVENGERS is May 4th. Stellan fans
will be greatly disappointed that his screen time is minimal. I haven't
found one publicity shot of his character except for the production
photos in Central Park last September. Stellan recently commented on the
Marvel series saying, "It's not enough to have gigantic special effects.
Marvel has understood this and cast very good actors in their superhero
movies." Certainly, Jeremy Renner is top notch! Here's the latest poster
released this week.
past weekend 21-year-old Bill Skarsgård became one of the 2012
Shooting Stars at the Berlin International Film Festival. Ten of the
most promising young actors in European are chosen each year by a
high-profile jury of film industry professionals. They come from a broad
range of European countries, backgrounds and experiences. Over the last
few day the chosen ten participated in photo-sessions, meetings with
casting directors and filmmakers, a workshop with international agents,
a press conference, and finally an award ceremony last night. Afterwards
they celebrated with VIP's from the film industry at the China Club.
According to Swedish Film Institute’s Head of International Department
Pia Lundberg EFP’s selection is both spot on and well-deserved: "The Swedish Film Institute is delighted to have Bill Skarsgård
represent Sweden as a Shooting Star at the Berlinale. Starting at an
early age he has already acted in twelve films, and at the age of 21 he
has become one of Sweden’s most recognized stars. In commercial as well
as artistic films he has sensitively portrayed a wide variety of young
men and has achieved national and international acclaim for his
performances. A bright future seems guaranteed!"
It seems like no time since Bill
went from a child actor to a leading man. When I began this web site
eight years ago, Bill had just become a teenager. Born in 1990, Bill
Istvan Günther Skarsgård started acting at the age of 10, starring in
the thriller, "White Water Fury". In 2010, his film "Behind Blue Skies"
was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and "Simple
Simon and the Oaks" was selected as the Swedish Oscar contender for the
Best Foreign Language Film nominations. The Berlinale jury focused on
that role - "Skarsgård conveys depth, emotion and deep longing as a
young man plunged into an identity crisis and desperate to know more
about his family background. His acting feels like an exploration that
we are lucky enough to witness."
what does Bill think of all this stardom? Certainly, he has felt the
pressure brought on by his family's fame, but he says, "I try not to
think about it." He says he never liked the sound of being "the fourth
Skarsgård" but nevertheless, fell in love with the profession. Earlier
this month in an interview with Good Morning, Norway, Bill admitted he
would like to work internationally even though he is still very young.
He gets tips and advice of his notable family members, but is keen to
stand on his own as an actor and not be known at the brother or son of
Skarsgård. He says, "I have to trust myself and my talent." Though
he's performed in intimate scenes on the screen, he makes it clear, "To
become a sex symbol is really not something I strive for." I guess we
can leave that department to big brother Alexander!
We finally get to see Stellan with
his Volta award presented to him at the Dublin Int'l Film Festival
earlier this month. For more photos,
check out the Dublin gallery.
some photos of Stellan shopping in Dublin this week with wife Megan and
little Ossian, who is so
adorable and the spitting image of his mom!
just completed the film page for Stellan's Brazilian film,
which was reported here last fall when production
began. Stellan was quoted as saying "I know Brazil by Carmen Miranda,
Babenco, Walter Salles, 'City of God', and football. Now, I'm here to
understand their origin." It's fun to see him back in
costume, complete with wild hair and beard.
The story behind the botched attempt by French forces
led by Admiral Villegagnon to conquer Guanabara Bay
in 1555 is the subject with the story adapted
from the award-winning bestseller by Jean-Christophe Rufin. It was shot
in Paraty in the state of Rio de Janeiro as a made-for-TV co-production
between Brazil and France. Canadian director Sylvain Archambaut
has used both Brazilian and Canadian actors. Stellan
plays the protagonist, Villegagnon while
Joaquim de Almeida plays the villain. He's awesome as
the "bad guy" - I remember him in "Clear and Present Danger".
According to Conspiração, the two ninety-minute episode series will be
shown in France. However, in Brazil it will air as a five-episode
miniseries and will have a theatrical version as well.
The photos on the right show him with his make-up artist, Marlene Moura
and in the left one, he poses with a couple of cast members. Be sure to
visit the film page for more info &
programme for the 10th anniversary edition of the Jameson Dublin
International Film Festival was unveiled in the capital today. Stellan
joined celebrities at the newly reopened Light House Cinema to launch
the festival programme. He was joined by Amy Huberman, who is in the
Irish film "Stella Days" and voices some of the animation in "Death of a
Superhero," both of which will be screened at the festival. Earlier in
the day Irish producer Arthur Lappin honored Stellan with a Volta, the
festival's career achievement honor. The ceremony was held at the
Merrion Hotel. Stellan said he would always be grateful to Dublin.
He related how he had met his wife in the Irish city while shooting
medieval blockbuster, "King Arthur" in 2003. "It was in the Horseshoe
Bar in the Shelbourne Hotel. My wife Megan is American and had been
living in Ireland for five or six years. We're back over again together
this week so Dublin has so many wonderful memories for both of us," he
of Megan, while most of us know that Stellan delights in
international cuisines and is quite the gourmet cook in his own
kitchen, what we didn't know is that his wife has a passion for food
as well. She happens to host the online web site -
lovefoodshare.com where you will find videos of Megan cooking up
various recipes, such as black bean soup. Apparently, the web site
is a four-person endeavor and includes Stellan's younger brother,
Kettil, who has a background in restaurant management.
"About Megan" includes the
following description: "She has spent the last ten years on a
culinary journey. The woman didn’t know a leek from a shallot, but
now has amassed over sixty cookbooks and the cooking skills to
match. She started from scratch… and now cooks all meals from
scratch. Her frequent travels have introduced her to a wide array of
food cultures, which she embraces in her own recipes. Her palate is
impeccable, and her ability to throw together a delicious gourmet
meal for twenty is a thing of beauty. Among her many cooking
talents, she has mastered the art of ice cream making, with bold and
exciting flavors that will bring you to your knees." Megan was
featured in Expressen's magazine section shown below.
Of course, the question that
comes to my mind as far as the Skarsgård
family is - who is the head chef in their kitchen? Or do they
cook together? So now we know a little bit more about Megan. I had
assumed she was Irish but now it's revealed that she's from
Cleveland, Ohio. On the cooking web site, there is also an
interesting video of Megan enlightening us with some good basic
knowledge in wines with Jörgen Gunnarsson.
And if you're into Twitter, you can follow Megan's tweets about good
Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Stellan's next project is a
screen adaptation of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET. Filming
began in Italy ten days ago helmed by Italian director Carlo Carlei with
a script by Julian Fellowes. That name should look very familiar
these days because he wrote "Downton Abbey", which continues to be
highly successful. The cast includes "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld
(great choice!) as Juliet, Douglas Booth as Romeo, Paul Giametti as
Friar Laurence, Kodi Smit-McPhee (another great choice!) as Benvolio, Ed
Westwick as Tybalt, Natasha McElhone (beautiful!), Damian Lews as Lord
Capulet, Christian Cooke as Mercutio, Tomas Arana as Lord Montague,
Laura Morante as his wife, and Stellan as Prince of Verona. The
Oscar-winning Fellowes ("Gosford Park") explains the new adaptation, "We
felt that it had been quite a long time since there had been a romantic,
traditional rendition of the piece. This is the romantic medieval love
story as conceived by Shakespeare. We felt that really what we needed
was just to make it slightly more accessible to today’s generation.
That, I hope, is all we’ve done. My dream would be that you watch it and
you think you’ve watched the whole thing written by Shakespeare."
Fellowes, who is currently writing
the third season of "Downton Abbey", (yes!) is also producing along with
Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman of Amber Entertainment, Simon Bosanquet
of Generator Entertainment, Alexander Koll and Dimitra Tsingou of
Swarovski Entertainment and Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding of Echo Lake
Entertainment. Filming is taking place at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, and
in the towns of Mantua and Siena.
Here's a little bit of trivia for
die-hard Stellan fans. Can you name the two other films Stellan has
starred in with Natasha McElhone?
I've just added an
interview with Moviefone and
an article from The Playlist,
dated December 21, 2011. When asked if he was satisfied with "The Avengers",
responded, "No. Not really. But I'm not one of the superheroes... It's a
small role... I think the script worked. What it will be when it comes
out, I can't tell." When asked about a possible role in the "Thor" sequel,
Stellan replied, "It's not decided because they haven’t got a script
yet. They’re working on that. They’ve been talking about it but it could
go the other way as well." In the US, "The Avengers" will premiere
on May 4, 2012, but it will open throughout the world during the
are a couple pics taken today in London. The third photo shows
Stellan on January 13th at a Golden Globes party at the Chateau
Marmont in Los Angeles.
will be in Dublin on February 2nd to celebrate
the program launch and 10th anniversary of the Jameson Dublin
International Film Festival. He will be
joined at the celebration by Irish actress Amy
Huberman, as well as members of the Irish
cinema industry. The event will take place
at the newly re-opened Light House Cinema.
In addition, Stellan will be honored earlier that day with a Volta,
the festival Career Achievement Award at a reception attended by Irish
filmmakers. The Festival presents the Volta awards annually to
outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the
world of film, and Stellan is being honoured for his work in both
Scandinavian and English language films.
a recent interview, Stellan announced he would like to give the Best
Director Oscar to David Fincher. He said, "He's amazing. I think
he's such a great director, and he manages to do very expensive indie
movies. He's actually skilled with his tools, like Lars von Trier.
There's nothing he cannot do in film. He's not stuck with a technique.
He often makes pretty complicated films with a forceful story, but he
doesn't lose a single character when he does it. 'The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo's' crime story is not very exceptional, but there are two
fantastic characters in it, and he executes it with such incredible
pace. One of the beauties of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is
the very delicate and strange relationship between the two main
He adds, "I love having 30 shots of every scene. He's asked me to take
the scene in a certain direction, and then he might say, 'Well, that was
not so good.' And then I'd say, 'I know, I know, I know,' and we'd try
something else. We were rehearsing in the basement right before we
started shooting a scene in which Daniel Craig is tied up. Suddenly,
Fincher put on that Enya song, and I screamed, 'Yes! It's perfect! Keep
it, for fuck's sake!' I want the creative process to happen on the
floor, not at home in my bedroom while I'm reading the script."
Stellan also thinks there should be a posthumous honor. He explains,
"There was a Russian director named Elem Klimov, who did his films
during the communist days. They were constantly struggling with the
authorities and to be allowed to express themselves. But he did one of
the best war movies I've ever seen — it's called "Come and See".
Everybody who likes war movies should see it because it's really about
what war is — it's horrible, and everybody's horrible in it."
news! Stellan and his wife Megan are expecting their second child
later this year. They have a son, Ossian, who will turn three in April.
This will be Stellan's 8th child with six children from his previous
marriage to My Skarsgård. Here's a
photo taken of all his children in 2010.
son Alexander has made the cover of another magazine. Evidently,
August Man is a Singapore men's magazine, aimed at the
affluent cosmopolitan man, and has become "the intelligent man's read in
Skarsgård has been chosen by a jury as the
Swedish SHOOTING STAR 2012. He will be introduced at the
forthcoming 62nd Berlin International Film Festival to the international
industry as one of Europe's best young actors. His
latest project is a small role in the upcoming British drama, "Anna
Karenina", directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley, Jude
Law and Aaron Johnson.