A film project that went unnoticed
last fall has surfaced. Once more, Stellan has starred in a film with
his "Signs & Wonders" director and co-star - Jonathan Nossiter and the
lovely Charlotte Rampling, one of my favorite actresses. The film is
called LAST WORDS, a French-Italian co-production. The sci-fi
pre-apocalyptic drama has a cast that also includes Nick Nolte and Alba Rohrwacher. Co-written by French-Argentinean author
Santiago Amigorena (who also wrote the novel upon which this is based),
the year is 2085 and no human babies have been born in over a decade. A
group of disparate survivors respond to a call to meet in Athens, where
the film’s narrator Jo, a boy of African descent, aims to make the
world’s last film. Shot in Italy, France and Morocco through the autumn
of 2018, a return to Cannes could be possible. Here are some on-location
The story behind this photo
The story is about a film that was
never made. The photo was taken in 1984 with director/actor Hans
Alfredson who wanted to film a famous Swedish novel by Frans G.
Bengtsson referred to as "The Long Ships" or "Red Orm". The narrative is
set in the late 10th century and follows the adventures of the Viking Röde Orm - called "Red" for his hair and his temper.
There were plans for a large scale Swedish screen adaptation to be directed by Hans Alfredson and star Stellan
as Orm. The project was cancelled for financial reasons, but Alfredson's
script was reworked into radio theatre which was broadcast in 1990.
During the press conference of Swedish film company Film i Väst at the
2014 Cannes Film Festival, Danish film producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen from
Danish film company Zentropa, said that he was going to produce an
adaptation of the novel. Aalbæk said that he had Stellan Skarsgård in
mind as playing the old Röde Orm and his acting sons Alexander, Gustaf,
Bill and Valter playing Röde Orm at various stages in his life. This
adaptation was to be split into two films and also as a TV-series in
four parts. Sounds a lot like what happened with "Arn". Hans Petter Moland from Norway would direct. Stellan
expressed interest in acting in the film if the script was good.
Filming was expected to start in Västra Götaland in 2016; however Film i
Väst decided to end their collaboration with Zentropa and the film
project was cancelled.
fashion magazines obviously have picked up on the tall and handsome
Bill Skarsgård in the past
couple years. This month he snags the cover of Esquire España.
Wearing winter clothing by Prada, Valentino and Dior, he also takes time
to discuss his role as Stephen King's terrifying clown Pennywise. The
sequel called "IT: Chapter Two" will open in theaters on
September 6th. The film will see the adult version of the Losers' Club
revisit Derry, Maine, 27 years later to face their evil nemesis once
again. The cast also includes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill
Back in May, he graced the cover
of Flaunt magazine. Journalist Katie Shepherd writes, "His
severe, angular features are instantly recognizable, even from a
distance. He towers above you, sporting a green bomber jacket. You feel
a bit like you’re meeting a figure from an Egon Schiele painting, come
to life. Skarsgård is striking, with a quiet air of self-possession."
The year before he appeared on the
covers of Dazed, Interview and Jocks & Nerds with terrific photo shoots.
unearthed a little treasure. For art's sake, Stellan participated
in a 2018 animated film called THE BREATH'S DEER. The short
ten-minute film by Swedish artist Anders Ramsell is a sci-fi story
painted entirely in watercolor about what awaits humanity and moves
seamlessly between genres of Sci-Fi and Fine Art.
Stellan provides the voice taking
on the role of Ramsell while the audience sees a painted version of the
artist himself. Ramsell says, "Anyone, regardless of sex, skin color,
sexual orientation, can take on the role of me. This time my art has
reached Stellan. He really expressed what I wanted to say in a fantastic
way; no one has heard him express himself this way before." Stellan
says, "There's a treacherous beauty and sensuality in Anders'
animations. I find his paintings both attractive and disturbing, just
like those dreams early in the morning that you can't let go of, but
instead grab you to take you back into their fragmented poetry."
While the script, animation,
direction and editing is all done by Ramsell, the music is a
collaboration with American cellist Lori Goldston. Goldston, who plays
cello in the soulful song Anders recorded for the end credits, says:
"The song conveys a quiet, urgent intimacy, directly reflective of the
film’s spare and mysterious atmosphere. I tried to create a cello part
that meshes with the film’s narrative power and the twists and turns of
The film made its debut in
September at the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival in
Baden, Switzerland. It was also selected for the Fredrikstad Animation
Festival in Norway in October.
added the film page for OUT
STEALING HORSES (aka Ut og stjæle hester) with several screen
shots of Stellan. As previously announced, it will premiere at BIFF next
month on February 9th. Very exciting! The trailer can be viewed at
this youtube link. Just before filming began last
year in Trysil and Swedish Åmål and Trollhättan, Stellan told Dagsavisen,
"Trond and Lars build an almost wordless relationship. I read the novel
many years ago, and it's really great literature. It is also a book that
is difficult to convert into movies, but I think Hans Petter has written
an incredibly nice script. It is close to the novel and Hans Petter has
managed to transfer the book's poetry to film."
This is a photograph of Stellan
taken in Norway last year when he was giving an interview at the
beginning of film production. I like his Nordic sweater.
has joined the cast of DUNE, Legendary's adaptation of the Frank
Herbert novel being directed by Denis Villeneuve. Timothee Chalamet,
Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Bautista are already on the call sheet for the
big-budget feature that is headed toward a spring start and will shoot
in Budapest and Jordan. Considered a sci-fi literary classic, the
complex story is about a fallen noble family's attempt to control a
desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while
being betrayed by a galactic emperor. Chalamet is playing Paul Atreides,
the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the
desert wastelands and partner with its nomadic tribes. Stellan will play
one of the villains named Baron Harkonnen, whose family previously ruled
Arrakis and has a long hatred of the Atreides family. The script was
written by Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
are two darling photos of Stellan with Mamma Mia! co-star Julie Walters.
newest collaboration between director Petter Moland and Stellan, OUT
STEALING HORSES (aka Ut og stjæle hester), has been selected to
compete for the Golden Bear award at the upcoming Berlin
International Film Festival on Saturday, February 9th. The film is
based on Per Petterson’s eponymous best-selling novel, translated
into 50 languages. Set in 1999, the story focuses on 67-year-old Trond
(Stellan) who has moved to a remote house in the forest where he can
grieve the death of his wife. The countryside idyll is disturbed
however, by a chance encounter with a neighbor whom he knew when he was
young, in the summer 1948. That summer his father disappeared from his
life for good. The same summer for the first time he felt close to a
woman, the same woman who disappeared with his father.
Here are several publicity photos:
Other cast members include Jon
Ranes, Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelmann, Pål Sverre Hagen, Gard B.
Eidsvold and Danica Curcic. Moland said the film was "a work of
maddening passion from a great group of people, a delirious attempt to
capture the mesmerizing tone in a story full of tactile observations and
life-altering dramatic events. It's simply great to be able to share the
film with the audience in Berlin and in Norway". The Norwegian premiere
is set for March 8th.