NEWS: FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018
film page for THE PAINTED BIRD has
been posted along with several new production photos, some featuring
co-stars Harvey Keitel and Julian Sands. The black & white WW II drama
will be released next year. Here's a photo of Stellan taken last year in
the Czech Republic outside the Lowenstein Hotel where he stayed.
Son Bill has just been cast in "Villains", a darkly
comedic thriller, written and to be directed by Dan Berk and Robert
Olsen. The film follows a pair of amateur criminals who, after breaking
into a suburban home, stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic
homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out. The cast
also includes Maika Monroe. No release date has been announced.
and Emily Watson have been cast in HBO’s miniseries CHERNOBYL, a
co-production between HBO and Sky to be directed by Johan Renck. Written
by Craig Mazin, the five-part miniseries dramatizes the true story of
one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — the April 26, 1986
explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then-Ukrainian Soviet
Socialist Republic — and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed
to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Skarsgård will play Boris Shcherbina, the Deputy Chairman of the Council
of Ministers and head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the USSR. A
relatively minor figure in the Kremlin, he is assigned to lead the
government commission on Chernobyl in the early hours following the
accident, when the government was still unaware the reactor had
exploded. As the ranking official in charge of the effort to confront an
unprecedented disaster, Shcherbina finds himself trapped between the
realities of the political system he serves… and the brutal human costs
of battling an escalating nuclear nightmare.
Watson will portray Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed
to solving the scientific mystery of what led to the disaster at
Chernobyl, so that it can be prevented from ever happening again. Her
efforts put her on a collision course with those who have buried a
terrible secret, and she must risk her freedom… and her life… to see
that the truth is told, and justice is done.
Jared Harris plays Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the
Kremlin to investigate the accident.
The series will reunite Stellan
and Emma who starred together in "Breaking the Waves". Stellan told the
press, "Nobody would see it as a privilege to spend five months in a
dilapidated nuclear plant, unless it was to play in a script like this
by Craig Mazin, work with a director like Johan Renck, collaborate with
a producer like Jane Featherstone, jam with an actor like Jared Harris
and finally be at the feet of Emily Watson whom I have been missing for
some twenty years."
Emma said, "This is a significant piece of work and I’m honored to be
part of it. I can’t wait to get started with this amazing group of
people, and am especially excited to be working with Stellan again."
Filming will begin in Lithuania
this spring. It will air on HBO in the US, on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in
the UK and Ireland, and on Sky Atlantic in Italy, Germany and Austria.
Berlinale interview just
appeared online with Stellan discussing several subjects - the
importance of taking children to the cinema, the positive messages
in "Gordon & Paddy", why he never looks back across his illustrious
career and why he doesn't like America. Of course, he continues to show
how naive he is when he rejects the idea of good guys and bad guys. I'm
not talking about the fictional bad guys in Hollywood movies. The real
bad guys live among us and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to
recognize evil. But Stellan is an actor so we'll give him some slack.
There's a second interview from
Filmink in Australia where "Return to Montauk" is playing. We, in
the States, are still awaiting its arrival either at the cinema or on
DVD. Stellan says he often gets the question - "Are there any films you
made that you regret?" He responds, "I made quite a few really, really
bad films, but I do not regret them, because…I’m the sum of all the
mistakes I’ve made, as well as I’m the sum of all the good decisions
I’ve made. Looking over his filmography for bad films, I would certainly
point to Waz, Dogville, Time Code, Passion of
Mind, Deep Blue Sea, Frankie and Alice and Boogie
Woogie. At the top of the list for best films, I would select
Oxen, Zero Kelvin, Kongen av Bastøy, Breaking the Waves,
Aberdeen, God afton, Herr Wallenberg and Den Enfaldige
mördaren. As a rule, I much prefer Stellan in foreign films and
rarely in American films except for Ronin.
was back at the Berlinale, the 68th edition, as the voice of a
frog in the children’s animation film GORDON & PADDY, screening
in the Generation Section. In
this podcast, Stellan
describes how different and more natural it is to go back to acting in
his mother-tongue. Giving his voice to Gordon the detective frog gave
him the opportunity of working with two women he had successfully and
happily worked with before: director Linda Hamback and actress Melinda
Kinnaman. Stellan also talks about how it was to go back to the "Mamma
Mia!" set after 10 years and the fun they all had in continuing this
film’s journey. He ends with comments on the #Metoo movement, its
positive effects and its negative sides.
have acquired sales rights to OUT STEALING HORSES
from writer/director Hans Petter Moland with Stellan
in the lead role. Bjørn Floberg
and Anders Baasmo have also been cast.
Based on Per Petterson’s novel of the same name,
the film has Stellan
playing 67-year-old Trond, who must recall
difficult experiences affter meeting a face from the past. Petterson’s
book was named one of the New York Times’ Five
Best Fiction Books" in 2007.
Shooting begins on February 19th, with the final shooting phase
in June or July.
along with actress Alicia Vikander, joined Swedish and English royalty on
Tuesday evening at a black-tie dinner at the home of the British
Ambassador. This marked the first day of a four-day tour of Sweden and
Norway by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Joined by Swedish
politicians, businessmen and a television host, the guests dined on a
starter of Scottish smoked salmon with quail egg, horseradish cream on a
bed of salad, followed by guinea fowl with stir-fried vegetables and
mashed potatoes. For dessert, they enjoyed blackberry soufflé with
chocolate ganache, before a selection of British cheeses.
At the table, the Duchess was
placed between the ambassador, David Cairns, and Stellan while the Duke
was entertained by Alicia and the ambassador's wife, Sharon Cairns.
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Skarsgård family was well
represented at the Sundance Film Festival last week with both
Bill and Valter in attendance for their respective premieres. Bill
was in the cast of "Assassination Nation" and Valter for
"Lords of Chaos".