Pandemic has certainly affected the film world and months pass by
without any news of future projects. This is the first time in three
months that I've had anything new to post. The Venice International
Film Festival has confirmed that Denis Villeneuve’s
DUNE will make its world premiere out of
competition at its 78th edition. The sci-fi adventure will be shown on
Friday, September 3 in the Sala Grande. On Wednesday, TIFF
organizers announced some of the films that will be showing at their
festival. "Dune" will have a screening in IMAX for the first time,
roughly a week after its scheduled world premiere in Venice. The US
release date is October 1st. It remains to be seen if Stellan will
attend either of these festivals.
an Aftonbladet article celebrating Stellan's 70th birthday
earlier this month, these photos were featured. The first two were taken
at the Stockholm premiere of "Hope" on October 14, 2020. Yes, that's a
young Alex in the third photo with his dad.
Swedish fans, you might want to check out the "Mamma Mia!"
exhibition at Stockholm's Abba the Museum. The interactive exhibition,
which continues through December, invites visitors to admire the
spectacular costumes, see the original script and glimpse some of the
props that appeared in the film. Among the sartorial items on display
include Meryl Streep's famous dungarees, Stellan's disco outfit
and Lily James's jeans.
thought by now we might have a DVD release date for
HOPE, or perhaps a list of streaming
services where we could view the film, but I guess we will have to
patiently wait a little longer. The Norwegian drama did get a theatrical
release in the US on April 16th. However, it was screened at very
exclusive theaters, such as the AFI Silver Theatre in Maryland, and the
Avalon Theatre and Miracle Theatre in Washington, DC.
animated film APSTJÄRNAN (The Ape Star),
directed by Linda Hamback, is making the rounds at several film
festivals. Stellan provides one of the voices as well as Swedish actress
Pernilla August. The film, an adaptation of Frida Nisson's award-winning
novel, will open the Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival on
July 5th in Busan, Korea and will be screened on July 10th at the Munich
International Film Festival. Munich's Tobias Krell has done a Q&A with
Linda and Stellan and the session can be viewed at this
youtube link. Be sure to put on the closed captions.
Gamerant.com on the upcoming ANDOR series.
Marvel fans will already be familiar with
Skarsgård's work, having played Dr. Erik Selvig in a number of the
Thor and Avengers films. The astrophysicist hasn't appeared much in
the Marvel Cinematic Universe lately, so it's perhaps not too
surprising to see the actor shopping around for other heavy-hitting
roles. He's also attached to the upcoming (hopefully in 2021) Dune
reboot, now giving him a foothold in several high-profile
franchises. Hey, Star Wars can always use some more seasoned
professionals like Skarsgård.
Skarsgård's assessment of what kind of show he expects Andor to be
will likely perk up the ears of a few curious fans. Star Wars is
still most well known as that massive franchise about lasers and
space wizards, and even its more gritty iterations like The
Mandalorian keep up that vibe to an extent (hard to look all tough
and mean all while carrying a cute little baby alien eating
cookies). It's still not entirely clear exactly what kind of show
Star Wars: Andor will be, but the talent it has behind it certainly
seems like enough to keep people interested in the lead up to its
There's still plenty of time for speculation before Star Wars: Andor
premieres sometime in 2022, so Skarsgård's endorsement may be all
there is to go on for the time being. But however it turns out,
there's sure to be plenty of drama and explosions, and in the end,
isn't that what it's really all about?
Stellan is to be believed, ANDOR will
be one of the darkest and most realistic Lucasfilm projects yet. Serving
as a prequel to 2016's "Rogue One",
the forthcoming series, written by Tony Gilroy,
will follow Cassian Andor during his tenure as a spy for the Rebel
Alliance. Upon its release,
"Rogue One" was praised for setting
itself apart from the flagship Skywalker Saga, and of course, for not
being afraid to kill off pretty much all its main characters at the end.
"Of course I’ve seen all the Star Wars films, because I’ve had children
in the ‘80s, and the ‘90s, and the 2000s, and the 2010s," Stellan
told The Daily Beast. "I’ve had children in five decades, which
means you’ve seen all the Star Wars films — and seen all the toys as
well. But when I saw "Rogue One",
it had much more atmosphere and seemed a little more mature — and that
was Tony Gilroy, who’s the showrunner on this one. So, hopefully this
one will be a little more than little plastic people falling over."
Beyond a few returning faces (like Cassian, Alan Tudyk's K-2SO, and
Genevieve O'Reilly's Mon Mothma) most of the show's roles — including Stellan's
— are being kept a tightly-controlled secret. When asked if he agreed to
appear in the galaxy far, far away to impress his kids,
Stellan exclaimed, "I do think like that
"I’ll go and do a children’s movie for that reason," he continued. "But
also, I’m not the most mature person myself, so who doesn’t want to go
and fly a spaceship?"
Now in production in Europe, "Andor"
is being directed by Toby Haynes. Gilory was originally supposed to helm
the pilot, as well as an undisclosed number of subsequent episodes, but
had to relinquish control to Haynes when he was unable to travel
internationally due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"Andor" is expected
to premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2022.