NEWS: MAY-JUNE 2021

06.25.21

The 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.

In 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.

For 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.

I 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.

The 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.

05.02.21

From 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 release.
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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?

04.17.21

If 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 sometimes!"

"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.

 

 

   

 

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