finally have a movie still of Stellan from THOR
2: THE DARK WORLD. Empire Magazine just released this photo. I'm
a bit perplexed about the shorts.
At least he's wearing clothes! Not
sure about his wardrobe in "Nymphomania" though. Stellan's oldest son
Alex talked to the press recently about his childhood - "We had this
bohemian home filled with a community of actors, poets and writers.
There was always lots of people and wine and… other things around. I
loved it." But how about when your dad reportedly walked around naked,
swigging wine in front of your high school girlfriends? "Alex insists
fondly, "I love him for how crazy and wild he was - still is." And
speaking of nudity, Alex took all off in True Blood's Season 6 finale on
August 18. Yup, like father, like son. The question for his fans now is
will he return for another season. In the final episode, his character
Eric is reading a book while lounging in a chair in snowy Sweden when
suddenly he bursts into flames. He stands up and seems in agony as the
flames cover his entire full frontal naked body. And then the screen
goes blank. Did he survive this spontaneous combustion? Alex isn't
difficult to get official confirmation that Stellan did land the role of
the Grand Duke in Disney's CINDERELLA. The IMDB lists his name
among the cast but they're notorious for giving out misinformation.
Rehearsals have begun at Pinewood Studios outside London. Kenneth
Branagh is directing with the following cast: Lily James as
Cinderella, Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett as the
evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, Helena Bonham Carter as Cinderella’s
Fairy Godmother, and Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s biological mother.
It’s due in theaters on March 13, 2015.
Stellan's youngest son,
17-year-old Valter, continues to make a name for himself in the
acting world. His latest role is in a German docudrama called "The
Viking Women", which will air as a TV series on German and French
television in the spring of 2014. It was filmed in Sweden and Denmark in
June. Strangely enough, big brothers Alexander and Gustaf have also
played vikings. Alexander has become an international star playing
vampire viking Eric Northman in several seasons of HBO's "True Blood"
and Gustaf is featured in History Channel's "Vikings", a
Canadian-Irish historical drama television series, which premiered in
the US and Canada in March 2013. Valter also appeared recently in the web series "Digicode 1321",
consisting of ten episodes that appeared in SVT Play once a week during
October and November 2012.
Here's a great photo of Valter
taken ten years ago when he starred with his dad and brother Bill in the
Swedish saga, ARN: The Kingdom at the End of the Road".
July Sweden's Evoque Media Company debuted Z Lifestyle magazine,
created for the Carson Rezidor Hotel Group. Aimed at business customers,
the magazine is available at 58 hotels in the Nordic countries. The
issues contain articles about travel and as well as profile interviews
with Scandinavian celebrities. Stellan and sons Gustaf and Bill were
featured in the first issue. It included these photos and this blurb:
family and their father Stellan are such pros! I was able to
exchange a few words with Stellan before his shoot. This man works
with people like Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp, so a slight dose of
narcissism would almost seem appropriate. Turns out I was wrong
again! He's as humble and charming as his sons, and he told he how
thankful he is to be able to do what he does. And he actually likes
sitting in the make-up room before shoots.
have now added the film page for the 1995 Swedish film,
STÖRSTA KUPP (The Jönsson
Gang's Greatest Robbery). It's a crime/comedy flick with a
very zany Stellan. You can watch the film online
at this link.
Last Sunday the Daily Mail reported that the troubled
date for the UK release of
ROMEO AND JULIET - July 26th -
has been postponed yet again without an
announcement about a new release date. The September
6th release date in the states has been nixed and now we're looking at a
limited release on October 11th. As Will
Shakespeare might put it, there's something rotten in the state of
Denmark! But production house, Relativity Media has denied any problems
stating, "Release dates for our movies move around all the time - it's
about finding the best place for them in the calendar where we feel that
they will do best." Does anybody want to give any credence to this
statement? There were high expectations with "Downton Abbey" writer,
Julian Fellowes adapting the play to the screen, but the success of the
ultimately falls on the director and leads to pull it off. In this case,
it's Italian director Carlos Carlei with stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas
Booth. Stellan should bring some interest to the age-old tale playing
the Prince of Verona.
Update (8/9): Canadian
indie distributor D Films has picked up the Canadian rights to the film
with a release in that country of October 11.
Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled a first wave of
titles to screen in September, and one will be Jonathan Teplitzsky's
Second World War drama, THE RAILWAY MAN,
starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan. The film has been
selected for the premium Gala and Special Presentations program, the
festival's high-profile sidebar. The Australian-UK co-production, based
on the bestselling novel, tells the extraordinary and epic true story of
Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war
at a Japanese labor camp. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the
Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is
alive and sets out to confront him, and his harrowing past. The film is
without a domestic distributor so its premiere in Toronto is gong to be
an important one.
Update (8/9): The 61st San
Sebastian Film Festival has revealed the first six titles to compete in
its Official Selection. Among those six, "The Railway Man" will
compete for the Golden Shell at the festival, which runs from September
off the press! Stellan is in talks with Disney again and this time
he's interested in joining the studio's live-action re-imagination of "Cinderella".
Should he sign on, Stellan will play the grand duke, an adviser to the
king who "just may have ulterior motives." This is the first role that
has broken from the established characters from the animated 1950
release. There were a mulitude of names considered for the lead role of
Cinderella, but in the end, director Kenneth Branagh decided on British
actress Lily James. No surprise that Cate Blanchett was cast to play the
wicked stepmother. Filling the roles of the typically ugly stepsisters
is "Downtown Abbey's" Sophie McShera, and Holliday Grainger from
"The Borgias". The part of the fairy godmother went to Branagh's
recurring co-star, Helena Bonham Carter. Lastly, the role of Prince
Charming will be played by Richard Madden of "Game of Thrones".
Great cast! Let's hope Stellan signs on.
June 23rd edition of Sweden's Expressen featured an article on
Stellan's daughter Eija. Being the only girl in the family,
she discusses her life with seven brothers. Though her father and four of
her brothers have chosen acting careers, she thinks there are enough
Hollywood people in the family and has no plans to follow in their
footsteps. During her childhood, she says her siblings often took care
of each other with a traveling father and a mother who struggled with
alcoholism. Eija was definitely not a girly girl and preferred video
games to Barbie dolls. At age 14, she accompanied her father and brother
Valter to the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean" where she was
spotted and soon after a modeling agency called her. She later
ended her four-year modeling career saying, "When I hit puberty and got
boobs and a butt, they started nagging me to lose weight and so I didn't
find it was fun anymore." Today at 21, she is a nightclub manager and
is saving her money to move to New York next year. For now she enjoys
spending Sundays with her family admitting her father "is extremely
competent at cooking - it's the highlight of the week." I have added
more photos to Eija's album and
below you'll see a photo which shows Stellan's eight children. Alexander
looks like he's hamming it up for perhaps someone's mobile phone. It's
the first time we get a glimpse of
Kolbjörn, born last August. Three-year-old Ossian and Kolbjörn are
Stellan's children from his second marriage.