JULY/AUGUST 2017 NEWS

08.27.17

Stellan and wife Megan attended the premiere of Ruben Ostlund's film, "The Square" this week. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the screening was held at the Rigaletto Cinema in Stockholm.

08.12.17

Stellan's son Bill has concluded a deal to voice Moomintroll in the newest addition to the Moomin films MOOMINS AND THE WINTER WONDERLAND alongside his father. As reported previously, Stellan, who will executive produce the film, will voice Moominpappa and Alicia Vikander will voice Sorry-oo and Little My. Bill told the press, "So excited to be a part of this lovely project and bringing Tove Jansson fantastical world to the big screen. I grew up with my mom and dad reading Moomin and their adventures to me at bedtime, so it will not be the first time I hear my dad voice 'Moominpappa.'"  The film follows the success of Filmkompaniet's previous project, Moomins and the Comet Chase (with voice cast including Max von Sydow, Alexander Skarsgard, Mads Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgard and Peter Stormare) which was released in 3D and distributed in over 80 countries, including USA, UK, France, Japan, China, Brazil and Australia.

On March 16th of this year I posted news of Stellan's participation in the Czech film, THE PAINTED BIRD, based on Jerzy Kosinski’s bestseller. Filming took place that month but Stellan's scenes were filmed recently over two days. Directed by Václav Marhol, the film also has cast German actor Udem Kiere and American actor Harvey Keitel. Stellan plays a German lieutenant and said he accepted the role seven years ago when Marhol approached him about the story, adding, "I know how hard these films are born today, so I decided to join."

The dramatic story is about a small Jewish boy whom his parents hide from their relatives in the country during WW II. In a hostile world he encounters fear, disdain and cruelty. Marhol has decided on a black and white film. Wise man. What would "The White Ribbon" have looked like in color?

In the breaks during filming, Stellan enjoys the crew, listens to his colleagues and willingly takes a selfie with his co-star, nine-year-old Petr Kotlár, who is most pleased with Stellan's presence. "We are trying to communicate really bad German, which is the only way we can talk together. But I think we are doing well together," says Stellan.

The film is scheduled for a 2019 release. Here are more production photos:

08.03.17

Stellan will walk the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The Festival will open its 42nd edition with a world premiere of BORG/ENROE on Thursday, September 7th. Directed by Janus Metz, the film, set to be released by Neon in North America in 2018, stars Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan. Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF said, "Borg/Enroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on opening night."

LaBeouf plays tennis bad boy John McEnroe in the biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time, as Borg/McEnroe traces the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg in the 1970s and 1980s. Swedish actor Gudnason plays Borg and Stellan plays Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin.

The photos below show the three leads attending the film press conference at Gothenberg, Sweden last October.

7.09.17

Stella has lent his voice to a cartoon turtle in the animated film by Linda Hambäck called  GORDON AND PADDY. Adapted from the book by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee, the story by Janne Vierthabout is about a police turtle called Gordon, voiced by Stellan. Melinda Kinnaman and Felix Herngren also do the main character voices. The animation is created by Dockhus Animation with music by Martin Landquist. The film will premiere in Sweden on December 22, 2017.

Director Volker Schlöndorff's RETURN TO MONTAUK starring Stellan and Nina Hoss opened in French theaters on June 6th. Sadly, there is still no release date for the states. It'll open in Stellan's homeland on September 15th. Here are the French critiques:

Praise for the film will obviously depend on whether you're a romantic at heart. One French critic discussed the ambience of the film. They wrote that this small fishing village at the end of Long Island with the oldest lighthouse in the United States gives the feeling of being in a timeless bubble, especially when the two lovers return out of season to revive the flame of their old passion. Add some gorgeous casting and an entire band of strings and the film easily captures a beautiful and nostalgic story of lost love and ghosts of the past.