Mark Strong was daunted by 1917 filmmaking process

Mark Strong felt daunted joining the production of Sam Mendes’s war movie 1917 halfway through because he had to be up to speed immediately. The new war film, which follows two young soldiers as they cross dangerous enemy territory to deliver a warnin…

Mark Strong felt daunted joining the production of Sam Mendes’s war movie 1917 halfway through because he had to be up to speed immediately.

The new war film, which follows two young soldiers as they cross dangerous enemy territory to deliver a warning that could save 1,600 lives, is presented to the audience in a single long take, although it was actually filmed in chronological order in multiple lengthy takes which are seamlessly stitched together.

Because of the unique nature of the shoot, Strong, whose character Captain Smith encounters the men on their journey, was only required to join the production more than halfway through and he was able to leave again once he’d nailed his scene.

“Coming into it, it’s quite daunting because you only have a couple of days,” he explained during a press conference in London. “Because of the way it was shot, unlike the traditional method, you’re literally just playing your sequence in one, and once it was done, it was over, so there wasn’t a lot of days involved, it was just a very quick in and out so you had to be right up to speed. You had to do that difficult thing that all actors find coming into a shoot halfway through or a third of the way through, you just have to get on the same page as everyone else, but it was an amazing experience and I enjoyed inventing a character.”

The Kingsman: The Secret Service actor also explained that he asked the costume department if his character could use a walking stick because he saw a lot of the officers using them in a wall of real-life war photographs the cast and crew had been using for reference. As no other character had been given one, the walking stick became his “thing”.

1917 hits cinemas from 10 January.

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Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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Taron Egerton rules himself out of new Kingsman movie

Taron Egerton won’t be a part of the next Kingsman film.  The Welsh actor became a household name after playing Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, a role he reprised for sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle la…

Taron Egerton won’t be a part of the next Kingsman film.  

The Welsh actor became a household name after playing Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, a role he reprised for sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle last year (17).

In September, it was confirmed Vaughn was turning the franchise into a trilogy, but Egerton has disappointed fans but saying he’s out – for now anyway.

“I don’t know how hot off the press this is, and I think I’m allowed to say it, but I’m not in the next Kingsman movie,” he told Yahoo. “That doesn’t mean I won’t ever be in Kingsman ever again. I was with Matthew as little as a few days ago. I’ve got a missed call from him this morning. We’re very much still in business together. It’s just that his next journey in that universe doesn’t involve me.”

Vaughn’s next foray into Kingsman, the private intelligence group at the heart of the films, won’t be a direct sequel to The Golden Circle, but a spin-off/prequel called Kingsman: The Great Game.

It will examine how the organisation began around the time of WWI, with Ralph Fiennes rumoured to be taking on a lead role.

“His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting,” Egerton enthused. “I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him, but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.”

Vaughn is also developing a Kingsman TV series as well as a film concentrating on Statesman, the U.S. intelligence group introduced in The Golden Circle.

So far, the franchise has attracted an A-list ensemble cast, with the likes of Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Samuel L. Jackson starring alongside core cast members Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

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Robert Downey Jr. looking to make Sherlock Holmes 3

Robert Downey Jr. is still keen to make a third Sherlock Holmes movie.The actor starred as the titular detective in the 2009 action-mystery film, which also featured Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong. Directed by Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes …

Robert Downey Jr. is still keen to make a third Sherlock Holmes movie.

The actor starred as the titular detective in the 2009 action-mystery film, which also featured Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes grossed $524 million (£379 million) worldwide, with its 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was also a box office success, and Robert has now divulged that a third instalment is on the cards.

“Then there’s all this stuff down the pike,” he said of his upcoming projects in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, adding: “We’re looking at another Sherlock Holmes, we’re developing Perry Mason for HBO. I still want to do Pinocchio.”

In 2011, it was reported that executives at Warner Bros. had hired Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce to pen the script for the third film. However, a series of delays has pushed the project back, though a number of screenwriters were assembled by the studio in October 2016 to form a writers’ room in an attempt to imagine a plot.

While Robert and Jude are believed to be on board, it is not known if British filmmaker Guy will return for another movie. He is currently working on a live-action retelling of Aladdin, based on the 1992 Disney film of the same name.

Robert’s current projects may also mean Sherlock Holmes is put on the backburner again too.

The 52-year-old is gearing up to start promoting Avengers: Infinity War, in which he reprises his role as Tony Stark/ Iron Man and will also appear in an untitled Avengers film due out in 2019.

He is working on The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle as well, in which he portrays the lead figure, and a biopic about John Brinkley, the 20th-century con man who claimed to be a doctor and scammed his way to fame and fortune.

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