Nicholas Hoult glad he’s finished playing True History of the Kelly Gang villain

Nicholas Hoult is happy to see the back of his True History of the Kelly Gang character because he had to act out “horrible things every day” during the shoot. In Justin Kurzel’s reimagined story of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, the British …

Nicholas Hoult is happy to see the back of his True History of the Kelly Gang character because he had to act out “horrible things every day” during the shoot.

In Justin Kurzel’s reimagined story of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, the British actor played a lecherous police constable alongside George MacKay and Russell Crowe.

In an interview with GQ Hype, the X-Men: First Class star admitted he disliked playing the villain because the character’s actions didn’t sit well with him.

“I remember there was a scene in The Kelly Gang where I had to hold a gun to a baby’s head. My son was around the same age and it was really difficult in many ways,” he confessed. “It was actually quite horrible to do that. I was glad to not be playing that character any more, if I’m honest, because it was just doing horrible things every day at work. And that’s not something that sat too well.”

The 30-year-old, who has a two-year-old son, encountered a string of bad luck while filming the movie in Victoria, Australia. He was attacked by magpies while riding his bike into town and ended up veering off the road and into a tree, and he was also hospitalised after a blank from a prop gun backfired into his eyes.

Nicholas also recalled the time the director brought a Shetland pony into scene while he was completely naked.

“I guess this character is a very relaxed sexual predator or whatever, but it’s never comfortable being naked on set, around 15, 30 or 100 people that you don’t know,” he explained. “In my mind, I’m like, ‘This pony just got lured in here with a carrot. I’m sitting here naked. It’s looking at me like I’m a tasty snack.’ I froze.”

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Zoe Kravitz: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Zoe Kravitz named starring in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the hardest things she’s ever done in her life.The actress starred in George Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie alongside Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntin…

Zoe Kravitz named starring in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the hardest things she’s ever done in her life.

The actress starred in George Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie alongside Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

However, with countless production delays affecting the ambitious project and Theron and Hardy at loggerheads throughout filming, Kravitz confessed that it was a challenging set to work on.

“As an actor, you make a lot of movies – some of them are good and some of them are bad, and you have to kind of let that go,” she told The New York Times. “But with this one, it really felt like we put our actual blood, sweat, tears and time into it, and if it hadn’t been good, I would have been devastated.”

However, she went on to note that she’d work with the Australian director again in a heartbeat.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but it was absolutely worth it, and I would do it again if George asked me to,” Kravitz added.

Elsewhere in the interview, she revealed that it was leading man Hardy, who had taken on the role of Max Rockatansky, which was made famous by Mel Gibson in the original Mad Max movies in the 1980s, who was vocal about the challenges the cast faced on the set of the sequel.

“Tom really had moments of frustration, of anger. Charlize did, too, but I feel like he’s the one who really took it out on George the most, and that was a bummer to see,” she stated. “But you know, in some ways, you also can’t blame him, because a lot was being asked of these actors and there were a lot of unanswered questions.”

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Nicholas Hoult drops out of Mission: Impossible 7

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict. Productio…

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.

According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict.

Production on the film was halted abruptly in March due to the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and with social distancing measures still in place, it is yet to be determined when filming will resume.

It is understood Hoult is already bound to prior obligations on the second season of Hulu comedy The Great.

And following the recent announcement that Esai Morales has signed on to appear in the Mission: Impossible flicks, it is now expected he will take up the 30-year-old’s part.

Although Paramount producers never disclosed the name of Hoult’s intended character, rumours suggested he had been cast as the film’s villain.

Morales is known for playing Jorge Castillo on TV show How to Get Away with Murder and for his appearances in Netflix series Ozark and PBS drama American Family.

Mission: Impossible 7 will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as spy Ethan Hunt, with franchise regulars Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby also set to return. Newcomers Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, and Shea Whigham are fresh to join the cast.

In reaction to the production delay, Paramount bosses have already pushed back the release date of the movie, which is now slated for 19 November 2021. A planned follow up, Mission Impossible: 8, has also been postponed, and will now hit theatres in November 2022.

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Hayley Atwell to play ‘destructive’ character in Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell’s character will be a “destructive force of nature” in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.Back in September, it was announced that the 38-year-old British actress would play the leading lady in director Christopher McQuarrie’s next t…

Hayley Atwell’s character will be a “destructive force of nature” in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.

Back in September, it was announced that the 38-year-old British actress would play the leading lady in director Christopher McQuarrie’s next two instalments of the action-adventure franchise, alongside Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Nicholas Hoult.

While it’s yet to be revealed who her mysterious character will be, McQuarrie has teased that Atwell will play a “destructive force of nature” who will test every member of Ethan Hunt’s team.

“I’ve been living in an existential crisis since October, going ‘who am I? who am I?'” Atwell added during an appearance alongside McQuarrie on the Light the Fuse podcast. “An actor in search of a character.

“There’s ambiguity… the interesting thing we’re exploring is her resistance to a situation she finds herself in. How she starts off, where she becomes. The journey of what she comes into and what is asked of her and potentially where she ends up.”

And director McQuarrie was keen to make sure that the Captain America star would offer Mission: Impossible fans something different.

“We don’t want Hayley to be a repeat of any character that’s come before,” he explained, adding that Atwell had a hugely successful screen test with co-star Cruise.

“What we discovered there is this energy that Hayley had, specifically an energy with Tom. It’s not a vibe, it’s literally a vibration. You felt it and you were like, ‘I don’t know what to make of this person,'” he shared.

Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 are due to be released in November 2021 and November 2022, respectively.

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Mission: Impossible 7 filming halted in Italy over coronavirus concerns

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week st…

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week stint in the city of Venice, but the crew was sent home by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials continue their efforts to contain the epidemic.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” a statement from the studio read.

“During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

An outbreak of the coronavirus has recently occurred in northern Italy, forcing officials to place lockdown restrictions on more than 50,000 people in affected areas.

Cases in the country have surged to more than 200, with seven deaths, prompting tough action from the government to contain the epidemic, which originated in Wuhan, China late last year.

The action thriller, which also stars Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to be released in July 2021. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment, which will hit cinemas the following year.

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Vanessa Kirby returning for Mission: Impossible 7

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is …

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is reprising her role for Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming action movie.

Vanessa casually confirmed her return in a new interview with Glamour U.K. by revealing she was “in the car, about to go to firearms training” after wrapping production on drama Pieces of a Woman, in which she stars as a grieving pregnant woman who loses her baby.

Th Crown star told the publication she was looking forward to getting back into shape thanks to the intensive training for Mission: Impossible.

“Actually, I am looking forward to training because it means you eat well and work out which I haven’t been doing for that entire shoot,” Vanessa shared.

She also told the magazine that she ended up eating for two while wearing her prosthetic pregnant belly on the set of Pieces of a Woman.

“I was wearing the belly twenty-four seven – I was even sleeping in it,” she explained. “So, you could eat whatever you want, I was like, ‘I am eating for two,’ but there was no real two! It’s a fake two! In my mind no one was going to tell until but then you whip it off and it’s like, ‘oh God!'”

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, alongside franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, and Pom Klementieff. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Henry Czerny are also reprising their roles.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021.

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Henry Czerny returning to Mission: Impossible franchise

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since…

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since the 1996 original on social media over the weekend.

“There is no escaping the past… #MI7MI8,” he wrote besides a picture of Czerny, who recently appeared in horror-comedy Ready or Not and TV miniseries Sharp Objects.

In the original Mission: Impossible, Kittridge was the director of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) and hunted down Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt after he believed the agent had gone rogue.

He shared several memorable scenes with Cruise, including one in which the Top Gun star says the classic line, “Kittridge, you’ve never seen me very upset.”

The Mission: Impossible films have generally worked as standalone instalments with a small number of narrative storylines connecting them, but McQuarrie changed this with 2015’s Rogue Nation and 2018’s Fallout, which he also wrote and directed. In the last outing, Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow character was revealed to be the daughter of arms dealer Max, a character not seen since the 1996 original.

Czerny will join other returning castmembers such as Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg as well as newcomers such as Nicholas Hoult, who is reportedly playing the villain, Captain America star Hayley Atwell, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff, and Joker’s Shea Whigham.

The seventh and eighth instalments, both written and directed by McQuarrie, are being filmed back-to-back. The seventh will hit cinemas in July 2021 and the eighth will be released in August 2022.

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Nicholas Hoult to tackle Mission: Impossible sequels

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.”Say, @n…

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.

“Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?” the filmmaker posted on Instagram, to which the X-Men: Apocalypse star replied, “Love to. Though why stop at a little?”

Hoult later shared the same image on his own Instagram page, with McQuarrie then commenting on the post: “Things tend to escalate from there. Welcome aboard. #MI78.”

Further details about the 30-year-old’s character are yet to be shared.

Cruise will return as secret agent Ethan Hunt, with actresses Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff also featuring in the seventh instalment of Mission: Impossible, which is set for release in July 2021.

The next two films in the franchise, which McQuarrie will write and direct, will be shot back-to-back, with the eighth movie scheduled to be released in August 2022.

Hoult’s casting comes after he lost out on the chance to star alongside Cruise in the Top Gun sequel.

Miles Teller landed the lead role in the Hollywood legend’s Top Gun: Maverick flick, but according to editors at Variety, Cruise remained a big fan of the actor, leading Hoult to be offered the new gig in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible project.

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The Banker cast and crew stand by film and its ‘positive message of empowerment’

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie have defended the content of their stalled film The Banker following sexual molestation allegations made against a co-producer.Apple bosses pulled The Banker from closing the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last month and s…

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie have defended the content of their stalled film The Banker following sexual molestation allegations made against a co-producer.

Apple bosses pulled The Banker from closing the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last month and subsequently scrapped the movie’s December cinema release amid an investigation surrounding Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of pioneering African-American banker Bernard Garrett, who is portrayed onscreen by Mackie.

Garrett Jr. has been accused of assaulting his half-sisters Cynthia and Sheila Garrett in the early 1970s, when he was a teen, but he has staunchly denied the claims, insisting it “simply never happened”.

The scandal cost him a co-producer credit on The Banker and left the film in limbo.

Now, the cast and crew of the project, including director George Nolfi and stars Mackie, Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long, have all signed a statement expressing their support for the movie and its “positive message of empowerment”.

“We set out to tell a story we were very passionate about, recounting the remarkable lives of Bernard Garrett, Sr. and (his partner) Joe Morris, and their ground-breaking achievements combating racial inequality in the 1950s and ’60s,” reads the note. “Though we have no way of knowing what may have transpired between Mr. Garrett’s children in the 1970s, including the allegations of abuse we have recently been made aware of, our hearts go out to anyone who has suffered.

“The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett, Sr.’s children, but rather, on recorded interviews with Bernard Garrett, Sr. himself, conducted in 1995, supported by congressional transcripts, court rulings, and other media articles from the era. We stand by the film, and its positive message of empowerment.”

Garrett Sr. and Morris, played onscreen by Jackson, bought up banks in Texas in the 1950s. They then hired a white man to front the operation while they pretended to be a janitor and a chauffeur.

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Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson screen testing for The Batman movie – report

Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson are both reportedly trying on the Batsuit in a bid to land the role of DC Comics superhero Batman.Just weeks after it was reported that Pattinson was Warner Bros. studio executives’ top choice to play the Caped Crusa…

Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson are both reportedly trying on the Batsuit in a bid to land the role of DC Comics superhero Batman.

Just weeks after it was reported that Pattinson was Warner Bros. studio executives’ top choice to play the Caped Crusader, an industry source has claimed British actor Hoult is also in the running for the role.

According to The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez, both Pattinson, 33, and 29-year-old Hoult are currently testing for the part.

“BATMAN UPDATE: Robert Pattinson & Nicholas Hoult are screen testing for the role,” he tweeted on Thursday. “I suspect they’re screen testing in the Batsuit because Wardrobe Department will need full wardrobe test.”

Gonzalez added: “The film will now start production in Q1 2020,” giving the studio the rest of 2019 to secure the cast.

Fans immediately shared their thoughts on which actor is best suited to take over the role from Ben Affleck, who withdrew from The Batman film earlier this year.

“As someone who is a Hoult fan, I definitely think Pattinson would fit the role better…he has been excellent in all his recent roles,” wrote one Twitter user, while another commented, “I wouldn’t mind either of them getting it, but I secretly would love to see @NicholasHoult as the new Batman!”

Affleck was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman after a three-movie stint as the iconic superhero, and at one stage, was set to direct from a script he had co-written.

Matt Reeves took over the movie in February 2017, however, and bosses from Warner Bros. confirmed to Deadline in January that Affleck, 46, will not be in the film, which is set to be released in the summer of 2021.

According to editors at UK Production News, the upcoming DC Extended Universe film will be shooting in London.

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