Colin Farrell to play ‘original and fun’ version of The Penguin in The Batman

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcom…

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.

The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcoming comic book adaptation, which will be directed by Matt Reeves.

And Farrell, who will be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader, said he’s looking forward to getting back to filming the thriller after production on the movie in the U.K. was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I had only started it and I can’t wait to get back,” the 43-year-old told Good Morning America. “The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun and I really am so excited to get back and explore it.”

Farrell also revealed that while he’s only in the movie for a short period, he has a few “tasty” scenes.

“I haven’t got that much to do. I have a certain amount in the film. I am not all over it by any means. But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it and my creation and I can’t wait to get back,” he shared.

And he’s looking forward to bringing his interpretation of the iconic Batman villain to the big screen.

“I totally feel like it is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before. It feels original and fun. But I am only at the start of the journey so I can’t wait to get back and really get into it,” Farrell added.

The Batman, which also stars Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Zoe Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright, is set to be released in October 2021.

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John Turturro to play crime boss in The Batman

John Turturro is to play crime boss Carmine Falcone in The Batman.The latest standalone film about the iconic DC Comics character already stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Al…

John Turturro is to play crime boss Carmine Falcone in The Batman.

The latest standalone film about the iconic DC Comics character already stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon, while Colin Farrell is rumoured to be playing the Penguin.

Director Matt Reeves announced that The Night Of actor was joining the cast by making reference to Turturro’s performance in 1998 classic, The Big Lebowski, on Twitter.

“(Batman) I said,” Reeves tweeted, alongside a GIF of the actor as bowling ace Jesus Quintana saying, “You said it, man.”

Nicknamed The Roman in the DC Comics, Falcone is a crime boss who is an enemy of Batman’s, but a friend of his alter ego, Bruce Wayne.

In one comic, called The Long Halloween, Carmine Falcone’s father brings his injured son to Thomas Wayne’s mansion to be treated up after being shot, and fans have speculated that Reeves is following that particular story for his take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Oscar-nominated British actor Tom Wilkinson played Carmine Falcone in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins back in 2005.

Reeves wrote the script with Mattson Tomlin, and has regular collaborator Michael Giacchino composing the score, as well as Greig Fraser serving as cinematographer.

Filming is due to begin in spring 2020 in London at Leavesden Studios, and is set to be released in June 2021.

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Robert Pattinson doesn’t see Batman as a hero

Robert Pattinson has insisted he won’t be playing Batman as a hero.The Twilight actor was confirmed to star as Gotham City’s Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s The Batman back in June, and his co-stars have been coming together in recent weeks, with Zoe K…

Robert Pattinson has insisted he won’t be playing Batman as a hero.

The Twilight actor was confirmed to star as Gotham City’s Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s The Batman back in June, and his co-stars have been coming together in recent weeks, with Zoe Kravitz confirmed to portray Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright and Paul Dano set to play Commissioner Gordon and the Riddler, respectively.

During an interview with The New York Times, the reporter stated, “You were saying earlier that we should be sceptical of any actor who wants to play the hero, and yet here you are playing Batman,” and Pattinson replied that he doesn’t consider the iconic comic book character to be one.

“Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero – there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one,” he said.

He explained that he was drawn to the film because he’s a fan of Reeves and considers Batman to be a “dope” character.

“His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character,” the 33-year-old shared.

Pattinson also noted that fans should take any comments he makes about Batman with a pinch of salt because he has “said so many ridiculous things over the years” and sometimes wonders afterwards where the “screaming nonsense” came from.

The actor’s casting received a mixed reaction online but he was expecting much worse, particularly after his experience with Twilight.

“Maybe I’m just used to abuse by now. At least I didn’t get death threats this time – that’s a plus! It’s funny that people are so very angry about Twilight. I never particularly understood it,” he added.

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Paul Dano set to take on the Riddler in The Batman

Paul Dano is reportedly in talks to take on the role of the Riddler in The Batman.The casting news comes hours after it was revealed Jonah Hill had pulled out of playing a criminal mastermind in Matt Reeves’s dark take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting s…

Paul Dano is reportedly in talks to take on the role of the Riddler in The Batman.

The casting news comes hours after it was revealed Jonah Hill had pulled out of playing a criminal mastermind in Matt Reeves’s dark take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Should he accept the gig, Dano will join Robert Pattinson, who was announced earlier this summer as the new Batman after taking over from Ben Affleck, alongside Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon.

According to editors at Variety, the There Will Be Blood star is currently in negotiations with bosses at Warner Bros., who offered Dano, 35, the role once Hill had turned down the chance to star in the DC Comics movie.

It’s believed the Riddler’s alter ego will be known as Edward Nashton.

Jim Carrey previously played the supervillain in 1995’s Batman Forever, alongside Val Kilmer as Batman and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face.

Cloverfield director Reeves previously revealed that The Batman will be a darker, noir take on the comic book hero, as he wants to present a more grounded portrayal of the character.

“What’s exciting about Batman is how it relates to now and also how personal it can be,” the 53-year-old filmmaker, who took over the reins of the movie after Affleck departed the project, explained. “It’s very much a point-of-view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional.”

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Kirsten Dunst replacing Elisabeth Moss in The Power of the Dog

Kirsten Dunst is replacing Elisabeth Moss in upcoming Netflix movie, The Power of the Dog.The groundbreaking study was funded by bosses at South Korean cosmetics company Coreana Cosmetics and is said to be the first to find a link between airborne poll…

Kirsten Dunst is replacing Elisabeth Moss in upcoming Netflix movie, The Power of the Dog.

The groundbreaking study was funded by bosses at South Korean cosmetics company Coreana Cosmetics and is said to be the first to find a link between airborne pollutants and loss of hair.

Researchers tested the effect of dust and fuel particles on human scalp cells and found that exposure to common pollutants reduced the levels of four proteins responsible for hair growth and hair retention.

It also suggested that those living in those living in cities are at greater risk of going bald due to the increase of airborne particles.

Experts exposed human follicle cells to different concentrations of fine dust particles and tiny diesel particles, and found decreased levels of beta-catenin, a protein involved in hair growth and the process of generation of follicles.

Three other proteins responsible for hair growth and retention – cyclin D1, cyclin E and CDK2 – were also affected.

However, lead researcher Hyuk Chul Kwok noted that further investigation was needed to support the results.

“It is possible to hypothesise that at certain levels of exposure this could lead to baldness, but further population-based research needs to be undertaken to confirm this,” he suggested. “When the cells on the human scalp were exposed to common air pollutants created from burning fossil fuels, the proteins in the cells that are responsible for hair growth and hair retention were significantly reduced.”

The results were revealed at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Madrid, Spain.

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Daniel Radcliffe ranks Swiss Army Man as hardest film role to date

Daniel Radcliffe put his trust in the Swiss Army Man directors when he signed on to play a dead body.The English actor has managed to shake off his Harry Potter tag over the past eight years, starring in a diverse line-up of films such as horror The Wo…

Daniel Radcliffe put his trust in the Swiss Army Man directors when he signed on to play a dead body.

The English actor has managed to shake off his Harry Potter tag over the past eight years, starring in a diverse line-up of films such as horror The Woman in Black, crime drama Imperium and offbeat fantasy Swiss Army Man, written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In it he played corpse Manny, opposite Paul Dano as a man stranded on a deserted island who befriends his character.

“I did a Broadway musical for 11 months once and honestly, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever worked on. Doing a musical eight times a week, that was a real physical challenge,” he told StarLifestyle when asked to name his most challenging role.

“In terms of acting and the performance side of things, Swiss Army Man is probably up there just because there’s nothing you can base that on. Every role I’ve ever done, I could prepare for it. That one I didn’t know what to do for preparation, so I went out there and just trusted the directors knew what they wanted, and they did.”

The 29-year-old also touched upon why he hasn’t appeared in any blockbusters since the final Harry Potter wrapped in 2011.

Admitting it’s not a deliberate decision, Daniel explained that he simply says yes to projects where he likes the script.

“It’s hard to get anyone to spend money on (scripts that are) too big of a risk. A lot of the big studios, I find the scripts are not as challenging or weird or interesting as the stuff they make in the indie world or even in the TV world,” he said. “So the things that I gravitate to, so far they just happen to be in the indie world.”

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Paul Dano and Nick Robinson join Joe Alwyn in new Prada campaign

Love, Simon actor Nick Robinson and Paul Dano have been tapped to star in Prada’s latest campaign.Algee Smith, who impressed in hard-hitting drama Detroit last year, is also part of Prada’s fall/ winter 18 adverts, with the trio joining returning campa…

Love, Simon actor Nick Robinson and Paul Dano have been tapped to star in Prada’s latest campaign.

Algee Smith, who impressed in hard-hitting drama Detroit last year, is also part of Prada’s fall/ winter 18 adverts, with the trio joining returning campaign star Joe Alwyn, the actor boyfriend of Taylor Swift.

“An imagined reality; the fantasy of the self. The next incarnation of 365, showcasing the Prada Fall-Winter 2018 menswear collection, considers these notions – of illusion and dreams, imagination and actuality,” brand representatives wrote on the Prada website. “Embodied by a new wave of Hollywood talent, the men’s collection is brought to new life within the enclaves of the Prada Fall-Winter 2018 Men’s Show, a fantastical ‘Prada Warehouse’, a space that can be inhabited but is nevertheless a chimera, a mirage.”

Willy Vanderperre shot the campaign, with Olivier Rizzo styling.

Various images and video clips have been shared on Instagram, with footage showing the actors walking through the Prada Warehouse, decked out in new season trends, including bucket hats, shirts, overcoats and a patterned short sleeve sweater.

“This warehouse is populated with identities – ambiguous and enticing boxes and crates, demarcated with symbols drawn from Prada collections past – that speak of the multiplicities of interpretations. Comprising a trio of young actors – Joe Alwyn, Nick Robinson and Algee Smith – alongside actor and director Paul Dano, these protagonists discover both Prada’s multifaceted identity, and their own,” representatives added.

“Exploring dual roles, of the actors themselves and of the characters they evoke within these make-believe surroundings, the campaign juxtaposes imagery of the actors inside the ‘Prada Warehouse’ with a series of monochrome portraits, all photographed by Willy Vanderperre. Investigating concepts of uniformity and individuality, the distinct personalities of each of these four protagonists shines through, bringing truth to illusion.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal to star in thriller Welcome to Vienna

Jake Gyllenhaal is to headline upcoming thriller Welcome to Vienna.The Nightcrawler actor has been cast in the lead role in the Focus Features project, to be based on Kevin Wignall’s novel To Die in Vienna, which will be released by Thomas & Mercer on …

Jake Gyllenhaal is to headline upcoming thriller Welcome to Vienna.

The Nightcrawler actor has been cast in the lead role in the Focus Features project, to be based on Kevin Wignall’s novel To Die in Vienna, which will be released by Thomas & Mercer on 14 June (18).

To Die in Vienna follows American surveillance contractor Freddie Makin, who has been watching Jiang Cheng, a Chinese academic in Vienna, Austria for the past year. The plot takes a dark turn when one day an intruder breaks into Freddie’s apartment and tries to kill him, with it soon becoming apparent that he’s seen something that he shouldn’t have seen, but he has no idea what it is, or who is targeting him, or even who’s been employing him.

In addition to taking the lead role, Gyllenhaal will also produce the flick under his Nine Stories production company banner alongside his business partner Riva Marker. Nine Stories’ Annie Marter will act as an executive producer.

The production company most recently produced Gyllenhaal’s 2017 biographical drama Stronger, which told of how Jeff Bauman lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and his struggles to adapt to his new life.

The 37-year-old currently has a number of projects lined up including The Sisters Brothers, also featuring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, and Luca Guadagnino’s Rio, which follows a struggling actor who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend, only to get sucked into a plot to fake his pal’s death.

He will soon begin promoting Paul Dano’s Wildlife, a drama also starring Carey Mulligan.

A release date for Welcome to Vienna is yet to be announced.

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