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Exclusive: Matthias Schoenaerts Joins 'Animal Rescue' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 23, 2013 2:56 PM
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Matthias Schoenaerts

While he stars in the Oscar-nominated short film "Death Of A Shadow," Matthias Schoenaerts got to celebrate early last night, as he took home the César Award for Best Newcomer for his fantastic performance in Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone." No doubt, the actor will have his fingers crossed for up-and-coming filmmaker Tom Van Avermaet on Sunday night where 'Death' will be hoping to take home a statue. But once the festivities are over, it will be back to work, and first up will be a reunion with his "Bullhead" director who first helped him break out on the international scene.

We chatted with Schoenaerts yesterday afternoon, just before the Césars, and he shared with us what his plans for the New Year will be. "I'll be shooting in New York with Michael Roskam, we're shooting his first American feature film," Schoenaerts said. "I have a supporting role in that, and I really look forward to it." The movie in question is "Animal Rescue," which locked up Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the lead roles last month, with the Fox Searchlight production gearing up for a spring shoot.

Based on a short story by Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone"), the story follows a lonely New York bartender, caught in the midst of a bad heist and a killing, who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog's abusive and mentally unstable former owner. Rapace will play Nadia, who has a scar across her neck, who crosses paths with the bartender. There's no word just yet on Schoenaerts' part, but with the actor already making an impression on arthouse screens, this will undoubtedly bring his immense skills to a more mainstream crowd.

It's an exciting development, and it's not the only project he has on his slate with Roskam. Late last year, it was reported that the duo would also be reteaming on "The Faithful," a Brussels-set film noir, but that's not expected to lens until 2014 as the script is still being written. So in short: Hardy + Rapace + Schoenaerts...which is reason enough to be excited for "Animal Rescue."

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  • Melanie | October 13, 2013 2:36 PMReply

    And this movie was filmed in Brooklyn! If only I still lived there! Hardy and Schoenaerts together will be insane! But I love Schoenaerts!! Now if only I could find his twin..would be fabulous.

  • lenij | February 25, 2013 2:04 AMReply

    The screen is gonna explode. Damn so much talent in one film.

  • weetiger3 | February 23, 2013 7:17 PMReply

    Sweet baby jeebus! Hardy and Schoenaerts in one movie! Please let them be filming on Lehane's home turf so that I may stalk them!

  • devinn | February 23, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    euro trash

  • Real | February 23, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Great scoop! You're the first site I have seen report this. The cast so far is fantastic, great director and Dennis Lehane's work seems to lend itself very well to the big screen. This should be good!

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