Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

First Official Look At Colin Farrell In Thriller 'Dead Man Down' As FilmDistrict Take U.S. Rights

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist May 17, 2012 at 7:50PM

Over a decade after he first emerged on the scene (his breakout, "Tigerland," was way back in 2000), Colin Farrell is having a moment again. The actor looked to have chucked his chance at A-list stardom away after films like "Alexander" tanked, but the actor has slowly been working his way back up again, aided by a well-received pair of villains last summer in "Horrible Bosses" and "Fright Night."
1

And Relativity Pick Up 'Paranoia' With Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman And Liam Hemsworth

Colin Farrell Dead Man Down Official Still

Over a decade after he first emerged on the scene (his breakout, "Tigerland," was way back in 2000), Colin Farrell is having a moment again. The actor looked to have chucked his chance at A-list stardom away after films like "Alexander" tanked, but the actor has slowly been working his way back up again, aided by a well-received pair of villains last summer in "Horrible Bosses" and "Fright Night." Before the year is out, he'll headline blockbuster "Total Recall," and reunite with Martin McDonagh, who gave Farrell his best-ever showcase in "In Bruges," for "Seven Psychopaths." And he seems to be Warner Bros' new favorite son: when the studio couldn't interest him in the troubled "Arthur and Lancelot," they gave him the lead role in Akiva Goldsman's "A Winter's Tale" instead.

But right now, Farrell is doing none of those things. Instead, the Irish actor is filming thriller "Dead Man Down," which comes from Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and "Fringe" writer J.H. Wyman. The actor plays a man seeking vengeance, aided by a mysterious woman (Noomi Rapace) and his best friend (Dominic Cooper) on the leader of a crime syndicate (Terrence Howard), while Isabelle Huppert, of all people, figures somewhere into the plot as well. We've already seen some glimpses of Farrell, rifle in hand, getting vengeful via some set photos, but the first official still has arrived via Deadline and... well, it's Farrell in a car park, carrying a bag and a plastic milk bottle. Fill your boots.

There's a reason for the image being released, however: Deadline report that FilmDistrict have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the project, and will release the picture next fall. Given that they're the company behind "Drive" and Rian Johnson's upcoming "Looper," it would seem to be a pretty good home for the picture. FilmDistrict also made another pick-up at Cannes, acquiring haunted-mirror horror "Oculus," presumably in the hope that it'll replicate the huge success they had with "Insidious" last year. That film shoots in the summer.

And finally in Cannes acquisition news, Deadline say that another relatively recent start-up, Relativity, have picked up thriller "Paranoia" for the U.S. Directed by Robert Luketic ("21"), the film stars "The Hunger Games"' Liam Hemsworth as an entry-level employee at a tech company tasked by his manipulative boss with becoming a corporate spy at a rival. Things get murderous from there, thanks to a supporting cast that includes Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till and new addition Richard Dreyfuss. It sounds like a sort of spin on "Wall Street" or "Antitrust," but we're hopeful that Oldman's presence means that this might be a cut above. Relativity have already put it on the schedule: it'll hit theaters on September 27th, 2013.

This article is related to: Colin Farrel


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates