Mia Wasikowska Makes 'Tracks'; Hilary Swank Goes HBO With 'Mary And Martha'; Rupert Grint Rocks 'CBGB' & More

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by Joe Cunningham
May 24, 2012 10:26 AM
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Mia Wasikowska has signed on to star in John Curran’s (“The Painted Veil”) new indie “Tracks.” The film will tell the true story of a young woman named Robyn Davidson who traveled 1678 miles through the Australian desert in 1987. It’s an Australian production and will be based on Davidson’s memoirs of the same name, and has already secured distribution down under and in the U.K. (through Momentum Pictures). [Variety]

Hilary Swank will star alongside Brenda Blethyn in the HBO TV movie “Mary and Martha.” The names attached behind the camera are pretty impressive too, with “Salt” director Phillip Noyce set to helm the Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”) penned script. The story will follow two women who emerge from traumatic family tragedy to form a unique bond while fighting for the eradication of malaria. Sounds like pretty heavy stuff, but yet again HBO seems to have lined up the talent to match. [Variety]

Talk about a casting downgrade. Anton Yelchin has left Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls” (which will also star Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) and has been replaced by some chap called Boyd Holbrook. So the “Star Trek” star has been replaced by some guy from “The Big C.” We’re probably being a little unfair to Holbrook who has also appeared in “Milk” and will next pop up in “The Host” before joining Foner’s flick, which also boasts Peter Sarsgaard and Demi Moore amongst its cast. We'll see if he's got the goods. [Deadline]

Ambyr Childers. Who is she? And why does she spell her name like that? Well apparently she’s a regular on “All My Children” (and we know lots of our readers are massive fans of that show), and she’ll also soon be seen in two heavy-hitters – “The Master” and “Gangster Squad.” But the news here is that she’s signed on to star in the remake of the Mexican cannibal horror flick “We Are What We Are” alongside Wyatt Russell, Bill Sage and Julia Garner. With those credits to her name, she could be one to watch. [Deadline]

And finally, Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley) will try and catch up with Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe in his attempt to forge a notable post-Potter career. Grint has signed onto “CGBG” alongside Alan Rickman, and “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” with Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood. The question is, as fun as Grint was in Potter, can he actually act? Neither are lead roles, and neither are particularly big films, which makes you wonder whether this will be as good as it gets for poor Ron. [Variety]

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25 Comments

  • jessie j | June 4, 2012 5:12 AMReply

    And finally, Joe Cunningham (aka Big Rupert Grint Hater) will try and catch up with other great writers like Edward Davis (and almost all other writers here) in his attempt to forge a notable career on Indiewire. The question is, can he actually write??!? Neither his articles nor writing style are particularly acceptable, only merely mediocre at best, and neither shows intellect as he's evidently too lazy to do any homework/research on both the articles and the actors he is so-called "writing" about, which makes you wonder whether this will be as good as it gets for sloppy joe c. Dear Indiewire, how come you're still making this clown write for you? There are so many qualified writers out there who don't have to resort to bias, discrimination and insult to be able to "write" a decent article. There.. how does that feel mr. joe "prejudiced" cunningham? :p

  • Bert | May 25, 2012 12:07 AMReply

    "same league as My Week With Marily" is hardly an argument as Ms. Watson was barely in that film and her acting there was not a highlight at all (what? she was on screen maybe 5 minutes total). I think its premature to really judge the trio's careers when really, they are only now starting to find footing outside of HP world. I mean, Watson has been mostly in supporting roles and hardly has worked outside of the HP series. And Radcliffe was mainly praised for his theater work (not acting roles post Potter). Judging on HP alone, Rupert did more with less on the HP series than Emma, who, if you watch carefully, did a LOT of eye-brow acting and even Daniel, who often overacted (though he improved with each movie). Independently of what they are each doing now and/or in the future, I like all three actors and hope they are each successful in their own right as they transition into adult roles. And I am happy to hear that each continue to act and get roles. And Rupert's two new film seem promising. So even if the author declares Grint has chosen "terrible projects" (which I disagree on); I do hope he, and the remaining of the trio find success and that they each exceed their true potential.

  • Julia | May 25, 2012 12:52 AM

    People should take a look at Rupert's Into the white, Emma's MWWM and Dan's the woman in black performances reviews before say sanything. The thing is, they are great and I'm sure they'll have great careers ahead.

  • Julia | May 24, 2012 11:05 PMReply

    "Can he actually act?". are you serious ? I doubt if you have ever watched any of the HP films to say such silly things. I wonder if you write this article just to post anything about Rupert's new films than write something decent about his career.

  • Joe Cunningham | May 24, 2012 8:18 PMReply

    Hey chaps, thanks for the feedback!

    I think a lot of you may be confusing quantity with quality re Rupert Grint. I personally do think Grint can act (never said he couldn't, read carefully next time), but like Radcliffe A LOT of other people dispute that. Unfortunately, I think he's always chosen terrible projects outside of Potter (Wild Target, Thunderpants and Driving Lessons are all awful - and Rob Sheehan totally outshines him in Cherrybomb) and that's why I think his career hasn't progressed as much as the others.

    And seriously, an Eddie the Eagle biopic and a voice part on Postman Pat...those are hardly in the same league as My Week With Marilyn, The Woman in Black or a Sofia Coppola movie, are they?

    As for Boyd, no, I've never seen him act - and wasn't suggesting he can't. It's a downgrade in terms of 'a name' to have attached to the movie, that's all. I'm sure he's a fine actor.

    Geez, and there was me thinking the most contentious thing I'd written was calling Phillip Noyce 'impressive'.

  • Marika | May 29, 2012 7:43 PM

    great answer, Silvi :) although I have to desagree about Emma: I do get a feeling that she wouldn't work in a project without any significant support. so far all her movies have either cool director (Coppola) or producer (Weinstein, Malcovich). in my opinion she doesn't want to take risks. which is good, I guess, for her and for her fans who have bigger chance to see her movie at theater. too bad I'm not one of them... (hopefully it doesn't make me a bad HP fan :P)

  • Suge | May 24, 2012 11:34 PM

    Agree with Silvi. 1) sorry but "Wild Target" and "Cherry Bomb" were good flicks. "Thunderpants" was still when he was almost still a baby so of course it wasn't that great, and I actually give him props for taking any roles on while Watson and Radcliffe sat at the studio and did nothing in films to increase their range while the Potter films were going on. Seriously, "My Week with Marilyn"? Did you actually see that film? It is a good one but had you, you'd note that Watson barely had a role in that. As for Radcliffe, his broadway productions were not that great and if we want to talk about "over shadowing" John Laroquette definitely did that.

    Obviously his fans actually think he is good given that this year he was selected by them as the #1 star in Britain. And we didn't take your comment out of context. You stated "Can he actually act? You are trying to impress upon the readers of this magazine that his acting is questionable. Stop pretending you are unbiased and open-minded when clearly you are trying to portray that the others have somehow achieved something Grint has not. Watson is talented and I commend the fact that LIKE RUPERT, she is trying to distance herself from films that bring to mind Potter. Stop creating some imaginary shadow that Grint lives behind Daniel or Emma. It isn't the case and the fact that we actually follow his films should give you some insight into how highly we actually think of him.

  • Silvi | May 24, 2012 9:27 PM

    Dear Joe

    1.) Just might think Wild Target, Driving Lessons and Thunderpants are awful, but please stop thinking the whole World thinks the same. Same goes for thinking his Career hasn't progressed much. He got a lot Experience, when Emma wanted to have a normal Life and considered to quit acting and strange, even though you say Rupert's Project's are always aweful, he was still being said to be the Best of the Trio and is promised to work the most in the Future. Btw, ever read why Randall Miller want's Rupert for the Drummer?

    2.) Emma did voice in a Animation Movie and Daniel is rumoured to do one too and Rupert will be bashed for a big Screen of Postman Pat. Seriously, what the fuck is this?

    3.) When you say "can he actually act" and "whether this will be as good as it gets for poor Ron". What do you think People will say to this?

    4.) Who says Eddie the Eagle or CBGB (for Example) should be the same League as Bling Ring or Woman in Black? Who the fuck is saying this? Oh right, you and I can tell you why. Because you see the Trio's Career as a Competition. They have their own Live, their own Career, they even watch the Movies of eachother. Yes, they still support eachother. They don't care who will be the Best. They don't make Movies to be the best, they just choose Roles they love. Emma would have done My Week with Marlin with a unknown Director and as a TV Movie like she did Ballet Shoes

    Please stop playing this "I can look in the Future where Rupert is a Idiot, Emma the Queen and Daniel the King of the World" Game. Who is telling you Emma will stay like now, Daniel will stay like now? As a Author of such Article's you should know better to let People choose their own Way they want to go for a Career and to trust them, if you think good of them. If you didn't go their Way, you can't say who will fail and who will win. Goes for everyone.

  • Hans | May 24, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    May the new Gabe Toro please stand up? Please stand up.

  • jessie j | May 31, 2012 5:55 AM

    yessss!! thanks Silvi! wholeheartedly agree 100% with you. take that joe cunningham! a lot of people LOVE Rupert Grint, go stick that on the front lobe of your left side brain ok!

  • Jacob | May 24, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    I read the article before looking at its author, and it was pretty easy to tell it was not a regular. Cheap nark was substituted for insight, and 15 seconds of research could have answered his unnecessary rhetorical questions. "Why does she spell her name like that?" Brilliant. Please, find out and do tell. My inquisitive mind can hardly stand the suspense. Who hurt you, Joe?

  • Feelings Hurt | May 24, 2012 2:55 PM

    I cried with outrage too....

  • Suge | May 24, 2012 2:14 PMReply

    Post Potter, Rupert Grint line-up:
    Cross Country (pre-production)
    2013 Eddie the Eagle (pre-production), Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards
    2013 The Drummer (pre-production), Stan Shapiro
    2013 The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (pre-production)
    2013 Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're the One (voice) (filming)
    2012 Into the White, Gunner Robert Smith

    During Potter films:
    Wild Target, Tony
    Cherrybomb, Malachy
    Driving Lessons, Ben Marshall
    Thunderpants, Alan A. Allen

    A simple search on IMDB would have shown the incompetent author of this article that this is not just "as good as it gets" A simple look at these films would show you that if anything acting wise he has the most to offer.

  • Suge | May 24, 2012 2:08 PMReply

    I agree about the comments on Rupert Grint. While Radcliffe and Watson have done some post-Potter roles, Grint actually took on roles before Potter was even over. Perhaps you should check out the, I don't know 5 or so films he did before it finished? Seriously, I am not sure why there is so much insistence by the media in making him seem like the least important of the 3. If anything he is the one most willing to take risks and has been for a while now.

  • Penny | May 24, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    To be honest, Boyd Holbrook fits the role of a street artist who two girls fall for/fight over more than Anton would. Don't get me wrong, Anton is a great actor, but he's kind of odd looking. On a purely superficial level, I think Boyd is more suited for that character in Very Good Girls.

  • JP | May 24, 2012 1:29 PMReply

    Actually, Robyn Davidson's journey was in 1977, not 1987.

  • A | May 24, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    Echoing what Manuela says. Try watching Boyd Holbrook in something before you label him as a downgrade. He was wonderful in Higher Ground and The Big C, and has received positive reviews for everything he's been in. Try watching the short film he was in, Moving Takahashi (http://vimeo.com/36731248). You lose complete credibility when you jump to conclusions about someone that you've never watched act before.

  • Manuela | May 24, 2012 1:04 PMReply

    Have you ever watched Boyd Holbrook in anything? I have. He's talented and has been on the rise in the latest year. Several critics have already recognized his talent in their reviews of the work he's done so far (between, he's also done Higher Ground directed and with Vera Farmiga). Maybe before calling this a downgrade you should inform yourself and actually watch something to get a honest opinion? Also, he's not just "some chap". He's a model with over a decade of work with the most important labels and featured on the major magazines all around the world. It's not acting but he's not just "some chap". He's well known by tons of people who have been following his work for years. Maybe you should tune in on History Channel next Monday and see him acting beside Kevin Costner and other great actors in the mini series Hatfields&McCoy, for which he has already gotten positive advance reviews. At least then you'll be able to say you actually base your opinion on facts and not on the fact you don't know who he is...

  • M | May 24, 2012 12:33 PMReply

    I also was taken aback by the comments on Rupert Grint. The comment "try and catch up with Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe" seemed harsh and even unfounded. Isn't Grint the one from the trio who has the most movies outside of HP? Yeah, which means he has no need to 'catch up' with anyone. Also, the "can he actually act" comment was just unnecessary. Time and time again directors and/or actors from that series named Grint the most natural actor of the trio, and even the most likely to act and have longevity doing so. So, why the criticism? It's not necessary, particularly because indiewire is a great source of information for me. However, this kind of comments (including the one's for Boyd Holbrook) are just off-putting.

  • dahlia | May 24, 2012 12:12 PMReply

    It's too bad Anton Yeltsin is going to be replaced in Very Good Girls. I was looking forward to seeing this.

    To the Grintfans, these roles do look small, and I don't know where you are getting the idea that his would be the second biggest role in the cgbg role. Please. I share the writer's opinion quite frankly. Plus he's writing to get reactions. Enjoying it, thanks.

  • Mana | May 24, 2012 2:16 PM

    Cheetah was a very important and prominent Person during the club's rise, not to mention Alan and Rupert are the only Cast Members so far in this Movie and it's starting next Month, so they got casted early for this. If this would be a Cameo Scene or such a Role like Emma in "My Week with Marlyin" they would just write it or explain the Role and the Story of it like they did it with Emma.

    His Role in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" is a big Secret so far, not even the Director want's to tell what Role he has, but Rupert is since almost 2 Weeks in Romania and on Set. Do you know why they start CBGB sometime in June? Because "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" filming is going til end of June.

    We both don't know much, so everyone of us can be right, but so sorry whenI say, I don't agree with you, because of these Things I told you. If you agree with these Things like "catching up with Emma and Daniel" and "he can't act" just look above your Comment.

  • Mana | May 24, 2012 11:31 AMReply

    So Ambyr Childers will be good to watch and Rupert can't act? Big Rupert Hater dear Joe Cunningham?

    Dear Indiewire next Time choose another Author, like Edward Davis, for a Rupert Article. So I can enjoy your Article's again, thank you.

  • Grintson | May 24, 2012 11:15 AMReply

    "good as it gets for poor Ron" and "can he actually act?" What the hell is this Indiewire? Why don't you title this Article "Rupert is stupid and won't have Success"? As much as I love this Website, this was really insulting.

    Rupert did the most Movies so far and I don't know about Daniel, but Rupert and Emma are very good with Indie Movies. Bling Ring is not a big Movie either and his Role in CBGB sounds like the second biggest Role (imo). None of them want's to do a big Movie like HP so soon again and it's terrible to think just because there is not a Leading Role or big Movie, the Success won't be there. In what World are we living where just leading Roles and big Movies means Success?

  • Mishy | May 24, 2012 6:49 PM

    Sorry forgot about Rupert doing Postman pat.

  • Mishy | May 24, 2012 6:45 PM

    You guys coming to defend rupert chill yea he has done some movies during potter but this is about what they will do post Potter. Dan has also done some work during Potter and some before but people dont seem to realise that either. Emma is the only one who has not done that much work so if anything she needs to catch with the boys. Her two movies she has done has not come out yet so we dont know how those will go. Also to the person who mentioned a whole list of work the rupert has done or is going to do some of that has been on his IMDB for and while and might not actually happen. Like Eddie the Eagle, really there has been nothing on that at all and I am not sure that is going to happen for a while if ever, same with cross country. It was like Dan with all quiet on the western front,Journey is the destination as well as amature photographer. Also Dan has about three movies coming up one he just filmed Kill Your Darlings, one he is fixing to film Young Doctors notebook and another he is rumored for Phinnocio (Not sure I spelt that right) Either way they all will recieve snark and Bull from people thats just the way it is. also none of them have proven themselves outside of Potter yet wether they will or not is a different story. But as of now they all have work and to be honest Rupert might have done some work during Potter so far he has only filmed one movie post Potter and is for sure fixing to film two more.

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