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'True Blood' Alexander Skarsgård To Produce & Star In Epic Viking Pic 'The Vanguard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 2:20 AM
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Let the typecasting for Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård’s Nordic good looks begin. As one of the leading men in the HBO hit series “True Blood," Skarsgård plays 1,000-year-old Viking warrior-turned-vampire Eric Northman. It looks like he will now play the part before being bitten as he is set to produce and star in a Viking epic along the “vein” -- no pun intended -- of “Gladiator” and “Braveheart.” The story will follow a pair of Viking brothers who embark on a journey back to their native Sweden after being exiled to North America, for reasons yet unknown. The working title of the pic is “The Vanguard” and it was successfully pitched to Warner Bros. by Andy Horwitz and Jake Kurily from Atlas Entertainment (“The Brothers Grimm”, “Get Smart” and upcoming Superman reboot “Man of Steel” starring another gladiator Russell Crowe) and by Christopher Boal. This is the second project acclaimed playwright and emerging screenwriter Boal will pen for Warner Bros., the other being an epic tale about Julius Caesar, to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles”, “Clash of the Titans 2”). We suspect Boal will know what he's doing on that pic, considering that his play “23 Knives” is about Caesar’s murder. It also doesn’t hurt that he also happens to be the brother of Mark Boal, who wrote the Academy award-winning film “The Hurt Locker,” for which Chris Boal directed and produced the behind-the-scenes footage for the DVD release.

Trailer: Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' Throws White Trash Under The Bus

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 7:36 AM
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"They're practically licking my body outside," Kate Bosworth says to her husband James Marsden in Rod Lurie's controversial remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs." Controversial because "Straw Dogs," an incredibly haunting and challenging domestic drama and psychological thriller by Peckinpah, is (rightfully) considered a masterpiece. So many have asked, what's the point in remaking it? The original is an amazing examination at masculinity and male emasculation -- in that sense the latter point is almost a cautionary horror tale for men.

Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard & Steve Coogan To Star in 'What Maisie Knew'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 12:12 PM
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Scott McGehee and David Siegel are a curious directing pair. With a mere four films across over fifteen years, they've made consistently interesting work without ever quite knocking one out of the park. Their noirish racial-identity debut "Suture" is arguably their best -- championed by Steven Soderbergh, and with a terrific turn by Dennis Haysbert, it still holds up well today. Their long-awaited follow up "The Deep End" had another storming central performance, from Tilda Swinton, but had a more straightforward take on the genre, while kabbalistic spelling oddity "Bee Season," with Richard Gere, didn't really work, and the Joseph Gordon-Levitt indie "Uncertainty" never got much traction with audiences or critics.

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