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Alexander Skarsgard joins HBO’s “Big Little Lies”

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Hurrah! A new year and a new project! And even better than that, it’s going to see our main man returning to a TV screen near you, as Alexander has joined the cast of a new HBO limited series Big Little Lies alongside Hollywood susperstar Nicole Kidman.

From The Hollywood Reporter

HBO’s Big Little Lies is firming up its cast.

The premium cable network on Tuesday confirmed that Shailene Woodley will play the third leading role and cast True Blood alum Alexander Skarsgard as Nicole Kidman’s on-screen husband. Additionally, Revenge grad James Tupper has been tapped to play Reese Witherspoon’s ex.

The comedic drama centers on three mothers (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Woodley) of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, Big Little Lies hails from David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal), who is writing the seven-episode limited series. HBO landed the project in May following a bidding war with Netflix.

Woodley, whose casting leaked in December, will play Jane, a single mom of modest means and a mysterious past who is new to not only Monterey but to the complicated social hierarchy of Mesa Elementary School, where her son is a student.

Skarsgard will return to HBO after rising to fame in the cabler’s vampire drama True Blood and portray Perry Wright, a successful businessman, father and devoted husband to Celeste (Kidman).

Tupper is set as Nathan Carlson, Madeline’s (Witherspoon) ex-husband, who remarried a beautiful and younger yoga instructor named Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), who is tasked with co-parenting his teen daughter with his ex.

Additionally, HBO announced the supporting cast for the limited series:

Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein, a high-powered executive, married to Renata (Laura Dern).

Santiago Cabrera as Joseph Bachman, who runs the local Monterey theater company and has an extramarital affair with Madeline (Witherspoon).

P.J. Byrne as Principal Warren Nippal, who runs the school in Monterey where the children of characters played by Witherspoon, Kidman, Woodley and Dern all attend first grade.

Kelen Coleman as Harper, a Monterey parent and neighbor of the lead characters.

Sarah Burns as Gabrielle, a Monterey parent and neighbor.

Darby Camp as Chloe Mackenzie, the 7-year-old daughter of Madeline.

Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti as Max and Josh Wright, 7-year-old twin sons of Celeste and Perry.

Ivy George as Amabella Klein, the 7-year-old daughter of Renata and Gordon.

Chloe Coleman as Skye Carlson, the 7-year-old daughter of Nathan and Bonnie.

Virginia Kull as Ms. Emily Barnes, the first-grade school teacher for the children.

Sarah Baker as Thea, a Monterey parent and neighbor.

Kathreen Khavari as Samantha, a Monterey parent and neighbor.

Larry Bates as Stu, a Monterey parent and neighbor.

Hong Chau as Jackie, a Monterey parent and neighbor of the leading characters.

Gia Carides as Melissa, a Monterey parent and neighbor of the leading characters.

They join a cast that also includes previously announced Adam Scott as Ed, Madeline’s husband, and Kathryn Newton as Abigail, Madeline’s teen daughter.

Kelley is attached to pen the series via his David E. Kelley Productions banner. Executive producers include Kelley, Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea and Blossom Films’ Kidman and Per Saari. Jean-Marc Vallee will also exec produce and direct all seven episodes of Big Little Lies. Gregg Fienberg will also exec produce, while Australian novelist Moriarty will serve as a producer

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More news on this project as we get it ……

“The Legend of Tarzan” Trailer Analysis

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If like me, you’re more than ready and willing for the build up to the release of The Legend Of Tarzan to really kick in next year, then you’ll probably appreciate a little trailer analysis to keep you going over the cold winter months. So if you’ve got a spare 20 minutes or so during the festive period, just pour yourself a nice glass of Christmas mulled wine, pull up a comfy chair and settle back to find out more about Tarzan 2016 with this trailer review from Beyond The Trailer.

Only 194 days to go 🙂

 

“Vikings” Season 4 Premiere Date Plus Extra Episodes

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Gustaf Skarsgard’s kick-ass Vikings, one of our very favorite shows in the history of absolutely everything, is back next year for a 4th season, and the premiere date has now been announced as February 18th in the US. The season will run for 10 episodes, but there’s a also a bonus announcement – 4 extra episodes to air later in the year! Will Floki survive the entire 14 episode run? Now Ragnar knows for certain that he carried out that dastardly dirty deed……………..we’ll find out in 2016.


 

“War On Everyone” to debut at Berlin Film Festival

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Alexander Skarsgard’s new movie War On Everyone will receive it’s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. It will be the third time that director John McDonagh has brought one of his movies to Berlin.

Fingers crossed that Alexander should have no problems attending the festival, which runs from February 11 to 21, as he is expected in Berlin next year to begin filming his latest project Mute.

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Alexander Skarsgard is Number One on IMDb

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That’s right folks, our King of the Jungle is finally sitting pretty at the top of the tree. Following the hugely positive reaction to the first images of Alexander as Tarzan, and the first trailer appearing on-line, our main man is the number one actor on IMDb this week.

It’s good news for The Legend of Tarzan too, which has risen 655 places to number five on the movie database. Margot Robbie completes the jungle rampage, looking gorgeous at number two.

The official trailer itself now has over 9,700,000 views on Youtube and is on course to hit the magic 10m mark very soon.

We could, at this point, post lots if nifty little celebration gifs, but I can’t be bothered so instead I’m just going to repost some random picture that just happens to be laying around……

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Only 199 days to go 🙂

Actually ………………… sorry …………..I have to do a gif

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More photos from The European Film Awards

 

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Because it’s the weekend and Alexander Skarsgard fans deserve to be spoilt, here’s a few more photos from his appearance at the European Film Awards in Berlin on December 12th, where he presented Christoph Waltz with the European Achievement in World Cinema Award.

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Alexander Skarsgard at the European Film Awards

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Alexander Skarsgard attended the European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday December 12th, to present his The Legend of Tarzan co-star Christoph Waltz with the award for European Achievement in World Cinema. Alexander attended the event with his good friend Fares Fares.

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Warner Bros launches official “The Legend of Tarzan” Twitter & Instagram Accounts

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A must follow for all Alexander Skarsgard fans is the brand new official Twitter account launched today by Warner Bros for “The Legend of Tarzan“. They’ve already posted the first poster (above). Click on the image below to check it out…

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UPDATE: There is also now an Instagram account – click HERE

Don’t worry if you are not on Twitter or Instagram, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the accounts over the coming months and will make sure you don’t miss a thing!

First look photos from “The Legend of Tarzan”

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Here it is, the moment all the fan-girls and boys have been waiting for, the first images of Alexander in the role of Tarzan. Thank you Warner Bros for this rather wonderful early Christmas present. As well as getting our first glimpse of Tarzan looking suitably hot and brooding, here’s a first image of him with his great love and wife, Jane (Margot Robbie).

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The photos and the article below are from USAToday

Welcome back to the jungle, Tarzan.

Lots of action, adventure and apes are on tap for the next incarnation of the iconic Edgar Rice Burroughscharacter played by Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in The Legend of Tarzan (in theaters July 1). And for director David Yates, it was a way to return moviegoers to a wondrous Africa in a properly romantic way.

“They haven’t been there for an awfully long time,” says Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potterfilms.

Legend takes a different approach to Tarzan than Burroughs’ 1910s writings, the 1930sJohnny Weissmuller movies and other pop-culture adaptations that focused on the man being raised by simians and becoming lord of the jungle. Instead, the movie finds John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, a decade removed from his home in the Congo and fully entrenched as a British gentleman in 1880s Victorian London, with his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie) by his side.

He’s left his African home behind — his early days are seen in flashbacks — but is constantly reminded of his earlier exploits and gets invited back as an emissary of Parliament. While hesitant at first, Tarzan eventually returns to the Congo, old friends as well as Jane are put in serious danger, and his latest cliff-jumping, vine-swinging story kicks off from there.

“It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast,” says Skarsgård, 39. “This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.”

The cast also features Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga, Samuel L. Jackson as the real-life figure George Washington Williams and Christoph Waltz as the Belgian antagonist Captain Leon Rom. There’s a historical backdrop for the movie, says Yates: Belgium’s King Leopold II, originally thought of as a philanthropist, took the Congo as his own colony in the 1880s and was responsible for a mass genocide that killed millions.

Jane has always factored heavily into the Tarzan mythology, and Yates envisions Robbie as a 21st-century take on the character who’s “in no way a passive partner to Tarzan. She’s a really strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgeable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself,” says the director.

“In a way, it’s a story of two human beings and how they save each other.”

Yates also found Skarsgård a perfect Tarzan for 2015. The filmmaker liked that he was born in Sweden but found a career in America, so “he has this wonderful quality of not quite belonging to one or the other.” Plus, there was a distinct grace and physicality to the 6-foot-4 actor.

“Tarzan needs muscles, but it’s more a leaner, longer, more vertical modern man than the square-jawed stereotype we’re used to,” Yates says.

To get in Tarzan shape, Skarsgård spent four months in an all-consuming training regimen before principal photography started. “I basically didn’t see my family or my friends,” he says, though he adds that the part “was definitely worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning.”

Skarsgård also partnered with choreographer Wayne McGregor to figure out the movements and posture of a guy who carries himself as an upper-crust Englishman yet ultimately re-embraces his wilder side when he returns to his Congo home.

“He works mostly with the best contemporary ballet dancers in the world, so it was quite unusual for him to work with somebody like me who can’t touch their toes,” Skarsgård quips.

Africa itself is a main character in the movie, according to Yates, who tapped Pottercollaborator Stuart Craig to design his Legend of Tarzan sets. To capture the jungle flavor, two hangars at an old English airplane factory were transformed into soundstages 200 yards long with real trees, vegetation, running water and mountainous areas. Green screen and CGI were used, as well as natural elements photographed in Gabon to add richness to the fully realized environment.

“A lot of movies, you have to go to the far reaches of the galaxy to find extraordinary beauty and amazing things,” Yates says. But, he adds, “they’re right here on the planet. They exist just a few thousand miles away.”

Only 204 days to go 🙂