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First look at Daniel Radcliffe in Aussie film Escape from Pretoria

The “Harry Potter” star plays Jenkin and Daniel Webber (“The Dirt”) is Lete in the true story.

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Daniel Radcliffe’s latest is now lensing in Australia.

Arclight Films, MEP Capital and the South Australian Film Corporation have kicked off filming on “Escape from Pretoria”, based on the lives of political prisoners and freedom fighters Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lete.

The “Harry Potter” star plays Jenkin and Daniel Webber (“The Dirt”) is Lete. Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter and Nathan Page have also joined the cast.

Based on an extraordinary true story, ”Escape From Pretoria” follows Jenkin and Lee, two white South African twenty-somethings who were branded ‘terrorists’ and imprisoned in 1978 for their involvement in covert anti-apartheid operations for the ANC (African National Congress).

Incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, Jenkin and Lee – joined by a fellow inmate – decide to send the regime a clear message and escape. After months of meticulous surveillance, breath-taking ingenuity, and in a race against time as the authorities strengthen the prison security defenses, the group craft wooden keys for each of the ten steel doors between them and freedom.

Francis Annan makes his feature film directorial debut from the screenplay he co-penned with LH Adams, based on Tim Jenkin’s autobiography ‘Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison’.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the brilliant team at the SAFC and MEP Capital, and the producers at BeaglePug and Footprint Films,” Arclight Chairman Gary Hamilton said today. “They are fantastic partners to bring this extraordinary tale to life and we look forward to seeing this incredible film in cinemas around the world very soon.”

South Australia’s Minister for Industry and Skills, Hon. David Pisoni MP said: “South Australia’s increasing ability to attract major international productions to shoot here is testament to our diverse and unique locations and world-class crews and facilities. The Marshall Liberal Government is investing in our local film industry to ensure we are globally competitive.”

”Escape from Pretoria” is produced by Arclight’s Hamilton and Michelle Krumm and BeaglePug’s David Barron, Footprint Films’ Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard.

“Footprint Films and BeaglePug are thrilled to be working with the SAFC, Arclight Films and MEP Capital to bring to life one of the most daring and ingenious prison escapes of the twentieth century,” said UK Producers David Barron, Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard.

“We’re also very excited to be working with the immensely talented Francis Annan and our outstanding cast on this astonishing true story. Much more than just another prison break thriller, Escape From Pretoria is a story of our time, a story of risking everything in the fight for freedom and equality, against injustice and oppression.”

”Escape From Pretoria” will be post-produced in Melbourne, having received support through Film Victoria’s PDV incentive program. The film is an Australian/UK coproduction between Hamilton Entertainment, BeaglePug, and Footprint Films.

The local media even nabbed some video footage of Radcliffe on the job here.

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Casting : Stoll, James, Kinnear, Yen, Phillippe, O’Dowd

Two join Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, a “Penny Dreadful” regular returns for spin-off & more

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Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James have joined Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of ”West Side Story”. Stoll will play Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially divided precinct, while dʼArcy James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of the Sharks and the Jets. [More…]

Rory Kinnear has joined “Penny Dreadful : City of Angels”, the next chapter of the “Penny Dreadful” saga, in the series regular role of Dr. Peter Craft. Craft is a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe. [More..]

“Rogue One” star Donnie Yen is set to play a cop who mentors Nicholas Tse in director Benny Chan’s ”Raging Fire”, to be produced by Emperor Motion Pictures. Yen’s character is a cop too honest for his own good who sees his protégé, played by Tse, rising in the ranks as his own career stalls. But Tse’s unethical behavior lands him in prison, and the embittered man vows to take revenge on his former mentor. [More…]

“Shooter” alum Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot ”Alive”. Katrina Law and Aaron Staton are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. Show “centers on Mark Escher (Phillippe), a San Francisco homicide detective who’s mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife Elizabeth (Law) realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Staton).” [More…]

Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of producer Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot at CBS All Access. The “Bridesmaids” actor will appear in the ep “The Blue Scorpion,” written by Glen Morgan, which will also feature Amy Landecker. “The Twilight Zone” premieres with a double episode on April 1. [More..]

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Actor rumored for lead role in Christopher Nolan’s next

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”

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“BlacKkKlansman’s” John David Washington looks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, sources tell Variety.

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, the Warner Bros. release will hit theaters July 17, 2020.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Washington, known for HBO’s “Ballers” and last year’s “BlacKkKlansman” is the first actor to be linked to the production.

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to premiere at Cannes

25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the fest

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Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” will premiere at Cannes, according to THR.

Though the official word hasn’t gone out yet, the new pic is rumored to debut on May 21 at the festival, 25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the Croisette.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, is set in 1969 Los Angeles during the height of the hippie movement and the Manson family murders, the story centers around former TV Western star Cliff Booth (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Rick Dalton (Pitt) as they navigate a town and an industry they hardly recognize. Robbie plays the late Sharon Tate.

Two new posters for the film were released this week (below).

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