New Poster: The Soloist

The Soloist is the new film from immensely talented British director Joe Wright (Atonement). Based on a true story, it tells the tale of schizophrenic violinist prodigy Nathaniel Ayers and the Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez who rediscovered him as a homeless man playing half-broken instruments on LA street corners.

Despite my anticipation for the film, which premieres November 21st in the US, I was quite unimpressed by the very poorly-made trailer which you can watch here. The poster however is another story, as it is quite beautiful, even though it somehow reminds me of the 12 Monkeys poster. How do you like it? And are you looking forward to this film?

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New Trailer: The Soloist

Honestly this trailer looks rather poorly made to me, but The Soloist remains one of my most anticipated films of this year, simply because it marks the third feature effort for British director Joe Wright, whose previous two films, Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, are amazing masterpieces which you should watch if you haven’t already.

The Soloist is based on the true story of schizophrenic violinist prodigy Nathaniel Ayers and the Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez who rediscovered him as a homeless man playing half-broken instruments on LA street corners. Lopez went on to befriend Ayers and wrote a series of articles on him, followed by a book which served as the basis for this film.

Talented screenwriter Susannah Grant (Charlotte’s Web) penned the adaptation, which stars Jamie Foxx (The Kingdom), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and Catherine Keener (Into The Wild). The Soloist will premiere in the US on November 21st.

Lead keeps changing for French biopic, finally set?

François Cluzet (Tell No One) is the fourth actor cast in the lead of Le Dernier Pour La Route (literal translation One For The Road), following the successive withdrawals of Daniel Auteuil (The Valet), Dany Boon (Welcome To The Sticks) and Christian Clavier (Just Visiting).

Le Dernier Pour La Route will be the directing debut for producer Philippe Godeau (Largo Winch) and is based on war correspondant Hervé Chabalier’s autobiography. Publisher Robert Laffont says of the book:

A taboo subject—alcoholism—confronted with no concessions by one of the major names in French journalism. Pen in hand (Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Matin) or camera at the ready (he is founder and chairman of the prestigious Capa Agency), Hervé Chabalier has covered all the wars for more than thirty years. For his first book, he has chosen to recount his own war, against alcohol. An intimate account, strong, lucid, and courageous, that strikes to the heart of the matter. It was a daring step for the head of one of the largest television agencies in Europe to take the risk of exposing to daylight, concealing nothing, such a personal experience, so difficult to tell. The dramas of a life, its successes and happy adventures, the combined enchantment and disgust elicited by his insatiable mistress, alcohol, his long defeats, and his victory over himself. With great delicacy of feeling and rare honesty, this account presents an indirect portrait of a true humanist.

The movie will start shooting mid-September and, provided no more cast changes are made, will also star Mélanie Thierry (Babylon A.D.) and Michel Vuillermoz (Atonement).