The gallery has been updated with 1,694 screen captures of Ewan McGregor as Jesus / The Devil from his 2015 film “Last Days in the Desert”. Directed and written by Rodrigo García and co-starring Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer, the film follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with a demon over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.
Screen Daily – This year’s San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) will host the European premiere of Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral following its world premiere at Toronto.
An adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel about an American family being torn apart by political and social upheaval in the 1960s, McGregor also stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano adapted Roth’s novel. Producers are Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment. Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat composed the film’s score.
Lakeshore are handling international sales. Lionsgate has US rights and Entertainment One will distribute in Canada.
The film will play in competition in San Sebastian’s official selection, with further titles yet to be revealed. As previously announced, the European premiere of Oliver Stone’s Snowden will play out of competition.
McGregor attended the 1994 San Sebastian film festival will his debut feature as an actor, Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, and was a recipient of the event’s Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
The gallery has just been updated with 624 Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Ewan McGregor from 2015 biopic “Miles Ahead”. The film, directed by and starring Don Cheadle, explores the life and music of jazz musician Miles Davis.
The Film Stage – While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s LBJ, A Monster Calls, the Natalie Portman-led Planetarium, Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe, and more.
American Pastoral Ewan McGregor, USA World Premiere
Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor stars in his directorial debut as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life, when his beloved teenage daughter disappears after being accused of committing a violent act. Dedicated to finding her, what he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. Also starring Academy Award–winner Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Emmy–winner Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Valorie Curry, Peter Riegert, and Rupert Evans.
Aside from opening with Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven remake and closing with the Hailee Steinfeld-led The Edge of Seventeen, they also added some acclaimed previous premieres, including Manchester by the Sea, Loving, American Honey, The Birth of a Nation, Elle, The Handmaiden, Neruda, Paterson, The Salesman, Things to Come, and Toni Erdmann
EMPIRE – Not a lot happens in the first trailer for the follow-up to Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic Trainspotting. In fact, nothing really happens at all. But quite honestly, we don’t care. Spud, Renton, Sick Boy and Begbie are back (once again standing far too close to train tracks for comfort), so consider our nostalgia levels dialled up to 11.
Similar to the equally short ‘homage’ trailer that landed back in May, this 40-second teaser revels in its heritage, blasting out Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life (Trainspotting’s iconic track) while setting the boys against the orange of the posters that have been plastered across hundreds of walls over the past 20 years. Only, with more Robert Carlyle and less Kevin McKidd for, err, obvious reasons.
Loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s novel sequel Porno, it also looks like that T2 moniker is set to stay. Hey, if Suicide Squad got away with it…
Trainspotting 2 arrives in cinemas on January 27, 2017.
Broad Green Pictures has added acclaimed writer/director Rodrigo García’s (Mother and Child, Nine Lives) audaciously rendered character study Last Days in the Desert to their 2016 film slate. The film stars Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!, Trainspotting) in a dual role as Jesus and the Devil, Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), Ciarán Hinds (Hitman: Agent 47, “Game of Thrones”) and Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel, Munich); and was produced by Bonnie Curtis (Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report) and Julie Lynn (Albert Nobbs) of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker (The Disappearance of Eleanor
Last Days in the Desert, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts. The critically acclaimed film reunites García and Director of Photography Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Knight of Cups, Children of Men). The two worked together on García’s Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Lubezki has received two Academy Awards for his work on Birdman and Gravity.
“Broad Green is such a creative and forward-thinking distributor that it feels like a perfect fit for Last Days,” said García. “I’m so thrilled by the talent and compassion that Ewan has brought to both his roles in our film and I believe that Broad Green will be able to share that with audiences who are religious, non-religious, and just plain
“Last Days in the Desert is an ambitious and unique film that deserves an equally-as-unique release plan and pattern,” said Dylan Wiley, Broad Green’s President of Specialty Releasing. “We’re very pleased to be partnering with Tugg and Different Drummer to bring it to audiences everywhere in a meaningful and innovative manner.”
The deal was brokered on behalf of the filmmakers by WME Global, while Wiley and Christopher Tricarico, EVP Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel handled for Broad Green Pictures. Hanway Films is handling international sales for the film.
Danny Boyle has another Oscar contender on his hands after Steve Jobs debuted to raves at the Telluride Film Festival, but he’s already plotting his next project: Trainspotting 2.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker (Slumdog Millionaire) told Deadline that after years of rumors and internet chatter, the sequel to his 1996 indie hit is finally about to become a reality. “All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” he said in Colorado, where he was receiving a special honor. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh published a sequel, Porno, in 2002, picking up on the lives of the original crew of junkies and derelicts, Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy, and Spud. Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle, who played Sick Boy and Begbie, respectively, are now TV stars, with roles on Elementary and Once Upon a Time. But now that Boyle has gone on the record, and there’s an agreeable script from Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge, things might fall into place.
Ewan McGregor, who became a star after his break-out role as Renton, is seemingly onboard. In December he told EW, “It’s supposed to be happening in 2016. I did speak about it with Danny and I’m very excited by the idea of it. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it before, but in the last few years, I’ve completely changed my mind. I think it would be quite an amazing thing to make a sequel to a movie 20 years later, with all the same characters.”
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “Miles Ahead”, the Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle who makes his directorial debut on the movie. The pic tells the story of a few lost days in the life of the trumpet icon as he bursts out of his silent period, conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music, and relives the years he had with his great love Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). The film is premiering October 11 as the closing-night selection at the New York Film Festival. SPC did not offer up a release date yet though it it certain to get a prime awards-season slot.
Cheadle co-wrote the pic with Steven Baigelman, and Michael Stuhlbarg and Keith Stanfield co-starred. Cheadle, Lenore Zerman, Pamela Hirsch, Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn, Jr. produced. Mark Amin, Baigelman, Jonathan Gardner and Brian Pope executive produced. Davis’ son, Erin Davis, and daughter, Cheryl Davis, are also executive producers, and the film was made with the participation of The Miles Davis Estate. BiFrost Pictures financed.
The deal was negotiated by SPC with UTA Independent Film Group, which arranged financing and repped the filmmakers in the deal. IM Global handled pre-sales in multiple territories not included in the SPC deal including Portugal, Switzerland, the UK, Ex-Yugoslavia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and the Middle East.
I’ve got a vintage update for you guys today – back in 1998, to coincide with the release of “Velvet Goldmine” in the UK, Uncut magazine did an extensive interview and feature looking at the glam rock genre, and the film itself. I’ve finally gotten around to adding the scans to the site – if you do post them elsewhere please link back to us at ewan-mcgregor.com as it has taken a ridiculously long time to scan these in!
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has lined up “Miles Ahead,” Don Cheadle’s highly-anticipated directorial debut, as the Closing Night Film for the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival (NYFF). The screening will mark the film’s world premiere.
The Oscar-nominated actor (“Hotel Rwanda”) also stars in the biopic as Miles Davis, one of the 20th century’s greatest and most fascinating artists. Cheadle’s film will focus on the legendary jazz musician’s crazed years in the late 1970s, during which he struggled with a variety of ailments while also contending with memories of past triumphs and falls. His years with Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi), the love of his life, are also explored.
NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “I admire Don’s film because of all the intelligent decisions he’s made about how to deal with Miles, but I was moved—deeply moved—by ‘Miles Ahead’ for other reasons. Don knows, as an actor, a writer, a director, and a lover of Miles’ music, that intelligent decisions and well-planned strategies only get you so far, that finally it’s your own commitment and attention to every moment and every detail that brings a movie to life…”
Don Cheadle added, “I am happy that the selection committee saw fit to invite us to the dance. It’s very gratifying that all the hard work that went into the making of this film, from every person on the team, has brought us here. Miles’ music is all-encompassing, forward-leaning, and expansive. He changed the game time after time, and New York is really where it all took off for him. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center… feels very ‘right place, right time.’ Very exciting.”
The 53rd NYFF runs from September 25 to October 11.