Winter’s Bone (Artificial Eye): An acclaimed US indie drama set in the Ozarks (the rural area covering Arkansas and Missouri) about a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) determined to find out what happened to her missing father whilst struggling to support her family.
Co-written and directed by Debra Granik, it was one of the genuine indie breakout hits of the past year and manages to skilfully combine the tropes of a serious drama within the framework of a thriller.
The Town (Warner Home Video): Crime drama set in Boston about a bank robber (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a woman (Rebecca Hall) his gang have kidnapped. Affleck also directs and the film features Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm in supporting roles.
Ben Affleck’s second film as director is a satisfyingly lean crime drama, with solid performances across the board and excellent contributions from cinematographer Robert Elswit and editor Dylan Tichenor.
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The 2012 film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who has said:
“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
It will be produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder, with a screenplay by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan.
But the big question on many people’s lips right now is: ‘who is Henry Cavill’?
Here he is as Albert Modego in The Count of Monte Cristo:
However, it was the role of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, in the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10) which got him serious attention.
Previously he was considered for what eventually became Superman Returns (2004) but Bryan Singer replaced McG as director and cast Brandon Routh as the lead instead.
In 2005, he was also up for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), even performing a screentest, but the producers decided he was too young for the part, which they gave to Daniel Craig.
Because of these setbacks, December 2005 Empire him dubbed “the most unlucky man in Hollywood”.
Aside from the trend of casting relative unknowns in the role (Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh), it also bears the hallmarks of Batman Begins (2005) as Warner Bros and the same producers have gone with a younger British actor.
Superman: Man of Steel is scheduled for release in December 2012.