In a pre-Cannes move, Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to star in the road-trip drama “Don’t Make Me Go” from director Michael Sucsy (“The Vow”).
UTA packaged the project, arranged financing and is representing North American rights for the movie, which will be introduced at the Cannes Film Festival. Sierra Affinity is handling international sales.
Donald De Line and Peter Saraf are producing with Gary Michael Walters and Jon Oakes of Bold Films. Bold will also finance. Bold’s Michel Litvak is executive producing.
McGregor will play a single father to a teenage daughter. He discovers he has cancer and takes his daughter on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before. Vera Herbert wrote the script, which was on the 2012 Black List.
The daughter has not been cast yet.
Lionsgate just announced an Oct. 21 release date for McGregor’s directorial debut, “American Pastoral.” He is also attached to star in the “Trainspotting” sequel.
McGregor and Sucsy are repped by UTA. McGregor is also repped by Sloane Offer and United Agents. Sucsy is also repped by Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.
Ewan McGregor wants to go on the record to clarify what’s going on with a possible Obi-Wan Star Wars spin-off, especially the fact that he’s not campaigning for it. Back in March, the actor spoke with our own Steve Weintraub and the conversation touched on Star Wars (of course), specifically about the possibility of an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
At the time, McGregor said,
“I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a—I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years.“
Unsurprisingly, fans ran with it because McGregor was a genuinely great part of the Star Wars prequels, and it’s a good idea. But in a new interview for the upcoming drama Last Days in the Desert, Collider’s own Christina Radish asked if he had heard any reaction from Lucasfilm after those spin-off comments, to which he replied:
“If they asked me to, I would be happy to. But it looks like I am campaigning for it, just because I get asked about it, all the time. So, I would like it to be known that I don’t bring it up, at these interviews, of my own free will. I only respond to questions I’m asked to. I don’t know anything about it. They’ve never approached me about it.”
It’s tricky, because McGregor does seem to genuinely be interested in it, but also is just a nice guy who doesn’t want to respond negatively or cryptically when asked about it in interviews. Completely understandable! So, we gotta simmer down, people. (Even though the idea for a movie is a great one and it’s kind of bizarre that there hasn’t been any movement on it).
We’ll have Christina’s full interview with McGregor soon, which includes more about American Pastoral (which he directed, and early word is that it’s great) and the status of the Trainspotting sequel, so stay tuned.
Roadside Attractions has released a new trailer for the espionage thriller Our Kind of Traitor. Based on the book by spycraft maestro John le Carré from a script by Hossein Amini (Drive) and directed by Sussana White (Generation Kill), Our Kind of Traitor stars Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris as a couple on holiday in Marrakech who befriend a charming man named Dima (Stellan Skarsgard) who also happens to be a money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks them to help him deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, the couple is thrown on a perilous journey through the realms of espionage and dirty politics.
Damian Lewis and Mark Gatiss round out Our Kind of Traitor‘s stellar ensemble. The film arrives in U.K. theaters on May 6th before landing in the U.S. on July 1st.
From the Official Twitter Account of “Last Days In The Desert”. The movie opens on May 13th.
— LastDaysintheDesert (@lastdesert) April 11, 2016
The first Trailer for Last Days in the Desert is out:
Here’s two clips from last week’s Jimmy Kimmel Live interview where Ewan talks about recording his line for the Star War: The Force Awakens and his new movie “Jane Got A Gun”
The star said he’d made peace with director Danny Boyle and was definitely interested in playing Renton again.
The chances of seeing Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud altogether again on the big screen may be a step closer after Ewan McGregor said he would be keen to star in a sequel to cult hit Trainspotting.
Speaking at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Scotsman reports that McGregor said he had patched up his differences with director Danny Boyle, a major hindrance to any sequel being made and described the opportunity to work with the original cast and director again as “extraordinary.” He added that any follow-up film could be the next movie that could take him back to shooting in Scotland.
“It might be the film that brings me back. I would be up for it, I’ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one,” said McGregor.
Based on the book by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting was the story of heroin addiction in the deprived parts of Edinburgh and made a star of McGregor and proved to be breakout roles for Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller.
The film was the second of three collaborations between Boyle and McGregor, who also made Shallow Grave and A Life Less Ordinary together, but the pair famously fell out after the director cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead in The Beach, a part that was originally intended for McGregor.
On the subject of his relationship with Boyle, McGregor said: “It’s been a long, long time. I just think I’ve changed my opinion about it. We’ve all moved on and there is a lot of water under the bridge now.”
He added: “I miss working with Danny, I did some of my best work with him and he’s one of my favorite directors I’ve worked with. There was some bad blood and ill feeling, but that’s all gone now. I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel 20 years after the original.”
Pressed on the issues that broke his and Boyle’s close working relationship, McGregor said: For years and years, I was [Boyle, Hodge, MacDonald’s] actor. It was more important to me than anything and it defined who I am as an actor. It set the bar very high for me and I’m always looking for that connection, that trust and the power of what you can come out with. You’ve no idea where it is coming from.”
The idea of a sequel to Trainspotting has been around since the author of the original books, Welsh, wrote Porno, the literary follow-up. McGregor has for years dismissed any suggestion of working on the project, but two years ago serious talk arose that Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew MacDonald were working on a loose adaptation of Porno.
These are just RUMORS!
It’s raining Star Wars rumors this week and we’re not talking small ones either. Fresh off the huge rumor about the second Anthology film centering on Han Solo and Boba Fett’s past, another rumor has surfaced. This one not only purposes the focus of a new Star Wars movie, but in fact a whole new trilogy.
According to the rumor, Disney and Lucasfilm have been talking to Ewan McGregor about returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi not just for one film, for three. Which we’ve heard before but now may be more focused. Read more about the Ewan McGregor Star Wars rumor below.
Like the Solo/Fett rumor, this comes from Schmoes Know. They’re very clear to label this a rumor so don’t think of this as gospel, but this is the second time we’ve heard something along these lines. Last Fall, Cinelix reported three Obi-Wan movies were in the works for McGregor, but that they’d all be independent of each other. Now it’s the Schmoes’ belief it’s more of a trilogy and there’s a possibility these films could be in addition to the Anthology films as well as Episodes. Could it mean a time we get two Star Wars movies a year? Again – all huge rumors so be careful.
Breaking this down, Ewan McGregor has said time and time again he’d come back to Star Wars. His portayal of Kenobi is one of the universal bright spots in the Prequel Trilogy and his star has only continued to rise. (The same can be said for Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman too, probably even more so, but – spoiler alert – they’re characters are both dead.)
For the proposed trilogy – or even a single film – to make sense, it would have to take place between Episodes III and IV, which is what the report says. But that’s also a time period that’s now being well-mined. There’s Star Wars Rebels, there’s Rogue One, and Kenobi even dropped a brief animated cameo in Rebels. So we know he’s out there.
What we don’t know, in the new Star Wars canon, is what – if anything – Kenobi did on Tatooine in those years. How did he look after a growing Luke? How did “Obi-Wan” become “Ben?” Could this story bring in characters from The Clone Wars TV show – mainly, Darth Maul – who are still lingering? Will Kenobi leave the planet? If there are three movies, you’d think so.
What we do know is this: If Lucasfilm makes one or three Obi-Wan Kenobi films, he won’t interact with Darth Vader. It would almost certainly be a story very much on the fringes of the main Episodes.
I loved this rumor last year and love it even more know. I’m dying to learn more about Kenobi through the eyes of McGregor. What do you think about this rumor?
The clock will not be without its candelabra.
Disney’s upcoming live-action musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has found its Lumiere in Ewan McGregor, who is nearing a deal to play the enchanted castle’s resident maître d’ in the March 2017 film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lumiere, of course, is the suave Frenchman-turned-candelabra who sings the showstopping “Be Our Guest” (among other notable songs). The womanizing candlestick holder is often side by side with his vastly more uptight cohort, Cogsworth, played in the film by Ian McKellen.
The showy role was the last major question mark in the buzzy 3D project, which will star Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe. Bill Condon will direct with a script by Stephen Chbosky and new songs (in addition to Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s originals from the 1991 animated film) by Menken and Tim Rice.
Beauty and the Beast is a return to the movie-musical for McGregor, who memorably sang as a lovelorn writer in 2001’s Moulin Rouge!