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McAvoy to star in X-MEN prequel

May 28, 2010 12:00am | Filed Under “The Conspirator

McAvoy to star in X-MEN prequel

THE CONSPIRATOR star James McAvoy has signed on to play the young Charles Xavier (Professor X) in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS for FOX. Patrick Stewart played the role in the original X-MEN trilogy.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS tells the origin story of Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr, before they became bitter archenemies Professor X and Magneto. The film will chronicle the growing rift between the once-close friends and classmates. So far, audiences have made blockbusters of the three X-MEN films that detail the power struggle between these two men. The role of Eric Lensherr/Magneto has not yet been cast.

Matthew Vaughn (KICK-ASS, LAYER CAKE) is set to direct and Bryan Singer (X-MEN, X2) will produce alongside Laura Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

The film will begin production in London this summer and is set for a June 3, 2011 release.

Wood, Groff, and Meaney line up new projects

Apr 23, 2010 12:00am | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Wood, Groff, and Meaney line up new projects

Take a look at some of the upcoming projects for the cast of THE CONSPIRATOR...

Evan Rachel Wood (“Anna Surratt”) will co-star in the HBO remake of the film MILDRED PIERCE, alongside Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Brian F. O’Byrne, Melissa Leo, and Guy Pierce. The five-part miniseries depicts a single mother (Winslet) struggling to maintain a loving relationship with her daughter (Wood) during the Great Depression. Todd Haynes (FAR FROM HEAVEN) will direct the series. Wood recently became available for the film after withdrawing from the forthcoming Broadway production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Jonathan Groff (“Louis Weichmann”) is set to make his West End stage debut in “Deathtrap.” Directed by Matthew Warchus, the Tony Award-nominated Groff will star alongside Simon Russell Beale and Anna Massey in this Ira Levin thriller. Groff is currently co-starring on the FOX television hit “Glee,” alongside his “Spring Awakening” co-star Lea Michelle. His appearance on the show has coincided with record-setting ratings for the musical comedy.

Colm Meaney (“General Hunter”) is currently shooting Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s BEL AMI. Filming on location in London and Budapest, the movie features an all-star cast, including Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Set in 1890’s Paris, BEL AMI tells the story of a young social climber’s (Robert Pattinson) rags-to-riches story.

CONSPIRATOR Actors Update

Mar 26, 2010 12:00am | Filed Under “The Conspirator

CONSPIRATOR Actors Update

Here is what your favorite actors from THE CONSPIRATOR are working on next:

Robin Wright (“Mary Surratt”) is set to make her Broadway debut in a revival of Langford Wilson’s comedy “Talley’s Folly” during the 2010-2011 season. Wright will play a rebellious Missouri woman courted by a Jewish accountant, played by Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”). No specific show dates or theater details have been announced.

Kevin Kline (“Secretary Stanton”) has signed on to star and executive produce in an hour-long series for HBO. Kline will play a surgeon who must start a new life after serving a 15-year jail sentence for murdering his mistress. The project will be written by David Auburn (“Proof”). This is the first television series for Kline (an Academy Award winner for A FISH CALLED WANDA).

Danny Huston (JAG Holt) will join sister Angelica in presenting “Hollywood Dynasty: The Hustons” at the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 24. The tribute will include screenings of several films (including their father John Huston’s film THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE) and feature a question-and-answer session with the two actors.

James Badge Dale (Hamilton) has received widespread critical acclaim for his leading role in HBO’s 10-part series “The Pacific.” Airing on Sunday nights, Dale plays Private Robert Leckie, a young Irish-American Marine who enlists shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Hollywood Reporter writes “Praiseworthy performances are so abundant that it might be unfair to single out any one actor. That said, it would be hard not to take special note of Dale's work as Leckie, perhaps the most pivotal role because of the insight the character brings to so many situations. Not once does Dale falter.”

THE CONSPIRATOR producer Greg Shapiro wins Best Picture Oscar for THE HURT LOCKER

Mar 8, 2010 12:00am | Filed Under “The Conspirator

THE CONSPIRATOR producer Greg Shapiro wins Best Picture Oscar for THE HURT LOCKER

Greg Shapiro, one of the producers of The American Film Company’s upcoming film THE CONSPIRATOR, won the 2010 Academy Award© for Best Picture for his film, THE HURT LOCKER, on March 7, 2010. The film beat nine other nominated films including AVATAR, the highest grossing film of all time.

THE HURT LOCKER had only a $15 million budget, but won six Academy Awards, including one for Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow became the first female director to win the award.

THE HURT LOCKER follows the daily lives of three men serving in the U.S. Army’s bomb squad in Iraq.

Congratulations, Greg!

The Conspirator commences principal photography

Oct 12, 2009 12:00am | Filed Under “The Conspirator

The Conspirator commences principal photography

The American Film Company has begun principal photography on its first feature film THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by Academy Award© winner Robert Redford and starring James McAvoy (WANTED, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) and Robin Wright (THE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, FORREST GUMP).

The ensemble cast of THE CONSPIRATOR includes Academy Award© nominee Tom Wilkinson, Academy Award© winner Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Danny Huston, Colm Meaney, Alexis Bledel, Toby Kebbell, Johnny Simmons, James Badge Dale, Stephen Root, and Jonathan Groff.

THE CONSPIRATOR, written by James Solomon, tells the story of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Against the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, inexperienced lawyer Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal hastily arranged by War Secretary Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline).

As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait by Stanton to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt — Surratt’s son, John (Johnny Simmons).

The American Film Company executives Brian Falk, Robert Stone, and Webster Stone will produce the film, alongside Robert Redford and Academy Award© winner Greg Shapiro (THE HURT LOCKER). Joe Ricketts, Alfred Levitt, Bill Holderman and Jeremiah Samuels will be executive producers.

Historians James McPherson, Fred Borch, and Tom Turner are set to advise on the project to ensure historical accuracy.

The film will be shot in Savannah, Georgia.

The American Film Company was conceived and founded in 2008 by entrepreneur and online brokerage pioneer Joe Ricketts, and is dedicated to the production of engaging and historically accurate feature films based on events from America’s past.

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