24 Upcoming Films Featuring Your Favorites (The UK Contingent)
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24 Upcoming Films Featuring Your Favorites (The UK Contingent)

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | January 28, 2013 | Comments ()


Curious what your favorite across-the-ponders are up to? You need wonder no more.

Alan Rickman:





Directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock, Nobel Son), also starring Johnny Galecki, Malin Åkerman, Rupert Grint, Freddy Rodríguez. Rickman plays--Hilly Kristal--musician and owner of the iconic New York club where bands like The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith and Talking Heads began their careers. In post-production, 2013.

The Butler



Directed by Lee Daniels, also starring Forest Whitaker, Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden, Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robin Williams. Based on the life story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents; Rickman plays Ronald Reagan. In post-production, 2013.

Kate Winslet:

Labor Day




Directed by Jason Reitman, also starring Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek. Based on the Joyce Maynard novel, Winslet plays single mother Adele, out shopping with her son when they come upon a bleeding man (Brolin) who needs help. Despite her misgivings Adele gives the man a ride. Should have listened to that inner voice, because he's an escaped convict trying to evade the police. In post-production, 2013.

A Little Chaos



Directed by Alan Rickman, also starring Matthias Schoenaerts. Louis XIV commissions a landscaped fountain at Versailles; competing gardeners get flowery and fall in love. In pre-production, 2014.



Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless), also starring Shailene Woodley. Based on the Veronica Roth young adult novel, set in--what else--the dystopian future, where the world is broken into factions. When teens reach their 16th birthday, they must decide which faction to join; though some are "divergent." Winslet's role has not yet been revealed.

Ewan McGregor:

Jack the Giant Slayer



Directed by Bryan Singer, also starring Nicholas Hoult, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane and Stanley Tucci. Based on the fairy tale, this live action fantasy film has Jack (Hoult) fighting more than one legendary giant to save a princess and a kingdom. McGregor plays leader of the king's guard. March 1, 2013.

August: Osage County




Directed by John Wells (The Company Men), also starring Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and Julia Roberts. An ensemble drama based on the Tracy Letts play. Drinking, drugs and suicide abound...can't wait? In post-production, 2013.

Our Kind of Traitor


Directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders), based on the John le Carré novel, a young couple is drawn into helping a Russian criminal defect. In pre-production, 2014.

Son of a Gun


Directed and written by Julius Avery (his first feature), this heist thriller features McGregor as a thief who is "Australia's public enemy number 1." The story will follow the relationship between the master and his young protege. In pre-production, 2014.

Born to Be King


Directed by Peter Capaldi (Strictly Sinatra), also starring Max Meggs and Kate Hudson. Comedy that finds a movie extra mistaken for the movie star he so closely resembles...and the film's star (Hudson) falling for him. In pre-production, 2014.

Idris Elba:

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), also starring Naomie Harris and Mark Elderkin. Elba plays the South African President in this adaptation of Mandela's biography. In post-production, 2013 release.

They Die by Dawn

Directed by Jeymes Samuel (feature debut), also starring Rosario Dawson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Giancarlo Esposito, Erykah Badu and Isaiah Washington. Four outlaws agree to a showdown. In post-production, 2013.

Pacific Rim




Directed by Guillermo del Toro, also starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, and Rinko Kikuchi. Del Toro's "Beautiful poem to giant monsters," who do battle against giant robots. July 12, 2013.

Thor: The Dark World


Directed by Alan Taylor (Kill the Poor, The Emperor's New Clothes), also starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Natalie Portman. Thor faces Malekith the Accursed. November 8, 2013.

No Good Deed


Directed by Sam Miller (Among Giants, Elephant Juice), also starring Taraji P. Henson and Mark Rhino Smith. This "old school thriller" has Elba breaking out of jail, terrorizing people and kidnapping a former DA...and her children. In post-production, 2014.

Michael Fassbender:

Untitled Terrence Malick Project






Also starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter, Bérénice Marlohe. Malick's tale of obsession and betrayal is set in Austin, TX. Four people are involved in two triangles--you do the math. That's a whole lotta pretty right there. July 4, 2013.

Twelve Years a Slave




Directed by Steve McQueen, also starring Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti and Quvenzhané Wallis. Set in New York in the 1800s, the true story of Solomon Northrup (Ejiofor), a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Based on Northrup's memoir. In post-production, 2013.




Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Adam and Paul, Garage), also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson, and Scoot McNairy. Fassbender leads an "eccentric pop band," while wearing a ridiculous mask. WHY? Anyway, I'm sure there's more to it than that, but couldn't someone else have his face covered up with a giant head? Filming, 2013.

Jane Got a Gun


Directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar), also starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. Jane (Portman) must defend her home/farm against a vicious gang looking to finish killing her husband (Edgerton) (who made it home with eight bullets in his back). Naturally, Jane calls her former lover (Fassbender), because if they're all going to die, she may as well be surrounded by hot men? I hope there's no more kissing...or head covering. In pre-production, 2013.

James McAvoy:


Directed by Danny Boyle, also starring Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. An art heist gone wrong, hypnotherapy, bad guys and a love triangle. UK Release March 27, 2013.

Welcome to the Punch


Directed by Eran Creevy (Shifty), also starring Mark Strong, David Morrissey and Andrea Riseborough. Another heist gone wrong; this time McAvoy is the detective trying to catch a man he's always been after (Strong). March 15, 2013.




Directed by Jon S. Baird (Cass), also starring Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Alan Cumming and Joanne Froggatt. Based on the novel (and script co-written) by Irvine Welsh, McAvoy plays drug-addicted, bipolar detective Bruce Robertson. Welsh says of McAvoy, "He is absolutely amazing. It's just one of the greatest acting performances I have ever seen...I think he's better than Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. He is absolutely electric and is right into the character. It's a fantastic emotional performance." In post-production, 2013.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers




Directed by Ned Benson (feature debut), also starring Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Ciarán Hinds, William Hurt, Bill Hader. Two films of a relationship told from each person's perspective. In post-production, 2013.

Double Fassbender--McAvoy Whammy!

X-Men: Days of Future Past


Directed by Bryan Singer, also starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Rose Byrne, January Jones and James Marsden. The saga continues...X-Men time traveling to change an historical event. In pre-production, July 18, 2014.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • A Little Chaos sounds like it will be a glory of costume and French Court porn and I can't WAIT. I will eat that up like a delicious, frilly cake.

  • John W

    Hey Julianne Nicholson is in August: Osage County!

  • raeraefred

    glancing at rickman stills from the butler made me think ciaran hinds. let's make a movie where they play relatives. (ditto ewan macgregor and kenneth branagh. and robert sean leonard and dean stockwell, because why not?)

  • jcoa2

    There's no Steve Coogan here and that makes me sad.

  • e jerry powell

    Looking at Ewan with all that fur on his face is making me weak. Someone bring me my smelling salts, I think I'm going to faint.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm late, but I had to let you know I downloaded that last photo for all I was worth. SWOON!

  • e jerry powell

    You GO, girl.

  • Bodhi

    August: Osage County was filmed not far from me here in OK, but I never heard anything about actors sightings or anything. I bet people here didn't know who most of the cast was

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Is it just me, or does McGregor look more and more like Kenneth Branagh?

  • It's not just you. I thought the same thing.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    er....just you. (and bite your tongue.)

  • Buck Forty

    Will those his and hers Eleanor Rigby movies be shown as a double feature? If not I predict poor box office as everyone waits for the double disc DVD set.

  • J

    Not all of Northern Ireland is part of the UK. Try show some respect towards other nations

  • Fabius_Maximus

    If you mean that in a pure geographical sense, I think you should have used "northern". If you mean the three Ulster counties that are part of the Republic, you should clarify that. It's a detail that can easily be overlooked.

  • Max

    Frankly, I'm offended by the lack of Statham.

  • pnnylne

    I read Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom as Madea: Long Walk to Freedom and nearly wept bitter tears of sorrow.

  • marya

    Heh. I read this sentence: "Comedy that finds a movie extra mistaken for the movie star he so closely resembles…and the film’s star falling for him." I did not notice the star was played by Hudson. So I thought it was a dark, twisted, homoerotic movie about a man obsessed with his own look-alike. Seemed totally plausible considering McGregor's career. I'm kinda disappointed I won't get to see that movie.

  • Kirstini

    The full cast for The Butler is bending my brain a little. John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, James Marsden and Minka Kelly as the Kennedys...
    And hell no, Fassbender and Gleeson aren't from the UK!

  • Kirstini

    You could technically change it to 'British Isles edition' though.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'I think he’s better than Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver' said a mental case.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Idris' line, 'Today we are CANCELLING the Apocalypse' has got to be the single strongest instance of the ['written = ridiculous' -> 'spoken = epic'] dichotomy ever. Frankly I don't see why we'd even need the giant robots. Spend the money on a decent megaphone for him instead.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Curious what your favorite across-the-ponders are up to?'
    I'm drinking a gin and tonic. Thanks for asking.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is it from a can? I just loved Marks & Spencer's train station offerings...

  • zeke_the_pig

    It is indeed. Though only a lowly Sainsbury's offering.

  • marya

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold up. You can buy a gin and tonic in a CAN?

  • zeke_the_pig

    A world of convenient, not-quite-as-good drinking awaits you.

  • Samantha Klein

    I'm so picky about movies, and yet I am legitimately excited about every single one of those Fassbender picks. Except maybe the Malick, just because we know so little about it? Still. Westerns! A weirdo rock star! Chiwetel Ejiofor! More Magneto! Sign me up!

  • Rocabarra

    As someone who loves westerns unapologetically, I am pleased to see it's not a dying genre, even more pleased to see that They Die by Dawn actually looks good, and most pleased to see our beloved Chalky White in the film.

  • jM

    I was going to say, "They Die by Dawn is a movie that seems like it could be really interesting."

    Then I saw the trailer.

    Now all I've got it is, "They Die by Dawn is a movie."

  • dizzylucy

    Whew - for a second there I thought Labor Day was part three of the awful holiday collection of New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day.

    Lots of good stuff there, thanks for the list.

  • frank247

    Believe it or not, "Frank" is based on the life of a real indie music star from the early post-punk years.

    Frank Sidebottom was famous for his cover versions of pop songs, delivered in a nasal Manchester twang (like George Formby covering Rihanna) all whilst wearing a huge papier mache head.

    Always popular with the indie/student fraternity, he was occasionally accompanied by "Little Frank" (not a euphemism for his penis but a hand puppet of himself).

    Sadly, the real person beneath the mask died from cancer (fuck you cancer) in 2010.......

    He is sadly missed from a music scene that worries more about style than cabaret.


  • Thank you, Our Frank.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Judging by that photo of Rickman as Hilly Kristal, the inevitable Led Zeppelin biopic need look no further for their modern-day Robert Plant.

  • e jerry powell

    Okay, so he's supposed to look like that.

  • zeke_the_pig

    If the other Adele would only write about some bleeding vagrants once in a while I might be tempted to listen to her otherwise paint-strippingly bland music.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    You're playing a dangerous game there including Gleeson and Fassbender in the "UK" contingent.

    *begorrahs off to the pub

  • It's true about Fassbender...but his mother is from Northern Ireland, so I'm going with it.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Your list was a gratifying read (very much looking forwards to Frank) and the amount of work that went in is conspicuous. In exchange, I'll whisht away the silly inner nationalist din and let you carry on.

    *borrows pub thesaurus then crapulously looks back askance

  • Cheerio(s)! I appreciate your lenience.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    I love Ewan and I'm glad he's keeping busy, but that movie with Kate Hudson? Really? So much for him picking better scripts lately.

  • AngelenoEwok

    I'm 'bout to pee my pants in anticipation for some of these. That's probably a super undignified admission and most of these Brits would not approve. Oh well. Don't care.

  • Quatermain

    Every time I see a picture of Cumberbatch, he just gets weirder and weirder looking. If he gets any more lizard-looking, David Ickes is going to gain credibility.

  • Blake

    It is not eve close to Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.

  • PerpetualIntern

    That picture gives me the opposite of a lady-boner.

  • Mrs. Julien

    God bless you, Cindy.

  • $2786243

    THIS thread is what I would call 'face-meltingly hot.' The McGregor lineup is especially incendiary. YOW.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Probably cause of all the beards. Seriously, it's like Stubbles Whiskerson and His Hirsute Hussars up there.

  • Mrs. Julien
  • lowercase_ryan

    My short-term future is looking slightly less eventful.

  • in_heaben

    This is a good list

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