Fox Searchlight is getting its Oscar plans in order by announcing that they’ve set Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave for December 27th. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery. The film has lined up one of the best casts in recent memory. In addition to Ejifor, the film also stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Iconic Interview has a new interview with Garret. In it, he talks about everything from Deadwood and The Sarah Connor Chronicles to Any Day Now and Twelve Years a Slave. Snippets below, and you can read the whole article at the link.
On Raising Hope:
Iconic Interview: Raising Hope is really idiosyncratic and I can’t think of anything else like it. What do you think makes this unusual show so successful?
Garret Dillahunt: I think it’s because it’s good and funny and people can identify with it in some way. I don’t think it’s far-fetched to assume that. This family is not a rich family; they have a hard time getting by, but you wouldn’t know it. They still find a lot of joy. They’re idiosyncratic, but loving. I think that’s how most families are, really. Everyone thinks their family is the craziest family in the world. [If you ask], they’re like, “My God, my family’s crrrazy!” So I think it’s not far from home for everybody.
Collider has a new interview with Garret. They mainly talked to him about The Scribbler, but that part hasn’t been published yet. Here is what he says about joining Twelve Years a Slave (more at the link):
What was the appeal of that for you?
DILLAHUNT: It’s a great cast. That’s going to be a whole other kind of challenge. The language in that is so heightened, in its way. Even the most uneducated was fairly poetic, in the way they expressed themselves. My character certainly is that. He goes on and on about his troubles. But, I’ve long been a fan of Chiwetel Ejiofor. I think he’s a great actor. He’s my kind of guy. He does what I aspire to do. The difference between him in Kinky Boots and this is exactly what we’re supposed to do. I’m really excited to work with him. My scenes are all with him.
He also did a roundtable with Jon Cryer, Johnny Galecki and Joel McHale for the Variety Emmy Studio 2012 (Comedy Lead Actor), and the clip is finally online:
And the first few pics from Tall Hot Blonde have appeared on the web this week too (see below). Here is Lifetime’s press release for the film – it premieres next Saturday:
Golden Globe® nominee Courteney Cox (Cougar Town, Friends) goes behind the camera and into the director’s chair, marking her longform directorial debut, in the Lifetime Original Movie Tall Hot Blonde, premiering Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 8:00PM ET/PT.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Television and based on a true story, Tall Hot Blonde follows the life of Thomas Montgomery (Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope, No Country for Old Men), a married father of two young daughters who gets seduced by the world of online gambling and chat rooms where a virtual romance and sexual obsession ultimately leads to the murder of an innocent man. Cox also appears in the original movie.
Thomas Montgomery, a middle-aged, hard-working family man, finds reprieve from his humdrum life by playing online poker with his buddies. During one of his poker games, he receives an invitation to chat with an 18-year-old girl with the screen name, “Talhotblond.”
Introducing himself as a younger U.S. Marine “Tommy,” they begin an online relationship that quickly develops into a sexual obsession. Sensing Thomas’ emotional distance and detachment, his wife Carol (Laura San Giacomo, Just Shoot Me, Pretty Woman) unearths her husband’s cyber affair and puts an end to it by revealing to “Talhotblond” that he is not who claims to be, but in reality a married father of two.
Infuriated and betrayed by his lies, “Talhotblond” begins to flirt online with Thomas’ co-worker, Brian (Brando Eaton, Dexter, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), leading to jealousy and, ultimately, murder. This shocking true story reveals how easily the line between virtual reality and the truth can be blurred when hiding behind a keyboard online.
Tall Hot Blonde is produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America in association with Silver Screen Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Brad Krevoy (Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Taking Chance) Alexandre Coscas and Francisco Gonzalez and is directed by Courteney Cox. Trent Haaga (Damage Control) wrote the screenplay which is based on the documentary “talhotblond” by Barbara Schroeder.
Just when you thought the day couldn’t possibly get any better:
Deadline writes that Garret has been cast in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. Between McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who stars in the film, I’ve been keeping an eye on that one for a while now, so this is quite a nice, er, heart attack. Okay, info:
Filming is about to get underway in New Orleans. Dillahunt will portrays Armsby, a fellow field hand who works alongside Solomon Northup, a free black man who’s brought South against his will and sold into slavery. New Regency is backing the film and River Road and Plan B are producing.
^ Yeah, that’s gonna be porn.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga and Taran Killam are also in the film.
Deadline also reports that Garret has joined Along the Highways, an indie film written and to be directed by Zac Stanford:
Dillahunt was also cast as Julia Stiles love interest in the indie film Along the Highways. He plays the guy who takes her mind off of her late husband.
Not much info about the film out there, except that it was supposed to be made with different people last year, and there is this synopsis from Production Weekly:
Spurred by the death of his brother, an unadventurous video-game programmer is forced to overcome latent issues in his psyche relating to the death of his parents as well as to romantic relationships, and thus come to peace with his life and love.