Jack O'Connell

After More Than a Decade, Terry Gilliam‘s ‘Don Quixote’ Is Back on Track

by Charles Bramesco April 1, 2016 @ 11:22 AM
After 17 years spent milling around development hell, Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Don Quixote ranks among the greatest films never made. The celebrated director of such wild-eyed satires as Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas took on a mad mission of his own in tackling the legendary picaresque novel from Miguel Cervantes, landing Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort to star in the tale of a deluded knight pursuing farcical missions around the Spanish countryside while providing subtle critiques of class and religion. The 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha chronicles Gilliam’s long and arduous road to realizing this vision, which included everything from flash floods to technical hassles to a serious illness from Rochefort that would ultimately table the entire production and result in a $15 million insurance claim.

‘Money Monster’ Trailer: George Clooney Has Been Taken Hostage on Live TV

by Britt Hayes January 12, 2016 @ 7:39 PM
The first trailer for Money Monster has arrived online, promising a tense thriller unfolding in real time starring George Clooney as a financial expert / TV personality who is taken hostage — live, on the air — by Jack O’Connell, while the whole world watches. The film definitely looks like a promising follow-up from director Jodie Foster, who previously helmed the Mel Gibson dramedy The Beaver and, more recently, episodes of Orange Is the New Black.

‘The Crow’ Remake Loses Another Crow as Jack Huston Exits

by Britt Hayes June 15, 2015 @ 4:11 PM
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The upcoming reboot/remake/whatever of The Crow has had a pretty hard time getting off the ground. Luke Evans was originally supposed to star in the new version, set to be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), but both Evans and Fresnadillo exited the project. The reigns were then handed to director Corin Hardy, with Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston attached to star. But now Huston has also departed the project, leaving the role of the goth hero vacant once again.

‘Unbroken’: Maybe Not All Great Stories Are Meant to Be Movies

by Mike Ryan December 2, 2014 @ 12:34 PM
Maybe not every story about the sheer determination of the human spirit over impossible odds needs to be a movie. This was my thought while watching Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken,’ the true story of Louis Zamperini (played by rising star Jack O’Connell), a World War II hero who is brutally beaten to within an inch of his life in a Japanese prisoner of war camp so many times that I lost count. The real life story is inspiring—and it truly is remarkable that he survived—but to watch it play out in front of your eyes over and over and over again almost feels sadistic. It gets to the point that every time we see O’Connell on screen, we automatically think, “I bet this poor man is going to get beaten again, isn’t he?” And we are always right.

Terry Gilliam's Doomed 'Don Quixote' Moves Forward With a New Leading Man (Again)

by Jacob Hall November 5, 2014 @ 1:52 PM
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Director Terry Gilliam may have an army of passionate admirers and fans, but that sure hasn't translated into continuous success. Although the filmmaker behind classics like 'Brazil' and 'Time Bandits' tends to find his projects followed by bad luck and misfortune, his frequent attempts to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ 'Don Quixote' to the screen have been the stuff of legend -- no matter what he does, the project implodes before his very eyes. However, Gilliam is now prepping his seventh (!) version of the film and he's found a leading man in Jack O'Connell.

'Unbroken' Trailer: Preview Angelina Jolie's Latest Directorial Effort

by Britt Hayes February 16, 2014 @ 5:59 PM
The first preview for Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort, 'Unbroken,' premiered during the 2014 Winter Olympics today -- appropriate, as the story of her latest film follows an Olympian who tragically becomes a prisoner of war during World War II. And it looks to be pretty inspirational stuff from the sophomore director and A-list actress, whose debut film, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' also told a harrowing and inspirational story.

'Fantastic Four' is Looking at 'Game of Thrones' Star Kit Harington, Saoirse Ronan and More

by Damon Houx October 9, 2013 @ 5:53 PM
The 'Fantastic Four' reboot may have gone through a tumultuous scripting process, with Simon Kinberg the latest writer brought in on the project, but with a March 2015 release looming, the cast will need to fall into place shortly if they're going to make the date. And now five new names (and two old ones) have been mentioned for the roles of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.