It was last summer that the the tragic passing of Anton Yelchin paused the series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, but the title killer is finally ready to ride. AT&T’s blood-soaked tale has a first full trailer for its August premiere.
The Pooh-Paddington War will continue into perpetuity, as the public rages over which accident-prone storytime bear is the cuter and more lovable character. But the Paddington side just got a strong swell of support — the newly unveiled trailer for the marmalade-loving Brit’s sequel film has been unveiled, and Paddington turns the sweet-and-simple cuteness up to whatever 10 is in Britain’s number system. Do they use a base 10 number system? We have no way of knowing. But what we do know is that Paddington will get his little bear foot stuck in a bucket, and then a second bucket will fall on his head! Two for the matinee, please!
As it did a great many others, the tragic passing of actor Anton Yelchin, gave significant pause to a series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. The role was since recast, while AT&T series now officially releases a full cast list before the fall 2017 premiere. There’s Holland Taylor, Mary-Louise Parker, Brendan Gleeson and plenty more.
Crime fiction has a long, rich legacy of stories pitting one character’s allegiances against each other. Internal conflict is the engine that generates drama for criminals; torn between conscience and instinct, between right and wrong, or in the case of upcoming British import Trespass Against Us, between family and the law. Which is a long-winded way of saying that a good deal of crime thrillers boil down to “protagonist would rather not do crime, but someone else wants him to do crime, so he must.” And when Michael Fassbender’s your protagonist and Brendan Gleeson is your someone else, you’re off to a pretty strong start.
The feature-length Paddington movie came as a pleasant surprise to audiences in 2014, delivering good humor and warm pathos in the latest adventure from the beloved, shabbily-attired storybook character. As our adorable ursine hero made his way through the world in search of a home after leaving his native Peru, a new generation of youngsters were introduced to his kindness, can-do spirit, and unflagging love of marmalade. The healthy box-office grosses ($288.7 million ain't nothing to sneeze at, even if you're a sneezy, hijinks-prone bear) practically guaranteed a sequel, and a new casting notice today promises that the upcoming Paddington 2 will be cuddlier than ever.
Among the many, many heartbreaks to come with actor Anton Yelchin’s death, the Star Trek star had officially signed onto a series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes not a month before the accident. The AT&T series has now begun moving forward, setting a familiar Penny Dreadful star in the role Yelchin was to play.
Few actors seem to embody the one-for-you-one-for-me approach to the industry quite like Michael Fassbender. While no one doubts the man’s ability as an actor, his career increasingly seems to be split between blockbuster motion pictures — such as the X-Men franchise of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed — and smaller art films with directors and costars he seems to admire. It seems like a fair trade to me. If buying a movie ticket to X-Men: Days of Future Past meant I played a role in pairing Fassbender with Brendan Gleeson in the same movie, then I consider that to be money pretty well spent.
It was initially reported sometime last year that Boston Public vet David E. Kelley is developing a limited event series based on Stephen King’s detective thriller Mr. Mercedes. The series now officially has a home with AT&T’s Audience Network, with Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin and Harry Potter’s Brendan Gleeson on board to play the lead roles.