Ben Mendelsohn


Many actors, when they’re playing iconic roles, tend to worry about being type cast. Take Star Wars, for instance. If you come off a role playing the film’s villain, rattling your (light)saber at the heroic group of freedom fighters trying to restore peace and justice, are you going to want to head into the woods of Merry Ole England in medieval times and do the exact same thing? If you’re Ben Mendelsohn, you do! The character actor, who is about to make a big impression on fans as bad guy Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will next fill the boots of the Sheriff of Nottingham. (more…)

Ben Mendelsohn

Hype for the upcoming movie Ready Player One isn’t quite buzzing around the internet yet, but give it time. It’s coming. The film is based off of the debut novel of the same name by author Ernest Cline, the rights to which were purchased by Warner Bros. in an intense bidding war a year before the book was even published. Ready Player One will be directed by one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg, and will star Olivia Cooke in a lead role. With things quickly falling into place for this movie, the casting search has turned to the villain of the film and led to veteran actor Ben Mendelsohn, who is currently busy filming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.



Matt Smith has been cast for his first American film role by Ryan Gosling. The movie, How to Catch a Monster will find Smith starring opposite Christina Hendricks. That should get many a fan girl and boy’s hearts racing. The story is Gosling’s own, a noir-style urban fantasy which Empire described as:

Against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, [HtCaM] finds Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two who usually works in a fetish club, swept into a dark fantasy underworld. While that’s happening, her teenaged son finds a secret road leading into an underwater town. Mother and son must figure out various mysteries if they want to keep their family alive.

This also marks Gosling’s first time in the director’s chair and Gosling has gathered a stellar cast to make the whole first time process a little easier, Smith and Hendricks are joined by Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. Shooting begins later this Spring with a release date some time in 2014. This should not conflict with any shooting Smith will be doing for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special as How to Catch a Monster should wrap up shooting well before the Doctor Who special’s production shooting begins.

What do you think? It will be interesting to find out what Gosling’s directorial style will turn out to be. Will he be an actor’s director or an over zealous micromanaging tyrant? Will fans be able to mentally separate Smith from his character as the Doctor? Can Smith pull off a character other than the Doctor?

As we get more clips, teasers, stills, or interviews about the project we’ll bring them to you here.

Via: The MarySue