In a fifty year career that spans stage, film and television, Dame Helen Mirren (DBE) has played many famous people from the likes of Ayn Rand to Queen Elizabeth II. She has won what is referred to as the triple crown of acting (an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a Tony for The Audience where she also played Elizabeth and 4 Emmys).
As modern Hollywood began to deal with the inherent sexism and misogynistic culture, an interview from 1975 with Michael Parkinson resurfaced where he labelled her “the sex queen of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)” while she showed her intelligence and class. She stood her ground well even though it was her first TV interview ever.
In her long and varied career it would be unusual if she hadn’t played in a part related to nerd culture. Luckily for us, she has been part of many sci-fi, fantasy, and comic related properties. Here is a rundown of the best movies and shows that gave her nerd street cred.
Most people Helen Mirren‘s age are slowing down, taking it easy, but as you will see in the below clips, the classy British actress and Academy Award winner can go gun for gun with the best of them, and can maintain perspective and offer important life advice even while disposing a corpse in a full-length ball gown. As I said, classy lady.
In these new clips from the upcoming action sequel RED 2, we get to see Mirren show off her shooting skills to a doubting whipper-snapper who looks and acts suspiciously like Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe, and in the second video she calls up Bruce Willis and friends to give them some bad news.
The first RED was a surprise hit when it was released in 2010. The sequel comes out on July 19th.
Red 2, the sequel to 2010 action-comedy, has yet to be released, but Summit Entertainment must really be banking on its success…seeing as they have green lit the development of Red 3.
Red 2 won’t be released in theaters until mid-July, but Summit refuses to sit on their hands waiting for the money to roll in. The studio has already rehired Red and Red 2 writers Jon and Erich Hoeber to begin development of the third installment based off the comic mini-series written by Warren Ellis. Details are scarce, as they would be for a sequel not even written yet, but the return of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Mary Louise-Parker is a sure bet.
Even with something this early in development, the studio has already made the first step in the right direction, bringing Jon and Erich back to write. The duo made the first Red a successful adaptation and Red 2 should continue the trend of former government agents and Bruce Willis being Bruce Willis.
If you like old people running around shooting each other and blowing stuff up, then you probably enjoyed the out of the hit action-comedy Red. I, for one, didn’t really care for it. Had it’s moments (pretty much everything involving John Fucking Malkovich!), but overall, I thought it was boring. Now, the sequel however, looks like a high-octane, wild ride!
Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2. The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” The entire cast of the original are reunited, while bringing on some fresher blood in the form of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, David Thewlis, and Anthony Hopkins. The latter of whom, looks hilarious!
I get nervous every-time Bruce Willis cracks a smile, but this look extremely entertaining. It’s like a funny version of The Expendables.
Here’s the official synopsis for Red 2:
In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.
Dean Parisot‘s RED 2, the follow up sequel to the hit movie RED, (Retired-Extremely-Dangerous) based on the comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer has posted it’s first trailer. If this trailer is any indication, the sequel is set to be as fantastic a ride as the first. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, and Karl Urban are all returning with the addition of Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee, Neal McDonough and David Thewlis.
The gang of clandestine operative retirees are back, wrecking their way across Europe.
RED 2 will blow up theater screens starting August 2nd.
Those Retired & Extremely Dangerous agents from various secret government organizations are back for another round in Red II. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is directing with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are reprising their roles. This time around the gang is taking on some European villains including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Anthony Hopkins.
The first film was a fun romp and I expect this one to carry on that tradition of humor laced with bullets and explosions. Check out some on set pictures of the cast.
It seems that the upcoming sequel RED 2 is really picking up steam with addition of Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins as the film’s villain. Deadline is reporting that director Dean Parisot and the producers of RED 2 want Hopkins to play Edward Bailey, who The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a genius scientist who was locked up in an insane asylum.”
So what could possibly stand in the way of Sir Anthony joining the esteemed company of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker in Red 2? Well, if you said Thor 2, you’re well ahead of the curve. It seems that Thor 2 and RED 2 have almost exactly the same shooting schedule, so Hopkins’ people are seeing if they can swing a deal where he can do both at (almost) the same time.
If he is able to sign on, Hopkins will join Catherine Zeta-Jones as the second new cast member in the franchise. Bleeding Cool is supposing that Hopkins will play Zeta-Jones’ father, which would be the second time they’ve played father and daughter on screening after The Mask of Zorro.
But what might happen if Hopkins can’t do both? Does being Odin take precedent? It damn well better!
It seems that there’s some movement on the sequel to RED, the 2010 action film about retired group of former CIA assassins caught up in a government conspiracy.
According to Screenrant, Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) and Byung-hun Lee (from the G.I. Joe movies) have been cast in the sequel, which will follow the retired assassins from the first film on a new adventure where “they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.”
First film stars Bruce Willis, (Dame) Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich are back to get their kill on. Mary-Louise Parker, as Willis’ civil servant love interest, will also be back. No word yet on if supporting players Karl Urban and Brian Cox will also be in part 2.
So this is good news. The first RED was a really solid effort that had cool action and a lot of hilarity. It should be interesting to see what Dean Parisot (director of Galaxy Quest) can do with the material, Parisot is stepping in for Robert Schwentke in the director’s chair.
RED 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on August 2, 2013.
Now that the sparkling vampires and shirtless werewolves are almost behind us (I’m referring to the Twilight series), SummitEntertainment will have to tap into another film property to make bank. The production company plans to reunite Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman for Red 2 – a sequel to the 2010 comic-book adaptation about ex-spies coming out of retirement for some rogue mayhem.
The quartet is expected to return for the sequel, although no deals are signed and sealed. Dean Parisot, however, is in final negotiations to direct.
It’s been a few years since Parisot has been behind the director’s chair. His last directorial gig was 2005’s Fun With Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey. Before you cup your hand to your mouth and make a fart noise, keep in mind the CAA-repped director is also known for helming 1999’s action comedy Galaxy Quest. I think most nerds would give that film a thumbs up.
While Red barely delivered on it’s ideology of “You’re never too old for mayhem”, much of the enjoyment came from seeing veteran/fan-favorite actors thoroughly embody cartoon-like characters. So, I wouldn’t mind seeing this crew come around again for a little more light-hearted violence. Parisot seems viable enough to make a entertaining follow-up to G-Men going wild.