THR are reporting that James McAvoy is set to replace Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest untitled thriller:
James McAvoy is in negotiations to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest supernatural thriller, an untitled project being produced by genre-loving Jason Blum.
The X-Men actor is stepping into the shoes that seemed initially earmarked for Joaquin Phoenix and would have marked a reunion between the filmmaker and one of the stars of his 2002 hit Signs.
Reasons for Phoenix’s exit were not revealed but sources said a deal was never made, with one source saying the process never got past the discussion stage.
Talking about secrets, the plot of Shyamalan’s project is also under the veil but it is serving as his follow-up to The Visit, currently in theaters. The horror movie has grossed over $53 million on a budget of $5 million.
McAvoy has become one of the key stars of Fox’s X-Men franchise, along with Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, and recently wrapped shooting his third entry, X-Men: Apocalypse.
He also has Victor Frankenstein, a revisionist take on the Frankenstein story that co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, awaiting a Nov. 25 release. McAvoy is repped by UTA and United Agents.
Thanks to Luciana at Jessica Chastain Network, we now have scans of James McAvoy from the latest issue (November) of Total Film UK, looking at the upcoming “Victor Frankenstein”.
James attended the European premiere of “The Martian” last night, alongside his sister Joy McAvoy. The film stars actress Jessica Chastain, his co-star from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”, which came out back in 2014, and actor Matt Damon. We have updated our gallery with images from the event.
Danny Boyle is teaming up with James McAvoy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Josh Hartnett and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to bring to life the heartbreaking stories of 15 South African children.
“The Children’s Monologues” dramatises the testimonies of young children from the rural township of Rammulotsi in Free State, who were each invited to write about a day they will never forget. While some monologues focus on happy memories, many tell stories of desperate circumstances; from the child who watched their parents die due to inadequate medical treatment, to another whose mother was gang raped and burned alive.
The one-off performance will take place on Sunday 25th October at the Royal Court Theatre, and will fuse hip hop music, classical piano and documentary footage with live theatre. Proceeds from the event will go to Dramatic Need, a charity that gives children in Rwanda and South Africa the chance to change their lives through the arts. Money raised will help build a new moveable arts centre, where children will be encouraged to deal with trauma and confront taboo subjects, such as HIV awareness, ethnic violence and gender inequality.
Boyle – who is a founding trustee of Dramatic Needs – previously put on a sold-out show for the charity in 2010, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.
Buy your ticket here now.
Last month, 20th Century Fox debuted the first trailer for the revisionist thriller Victor Frankenstein (watch it here!). The horror movie is heading to theaters on November 25, and to keep its promotional train humming, they have released two videos with the movie’s leading men, James and Daniel Radcliffe. You can watch Daniel’s video on Movie Web, and James’ explanation about Victor below.
The October issue of Empire magazine contains another look at James McAvoy’s upcoming film “Victor Frankenstein”. Thanks to Luciana at Jessica Chastain Network, you can find digital scans in the gallery.
Back in 1997, James McAvoy appeared in his second credited project, a short TV movie called “An Angel Passes By”. Screen captures, albeit very low-quality, have now been added to the gallery, and if you hit ‘read more’ then you can watch the short in full.
A father takes his two children on holiday to the Scottish coast following the death of their mother. There they slowly fall out, fall apart, and fall in love, before being reunited by their mother’s love of music…
The Scotsman is reporting that James McAvoy will be playing on the Celtic Legends team for the upcoming Jock Stein 30th Anniversary Charity Match.
The 36-year-old actor will pull on a Celtic jersey for the second time, after appearing in the Maestro match last year, converting a penalty in the process.
The Drumchapel-born star told celticfc.net: “The highlight of the Maestrio game was getting to celebrate scoring a penalty with my mate, Martin Compston.
“Just being on the pitch when all the Celtic fans were going crazy, I never thought that ever would happen.
“It felt like a dream but to do it for real, and to do it to benefit charity, it was something that felt really good and positive.
“I think everyone had a really good time that day, from everyone who spent their money to come and see it, to everyone who ran about – even if they weren’t fit enough to do it.
“The whole experience was just a very positive, brilliant thing and my family and friends were in the stands and it was great to share all of that with them too.”
McAvoy, who grew up watching the likes of Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik, added: “I remember being quite star-struck around John Hartson and Lubo Moravcik, Lubo – along with Henrik Larsson – is one of my all time favourite Celtic players, so to get the opportunity to play with him was absolutely nuts.”
And speaking about the upcoming Jock Stein Charity Match, McAvoy stressed the importance of supporting Celtic ‘in the vein that they were originated’.
He said: “Jock Stein and everything he achieved, it’s part of what has made Celtic a special club, and not just a club that happens to be in a huge city with a vocal support.
“It’s so important to support Celtic in the vein that they were originated, as a charity that reached out to the community and continues to do so through Celtic FC Foundation.
“Although not their entire remit, the Celtic FC Foundation are trying to address issues of poverty and things like that in and around the city.
“As a person, I think that’s hugely important and as a fan, I don’t think you can ever overestimate or overstate what Jock Stein did for the club.”
The Legends squad so far includes ex-Hoops players Stiliyan Petrov, Tosh McKinlay, Hibs boss Alan Stubbs, Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara, Jonathan Gould, Livingston boss Mark Burchill and Tom Boyd. It will be managed by Murdo MacLeod while Martin Compston also returns to take part.
Thanks to our lovely friend Luciana at Caitriona Balfe Fan, I’ve just added scans from the August issues of Entertainment Weekly and Total Film UK. I have also added a few promotional shots from “Filth” that were missing from the gallery.
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The first official trailers for James McAvoy’s upcoming film “Victor Frankenstein” have (finally!) been released online, and you can watch them in full below. Screen captures from both trailers as well as two new posters are now also up in the gallery.