If you think Cameron Diaz is the only actress playing a bad teacher these days, go check out new release Cracks. In it, you’ll find French actress Eva Green as Miss G, a glamorous swimming instructor at an elite 1930s all-girls boarding school who hypnotizes her students with exotic tales of far-off places. The thing is, Miss G has spent her entire life on campus, her stories merely semi-delusional constructions that win over her students’ devotion. But when a beautiful new student arrives, a girl who possesses the very qualities Miss G mimics, teacher becomes obsessed with student, and everything spirals rapidly towards a tragic finale.
Eva Green is no stranger to dark, ambiguous roles. In Casino Royale, she played a Bond girl with a secret, who left Daniel Craig weeping in the shower like a lost boy. And in her first role, in Bernardo Bertolucci The Dreamers, Green played a young Parisian who may or may not be sleeping with her formerly conjoined twin brother. The 30-year-old actress is drawn to these complex roles, and it was the chance to explore such a character in even greater depth that led her to a lead role in the Starz network’s upcoming King Arthur retelling, Camelot. Up next, she’ll star as a witch opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s horror comedy, Dark Shadows. Here she is on her twisted new character, the disturbing reaction to her onscreen nudity, and why she had to back out of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist.
Thanks to George for the link.
Eight years ago, actress Eva Green made waves with her debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers followed by a key role in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven before being cast as a Bond Girl in Martin Campbell’s James Bond reboot Casino Royale.
She now stars in Cracks, the directorial debut of Jordan Scott, Ridley’s daughter and his second progeny in the past year to direct her first movie. Based on the novel by Sheila Kohler, Green plays Miss G, the glamorous teacher at a girls’ boarding school in 1937 who has assembled the girls into a diving team. When a new girl arrives from Spain (played by Maria Valverde), it puts the other girls on edge, especially when Miss G starts giving her extra attention. It’s another terrific role for the sexy French actress who has been spending much of her time in England in recent years and the all-female cast of the period thriller also includes two prolific ingénues in Juno Temple and Imogen Poots.
ComingSoon.net sat down with Ms. Green to talk about the movie and we also talked briefly about her upcoming role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, which starts shooting in May.
3. Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) – ‘Casino Royale’
Nervously attractive and elegant at the same time, Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd was one of the many high points in “Casino Royale.” Though ultimately treacherous, she was a Bond girl that girlfriends could love.
Eva Green sure knows how to pick ’em! At last night’s Cracks premiere, she wore a black mid-calf length dress by the ever famous Tom Ford. The long sleeved frock fit her curves nicely and featured a unique cowl neck. She paired her look with feathery shoes, straight from the runway.
Here is a new behind the scenes video from About Camelot. Look for HD screencaps to be added within the next couple of days as well.
Thanks to George for the link. 🙂
Recently some of the stars of Tim Burton’s next feature, a film version of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, have been out and about talking about the director’s take on the show. MTV caught up with Helena Bonham Carter who revealed her reluctance and excitement about playing Dr. Julia Hoffman, the “alcoholic psychiatrist.” While promoting Rango, Johnny Depp, who’s set to lead as the vampire Barnabus Collins, told Collider, “Maybe Barnabus, in this version, is maybe a little bit more, maybe waxes a little more poetic now and again, you know? But it’s definitely in keeping with the original series.”
Well, another member from the cast had a bit of a different take on the film’s connection to the source material. While promoting her upcoming film Cracks, Eva Green, who’s onboard to play the witch Angelique, explained that the film is so different, referring back to the show wouldn’t help her develop her character. Instead, she’s going for a cross between Bette Davis and Janis Joplin. Check it out for yourself in the clip below.
Thanks to Isabell for the link to the new interview. 🙂
We’ve been wondering how Tim Burton was planning to compress over 1,200 “Dark Shadows” episodes into one feature film. The answer, it seems, is to keep some things the same while also taking great creative liberties.
To wit, while Johnny Depp told us his take on Barnabas — the vampire at the center of the ’60s-era supernatural soap — won’t stray far from the character pioneered by Jonathan Frid on the TV series, co-star Eva Green’s Angelique will be a far different creation than the one Lara Parker portrayed back in the day.
The official German Womb site located here was recently updated with a new trailer for the film, which is embedded below. Thanks to George for the link. 🙂
Womb will be released in cinemas in Germany on April 7, 2011.
The gallery has also been updated with a few new stills from the film as well. Enjoy!
• Womb > Promotional Shots & Stills
Don’t forget that the show is getting its global premiere at MIPTV. 😉
A look behind the scenes of Camelot, the new GK-tv series based on the legend of King Arthur, starring Eva Green (Morgan), Joseph Fiennes (Merlin) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Arthur), all of whom are interviewed in this video, along with other members of the cast and crew.
All three stars will be in Cannes April 4 for the World Premiere TV Screenings at MIPTV, where two exclusive episodes will be unveiled to delegates.
Camelot is produced by GK-tv, and broadcast in the US by Starz.
Big thanks to Lorna! 🙂
• Scans > SFX (UK) – May 2011
Yet another Camelot trailer has appeared online. Watch it right here. Screen captures are in the gallery. As usual, some scenes are new and some are old.
I’ve also updated the Camelot photo category these past few days with new stills, official wallpapers, and promotional shots.
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GK-tv president Craig Cegielski, producer of Camelot — the new epic series premiering at MIPTV with Joseph Fiennes & Eva Green — explains its origins.
Was it difficult getting Fiennes and Eva Green (Morgan) on board?
It was tough! With Joseph, Flashforward was still shooting during the Camelot casting process. But I was thinking of how he made Shakespearean nuances seem so contemporary in Shakespeare In Love, and knew he would be the perfect Merlin. So the moment Flashforward was cancelled, we told our casting director to get on the phone with his agent! But yes, it took some conversations. Eva, on the other hand, is a film actress. So that took some time and some listening. She’s never done a TV series. So locking in someone like that for five years (the objective is ten episodes per year) is quite a coup. It notably took a lot of conversations about how we were going to present the show. You don’t just lob in an availability request to Eva Green! We got on the plane and met with her…
So what’s next?
We basically got all of our financing partners secured at MIPCOM and MIPTV 2010. Signing Eva Green was considerable proof of concept during that phase. That’s just one of the reasons people bought in early; and I think they’ll be well rewarded when the ratings come out. So bringing the show to MIPTV’s International Screenings is a celebration of that. Dealwise, we’ll round out 100% of the world at MIPTV; but it’s really about celebrating with our broadcasters and revelling in the grandeur of the show with them. After all, Camelot is the biggest universal story; we all share it somehow!
Forget everything you thought you knew about Camelot — the hulking round table, the wizened Merlin, the Lerner and Loewe book and score. This “Camelot,” the latest historical epic from Starz, skews young and sexy with a “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” alumnus (Jamie Campbell Bower, as King Arthur), a Bond girl (Eva Green, as Morgan) and an MTV Movie Award winner for best kiss (Joseph Fiennes, as Merlin).
“What if you took the guys from ‘Friday Night Lights’ and put them in the middle of the Dark Ages, how would they respond?” Chris Chibnall, the show runner, as well as an executive producer and writer, said of his concept for the series, which has a sneak peek on Friday night at 11. (The series begins officially April 1.) “It’s a stripping away of the dressing of the legend and trying to look at the emotional truths that lie behind the myth.”
And that cast? “We went for all of the best actors, a lot of whom are hot, which is fortunate for us,” Mr. Chibnall added.
In a recent phone interview from his home in Dorset, England, Mr. Chibnall spoke with Kathryn Shattuck about strong women among warring men, leaders bearing promises of hope, and why the idea of building an idyllic society from the ground up resonates today. Excerpts from the interview follow.
• Camelot > Trailer #05