Pan director Joe Wright followed up his Comic-Con appearance by unveiling his first foray into blockbuster-scale movie-making to a UK audience, revealing an ambitious new take on an well-known story. Not that he was as daunted by Peter Pans that had gone before as he was by “taking on a film with this scale and using CGI, which I’ve never done before,” he admitted.
Wright described Pan as “a love letter” to the source material rather than an adaptation.

The footage didn’t only confirm its prequel-ish origin-story approach (how Peter — newcomer Levi Miller — gets to Neverland; how Hook — Garrett Hedlund — becomes, er, Hook), it also showed his twists on the tale: setting it during World War Two (flying galleons versus Spitfires!), getting Hugh Jackman to push himself to new dark and crazy places as bad-guy Blackbeard, feeding in contemporary elements (the Lost Boys — or Lost-Boys-to-be — singing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’), and bringing his own bold, colourful style to the spectacle (one fight scene takes place on a huge trampoline).

“It’s a world as envisaged by a boy,” Wright explained of his unique aesthetic. “A pre-pubescent boy, so it’s not about all that teenage cool. I tried very hard not to make anything cool!” At the same time, he rooted everything in real-world locations, like Mexican crystal caves, Vietnam, the jungles of the Congo, which, he said, “we could then exaggerate.”

As to why a serious, grown-up filmmaker would want to take on a famliy film, he cited his own son as an inspiration, while half-apologetically adding that in making it he discovered his “own inner child.” Yet, he adds, “it’s quite a mischievous film. There’s quite a lot of silliness that will appeal to adults. It’s quite anarchic, it’s quite open-hearted. With a bit of Nirvana in it… for the dads!”

As the likes of Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Levi Miller and director Joe Wright decamp to San Diego to promote Pan at this year’s Comic-Con, a new poster for the movie has arrived online. Coincidence? Probably not…

The new film takes J.M. Barrie’s Pan yarn and gives it a few subtle tweaks, including imagining Peter’s (Miller) origin as a wartime orphan transported with others to Neverland by the nefarious Blackbeard (Jackman). There our hero meets a young man named Hook (Hedlund) who is destined to become Peter’s nemesis but is a friend here, more of an adventurer and with both hands still intact. Things are complicated by his association with the likes of Rooney Mara’s Tiger Lily, but can she help Peter become the legend he’s destined to be?

With the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Nonso Anozie and Adeel Akhtar aboard, Pan is set to swoop in to our cinemas on October 16.

The grid is going dark again. Though there had seemingly been real movement on the third Tron film – which was rumoured to bear the title Tron: Ascension – The Hollywood Reporter uploads the news that Disney has decided to halt any forward movement for now, cancelling the current plans.

While it had appeared that the film was gearing up into pre-productionfor a shoot in Vancouver later this year, with director Joseph Kosinski and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde back for more techno-action, the trade mag’s sources say there wasn’t an official greenlight for the movie, and despite thoughts towards trying to snag Jared Leto for a role, no offer had been made.

Part of the decision seems to be simply that the studio’s schedule is full for at least the next couple of years, with Pixar and Marvel providing a full pipeline of movies alongside the likes of The Jungle BookBeauty And The Beast and Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass. The disappointing performance of Tomorrowland may have also affected the studio’s thinking, especially since the new Tron would be arriving several years after Legacy, which did decent but hardly stellar business. So for now, the world of Tron will have to sit in that dark arcade, waiting for a chance to come back to life.

Tribeca 2015: William Monahan’s film is sick and twisted, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac in Mojave

Garrett Hedlund plays a rich, spoiled Hollywood star. Oscar Isaac plays a drifter who might be the devil himself. And in William Monahan‘s seriously twisted “Mojave,” which had its world premiere on Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, it’s sometimes hard to tell which of them is worse.

The directorial debut of the man who won an Oscar for writing Martin Scorsese‘s blood crime drama “The Departed,” “Mojave” takes noir to another level, mixing biblical and Shakespearean allusions, philosophical discussions and Hollywood satire with beatings, shootings, car wrecks and lots of thoroughly unpleasant behavior.

It’s sometimes messy and overwrought and always thoroughly implausible, but you don’t go to something like this to have it make sense – instead, you want it to be damned entertaining. And it certainly is that, particularly when Isaac is onscreen.

The idea for the film came to him, Monaghan said in a post-screening Q&A, when the writer took a trip to the desert. “I was sitting by the campfire and I thought, What if there was another shithead like me out here?”

That’s what happens at the beginning of the film: Seeking an escape from all the awful fame he’s achieved, Hedlund’s character Thomas runs away from his mistress, his wife and kids, his agent, his producer and everybody else to take a self-destructive and maybe even suicidal trip to the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

There, he encounters Isaac’s Jack, a grubby, rifle-toting wanderer who shows up in his camp and immediately launches into a priceless discussion about how Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil when he ventured into the desert, and how Captain Ahab’s missing leg in “Moby Dick” is a needless dramatic device “like something thought up by an executive’s wife.”

Adds Jack, “I’m into motiveless malignity … I’m a Shakespeare man.”

What follows, both in the desert and back in Hollywood, is thoroughly black and more than a little sick, mostly in a good way — and if the weird literary illusions are funnier, richer and more original than the shots at Hollywood, it figures that they would be.

(Mark Wahlberg is a hoot chewing the scenery as a coke-dealer-turned-producer, but Walton Goggins’ performance as an agent whose preferred mode is near-comatose is just as funny, and a little less cartoony.)

The film is really a duet between two men who Monahan described as “equivalent in many ways.” In a way, Hedlund and Isaac play two sides of the same coin, but Thomas is all torpor and evasion and muffled anger; Jack is sharper, more driven, more twisted and more interesting as a character. He’s one sick puppy, but you can’t take your eyes off him and you want him to keep talking – which, fortunately, he does, all the way to the bloody end.

“People go crazy in the desert,” said the writer-director in the Q&A, summing up both the impetus for the film and some of the experiences filming in the titular location. He was accompanied by Isaac, Hedlund and French actress Louise Bourgoin, who said she learned English to play the part of Hedlund’s mistress.

To be charitable, her part isn’t quite as rich as most of the male roles – and neither are any of the other women’s parts in the film – but Bourgoin described the four days she spent shooting as a pleasure nonetheless.

“Oscar and Garrett were so professional compared to French actors,” she said, “that I really want to live here.”

Isaac was also asked to compare this experience with another film he recently completed when an audience member asked him to address the main differences between making the new “Star Wars” movie and acting in a low-budget indie.

“Really bad food,” he said quickly. Then he paused and looked at Monahan.

“The bad food was on ‘Star Wars,’” he said with a grin. “Really healthy stuff.”

Can Hook be Hook if he doesn’t have a hook?

It sounds like a trick question, but it’s one we’ll have to answer next year with the release of “Pan,” a new take on the familiar Peter Pan children’s story. The Joe Wright-directed update stars young newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan, Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Garrett Hedlund as a hookless James Hook.

At a press day ahead of the December 25 release of “Unbroken,” in which he plays a headstrong POW, Hedlund told MTV News about his nerves surrounding his “Pan” role.

“It’s not necessarily right now the Hook that the world sort of knows and loves, but I think that’s kind of the most exciting part about it,” he said. “It’s a little nerve-racking at first to jump on to play a Hook that’s not the version that everyone knows … I don’t even have a hook.

Another warning Hedlund has for audiences: Levi Miller is “gonna really break some hearts.”

Dare we say we’re … hooked?

“Pan” swoops into theaters July 24, 2015.


In the new film “Unbroken,” it’s honestly pretty surprising that the main character wasn’t, well, broken.

Based on the true story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, whose harrowing experience as a soldier and prisoner of war during World War II is terrifying, to say the least, “Unbroken” is full of near-death moments. Whether we’re talking about getting shot down in a plane, surviving for weeks on a raft in the open sea or enduring brutal treatment in a Japanese internment camp, there were chances aplenty for Zamperini (played in the film by Jack O’Connell) to bite it.

At a press day ahead of the film’s December 25 release, MTV News caught up with the stars of the movie and heard about their own near-death experiences — whether it was the ocean, humanitarian work, or other mysterious circumstances, everyone has had their moment.

“I’ve had a few,” Garrett Hedlund, who plays a tough American POW, said. “I think all of them have involved the ocean, one, embarrassingly enough in Los Angeles around county line with a boogie board and size 9 flippers… I remember being in the washing machine for about 100 yards and finally being able to stand up on my knees.”

No matter how they thought they were about to go out, however, director Angelina Jolie says that Zamperini’s secret to survival is a good one: never think that you’re about to die.

“That’s the secret, it is, it is the secret,” she said. “There is something to your belief to be able to pull yourself through.”

With the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday in the States, Trailer Thursday has clearly been swapped with Trailer Tuesday as a huge batch of new promos has just landed. One of the bigger ones, since it features the first proper footage from the movie, is for Peter Pan origin story Pan. Take a look at the teaser below, and find new stills and posters lurking lower down the page.

Pan, directed by Atonement’s Joe Wright, aims to put a new spin on J.M. Barrie’s story, exploring how Neverland’s most famous young resident came to be. In this version, Peter (Levi Miller) is a lad in an orphanage abandoned by his mother, who has nevertheless left a note saying she hopes to come and reunite with him – cryptically in this world or another.


In the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now, actor Garrett Hedlund opens up about pliés, working with Angelina Jolie, the trouble with birthday parties, and all the ways girlfriend Kirsten Dunst has helped hone his laid-back style. The following is an excerpt from his Man of Style feature.

“It’s too early for jazz hands, right?” says Garrett Hedlund, the rugged actor one might not associate with razzle-dazzle. It’s 10 o’clock on a brilliant L.A. morning, and Hedlund, who grew up on a cattle farm, is recounting the first day of a jazz-dance class he took at age 16. His manager at the time had recommended that he get in touch with his 6-foot-2-inch trapezoidal frame. The former high school football player was the only male, surrounded by a bevy of bemused cheerleaders. “One minute we were stretching, and then suddenly,” he says, wincing, “I had to pirouette across the room all by myself and do a split in the air.”

Those awkward jetés paid off. Within a few years the determined actor landed his first big-screen role as the loyal warrior Patroclus in Troy (2004), and he has been racking up worthy and varied credits as rebellious son Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy (2010), crooner Beau Hutton in Country Strong (2010), heartthrob miscreant Dean Moriarty in On the Road (2012), and, last year, taciturn valet Johnny Five in Inside Llewyn Davis. Happily, a decade spent in Hollywood hasn’t sapped his small-town sincerity. He makes and maintains eye contact and has a firm grip on handshakes and reality. “Knowing how to knot a bow tie is less important to me than opening a door for someone or just being polite,” says Hedlund. Rooney Mara, who co-stars with him in the upcoming Pan, was charmed by his thoughtfulness: “Garrett is really crafty. He wove this kind of strap for me out of leather so I could walk both of my dogs on one leash.”

This month, the gentleman plays an officer who’s been captured in Unbroken (in theaters Dec. 25), a WWII-era drama based on the New York Times best-seller by Laura Hillenbrand. “I loved the story so much that I told Angie I literally would be the caterer’s assistant to work on it,” says Hedlund.

Was it intimidating to work with Angelina Jolie in her role as director?No. She’s very nurturing. She was open to any sort of improvisational story we could offer that might enhance the character. And she knows how to guide a ship beautifully. We had almost 200 extras as POWs on set every day. She kept everything perfectly afloat.

You seem to maintain a get-the- job-done-quietly ethic. So many actors tweet or post on Facebook, but not you.I just can’t describe my life in a hashtag. That’s not my style. I’ve always felt more of a longing for the timeless things in life. I would rather read a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald or Sir Walter Scott. When I’m traveling I write things down in long form in yellow notebooks—I’ve been doing that ever since I was in high school.

Do you ever read old entries and cringe with embarrassment?No, but some of it is so sad. There’s something more fulfilling about moving someone to tears than creating a happy moment—you know, the way sad song lyrics strike the heart chords.

So let’s move on to a lighter subject—like how you’d describe your personal style.I’m much happier in just jeans, a T-shirt, and boots than in a suit. But I also have a tendency to get overdressed, like wearing a tuxedo to a casual cocktail party

What do you like to see on a woman?I have always liked the clothing in period pieces—those old-fashioned styles.

Are we talking about a corset and a hoopskirt on a dinner date?Oh, no! Though I appreciate the intricacy of those clothes whenever I work on a period film. Honestly, I can’t say I have a preference about what a woman wears to dinner. Whatever makes her feel most like herself is probably the best choice.

You’re the face of YSL’s cologne La Nuit de l’Homme. Your girlfriend, Kirsten Dunst, is no slouch either in the style department. Who shops for whom?Well, she doesn’t really shop for me. But her style and everything else about her never cease to amaze me. For my 28th birthday she bought me a Rolex from 1957, which is the same year that Jack Kerouac’s book On the Roadcame out. Let’s just say that it looked like someone squirted lemon juice in my eyes, I was so moved.


For Garrett Hedlund’s full feature, pick up the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now.

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