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The Dark Tower Casts Whedonverse Star, Fran Kranz, in Major Role

FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, actor Fran Kranz attends the premiere of "Murder of a Cat" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Kranz will act opposite Al Pacino in "China Doll" this fall on  Broadway. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

 (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is finally heading to the big screen and the production has added a fantastic new cast member making me feel a little better about the project. Longtime Whedonverse star, Fran Kranz has been cast as Pimli in the Sony adaptation.

Kranz joins Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. The character of Pimli is the antagonist and “right-hand man” to McConaughey’s bad guy, the Man in Black. The Dark Tower fantasy series stars Elba as Roland Deshcain, a wandering knight errant of sorts, and the last hope of the Mid-World. With a pair revolvers and the help of a few friends, Deshcain aims to right things in his fallen realm by way of the Dark Tower, a structure that stands at the nexus point of both time and space. In the process he must battle his nemesis the Man in Black, who too is attempting to reach the Dark Tower to harness its powers.

The Dark Tower will be helmed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer via production using their Imagine Entertainment banner, while Nikolaj Arcei is set to direct.

 

Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Releases Official Trailer

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Could we love Joss Whedon anymore? No, I don’t think so. Whedon, who most recently is known for his work on Marvel’s The Avengers, has released the official trailer for his independent film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. The film, based on the classic comedy by William Shakespeare was both adapted and directed by Whedon and starred many of his actor friends from past projects.

The project was filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica. The cast included actors who are already well know, some who are veteran Shakespeare performers and some that are completely brand new. It was shot in black and white by Jay Hunter. The cast features Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love .The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion as Dogberry, Clark Gregg as Leonato, Fran Kranz as Claudio and Reed Diamond as Don Pedro.

Kranz said regarding the secret project,

He shot that while he was on vacation,” says Kranz. “I remember he said he was going to go to Italy with his wife and kids, then all of a sudden he started to shoot a movie, which is crazy… He does a lot of readings at his house, he’s a great host. He always has people over, but he likes to have something to do, something specific. Sometimes he’ll read plays. One night we all read ‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’. He called me one day and said he was thinking about doing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, but filming it this time. That struck me as doing something handheld, with a Flipcam or something. Not something big with grip trucks, all of this equipment and stuff. But that’s what it turned into.”

Kranz also went on to explain how Whedon wanted the project to be different and natural between all the performers.

He turned his home into a movie set,” Kranz continues. “He had extras and all of that. We had no idea. But I think that’s what he wanted. He wanted us to go into it with a casual feel and to do Shakespeare like you’re not used to seeing. He didn’t want big production value or it to be over-rehearsed. I think he wanted it to be natural. It might be a bizarre benefit to it that we didn’t master the language. The other actors all came from different places so it was an eclectic group. It’s Shakespeare, the language is rich and dense… I think it could be this wonderful blessing that it feels intimate, alive and casual and fun. I hope that bleeds off the screen and will be refreshing for audiences. I haven’t seen it yet, but I trust Joss always and I think it’s going to be awesome.”

As Whedon says,

“The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.”

The film opens in North America on June 7 and in the UK and Ireland on June 14. You can see the trailer below:

Fran Kranz, Other Whedonites To Appear Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

Like most Joss Whedon fans, I love Fran Kranz. He is one of my favorite veterans of Joss Whedon projects. (Dollhouse anyone!) Finally, we get to see him again in this Friday’s opening of The Cabin in the Woods. 

While he does have the new film opening he is also going to be appearing WITH Whedon (as well as Amy Acker, his costar from Cabin in the Woods) in Much Ado About Nothing, a new low-budget adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. It was filmed last year as a “mystery project” and in only 12 days.

Kranz said regarding the secret project,

He shot that while he was on vacation,” says Kranz. “I remember he said he was going to go to Italy with his wife and kids, then all of a sudden he started to shoot a movie, which is crazy… He does a lot of readings at his house, he’s a great host. He always has people over, but he likes to have something to do, something specific. Sometimes he’ll read plays. One night we all read ‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’. He called me one day and said he was thinking about doing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, but filming it this time. That struck me as doing something handheld, with a Flipcam or something. Not something big with grip trucks, all of this equipment and stuff. But that’s what it turned into.”

Even better for Whedon fans is that it will also include other familiar faces such as Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, and Reed Diamond.

He turned his home into a movie set,” Kranz continues. “He had extras and all of that. We had no idea. But I think that’s what he wanted. He wanted us to go into it with a casual feel and to do Shakespeare like you’re not used to seeing. He didn’t want big production value or it to be over-rehearsed. I think he wanted it to be natural. It might be a bizarre benefit to it that we didn’t master the language. The other actors all came from different places so it was an eclectic group. It’s Shakespeare, the language is rich and dense… I think it could be this wonderful blessing that it feels intimate, alive and casual and fun. I hope that bleeds off the screen and will be refreshing for audiences. I haven’t seen it yet, but I trust Joss always and I think it’s going to be awesome.”

Unfortunately there is no specific release date yet for Much Ado About Nothing, we do get our Fran Kranz fix with The Cabin in the Woods this friday, April 13th, which was written by Whedon and Drew Goddard.

Whedon is also releasing his Marvel’s The Avengers on May 4th.

Fran Kranz also took time to answer recent questions about The Cabin In The Woods.

Early critics of the film have said that this is a film that will deconstruct the horror genre. Kranz gave his thoughts on the genre over the last few years and the effect his new film will have on it.

I loved the first Saw movie, I thought it was awesome and it had a great concept.  I like Eli Roth and thought the first Hostel was kind of fun.  Cabin Fever, too.  But I know the Saw and Hostel franchises were definitely under scrutiny by Drew and Joss, I know they were disappointed by where horror films were headed or where they were presently.  I know Cabin Fever isn’t recent, but can’t think of any “cabin” movies that were made recently.  The “cabin” reminds me of the glory days of horror in the ’70s and ’80s.  The Evil Dead and the original Friday the 13th.  The Cabin in the Woods pays homage to those classics.  When we started shooting, Drew gave us those movies to watch – The Evil Dead, the original Friday the 13th,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead – he wanted to get us into the mindset of the classics.  At the end of the day, Joss and Drew could speak better of this than I can.  I just see Cabin in the Woods as a very fun movie.  Great adventure movie.  When I finished the script, “horror film” did not come to mind, or even “funny horror film.”  I just thought it was a fun, crazy, action, adventure movie.  It steps outside of the genre and is so hybrid genre and unique.  There are so many movie kidnapping and killing movies – torture porn – I just don’t see any value in those.  Cabin is needed and wanted and I think audiences will understand why we’re getting it now.  And, I just drew a blank… “

He also talked about the camaraderie that comes with fellow actors in films together.

Drew was saying how the young people in horror films…he doesn’t get the sense that the characters in these movies don’t like each other anymore.  In current horror films, one person is killed and the rest of the characters don’t even care.  They don’t seem to have real relationships.  That’s something we stressed in our movie.  Drew wanted us to be believable as friends and love each other.  He said, don’t pay attention to turning the conventions on their heads, that’s my job.  He wanted us to focus on being real and making the performances honest.  So, in terms of camaraderie, that informed us to actually being friends.  We all loved each other.  We were up in Vancouver and had our own Cabin in the Woods thing going.  It was just us in a hotel, having dinner, getting drinks.  We grew tight and I’m still very close with everyone and I have a special man crush on Chris Hemsworth.”

Be sure to go see Cabin in the Woods this friday or at least watch the trailer below: