Bradford's Hollywood: December 29 2012

by Listener Archive / 20 December, 2012
Kyle Chandler; Sean Bean; and Channing Tatum.
Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum, photo Getty Images

The lovely low-key Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) is starring in two likely Oscar contenders – Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck’s Argo. Bigelow’s flick is leading the race at the moment, although Affleck is campaigning hard for his movie.

Chandler, who is filming The Wolf of Wall Street with Martin Scorsese, recently scotched rumours of a new big-screen version of Friday Night Lights. Despite creator Peter Berg indicating a script is in the works and Connie Britton, who played Coach Taylor’s wife, being keen to appear, Chandler told MTV News he didn’t think it was a goer. It was a great TV show, he said, but it ended “at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way”.

Lights has already had a long life. Originally based on a 1990 book by Berg’s cousin, it was made into a lm starring Billy Bob Thornton in 2004, before enjoying a five-season TV run and winning three Emmys.

  • After losing his head in Game of Thrones, Sean Bean is heading back to the small screen for a lead role in a new drama called Legends to be produced by Howard Gordon, who had hits with 24 and Homeland. Bean replaces Brendon Fraser, who left the project last month. Based on a novel by Robert Littell, Legends is about a deep-cover operative who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. Bean is also going to star in a post-apocalyptic action film called Scorched Earth, to be directed by 24’s Brad Turner.

  • Channing Tatum fans, of whom there are a surprisingly large number, will be disappointed to learn the star is taking a break from acting next year to focus on producing and directing. The 32-year-old has had a huge year, appearing in five movies, including such hits as 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. He has at least another four due out next year, including Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller Side Effects, Roland Emmerich’s action spectacular White House Down and a GI Joe sequel. Although he won’t be on the big screen in 2014, the ideas he’s working on include a Magic Mike sequel and an Evel Knievel biopic.

  • Multiple Oscar nominees Nick Nolte and Glenn Close have signed on to star in Always on My Mind, to be written and directed by Rock of Ages creator Chris D’Arienzo. Nolte will play an ageing rocker who is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s, with Close as his supportive wife trying to take care of her husband after a hard life.

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