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Viggo Mortensen Will Return From The Woods In New Drama ‘Captain Fantastic’

Posted by Staff in Feb 23,2014 with No Comments

At some point, I’d love to be able to report on a story involving Viggo Mortensen joining a screwball comedy in which he plays the funniest man on Earth, but his career has just featured a string of characters that are either caught up in the aftermath of some devastating event, or they’re actually going through said devastating event. To be expected, the Oscar-nominated actor won’t be changing things up with Captain Fantastic, the Electric City Entertainment drama in which Mortensen is in talks to take the lead. If only this were a superhero film, or a big screen version of the interstitial character from Do Not Adjust Your Set. Oh well.

The film’s description, via Deadline, doesn’t go into much detail, but it paints a somewhat solemn picture of adaptation in the modern world. Mortensen will play a man whose idealism led him to live in complete isolation with his six children in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. After a decade of this amenity-free lifestyle, he and his family have to return to the modern world, which will of course be quite a jarring adjustment. It’s an interesting concept, and one that will no doubt include a scene where someone in the family is blown away by smartphone technology.

This will be the second film from director Matt Ross, who also penned the screenplay, and it’s quite a step away from his first film, the one night stand romantic drama 28 Hotel Room. [Source]

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Viggo Mortensen’s next film is ‘Far From Men’

Posted by Staff in Sep 17,2013 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen’s career has been one of the longest and most diverse in Hollywood, and he looks set to continue that streak over the next few years. Although his career took off with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he’s been very careful about his career moves and his managed to build a resume with very high-profile jobs that are not necessarily blockbusters.

Mortensen famously turned down several major blockbuster roles, including the rumored role of the Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman. However, he was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed On The Road and A Dangerous Method. He has a busy couple of years, but he’s currently filming a movie called ‘Far From Men’, with the synopsis of the movie, “A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident is ordered to turn in to the authorities..”

He also stars in a film called ‘The Two Faces of January’ and also the untitled Lisandro Alonso project. Apart from that, Mortenson is looking to direct ‘The Horsecatcher’ and is apparently rumored as starring in ‘The Last Voyage of Demeter’. [Source]

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Viggo Mortensen presents in Paraguay the book “Hijos de la Selva”

Posted by Staff in Sep 16,2013 with No Comments

American actor Viggo Mortensen presented in Paraguay the book “Hijos de la Selva” (Children of the Jungle) by Argentine anthropologists Federico Bossert and Diego Villar, a collection of the photographic legacy of German scientist Max Schmidt about the Paraguayan and Brazilian Indians.

The book presented Friday in Asuncion, and which goes on sale Oct. 15, brings back the life and times of the adventurous researcher Schmidt, who traveled tirelessly around the Paraguayan Chaco and Brazil’s Mato Grosso region in the early 20th century, its authors told a press conference.

Schmidt’s photos, chosen personally by Mortensen, show members of indigenous communities that were almost unknown until the German researcher documented them in their daily activities and with stunning portraits shot with a heavy old camera with glass plates that he carried around the jungle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Viggo Mortensen to Star in French Film

Posted by Staff in May 21,2013 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen is set for his first French-language role in helmer-scribe David Oelhoffen’s “Loin des hommes” (Far From Men).

The film is inspired by “The Host,” one of six short stories in French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus’ book, “Exile and the Kingdom.”

Mortensen stars as a French teacher in a small Algerian village in 1957 during Algeria’s war of independence from France. He is ordered to take a dissident to the authorities to turn him in but the two men unexpectedly bond.

The ¤6 million ($7.7 million) “Kingdom” is produced by Marc du Pontavice and Matthew Gledhill at Paris-based One World Films. “Viggo is a big fan of Albert Camus’ work and committed to star in the film very quickly after he read the script,” du Pontavice said. [Source]

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Viggo Mortensen to star in Lisandro Alonso drama

Posted by Staff in Nov 18,2012 with No Comments

Actor will also produce film to be shot in Denmark, Argentina

Viggo Mortensen has signed on to produce and star in Lisandro Alonso’s untitled drama set in Denmark and Argentina.

Andy Kleinman’s Massive Inc. will produce together with Mortensen’s Perceval Films banner and Alonso’s 4L. Jaime Romandia of Mantarraya and Ilse Hughan of Fortuna Films are also producing.

Production is scheduled to start early next year in Denmark and Argentina. Script by Alonso and Fabian Casas follows a Dane and his daughter who journey to a desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

Alonso’s first film, “La Libertad,” screened in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes in 2001. His last film, “Liverpool,” premiered at Cannes.

Mortensen, whose father is Danish, was last seen as Sigmund Freud in “A Dangerous Method” and will be seen next in “On the Road” and “Two Faces of January,” Hossein Amini’s directorial debut. He’s managed by Lynn Rawlins. [Source]

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Viggo Mortensen looks to team up with ‘Drive’ screenwriter for Patricia Highsmith adaptation

Posted by Staff in Jun 28,2011 with No Comments

Hossein Amini is one of the hottest screenwriters around — his Ryan Gosling-starring “Drive” has been getting some enthusiastic notices on the festival circuit, and he’s penned big upcoming releases such as “47 Ronin” with Keanu Reeves and “Snow White and the Huntsman” with Kristen Stewart. Now Amini has written a new movie, and it unites him with a well-regarded actor, Viggo Mortensen, and an equally acclaimed novelist.

Amini and Viggo Mortensen are developing an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Two Faces of January,” according to a person familiar with the project who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk about it publicly. The idea is for Amini to make his directing debut with the film and Mortensen to star, the person said.

Highsmith’s 1964 suspense novel centers on an American con artist, his wife, and a stranger they meet while traveling in Athens. After one of them kills a Greek police officer, the trio enter a high-stakes game with the authorities and one another as they attempt to cover up the crime and flee the country.  Read the rest of this entry »

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