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Thursday, February 23, 2017

NIGHTWING Taps 'The Lego BATMAN Movie' Director To Helm For Warner Bros.

Fresh out of the door with more news on activity from Warner Bros. Pictures is talk of director Chris McKay who gained notoriety this year with his directorial debut, The Lego Batman Movie. This time he's aiming to tackle live-action with reports from THR confirming his attachment to a Nightwing feature film inspired by the DC Comics property in its shared legacy with the Dark Knight himself, Batman.

With Carnahan Out, Jackie Chan's FIVE AGAINST A BULLET Lands A New Director

I suppose with The Raid re-adaptation, Uncharted, Bad Boys For Life and X-Force piling on that Stretch and Smokin' Aces helmer Joe Carnahan would have to cast aside something. Of course, that would be action star Jackie Chan's Five Against A Bullet for which the pair were set to work on as of December following its lingering development since 2010.

Matt Reeves To Direct THE BATMAN, But What Of Its Star?

The funny thing about the new announcement from Warner Bros. Pictures regarding The Batman is that it makes no mention of actor Ben Affleck. This probably means that rumors of the actor's departure from the role probably won't go away though fans may still expect him in the forthcoming Justice League films from director Zack Snyder.

THE PAPER TIGERS: Help Award-Winning Director Bao Tran Unleash His Kung Fu Comedy Beast!

It was back in 2015 that award-winning filmmaker Bao Tran graced netizens with an amazing original kung fu action shortfilm titled The Challenger. To that end, I got to achieve quite a bit in interviewing Tran and performers Andy Le and Unlucky Stars actor Ken Quitugua and assuredly, I can attest that this project has a much more prospective and grand reach.

Recon Acquires Majority Stake In Millenium

Public-listed China-based Recon Holding has reportedly acquired the majority interest in the independent film staple, Millennium Films according to a new press announcement. News of the deal in its development began circulating as early as last week.

TOMBOY Arrives On UK Digital HD and DVD This March And April

Director Walter Hill's latest action thriller hasn't yet picked up steam in the U.S. for its release but it's getting the Digital HD and DVD treatment when Tomboy arrives respectively in the U.K. on March 13 and April 3. And yes, you read correctly. That's the title they get whereas the title in other markets may be anywhere from (Re)Assignment to The Assignment...

X-FORCE Lands THE RAID Remake Writer/Director Joe Carnahan

Wednesday brought a flurry of news surrounding director Joe Carnahan who gave a slate of exclusives to various sites, including Collider.com and ComingSoon.net. Thus, following breaking news over The Raid remake and Uncharted, it was Comicbook.com that brought us the word that Carnahan is the man poised to direct the forthcoming X-Force adaptation.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE RAID: Carnahan, Grillo Dish The Details For Their Vision, Motivation, Risks And More

Yes, that is the movie that War Party duo, Frank Grillo and director Joe Carnahan are setting out to remaster with their own vision. It's been an epicenter of much brouhaha for many a fan who already think that the 2011 Iko Uwais-led starrer and its sequel from director Gareth Huw Evans is enough with a third pending and a fanbase this apprehensive toward anything they love like The Raid being remade in any capacity is likely hard to please.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Lands Home This March On Blu-Ray, DVD And Digital HD!

Arguably, there's almost no question that Gareth Edwards's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered something pretty cool back in December as a one-off from the Star Wars canon, telling of a story of ragtag rebels who set out to influence the major battle ahead for the Rebel Alliance against the Empire. Indeed, more can be expected in the forthcoming book installation, Inferno Squad, which hits shelves this July while we await the story to be told of one of the saga's biggest and most pivotal figures in next year's Han Solo spin-off film from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Fox's X-MEN Live-Action Series Lands Jamie Chung

Big screen efforts haven't waned for the X-Men film saga at all recently and you needn't look further than the latest developments with Simon Kinberg's latest attachment to possibly write and direct the next movie in question. That said, we now advance toward small screen endeavors wherein it was last summer that Bryan Singer and Matt Nix were officially reported as on-board for a pilot committment with Fox Television's advancement of a live-action X-Men TV series inspired by the hit Marvel franchise.

Jamie Foxx Action Thriller SLEEPLESS Heads To Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD This April

Director Baran bo Odar's crime remake, Sleepless, is still in my personal viewing queue and eventually I'll post my own thoughts on it in a review or via Instagram. In the meantime the film is heading to DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital in the coming weeks with Jamie Foxx spearheading the action and thrills, and Universal Pictures is more than pleased to accomodate.

IRON FIST Explores Danny Rand In A New Featurette

I as much as anyone can't wait to spend the weekend of March 17 digesting Netflix's new Marvel installation, Iron Fist. Finn Jones stars in the title role based on the comic book tale of a young plane crash survivor who, years later, follows up with his mysterious return to New York City with a special skill set he'll need to take down the plutocrats running his father's business and legacy, and the city, into darkness.

Simon Kinberg May Direct X-MEN: THE NEW MUTANTS For Fox

I haven't yet seen X-Men: Apocalypse so I couldn't tell you my opinion on it just yet, but the word now from Collider is that Simon Kinberg is poised to direct the next film in the franchise for 20th Century Fox. For this, the report also suggests it may possible, albeit currently unclear, that actress Sophie Turner may reprise her role as Jean Grey in the supposed film following earlier reports of Josh Boone's own development of said film previous noted as being based on The New Mutants story back in 2015.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spy Thriller NEED TO KNOW Casts Charlize Theron

Word is that F. Gary Gray's April 14 release of The Fate Of The Furious from Universal Pictures is being given a 160-minute run time. I'd say that's pretty sizable and appropriate for a saga that has lasted seven epic action movie installments and there's no doubt that actress Charlize Theron's role will be pivotal in the film given the approach being hinted in the trailers so far.

Stars To Gather Next Month For Celebrity Roast Of Heralded Actress And VO Artist, Joycelyne Lew

Celebrated television, film and voice actress Joycelyne Lew is slated to be the center of attention when stars gather for a celebrity roast at Golden Dragon Restaurant on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm PST. According to last week's press annoucement, arrivals will include actor Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death, Chuck Norris' An Eye for An Eye), Cynthia Rothrock (Tiger Claws III, Lady Dragon), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, Mortal Kombat), Peter Kwong (The Golden Child, Big Trouble in China), Host Grand-Master Eric Lee (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 3 Ninjas) and many more.

Punch It! Filming Begins For The Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off

The new Han Solo spin-off film still doesn't have an official title, but we now have our first look at a cast photo marking the start of principal photography at Pinewood Studios as of Monday. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) are directing the film as one of several current spin-offs for Disney and Lucasfilm's on-going Star Wars saga in lieu of Rian Johnson's coming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

SATRIA HEROES: REVENGE OF DARKNESS Lands A Trailer For Indonesian Tokusatsu Feature Film With Yayan Ruhian

Tokusatsu gained a foothold in Indonesia with the 2013 series run, Bima Satria Garuda. Since then, the show which centered on a young hero's discovery of a power stone to take on the evil Vudo empire after a mysterious alien portal to Earth emerges, spawned a sequel series in 2015 and is now on deck for a full feature film expansion.

Check Out The Latest Trailer For Slick Action Thriller, EXTRAORDINARY MISSION

Alan Mak, prolific co-helmer of the Infernal Affairs and Overheard movies recently paired up with co-director Anthony Pun (cinematographer: The White Storm, Monster Hunt) for a stellar new action thriller coming this Spring. That film arrives in the form of Extraordinary Mission and while not much was known at the time about this film, at least two teasers were unveiled to the public eye last year that were pretty attention getting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

THE HIT LIST: February 20, 2017

So, I finally saw John Wick: Chapter Two and you can read my review here...

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Shares What The Fuss Is All About In The Latest Trailer

I don't really have much to add about the latest trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. It looks epic but I can't say I'm hugely impressed by it so far and to establish this as the first of a whole franchise of titles may be stretching it. We'll see how this goes.

Voodoo Suspense Consumes The First Trailer For Indie Action Horror, LYCO

Independent filmmaker Franklin Correa is back this year and switching gears just a bit from his usual action-tethered efforts in films like Flash Drive and Mistaken. Thus, we get a first trailer for upcoming action horror, Lyco which centers on a collector who is but one of several people eyeing an ancient relic smuggled into the U.S., including a sadistic voodoo serial killer with more nefarious purposes.

Jacobus, Barber Hail New Film Banner With Upcoming Action Comedy Short, BLINDSIDED

Last year saw the release of a first poster for the new shortfilm, Blindsided, with actor and martial artist Eric Jacobus starring and fellow industry stunt professional Clayton Barber making his shortfilm directorial debut. As of Sunday, a post-dated announcement began making the rounds for the new action comedy short officially launching Jacobus Barber (JB) Productions, the latest milestone for both star and director since partnering on Jacobus's shortfilm hits, Rope-A-Dope and its energizing sequel, Rope-A-Dope 2: Return Of The Martial Arts Mafia.

A Case For Better Action Movies: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO (2017)

Nobody just kills John Wick and lives to tell about it. To that end, you would think, at least from a preventive viewpoint, that his reputation would span far enough to the resident killers, thugs and elitist psychopaths operating in the criminal underworld at large but... nope. Eventually some ambitious villain will come along and push things further into entropy - a realm lined well with the corpses of underlings so as to reaffirm just how much of a gluttonous, self-important asshole one has to be to witness Wick's reputation in action the hard way, after the fact.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dolph Lundgren Thriller DON'T KILL IT Lands A March Release

Having been a festival favorite at places including Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Screamfest, and Fantasy Film Festival, it's pretty clear Archstone made a great choice with its acquisition of Mike Mendez's new horror thriller, Don't Kill It. Its trailer has been viral off and on for sometime now and thankfully it has a limited theatrical and digital release date set for March 3 - a day of all days for anyone looking forward to going to see some action movies on the big screen. And Dolph Lundgren starring? Easy sell.

MEAN DREAMS: Bill Paxton Chills In The Trailer For Nathan Morlando's New Crime Thriller

Following his award-winning 2011 debut, Citizen Gangster, Canadian helmer Nathan Morlando is back with his newest thriller, Mean Dreams. The film landed at Vertical Entertainment for its U.S. release following its Directors' Fortnight premiere at Cannes last year and with a date stamped for a March 17 release in theaters and VoD, a trailer has since aired and rest assured, it delivers with potency.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The NEXT PURGE CHAPTER Sets Course For July 4, 2018 For Universal!

News is circulating that Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Platnum Dunes are returning to The Purge franchise once more for the fourth installment tentatively titled the Next Purge Chapter. James DeMonaco directed the trilogy which saw the story of people and politicians fighting off danger from all corners on the nation's annually-celebrated evening of crime and near lawlessness. 

#GoGo And Watch The Brand New POWER RANGERS Trailer!

Lionsgate took to Facebook today in one of the best marketing strategies by far for a film ahead of its release. With a reaction video counter to 75,000, it was only a matter of time before the second official trailer for Dean Israelite's latest, Power Rangers, would air online, and thus, it has.

The New Trailer For Military Thriller, MINE, Will Leave You Taking A Knee

Imagine Phone Booth or Liberty Stands Still, but in a desert and the one thing holding you hostage is a non-negotiable explosive death trap. That's what we now get in Well Go USA's upcoming release, Mine, from directing duo Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro.

THE CHOSEN GUARD: Martial Arts Star Yousef Mansour Returns For New Egyptian/American Co-Production

Action Film International is reportedly gearing up for a project in the Spring with re-emerging Egyptian actor and martial artist Yousef Mansour according to a recent press announcement. Titled The Chosen Guard, the new Arabic/English language action thriller will mark his fourth feature film after debuting in 1991 with Helali's Fist, and in up to sixteen years since starring in the 2001 film, Badr in which he also debuted as director.

EXCLUSIVE: A Cadence Of Vengeance Looms In The Teaser For Ramin Sohrab's VIULU

It was a few years ago that Finnish filmmaker, actor and stunt coordinator Ramin Sohrab landed on our radar with a slick proof teaser for a project called Malek. He already has several acting and stunt credits to his name as well as in film but Malek, in its circulation, was what eventually caught my eye having seen it written about elsewhere.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: LOI BAO Trio To Reteam For Next Action Project

It was earlier this week that the first official teaser trailer for Blood Letter helmer Victor Vu's new action movie, Loi Bao, released online, and much to the delight of action fans instinctive enough to catch on. Truy Sat co-star Cuong Seven makes his starring role here and for a teaser that has already begun catching on, bolstered by some of the big stuntwork highlight throughout while we await further details on the project.

Funimation Films Licenses Live-Action BLACK BUTLER For DVD And Blu-Ray Release!

Three years since the release of Warner Bros. Japan's live-action adaptation, Black Butler, U.S. anime staple Funimation has announced the film as its latest acquisition for a May 2 release on Blu-Ray and DVD. Kentaro Otani and Keiichi Satou directed the film hailing from its roots at Square Enix from Yana Toboso's 2006 manga publication.

Richie Keen Lands PARTNERS His Next Project Warner Bros

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On the eve of his forthcoming directorial debut comedy, Fist Fight, director Richie Keen is poised for his latest comedic endeavor, Partners, for Warner Bros. Pictures. Deadline reports Keen will direct from a script Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly following Evan Turner's first draft.

PLAN B: SCHEISS AUF PLAN A - Berlin Hails With Hong Kong Action In The First Official Trailer

Getting a martial arts action picture off the ground these days is not easy. What helps, of course, is the initiative, talent and the necessary support base to further substantiate the demand for such a film and thankfully, it's the kind of support that the folks over at German martial arts, stunt and film production group, Reel Deal Action, have been able to accumulate in the well over five-year period in which its members have been upscaling in the industry.

Action Spec Script, RUTHLESS Lands Brad Petyon To Direct For Amblin

San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton is well on his way with several projects, one of which now includes the female-driven action thriller, Ruthless from scribe John Swetnam. Deadline reports that the film has since landed at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners in the wake of the company's latest investment by Universal Filmed Entertainment earlier this week joining Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, eOne and Alibaba Pictures.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

EFM 2017: Trio Cast For Action-Packed Mystery Caper CARTER & JUNE

Writer and director Nicholas Kalikow is on deck to helm action-packed mystery caper, Carter & June according to announcements made via EFM. The noted Concrete Blondes (2013) helmer will be joined by Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel with Diane Richey and Kyle Roper of Sacred Bull Media producing.

Joe Carnahan Confirms He Will Direct THE RAID

If you're still in love with director Gareth Huw Evans's The Raid and its 2014 hit sequel, you can still purchase both in a terrific package at Amazon. In the meantime, there has been much ado about remaking the first film which released in 2014 and it is still a hot topic among many a fan of the film pining for what lies ahead for its original stars in their current career growth, including Iko Uwais who will appear with actor Frank Grillo in the upcoming sci-fi, Beyond Skyline.

PLAN B: Check Out A Fresh New Image From The New Martial Arts Comedy Before The Trailer Releases!

The official trailer for upcoming German martial arts action comedy, Plan B: Scheiss Auf Plan A, is airing on Thursday ahead of its release this summer. The film marks the latest directing effort from filmmakers, Ufuk Genc and Michael Popescu, offering German martial arts stunt fighting and production company Reel Deal Action their debut stake in feature length territory in association with Lightburst Pictures and CineChromatix.

FONZO: Josh Trank To Direct Tom Hardy In Capone Gangster Drama

Chronicle helmer Josh Trank may not have earned a lot of favor with his most recent efforts on Fantastic Four, but he's moving on and switching gears a bit with news out of Berlin following the annoucement of gangster drama, Fonzo. Pre-production is this summer with cameras slated to roll this Fall and with none other than Legend and Mad Max: Fury Road star, Academy Award® nominee Tom Hardy landing the title role.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

INTO THE BADLANDS: Sunny And The Widow Make Their Case In Two Slick New Teasers For The Second Season

Actor Daniel Wu will be back to put a few more notches on his back in the role of Sunny in the upcoming second season of AMC series, Into The Badlands. Joining him, of course, is Emily Beecham as the bloodthirsty widow and both are here this week to set the dark, grim tone for swordswinging, brutal and deadly revenge and retribution.

EFM 2017: Fichtner, Hoeks Joins Milo Gibson Debut Action Starrer, ALL THE DEVIL'S MEN

GFM Films is currently on the floor at the European Film Market handling sales for its slate, one of which included the upcoming action thriller, All The Devil's Men. Late last year the film attached actor Milo Gibson - son of Mel Gibson who directed the younger's appearance in Hacksaw Ridge - for his debut lead role.

TRIPLE FRONTIER: Ali, Hardy And Tatum To Star For Paramount Action Thriller

Actor Tom Hardy has some good news happening on the film front in various reports, one such including Deadline's latest piece on upcoming action thriller, Triple Frontier. SAG Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, Moonlight) will be joining Hardy for Paramount Pictures, as will actor Channing Tatum once confirmed.

Disney's Live-Action MULAN Sets Niki Caro To Direct!

After garnering praise for her most recent work on The Zookeeper's Wife starring Jessica Chastain, McFarlane, USA helmer Niki Caro is reportedly being eyed to direct Disney's own upcoming live-action Mulan film. The film is one of two titles related to the Disney IP with the other being housed at Sony with Alex Graves directing for a late 2018 release.

Peep The Sales Art For Frank Grillo, Iko Uwais Sci-Fi, BEYOND SKYLINE

The internet may have been busy spoiling itself rotten with the footage tentatively available above and on other YouTube accounts as per its leak from last year's X-Spatial event. In the meantime, director Liam O'Donnell's new sci-fi, Beyond Skyline, is now here to accomadate with sales art currently available, and visible over at worldwide sales rep Red Sea Media's official website.

Eureka Entertainment Announces DRUNKEN MASTER Blu-Ray 4K Restoration Release For April!

If you've decided that you're not feeling any of action star Jackie Chan's new stuff these days or if you still prefer his old school gems, you're probably not alone. Thus, you're likely among the niche in the U.K. aware of who Eureka Entertainment is and may even be delighted about their latest "Masters Of Cinema" announcement, the 4K Blu-Ray restoration of Chan's 1978 kung fu classic, Drunken Master.

Well Go USA Announces Derek Yee's SWORD MASTER For Digital HD, DVD And Blu-Ray Releases

I can't say much about the 3D version, but you can bet that director Derek Yee's own Death Duel reimagining, Sword Master, was an entertaining feat. My review is up for those of you who have missed out while you can now expect to see forthcoming DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD releases courtesy of Well Go USA.

The New LOGAN IMAX Poster Is Straight Up Old-School

I'm not even gonna try and sell this too much. The IMAX poster for Logan sells itself immensely in its genius and richness and with the resounding approval amid the hype, you're probably just waiting until the release of the film...

OPINION: Is Ben Affleck Leaving THE BATMAN Role?

I hate rumors. Rumors are bullshit and don't offer anything productive if I'm being frank.

Mark Dacascos, Mike Moeller Actioner, ULTIMATE JUSTICE, Gets U.S. Distribution

It's been a while since we last heard word on director Martin Christopher Bode's latest Mark Dacascos starrer, Ultimate Justice. As it stands now, the film now has itself a U.S. distribution home at Vision Films who have already accumulated several forthcoming titles under its banner.

GIVEAWAY: Win A Free Copy Of COLD WAR 2 Starring Aaron Kwok!

With its current Digital HD availability, Well Go USA is now ramping up promotion of Cold War 2, the hit sequel of Cold War from directing duo Longman Leung and Sunny Luk. The DVD and Blu-Ray hit shelves online and at your local stores on March 7, but you can now win one of four DVD copies of the film from us personally!

Monday, February 13, 2017

THE HIT LIST: February 13, 2017

I actually planned on seeing John Wick: Chapter Two this past weekend but ultimately ended up staying in. A few things factored into that with lack of sleep being one of them - as tasking as the Hit List is, I kinda needed the energy.

Reel Deal Action Comedy, PLAN B: SCHEISS AUF PLAN A, Lands Trailer And Summer Release Dates

The good folks over at Reel Deal Action have officially announced the trailer and release date for their debut upcoming martial arts action comedy, officially titled Plan B: Scheiss Auf Plan A. The title itself is interesting and if you know what it means in relation to the material, you can pretty much appreciate the linguistic asethetic behind it.

LOI BAO: Cuong Seven Takes Flight In The First Teaser For Victor Vu's New Action Thriller

Last we checked in with actor Cuong Seven, he was getting his kicks opposite actress Troung Ngoc Anh in Cuong Ngo's action crime thriller, Truy Sat. Having made the case then, the actor and seemingly prominent rising action talent has since been seen on set with Blood Letter helmer Victor Vu and action producer Jason Ninh Cao (Iron Monk) for the new action thriller, Loi Bao, which boasts some big stunt sequences at great heights in the first teaser now rumbling online.

Louis Koo's Ambitious Sci-Fi, VIRTUS, Now Filming

The word is that sequels to Louis Koo and Sean Lau pairings, The White Storm and Out Of Inferno are currently in-bound. In the meantime, even more details are currently needed now that both actors have begun filming Koo's latest sci-fi film endeavor, Virtus.

GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS: Catch The Second Trailer For The Sequel Hockey Brawler

I've been slow to catch on to any of the Goon films but the sequel, Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, is opening next month. I don't have too much to say about this one, but it'll undoubtedly appeal to the comedy crowd with some fisticuffs for good measure and for fans of starring actor Sean William Scott.

Well Go USA Picks Up Donnie Yen Crime Thriller, CHASING THE DRAGON, And More

Action star and actor Donnie Yen has been enjoying a rather celebratory year. Two Hollywood films in with the hopeful prospect of another, it was just last month that he wrapped his latest pairing with director Wong Jing for the forthcoming Hong Kong crime drama, Chasing The Dragon.

Scarlett Johansson Will Not Be Controlled In The Second Official GHOST IN THE SHELL Trailer

The latest trailer for Rupert Sanders's manga/anime adaptation, Ghost In The Shell, finally arrived at the bottom of the weekend following its most recent television spot. It looks pretty solid and lo and behold, I woke up on Monday morning to the usual chorus of boos and cheers - boos, of course, with respect to actress Scarlett Johansson's casting for the lead role as "The Major", sans Kusanagi, interestingly.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

PLAN B: Get A New Look At Reel Deal Action In The Upcoming Martial Arts Comedy

Believe it or not, you are only about a week from seeing the first official bits from the promotion of the forthcoming martial arts action comedy, Plan B. The film hails from the inner workings of Germany-based Reel Deal Action who produced their debut movie as the first feature film following years of successes in stunt work on films like Hitman: Agent 47, Big Game and xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage.

Assassin Thriller HOTEL ARTEMIS Casts Dave Bautista

Director James Gunn's May 5 release, Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 has reportedly tested and been rated a perfect 100 among insiders according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is very good news for actor Dave Bautista who has several titles set to arrive this year. Keep that in mind while the actor continues to help lay more thrilling groundwork for action and suspense in Jodie Foster's new movie, Hotel Artemis.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence Espionage Romance Actioner RED SPARROW Now Filming

Filming is reportedly underway for the production of Red Sparrow for 20th Century Fox with none other than Hunger Games franchise co-helmer Francis Lawrence directing actress Jennifer Lawrence. She is joined by Academy Award-nominated Dutch actress Thekla Reuten along with actors Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons.