Jeremy Irons to Star in Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

As reported by Jeremy Irons .net in February 2014, Jeremy Irons has officially joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic Race.

Variety has just published this article with filming updates:

by Justin Kroll
Film Reporter @krolljvar

Focus Features has officially acquired domestic rights to the Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” with Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons joining the cast.

Stephan James will play Owens with Stephen Hopkins directing the pic.

The pic is based on the true story of Owens, the legendary sports superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics — where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

Sudeikis will star as Owens’ obsessive coach and mentor Larry Snyder, who, after his own prestigious track career, became a coach at Ohio State University. Irons will play Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin.

“Race” is written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. The movie is produced by Jean Charles Lévy for Forecast Pictures, Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Stephen Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin for Canada’s Solofilms, and Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok for Germany’s Trinity Race.

Filming to Start on “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

From Variety

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Moves to Production

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July 15, 2014
by Dave McNary
Film Reporter @Variety_DMcNary

After eight years of development, “The Man Who Knew Infinity” will go into production next month in the U.K. with Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons and newcomer Devika Bhise starring.

Patel will portray math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons will play G.H. Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s brilliance despite his lack of formal training and education and plucked him from obscurity in Edwardian India. Bhise will portray Ramanujan’s wife.

Shooting will start Aug. 3 at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge — the first film to be shot at Trinity — followed by two weeks in various locations in South India.

David Garrett of Mister Smith Entertainment has come on board to handle international sales.

The film is an Edward R. Pressman and Animus Films production in association with Xeitgeist and Marcys Holdings. Pressman and Animus’ Jim Young will produce along with Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Pressman’s chief operating officer Jon Katz and Xeitgeist’s Joe Thomas.

Matthew Brown will direct and wrote the screenplay based on the biography “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan” by Robert Kanigel. Pressman and Young acquired film rights to the biography in 2006, published in 1991.

Patel came on board the project last year at Cannes and Irons signed on in Decemeber. Bhise has recently joined the cast; she played the role of the goddess Namagiri in “The Partition,” a play based on Kanigel’s book, at the Spotlighter’s Theater in New York.

Bhise has a supporting role in an episode of the upcoming MTV series “One Bad Choice.”

Pressman produced “Wall Street,” “Bad Lieutenant” and “Reversal of Fortune,” for which Irons won the Best Actor Oscar.

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Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel is coming to Cambridge to film Hollywood movie The Man Who Knew Infinity with Jeremy Irons

Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge/Slumdog-Millionaire-star-Dev-Patel-is-coming-to-Cambridge-to-film-Hollywood-movie-The-Man-Who-Knew-Infinity-with-Jeremy-Irons-20140722060156.htm#ixzz38DZQC6Dk

Jeremy Irons Receives 2014 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Narrator

Jeremy Irons has received a 2014 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Narrator for Game of Lions, the documentary by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, which premiered in the USA on NAT GEO in December 2013.

The Emmys will be broadcast live from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, California, on NBC on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 8:00pm EST, hosted by Seth Meyers.

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Here is the full list of nominees in the category:

Outstanding Narrator

Game Of Lions • Nat Geo WILD • Wildlife Films
for National Geographic Channels
Jeremy Irons, Narrator

One Life • Nat Geo WILD • BBC Earth
Productions
Daniel Craig, Narrator

Penguins: Waddle All The Way • Discovery
Channel • A John Downer Production for BBC
and Discovery Channel
Jane Lynch, Narrator

Too Cute! • Holiday Special • Animal Planet •
Produced by True Entertainment, LLC for
Animal Planet
Henry Strozier, Narrator

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley •
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association
with George Schlatter Productions and Whoop
Inc. Productions
Whoopi Goldberg, Narrator

 

Here’s what the Jouberts had to say about Jeremy Irons as their narrator:

What does Jeremy Irons bring to “Game of Lions” as narrator? 
More than you would imagine. He brings a perfection and voice, obviously, but he reads the script with such authority that it reeks of credibility, and so it should. Jeremy has been a friend and collaborator for 12 years now, on seven films. So he understands every sentence and the behavior that is being described. If he does not understand what I have written, we stop, I convince him that it is correct or we change it. We have come to know Jeremy as a man of such professional integrity and character and personal mettle that very few have.
Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/new-film-plays-a-game-of-lions#ixzz374yKVMdn

Jeremy Irons Hosts Watlington Horticultural Show

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Jeremy Irons opened his home in Watlington to the public on Sunday 29th June 2014.

Watlington in Bloom presented its horticultural show and Music in the Summer Garden event at the house in Hill Road, which the actor shares with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack.

Organiser Gill Bindoff asked that entrants arrive between 10am and noon. The show was open to the public from 2pm to 4pm.

In the evening, Chamber Variations, a quintet, entertained guests with music by Elgar, Mozart and others.

Tickets cost £15, which included light refreshments.

Tim Horton, of Watlington in Bloom, said: “These are occasions to celebrate local achievement, whether in growing or preserve-making.

“We can expect a boost to funds that will allow us to roll out new schemes and help with the look of the town.”

All photos below via the Watlington in Bloom facebook page

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