‘Muse of Fire’ Documentary Now Available on iTunes

The Shakespeare documentary, Muse of Fire, by Giles Terera and Dan Poole, and featuring an interview with Jeremy Irons, is now available to rent or buy on iTunes.

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Plot Summary

Funny, passionate and exciting: Muse of Fire will change the way you feel about Shakespeare forever. This unique feature documentary follows two actors, Giles Terera and Dan Poole, as they travel the world to find out everything they can about tackling the greatest writer of them all. Together they have directed and produced an inspiring film that aims to demystify and illuminate Shakespeare’s work for everyone: from actors, directors, theatre goers, students, to the man on the street. Their adventures take them to Denmark with Jude Law, Hollywood with Baz Luhrmann, Prison in Berlin, Shakespeare’s house in Stratford Upon Avon and Judi Dench’s back garden. Think Shakespeare is boring? Think again! Featuring: Dame Judi Dench, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellen, Jude Law, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Derek Jacobi, Julie Taymor, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman, Baz Luhrmann, Zoe Wanamaker, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Christopher Eccleston, Simon Russell Beale, Sir Nick Hytner, Peter Hall, Melvyn Bragg, Toby Stephens, Frances Barber, Rory Kinnear, Dominic Dromgoole, Sandy Foster and many more.

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.

Jeremy Irons Joins Cast of Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

Jeremy Irons has joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic Race.

From Variety:

Jesse Owens Biopic Gets Boost From Family

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

By Leo Barraclough

The daughter of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, Marlene Owens Rankin, was at the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Thursday to attend the international sales launch of “Race,” the biopic about her father. Variety spoke to her and Stephen Hopkins, the director of the film, whose cast Jeremy Irons and Geoffrey Rush have just joined.

Owens Rankin, sitting yards from the spot where Adolf Hitler watched the 1936 Olympics in which Owens won four gold medals, said the film can deliver an uplifting message to young moviegoers.

The message “is about the human spirit — about its endurance and vulnerability — but also the success you can achieve when you are motivated, and persevere in the face of adversity,” she said. “So, hopefully, kids who are underachieving and who lack hope will be motivated by his life and successes in spite of all he went through.”

The film, which was being introduced to buyers for the first time in Berlin by its sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment, tracks Owens’ progress leading up to the 1936 Games, contending with racism in the U.S. and Germany before his eventual triumph. Up-and-coming British thesp John Boyega plays Owens, as previously announced in Variety.

Mister Smith’s David Garrett told buyers gathered at the stadium that they were in advanced negotiations with Carice Van Houten to play Leni Riefenstahl.

He announced that Al Munteanu’s SquareOne Entertainment, the German distributor and an exec producer, and Canadian distrib eOne have boarded the project. Production will start May 24, and with the pic to lense in Berlin and Montreal.

“It will feel like a contemporary story,” Hopkins said. “It is about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks fighting his way to the forefront to represent his country. It should be something where people go, ‘I can’t believe this ever happened.’

“My dream is to present a real hero,” he added. “Someone who does it because of his need to better himself and to be dignified, but not in a stuffy way.”

Garrett said he likes to think of the project as “Chariots of Fire” on acid.

“It is an unbelievable story that if you had written it as fiction people would have gone, ‘Hmm, nah. That’s too amazing to be true,’ ” Garrett said. “It has so many stratas, whether it is the issues of prejudice and segregation, and then the hypocrisy of it all, and how people are prepared to compromise their views. It’s about one man breaking down so many people’s prejudices.”

Munteanu said, “It was supposed to be the Nazi Olympics, and he upstaged it entirely. It is a story about complete and utter dedication at a time when everything was against him.”

Producers include Forecast Pictures’ Jean Charles Levy and ID+’s Luc Dayan.

‘Night Train to Lisbon’ Premiere and Afterparty

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 13: Jeremy Irons attended the ‘Night Train To Lisbon’ Premiere – BMW at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 13, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photos by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for BMW)

Also, Martina Gedeck and Jeremy Irons attended the ‘Night Train to Lisbon’ after show party during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at the Technik Museum on February 13, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photos by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

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63rd Berlin Film Festival - Night Train to Lisbon

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63rd Berlin Film Festival - Night Train to Lisbon

63rd Berlin Film Festival - Night Train to Lisbon

Berlin International Film Festival Premiere of the movie 'Nicht Train To Lisbon'

Berlin International Film Festival Premiere of the movie 'Nicht Train To Lisbon'

Berlin International Film Festival Premiere of the movie 'Nicht Train To Lisbon'

'Night Train To Lisbon' Premiere At The 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

'Night Train To Lisbon' Premiere At The 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

'Night Train To Lisbon' Premiere At The 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

'Night Train To Lisbon' Premiere At The 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

'Night Train To Lisbon' Premiere At The 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

'Night Train To Lisbon' Premiere At The 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

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‘Night Train to Lisbon’ Berlinale Press Conference

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 13: Jeremy Irons attends the ‘Night Train To Lisbon’ press conference during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 13, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for BMW)

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‘Night Train to Lisbon’ Berlinale Photocall

Actor Jeremy Irons, actress Martina Gedeck, director Bille August, actress Melanie Laurent, actor Jack Huston, producer Peter Reichenbach, co-producer Ana Costa and producer Gunther Russ attends the ‘Night Train to Lisbon’ Photocall during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 13, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Max Irons at the HUGO Show in Berlin

Max Irons attended the HUGO Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show in Berlin Germany, 7 July 2011: