Jeremy Irons to Play Alfred Pennyworth in Batman vs. Superman Film

Jeremy Irons has been cast in the role of Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder.

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“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne,” director Zack Snyder said in a statement.

From Forbes: “…the Man of Steel follow-up — tentatively referred to as Batman vs. Superman unless/until a new title is announced — is all but guaranteed to rule the summer, especially now that it’s moved release dates to 2016 for a much stronger position. With Batman and Superman squaring off against one another, plus Wonder Woman dropping in for a brief appearance, and the prospect of some other heroes likely cameoing in some way, the film is instantly presumed to be in the running for a $1 billion showing sight-unseen… Batman vs. Superman — is scheduled to start shooting in Detroit in the coming weeks, and director Zack Snyder was there scouting additional locations last Wednesday.”

Warner Bros. will release the film worldwide on May 6, 2016.

Jeremy Irons Attends Taormina Film Festival

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ROME — Italy’s Taormina Film Festival featured a mix of international blockbusters, smaller dramas and comedies in its famous Teatro Antico venue, with a list of Hollywood A-Listers on tap, as the 59-year-old festival continues its return to good health after a “near-death” experience last year.

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The festival ran from June 15-22 in Taormina, Italy.

Trashed was screened on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 in the Convention Center – Hall A. Jeremy Irons was part of a Tao Class held on Wednesday, June 19 at 11.45 at the Hall A of the Convention Center.

Jeremy Irons was a recipient of the Taormina Arte Award. Here’s what the festival’s website has to say about Jeremy and the award (translated from Italian):

“Taormina Arte Award – Jeremy Irons
It ‘an interpreter of natural elegance, often also enjoys coloring and embellishing the prestigious cinematic tradition of British actors who wear the clothes of the “bad” with a pronounced English accent (even in a western like Appaloosa) or return to the origins of its training at the Old Vic appearing in reductions to Shakespeare as The Merchant of Venice. And ‘the most respected performers in English, starring theatrical films (like Callas Forever, Australia, The House of the Spirits), but also original and insightful studies of the author (Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, The French Lieutenant’s Woman of Reisz), but it will be in Taormina not only to speak of himself, of his excellent filmography, his acting style that blends technical and introspective fragility, authority and underground emotional outbursts, but mostly as a writer, producer and observer Trashed of Candida Brady, a film that takes in hand the risks to the food chain and the environment caused by pollution of air, land and sea. Looking at most of the planet, from Iceland to Indonesia, we discover surprising truth about imminent threats that surround us and our health, like the microplastic: plastic remnants infinitely small that fill the seas and, consequently, the fish, including those that end up on our tables. In Trashed, the actor takes us on a fascinating and disturbing to discover the devastating impact of human waste, more and more toxic than in the past. Also for his commitment, as well as the extraordinary career, the Festival pays homage to him with the Taormina Arte Award. ”