Details on new projects

Lots of exciting news to report on new Jonathan film projects. First from Variety comes word that Jonathan is set to star in director Mike Hodges new film:

Hodges, Owen “Sleep” together
Friday May 3
By Dana Harris

Director Mike Hodges will reteam with his “Croupier” star Clive Owen on the noir thriller “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” with Paramount Classics acquiring domestic distribution and certain international territories. Written by Trevor Preston, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” tells of a former gang boss who is drawn back into the game to avenge his brother’s sordid and tragic death. Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Malcolm McDowell also star.

The picture begins production in September and is slated for a late 2003 release. In addition to North America, Paramount Classics acquired the picture for Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Latin America and the Middle East.

Hodges also directed the original “Get Carter,” starring Michael Caine. Owen is starring opposite Angelina Jolie in “Beyond Borders” and was most recently seen in Robert Altman’s award-winning ensembler “Gosford Park.”

Also from Variety is the news that Jonathan has signed to star in an upcoming UK produced thriller:

Thesp Quintet High on ‘Octane’
Thursday May 9
By Cathy Dunkley

Madeleine Stowe (“We Were Soldiers”) and Mischa Barton (“Lost and Delirious”) are among the stars to sign on for “Octane,” a low-budget supernatural thriller that begins shooting June 3 on location in Luxembourg.

Stowe plays a woman who suspects that the people who have lured away her teenage daughter (Barton) are not what they seem. Norman Reedus (“Blade II”), Bijou Phillips (“Bully”) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (“Bend It Like Beckham”) also star in the film, which Marcus Adams (“Long Time Dead”) will direct.

The $11.5 million film marks the debut production of Four Horsemen Films, a youth-oriented genre label of U.K. producer Random Harvest.

Lastly, from the Cannes Film Festival comes word that Jonathan is in talks to star in a long awaited live action movie version of Peter Beagle’s novel The Last Unicorn. “Gormenghast” co-star Christoper Lee and Angela Lansbury are set to star in the Continent Film production, which plans to feature a computer generated unicorn. Mia Farrow (the voice of the Unicorn in the original animated version of the film) and Heath Ledger are also in talks to star in this $45 million production.

Thanks to Sandy for passing these news tidbits to the site.

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