From The Hollywood Reporter
Focus Features is in final talks to to prebuy U.S. rights to Harmony Korine's The Trap, a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene starring Idris Elba as a gangster rap artist and Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier.
Elba is attached to replace Jamie Foxx, with Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and James Franco also in final talks to join the cast (Del Toro was announced last year).
Korine, who is repped by CAA, has been a hot commodity since the indie hit Spring Breakers, also starring Franco. Grisbi's John Lesher, producer of the Oscar-winning Birdman, is producing Korine's latest outing alongside Charles-Marie Anthonioz at Iconoclast and Marc Schmidheiny at DCM Film.
Focus declined comment but sources say negotiations are at an advanced stage. CAA is arranging financing and representing domestic rights.
In more good news for The Trap, Lionsgate is handling the movie internationally and will likely shop the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
In The Trap, written by Korine, Rico is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards when Slim (Del Toro) is released from prison after 14 years. Slim is determined to exact revenge after learning that Rico not only achieved fame and fortune but also married his girlfriend and raised Slim's son as his own.
Slim's plot includes recruiting a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson), as well as enlisting the help of Rico's cocaine-happy manager (Franco). Pacino plays Slim's parole officer.
Elba, who is represented by WME, is next in theaters with Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1). He also stars in African war drama Beasts of No Nation, which was recently acquired by Netflix and is slated to debut on the streaming service and in select theaters this fall timed to awards season.
Pacino is repped by UTA and manager Rick Nicita. Pattinson is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment; Franco by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
From The Wrap
Focus is in negotiations to acquire U.S. rights to the film, which also stars Benicio Del Toro
Idris Elba will replace Jamie Foxx alongside Benicio Del Toro in Harmony Korine’s “The Trap,” which will co-star Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino. Focus Features is in negotiations to acquire U.S. rights to the film, an individual with knowledge of the pending deal has told TheWrap.
A representative for Focus declined to comment.
Set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene, “The Trap” finds Del Toro playing an ex-con out for revenge against a gangster rapper and former friend (Elba) who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed 14 years earlier.
Franco will play Elba’s drug-addled manager, while Pacino will play Del Toro’s parole officer. Pattinson will play a surfer who helps Del Toro exact revenge.
John Lesher (“Birdman”) will produce via his Le Grisbi banner along with Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz and DCM Film’s Marc Schmidheiny.
Korine and Franco previously collaborated on “Spring Breakers.” Pattinson was a fan of that film and expressed interest in working with Korine on his next project.
Free Members-Only Screening: Clouds of Sils Maria
Friday, April 3
7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with actor Kristen Stewart
Co-presented by The New York Times Film Club
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. Kristen Stewart will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
2014, 123 min, color, DCP | Written and directed by Olivier Assayas; with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloë Grace Moretz
"Sometimes you meet out of town friends (like best friends you’ve missed desperately) for dinner at a fave spot (Pace) and a unicorn (Rob Pattinson) comes in and sits down directly behind you." #youcanwearabeaniebutyoucan’thide #teamedward #RobPattinson #twilight #iseefamouspeople
"She's so talented," Hoult told me at South by Southwest, where he helped unveil the new Jaguar XE at Boffin's Lab Powered by Jaguar and Wired Insider event. "I really can't speak highly enough about her. She's a talented, lovely and a wonderful girl…She's just got such a smart approach to her work and she's a real artist."
In the film, Hoult and Stewart live in a futuristic world where all human emotion has been eradicated.
"My character starts to get what they consider a sickness, where he starts to have nightmares and feel things and he's like, 'Hang on! What's going on here?'" Hoult said. "And then he notices Kristen's character and they start to develop this relationship in a world where people aren't allowed to have relationships, where they don't exist. It's basically a love story."
At long last, American audiences will soon be able to see Clouds of Sils Maria, the sexy showbiz drama that won Kristen Stewart so much acclaim after it opened in Europe during the recent awards season. Stewart plays the personal assistant to a famous but aging movie star (Juliette Binoche), who agrees to star in a revival of the play that made her famous. However, this time around, 20 years later, she’s playing the elder female character who is driven to suicide by a young female lover, while Hollywood’s brash new ingenue (Chloë Grace Moretz) slips into the younger star-making role.
Directed by Olivier Assayas (Carlos), Sils Maria was nominated for six César Awards—the French Academy Awards—and Stewart became the first American actress even to win a César for her supporting performance. Her ever-loyal character finds her professional and personal relationship to her boss complicated by her admiration for the young Hollywood starlet. In this scene from the film, she explains the magnitude of the ingenue’s stardom—which is amplified by the multitude of pre-teens who gobble up details of her personal life—to her unimpressed boss. The irony is pretty thick, coming from Stewart, and deftly delivered.