Ewan McGregor Tapped For Humanitarian Honor At BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards
September 13, 2016 By Nancy Tartaglione
Ewan McGregor has been set as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards which are organized by BAFTA Los Angeles. McGregor, whose feature directing debut American Pastoral just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is being given the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with UNICEF.
The actor-director recently traveled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across the area are affecting children’s lives. He “is using his platform to bring awareness” to the horrors facing the children, says BAFTA LA. The org noted he has worked with UNICEF to help provide life-saving food and water, protection services, and healthcare to families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA LA. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”
McGregor broke out in Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult hit Trainspotting and recently reprised his role as Renton in Boyle’s Trainspotting 2 alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony releases February 3 next year. The following month, Disney releases the live-action Beauty And The Beast in which McGregor plays Lumière. Among his long list of feature credits are The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Big Fish, I Love You Philip Morris, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Moulin Rouge (scoring Golden Globe nominations for the latter two films). He also donned Jedi robes to play the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He’s currently in political thriller Our Kind Of Traitor and soon begins production on FX’s Fargo. He’ll play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in the Season 3 anthology which is set to air in 2017.
McGregor’s American Pastoral is based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He stars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning with Lionsgate releasing October 21.
Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom are previous Humanitarian Award recipients. Other 2016 Britannia Awards honorees in various categories include Ang Lee, Samuel L Jackson and Ricky Gervais.
The awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood which honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., UK and beyond. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. This year’s ceremony takes place October 28 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by Jack Whitehall.
In a 20-year career Ewan McGregor has established himself as one of cinemas most versatile actors, as at home in independent film as he is in big budget studio fare. His star-making turn in Dennis Potters series Lipstick on Your Collar in the early 90s led to celebrated performances in Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, and Moulin Rouge as well as blockbuster success in the Star Wars prequels. For his feature directorial debut, McGregor tasked himself with not just directing an adaptation of Philip Roths Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral, but taking on the lead role too. McGregor discusses this ambitious debut, his career and his goals as a director.
Back by popular demand, Solid Geometry is being re-issued in a cult collector’s limited edition of 1,000. These will not be re-printed again so it’s your last chance to snap up a copy of this darkly erotic creepy tale, based on an Ian McEwan short story, directed by Ewan’s uncle Denis Lawson and also starring Peter Capaldi and Ruth Millar.
The critics said:
"Scots do nameless dread, throbbing with sex, particularly well ... dramatised and directed beautifully and coolly by Denis Lawson"
"beautifully acted by McGregor and Millar and designed and directed with stylish minimalism"
“Solid Geometry lends itself to the screen with a strange beauty… the film flickers between past and present, and the surreal atmosphere carefully built up culminates in a bizarre and unexpected finale.”
“Lawson relocates the story to contemporary Scotland, and convincingly suggests that it sits naturally within the dark native tradition of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stephenson … Solid Geometry is an enthrallingly enigmatic fable"
We say: your last chance to get a copy of this stylish, sexy, beautiful film before the reissued stock runs out!
Fargo: Ewan McGregor set as the lead in season 3 of FX limited series in dual role
May 20, 2016 By Nellie Andreeva
Ewan McGregor is the latest feature actor to topline an installment of FX’s Emmy-winning anthology series Fargo. McGregor will play the two central characters — brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy — in the upcoming third season, which is supposed to be set closer to present day than the first two installments.
Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man, he sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, on the other hand, is more of a cautionary tale. Balding and pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, he has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames Emmit for his misfortunes.
McGregor is the first actor cast in the third installment of Fargo, which tentatively is scheduled to begin production later this year for premiere on FX in 2017.
Cannes: Ewan McGregor in Talks to Star in Drama Don’t Make Me Go
4/29/2016 By Borys Kit
Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to star in Don’t Make Me Go, a road trip drama that Michael Sucsy will direct.
Donald De Line and Peter Saraf are producing the project along with Michael Litvak of Bold Films. Bold will also finance. The title will be introduced at the Cannes Film Market.
The story centers on a single father to a teenage daughter who, upon learning that he has a fatal brain tumor, decides to take her on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before and to try to teach her everything she might need over the rest of her life.
Vera Herbert was only 23 when she wrote the script that is so well regarded that it landed on the 2012 Black List.
Bold’s Gary Michael Walters and Jon Oakes are executive producing.
UTA packaged the project and arranged financing. On top of that, it is also repping North American rights. Sierra Affinity is handling international sales.
Sucsy is well versed in making movies that tug the heart strings, having directed HBO’s 2009 Emmy-winning film Grey Gardens, which starred Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, and The Vow, the hit romantic drama that starred Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
McGregor has several movies in the can, among them Our Kind of Traitor and The Last Days in the Desert. He is in post on his directorial debut, American Pastoral, and is prepping to shoot the sequel to Trainspotting.
McGregor and Sucsy are repped by UTA. McGregor is additionally repped by Sloane Offer and UK’s United Agents. Sucsy is additionally repped by Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.
Ewan McGregor’s ‘American Pastoral’ gets October release
April 28, 2016 By Dave McNary
Lionsgate has set Oct. 21 for a limited release of its drama “American Pastoral,” with Ewan McGregor starring and making his feature directorial debut.
The studio will expand the run a week later. The cast includes Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Jennifer Connelly, Rupert Evans, Peter Riegert and Dakota Fanning.
Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing along with Andre Lamal. John Romano adopted Philip Roth’s novel, which was published in 1997.
“American Pastoral” follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by committing a deadly act of terrorism during the Vietnam War.
The book, published in 1997, is the first novel in Roth’s American postwar trilogy, followed by “I Married a Communist” and “The Human Stain.” Lakeshore has produced two other Roth adaptations — 2003’s “The Human Stain,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, and 2008’s “Elegy,” starring Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley.
Roth won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for the novel. Lakeshore began working on a movie version in 2003 with Phillip Noyce directing. Fisher Stevens was attached to direct in 2012 before Lakeshore selected McGregor in early 2015.
Connelly plays the spouse of McGregor’s character and Fanning plays his beloved teenage daughter. Evans plays his brother.
Ewan McGregor on the Possibility of an Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff
The Star Wars prequels have a lot of problems, but Ewan McGregor isn’t one of them, which is impressive when you consider that he’s following in the footsteps of a legendary actor like Sir Alec Guinness. McGregor’s performance gets better with each Star Wars film, and if Lucasfilm sees fit to try a standalone Obi-Wan movie, it would be great if they reached out to McGregor to lead it.
Ewan McGregor to front new BBC TV series about the Highlands
29 February 2016 By Brian Ferguson
Ewan McGregor is to front a new fly-on-the-wall television series set to show the Scottish Highlands in a brand new light.
A BBC Scotland show will follow the course of the seasons in the heart of some of the nation’s most remote and rugged landscapes.
The Perthshire-born actor will be narrating Highlands - Scotland’s Wild Heart, which has been around three years in the making and will go on air later this year.
BBC Scotland says the programme, which involved more than 300 days of filming, will show “how the animals and people of this stunning part of the world manage to turn adversity to their advantage”.
After finishing his work on the programme in Los Angeles at the weekend, he told his Twitter followers: “I just finished recording of the narration for Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart. It’s incredibly beautiful and made me incredibly homesick.”
Filming locations for the series ranged across the Highlands, taking in the splendour of the Cairngorms, dramatic northern seascapes, the ancient Caledonian pine forests, the vast Flow Country, the granite cliffs of Handa Island and the mysterious depths of Loch Ness.
Filming challenges included a night when 15,000 lightning strikes hit across Scotland, as well as one of the autumn’s biggest storms with gale force winds during filming of seal pupping.
The series, which is expected to be show across the UK network, is being made for BBC Scotland by Glasgow-based production company Maramedia. The company was alslo behind the acclaimed show Hebrides – Islands on the Edge, which was shown three years ago.
McGregor, who is due to return to Scotland in May to shoot the sequel to Trainspotting, has released a number of family photographs of his schoolboy holidays in the Highlands to coincide with the announcement of his involvement with Maramedia for the second time, having also fronted the Hebrides programme.
His mother Carol said: “I’ve always loved the Highlands and had many great family holidays in summer, camping, and in winter, skiing. It will be lovely to hear Ewan narrating this new series.”
Nigel Pope, managing director of Maramedia, said: “All the favourite Highland animals make show-stopping appearances – roe deer, seals, dolphins, red squirrels, golden eagles, ospreys, pine martens, seabirds, capercaillies and mountain hares.
“But many strange and unfamiliar plants and animals also put in an appearance – the bizarre timberman beetle with antennae five times the length of its body; the insect-devouring sundew plant and the spectacularly-coloured Slavonian Grebe – Scotland’s rarest breeding bird.
“We have macro-photography illuminating some of the smallest but incredibly fascinating wildlife and slow motion capturing some of the grandest flights and hunts, while aerials shots, using a state of the art system, reveal the Highlands in all its glory.”
Craig Hunter, commissioning editor for the BBC, said: “Viewers will be treated to a beautiful portrait of life, in the Highlands, for the animals and people that live there.
“Some of the animal behaviour captured for this series has never been filmed before.”
News have circulated saying that the sequel for Trainspotting which is a couple of decades in the making will start on the 16th of May.
According to Metro UK, the author of the story, Irvine Welsh stated that everyone is set for the start of production.
“We have all the team up now and are opening an office in March. We start shooting on May 16,” Welsh said in a Beaks And Geeks podcast.
He has also been contributing to the film as an executive producer. What’s more is that he will also be one of the characters of the story.
“They have also cast me again in the film, so I’m reprising my role as Mikey Forrester, the drug dealer.”
Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle will all reprise their roles from the first film that was released about 20 years ago.
In 2015, Carlyle told the media that he had already read the script and said that it was the best script he has ever read.
According to Vulture, Boyle said that the start of the process of making the sequel is a bit tough, especially for the actors.
Boyle said that the actors were “very fearful” about the sequel.
“Actors are a great barometer of whether something is worthwhile or not. Their bullshit filter is very, very strong, because they’re going to be the ones out there trying to make a script look truthful and believable,” Boyle said. “When it comes to doing another Trainspotting, they were very nervous, because for all of them, it’s a large part of their reputation and they feel very protective towards their character.”