INQUIRER.NET – Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (“RoboCop,” “The Darkest Hour”) stars as the son of Liam Neeson’s character in Warner Bros. Pictures gripping action-thriller “Run All Night.”
In the film, Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
Kinnaman’s character, Mike, wants nothing to do with his father or his father’s line of work, not since Jimmy abandoned them years ago. A quick run as a professional boxer didn’t pan out, so in addition to his construction job, he drives a limo to support his wife and two kids.
RAN-TRL-8562Kinnaman describes Mike as “another casualty of his father’s lifestyle. He walked out on Mike when he was five and Mike’s lived his life just trying to be everything his father wasn’t.” The only time Mike has seen Jimmy in the past five years has been at his mom’s funeral, and even then Jimmy showed up drunk. Before that, it was only when he needed a place to hide out. “Jimmy has not been a father figure in any way and so Mike takes his own role as a dad very seriously. That’s why he works so hard; he’s trying to make ends meet for his family and his family is everything. It’s what he lives for,” says Kinnaman.
The actor had been on director Jaume Collet-Serra’s radar for some time. “I’m a fan of Joel’s and was just delighted that he came on board. He’s powerful in so many ways—mentally, physically, emotionally—and he brought all that to this character. He and Liam connected immediately.”
Both Kinnaman and Neeson agree that working out the father and son relationship on screen afforded them the chance to become close off screen.
Kinnaman shares, “I’ve always looked up to him, so it was a very special opportunity. It was a great honor to get to play alongside Liam. He’s had so many memorable performances.”
“It was wonderful working with Joel,” Neeson affirms. “We were very much a team, discovering our way through the emotional maze of this fractured father-son relationship. They are suddenly thrust into this situation where they have to trust each other, but Michael doesn’t know how to trust Jimmy.”
Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 12, “Run All Night” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
variety.com – Joel Kinnaman is in early talks to replace Tom Hardy in Warner Bros. and DC’s “Suicide Squad.”
The film currently stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne, with David Ayer directing.
Based on the DC comicbook, the story centers on the team of supervillains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.
Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing. Production is set to begin in April.
Hardy fell out in January for unknown reasons, and Warners worked quickly to find his replacement in order to meet the start of production. The studio has long viewed this project as the “Ocean’s Eleven” of comicbook movies and has been looking to load up the roster with top-tier talent.
The film is set to bow Aug. 5, 2016.
Kinnaman beat out several actors for the role, which was highly coveted by actors between the ages of 28 and 40 and looks to be a good fit for the former star of “The Killing.”
He most recently finished filming “Run All Night,” another Warner Bros. crime thriller, which bows in March. He is repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment.
hollywoodreporter.com – Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman are taking the plunge.
They are attached to star in The Bends, a diving adventure from producer Cybill Lui’s newly formed Anova Pictures. Emerging filmmaker Jean Luc Herbulot (Dealer) is directing.
The film centers on a mysterious discovery at the bottom of the ocean that reopens old issues for a former combat Marine who is working to pay off his debt to the mob.
Sierra/Affinity will launch the high-profile project to foreign buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. It’s sure to spark keen interest, thanks to its commercial potential as well as Pike’s Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Gone Girl, the David Fincher thriller that stunned at the global box office, earning nearly $370 million to date.
Herbulot will direct The Bends from a script by Oliver Leo. Shelley Browning is executive producing.
Pike also is attached to romantic drama The Mountain Between Us with Charlie Hunnam. She’s repped by CAA, United Agents in the U.K. and Magnolia Entertainment.
Kinnaman, who starred in RoboCop, has three films in post: Warner Bros.’ Run All Night with Liam Neeson, Summit’s Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, which will screen at the Berlin Film Festival. He’s repped by WME, Magnolia Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson. Herbulot is repped by WME and the Gotham Group.
usatoday.com – Liam Neeson knows there’s a website devoted to tracking the international baddies he’s taken out in his action films over the decades.
“You might punch in ‘killing machine’ and something will come up, I promise you,” says a still-surprised Neeson. “There’s a map of the world and there’s arrows pointing to all of the nationalities I have taken out.”
Look for a lot more Neeson kill-sties to dot the globe this year: His action-thriller Run All Night hits theaters April 17, and its trailer debuts this week, timed to the Friday release of Taken 3, featuring his final turn as the lethal CIA operative Bryan Mills.
Run All Night marks the actor’s third collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, following 2011’s Unknown and last year’s Non-Stop. Neeson plays Mob hitman Jimmy Conlon, who has earned the nickname “The Gravedigger.” He’s a washed-up, heavy-drinking “Westie” Irish gangster, kept on board because of his near-brotherly relationship with Mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris).
The relationship turns when Jimmy’s estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) — who has stayed away from the dirty family business — accidentally witnesses a hit. Maguire’s gang moves in to rub out the witness, but his father intervenes.
“Jimmy has to fight for his son’s survival and his own survival,” says Neeson. “The cops, corrupt cops and the Westies are after us. So, basically, we run all night.”
The film, set over 24 hours, pivots around Neeson’s disrupted relationship with Harris, who becomes hellbent on killing the Conlons. Meanwhile, a bevy of macho stars enters the picture, including Vincent D’Onofrio as a detective and the rapper Common as a hit man.
“It’s funny when you turn up on set with all of these masculine guys,” jokes Robocop star Kinnaman. “We all end up being all vulnerable. We’re actually really sensitive.”
On a serious note, Kinnaman gives big props to 6-foot-4 former boxer Neeson, 62, who continues to sustain, convincingly, a career in action films. “I don’t think anyone can mess with old Liam,” says Kinnaman. “He’s a big fella.”
Run All Night climaxes with a showdown between Neeson and Harris, and “you gotta believe it goes down in true Western style,” says Neeson. But along the way, he and Kinnaman leave a trail of departed foes as they travel by train, subway and car throughout New York City’s boroughs, offering more fodder for the kill map.
Still, there’s one location Neeson vows to stay away from in future films: North Korea. After the Sony hacking debacle in December over The Interview, that’s one fight Neeson won’t take on.
“I don’t think so,” he says. “I don’t want the little guy — what’s his name? Kim Jong Un — to get any more angry.”
Facebook.com – We are beyond excited to announce that the Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman will receive the Eliason Merit Award 2014 !!
The red carpet event will take place at the unique and beautiful Victorian in Santa Monica, during the American Film Market, on November 7th 2014.
The award ceremony will feature top performances including a celebrity-packed after party in Joel Kinnaman’s honor. More details regarding the evening and the entertainment will be announced soon so stay tuned.
When: Friday, November 7, 2014
Where: The Victorian, 2640 Main Street, CA 90405, Santa Monica
JKF would like to congratulate Joel on this honor. He deserves it and cannot be more proud of him!
Comicbookmovie.com – In honor of the return of CW’s Arrow these past few weeks, I thought I would create a fancast for a big screen adaptation of Green Arrow. Now, keep in mind as you take a look at my cast, that this iteration of Green Arrow would exist within the DCCU that I have created in the past year.
In my past few editorials/fancast, I’ve always had a fully developed fan fiction to go along with the casting but given how I’ve never anticipated a Green Arrow movie fitting in my DCCU plans (which obviously has already been shot to hell by what’s actually going on) I didn’t bother coming up with a plot line for the movie.
WARNING: I apologize before hand for the lack of pictures. For some reason, I am having trouble uploading pictures and thus cannot embed them into the article. I will update if I ever figure out what the problem is.
Anyway, without further ado—and I hope you enjoy—the cast of Green Arrow:
Joel Kinnaman as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow: Okay, yes, I’ll admit—Joel Kinnaman is an extremely generic choice to play Oliver Queen but one can’t deny his burgeoning Hollywood status what with a lead role in RoboCop and the critically-acclaimed The Killing. The latter clearly shows Kinnaman’s ability to act and given the right script, I think he has the perfect combination to bring explore all aspect of the Green Arrow persona and that of his secret identity, Oliver Queen. Kinnaman’s experience with action is also a plus and I think he only needs the right film and exposure to become a household name.