“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” star Joe Alwyn has landed roles in two highly anticipated films.
The actor has joined Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges in Focus’ drama “Boy Erased,” directed by Joel Edgerton. He’s also boarded MGM’s “Operation Finale,” starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in the true story of the hunt for Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
“Boy Erased” is based on “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family” by Garrard Conley, who serves as a consultant on the film.
The movie will follow Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Crowe. At age 19, he is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program, or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.
“Boy Erased” is being produced by Edgerton and Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin, an Academy Award-winning producer of the Oscar best picture winner “Spotlight.” Executive producing the film are Rebecca Yeldham, Ann Ruark, and Anonymous Content’s Kim Hodgert and Tony Lipp. Josh McLaughlin, Focus’ president of production, will supervise the project for the company.
Meanwhile, “Operation Finale” from director Chris Weitz stars Isaac, Kingsley, Melanie Laurent, and Nick Kroll.
The film centers on the capture of Eichmann (Kingsley), who was one of the major architects of the Holocaust. He organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps, where an estimated six million people died.
As World War II was ending, Eichmann fled to his home country of Austria and then moved to Argentina. Eichmann was captured in Argentina in 1960 by the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. Following a trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and executed by hanging in 1962 at the age of 56.
Alwyn will play Eichmann’s eldest son, who, in order to conceal his father’s true identity, claims that Eichmann is his uncle. Isaac is producing with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger under their Automatik company, along with Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire.
Alwyn broke out on the scene after being discovered by Ang Lee for the filmmaker’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
Since then, he has landed roles in “The Favourite” opposite Emma Stone and “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Margot Robbie. Alwyn is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.
Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult also star in the ‘Lobster’ helmer’s film.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk star Joe Alwyn will join newly minted Oscar winner Emma Stone in The Favourite.
The period drama, directed by The Lobster helmer Yorgos Lanthimos, also will star Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult and Olivia Colman. It is set during the reign of Queen Anne (Colman), the last monarch of the House of Stuart, and centers on a love triangle and power struggle among the women of Queen Anne’s court.
Alwyn will play Masham, the love interest of Emma Stone’s servant character, who uses him to advance her position in court.
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Ceci Dempsey of Scarlet Films and Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday (who produced The Lobster).
A graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Alwyn has become a quickly rising star after Ang Lee cast him as the titular character in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (before the film, he had never acted in front of professional cameras). He starred in the 2016 film opposite Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Vin Diesel. The British actor will soon be seen in The Sense of an Ending with Charlotte Rampling. He’s repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group in the U.K.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Joe Alwyn is “still computing” what has just happened to him.
It’s unusual for an actor to land his first-ever screen role in an Ang Lee film, and it’s certainly exceptional that the part is in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in which he’s playing Billy Lynn and appearing in every scene, opposite Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin, among others.
It was quite a well-publicised casting call as well, with Lee narrowing it down to four actors and eventually selecting the only one who had no film credit.
Back from the Atlanta and Morocco shoot, Alwyn quickly decompressed and signed up for BBC Films’ The Sense Of An Ending, which has just wrapped.
It’s been quite a year for Alwyn, during which the north London native also graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (having studied English and drama at Bristol University) and turned 24.
“It all happened so quickly,” he recalls. “I still didn’t have an agent when I did my showcase. I signed on a Monday, self-taped on a Thursday and by Friday I was in New York meeting Ang Lee.”
The Oscar-winning film-maker and the London newbie became close. “He’s a very special person,” says Alwyn. “Billy is there in every scene in the movie, so I was on set first thing in the morning, last thing at night, working very closely with him. I felt very strange leaving it and leaving him.”
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the lauded book by Billy Fountain in which a serviceman counts down the hours before his return to Iraq, is set for a November 2016 release.
Source: Screen Daily