Impressive Cast Set for Next Film Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

June 9, 2015
Source: Deadline

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

One of the big breakout films of Sundance this year is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the festival in January. It's the second feature film directed by up-and-comer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who also directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the remake) before Me and Earl. Deadline has announced his next project, titled Collateral Beauty, from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Switch, Just Go with It, Rock of Ages). Not only that but Gomez-Rejon has lined up talented performers Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara to star in the film, which has financing in place from PalmStar Media and Likely Story. So what is the new film about?

According to Deadline, Collateral Beauty has a plot that centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a "deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined." It sounds like Hugh Jackman will star as that ad executive, and filming will begin in the fall later this year, so they're moving fast. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing with screenwriter Allan Loeb. I'm personally a big fan of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and I was impressed by The Town That Dreaded Sundown, so I am looking forward to seeing what Gomez-Rejon does next. Until then, Me & Earl opens in theaters this week.

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For me its a too bad on the casting. I very much like Rooney Mara and find her one of the more talented and interesting young actresses working today. I, however, have a difficult time even watching Jackman do anything. Bummer for

Bo on Jun 9, 2015


Really? No love for Jackman? Not even in... The Fountain? Or The Wolverine? Or The Prestige? Or... Swordfish? đŸ™‚ Don't answer on that last one.

Alex Billington on Jun 9, 2015


Nope, sorry Alex. None of the above and especially not Wolverine and probably mostly because he does stuff like Wolverine. That kind of movie is not my cup of tea. I'd probably feel the same about Viggo M. if he'd of taken on Wolverine when if was offered to him. But he didn't, he turned it down, because he's Viggo and not a Jackman type of 'entertainer'. Can you imagine Viggo looking like that character and being that character? (Now, don't you answer that last question; don't you dare) Pleeeeze!! Not in this life

Bo on Jun 10, 2015


You sound kind of biased - no offense. Hugh Jackman is a Tony Award winning theater actor. He is one of the best emotional performers I have ever seen, and he can slip into probably any character he is asked to no matter how different the characters are. Wolverine/X-Men was Jackman's first Hollywood movie. At the time he took it, it was the only movie role he was offered. He had the opportunity to work with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, etc. He would have been a fool to turn that down. I am willing to bet you have never actually seen The Fountain, Prisoners, The Prestige, or any of his theater performances live. I'm positive you haven't seen his romantic comedies. And if you saw Les Miserables, it was probably in that kind of closed-hearted way where you didn't really give it a chance and watched hoping not to like it and not actually paying attention to nuances. That is exactly how you come across. You dislike Jackman mostly because he did Wolverine? That tells me you stereotyped him, which is wrong on every level. Props to Jackman for doing Wolverine, being extremely dedicated and hardworking in the role despite it being a comic book role, giving much of the money he receives from it to charity, not taking himself seriously, and staying loyal to fanboys. That character is the complete opposite of himself. In person, Jackman is among the nicest, most gentle, most humble people you can meet. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, after all.

Jordan Mitchell on Jun 26, 2015


Well, no offense to you Jordan, but sound biased as is usually the case when one accuses another of ...anything. I'm not biased. Based on what? I just don't like him, which is my right. When I say not liking him I mean his work. I don't know him as a person but know people who do and they too share your opinions of him being a very nice man. So what? You're having a problem with my not liking him just because you do is a biased position. Plus, you have met him and liked that experience, so you are biased because of your personal experience. Come on, man. You sound naive and lacking sophistication. I have known and worked with many actors as popular or more so than this guy and it's never made me biased to like their's never biased me to like a movie I've worked on. I've also seen all the movies you mentioned and hated everyone of them that I managed to get through. Again, my right to do so. Don't even get me started on that singing debacle Les Miserable indeed. Ugh! For me that's just embarrassing sentimental dreck! Again, why I don't care for his work because he does silly stuff like that movie.. I've not seen anything he has done on stage and you couldn't pay me to. I've no interest in him. Again, my right to feel as such. I'm glad he's such a nice person, but I also know a lot more about him and his personal life than you do. Which perhaps makes me biased because of I do. I think not though because I could care less about his or anyone else's fake, presented to the public life. So, be my guest and like him and his work. I've no problem with that. Why you do with my opinion is again, your problem. Get over it and I wish you well in doing so.

Bo on Jun 27, 2015


PS - Viggo M. has only been nominated for 1 Oscar and he is 10 years older than Hugh Jackman and has been acting much longer than Hugh Jackman. But guess what? Hugh Jackman has 1 Oscar nomination too as well as 2 Tony Awards and an Emmy. They say people who excel in theater, like Jackman, are the true actors. Think about that next time you call him a "light weight" actor and entertainer.

Jordan Mitchell on Jun 26, 2015


My god, Jordan. You sound like a child. I don't mean to be hurtful towards you, but come on, man. Who the hell cares how many awards anyone gets or has gotten? Are you kidding me? Again, that's so immature and lacking of awareness I think I'm wasting my time communicating with you. Let me tell you the truth...Viggo is much more respected as an actor and an artist than Jackman. It's so obvious as to be laughable. I feel for you because you allow your personal opinions and likes cloud you emotionally when someone differs from you. Especially someone who might be more intelligent and more sophisticated and more experienced in the film world than yourself. Instead of being opened minded and opened hearted, (ugh) as you stated yourself and perhaps really listening and learning from opposing opinions you seem to want to stay in your immature and fanboy based opinions. Not much more I can say to you. Grow up, perhaps. Or respect differing opinions and perhaps try to understand where those differing opinions come from and why others feel differently than you do.

Bo on Jun 27, 2015


Jordan is the close minded, immature one? You are the one who judges a man's work without seeing the entirety of it (Jackman's stage work is probably his most relevant work) and refuses to watch a play or give Jackman a chance to give a movie performance you do like. That is the definition of close minded. You gave no insightful facts that anyone would value to amend their opinions. Not even an open minded person would think what you said had much worth. Then you assume someone like Jordan is a "fanboy" for disagreeing with you on an actor. I happen to have met Hugh Jackman, just as Jordan has, and you know what? I enjoyed Jackman's work objectively before I knew anything about him. He turned out to be a terrific person too, but that does not bias my view of his work. It was liking his work that made me want to know more about him. How do you know that is not the case for Jordan? I thought Jackman was a tremendous actor before knowing anything relevant about him, and I guarantee you I know way more about Jackman as a person now than you do despite your claims that you are such an expert. You act like you know everything about film and actors when you cannot even spell actors' names right (in another post for another article, you spelled his name, Hugh Jackson). You claim you are so sophisticated, and yet all you do is rant about how superior and well knowledgeable you are without giving actual, legitimate critical analysis. That is a sign of an empty barrel making tons of noise. Good acting is subjective, by the way. You do not know Jordan or anything about Jordan or Jordan's profession, what he/she knows about film or people in the industry, how well trained he/she is, or how old he/she is, yet you make assumptions about Jordan and what lead Jordan to have his/her opinions. You then say you are not biased despite admitting you don't like actors who make a certain type of movie, which is the very definition of being biased considering you then admit you never give those actors a chance afterwards and stereotype them. Jordan also never put down Viggo M. from what I can see. Personally, I think both Viggo M. and Hugh J. are great actors. Jordan never said Jackman was better. You are the one who started the comparison. You said Hugh J. is a lightweight actor and that if Viggo M would have done Wolverine, you wouldn't have liked him either. I'm pretty sure Jordan's point was that "lightweight" actors do not win Golden Globes and Tony Awards or get nominated for Oscars. Jackman barely campaigns for awards, and yet he is that respected by his peers to already have such awards with such a young career. That must make you piss your pants at night. I think you are the one that should grow up and learn that if you are going to put an actor down, other people have as equal a right to disagree with you and respond. When you put negativity out there, expect a response. That is life. I couldn't care less that you don't like Jackman, but Jordan has every right to counter. Perhaps you should get over yourself. I have never encountered a more arrogant poster. You sound like a 10-year-old who didn't get his/her way. You can't deal with the idea that people have a right to respond when you make negative comments not backed by facts. You are also an internet bully and a total snob so if you dare mention that Jordan can speak for himself/herself, you are right - if Jordan wants to reply to you, he/she can, but your posts are so ridiculous that I felt compelled to exert my right to respond and there is nothing you can do about it. Many posters do not like you. I have seen responses you get from people. They see right through you as much as I can. Good luck to you, oh film god and pretentious one.

tm4justice on Jun 28, 2015


Oh boo hoo, boo hoo. My god, I hope you feel better because your response is all about your immature feelings and not being able to deal with them so therefore blaming me for you having them. Grow up! I disagree with your 'distorted' perceptions regarding this conversation and myself. As the great, very funny George Carlin once said, "Think about how stupid the average person is. Now think about that half of them are even stupider than that". Because I agree with Carlin do you think it matters to me that 'others' don't like me? This is so childish it's embarrassing; or sure ought to be. I've no anger or upset feelings about you or Jordan's loving Jackman's work. Why would I? So, ask yourself why you can't handle my thoughts and feelings about this clown's light-weight work. (This is another hook without any bait...will you bite and shake around like a fish on a hook?) This is why I love films and have for longer than you have been alive. They can evoke feelilngs and emotions that are powerful and scary and it interests me how people blame THEIR feelings on others. Talk about giving away one's power! Like I told Jordan and I'll tell you. I was reacting to Alex's comments and he reacted to mine in an intelligent and quite funny response stating his disagreement with you. All this other nonsense from you and Jordan is just immature brats whining on the grade school playground. I do love how you claim to know how 'others' are behaving and feelilng. It's just so outlandish and childish and lacking any degree of sophistication. You're out of you league, bud and I've no interest in any further whining from you and will just hit the delete button without bothering with it if you can't just shut up and go away and play with others that will agree with you. It's all so very, very silly.

Bo on Jun 29, 2015


Sounds like THE GAME. Interested to see what Mara the Younger can do. Her career has taken a rather boring turn as of late.

DAVIDPD on Jun 9, 2015


I never knew there was a remake of a town that dreaded sundown, thanks for the tip...

ari smulders on Jun 9, 2015

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