How do you defend someone who never defended you? That’s the heart of this thriller/family drama (out Oct. 10) starring Robert Downey Jr. as a Chicago defense attorney who returns to his small town to represent his hostile father (Robert Duvall) in a murder case.
Duvall plays the imperious title character: a living symbol of justice in their community and a tyrant in his own household — factors that compelled his son to flee years before. A family funeral brings Downey’s character home, but it’s another death that keeps him there.
“Against his own instincts and desire, he ends up staying to defend his dad from what may or may not be an intentional vehicular manslaughter case,” Downey says, flashing his eyebrows on those last few words.
“His father is a pillar of the community. Everybody knows a dad like the judge,” the actor adds. “Every community has one, and every family has either heard of or been under that kind of patriarchy. It’s this very American story. But it’s also a story about family, and reconciliation, and law, and justice.”
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The Avengers have Assembled for comic book fan Stratford Caldecott.
The 60-year-old has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and was unable to see the latest film Captain America: Winter Soldier in the cinema. With its August DVD release three months away, his daughter Sofie took to social media to help boost her father’s spirits and persuade Marvel to send an early copy to his home.
— Sophie Caldecott (@SophieCaldecott) 12 Maggio 2014
The internet soon mobilised and Marvel agreed to arrange a special screening for Stratford. But that wasn’t all…
On her blog, Sofie also set out her intention to “tweet the Avengers actors and see if they will take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘Captain America/Thor/Iron Man [insert name of character here] for Strat!’ so that we can surprise him with their messages of support and encouragement.”
The film’s cast didn’t disappoint, with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Samuel L Jackson all sending their support via the social networking site, accompanied by the hashtag #CapForStrat.
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) 16 May 2014
The Black List scribe behind “Randle Is Benign” will write the sci-fi thriller based on the Channel 4 series
Up-and-coming writer Damien Ober has been hired to write the sci-fi thriller “Black Mirror” for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.’s production company Team Downey, TheWrap has learned.
Ober’s script “Randle Is Benign” was on the 2013 Black List this year and is currently being packaged by Echo Lake Entertainment.
The project is based on an episode of the British anthology series “Black Mirror” titled “The Entire History of You,” which followed a man with an implant that allows him to record and re-watch all of his life experiences.
Ober is expected to deliver a fresh take deriving from that premise.
Robert Downey Jr. and his Team Downey banner will produce. David Gambino and Amanda Burrell will oversee “Black Mirror” for Team Downey, while Warner Bros. executives Jesse Ehrman and Cate Adams will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Just a few months ago, Ober was an unknown writer who sold “Randle Is Benign” to Echo Lake’s production side, which earned him representation from the company’s management side. He quickly landed a staff job on SyFy’s “Dominion,” and now he’s writing a studio movie for an A-list movie star in Downey Jr.
“Randle Is Benign” follows a computer programmer whose technological achievement is hijacked by her boss, who may harbor a sinister agenda involving assassinating the president.
Ober is represented by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and attorney Mark S. Temple.
Warner Bros. has reportedly acquired the rights to Cloaked, a horror comedy film produced by Robert Downey, Jr.
According to Deadline, Cloaked is an attempt to find a balance between laughs and screams, something similar to An American Werewolf in London. Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World) is reportedly writing the script, with Downey, Jr. and his wife Susan Downey producing under their Team Downey shingle. It’s not currently known if Downey, Jr. will star in the film.
The first Warner Bros. and Team Downey project was the upcoming The Judge, a starring vehicle for the Iron Man star. He’s currently filming Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.