Editor | Peter Bowen
Focus Features’ Slate set to conquer 2011
Posted May 27, 2010
We may be just starting summer 2010, but Focus Features is ready for next year. Focus Features officially announced four films to be released in 2011. First up is Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle of the Ninth, which is due out on February 11. Set in 140 AD, centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) teams up with his freed British slave Esca (Jamie Bell) to travel beyond the known world to solve the mystery of the Ninth Legion, a troop of soldiers led by Aquilla’s father that disappeared 20 years early in the wilds of the Scottish mountains. The cast is rounded out with Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, and Tahar Rahim.
On March 12, Jane Austen move over, as Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) brings his version of Charlotte Brontë’s gothic novel Jane Eyre to the screen, with Mia Wasikowska of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as Jane and Michael Fassbender of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as the mysterious Rochester. The talented cast also includes Jamie Bell, Juid Dench, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant, and Imogen Poots.
In spring 2011, kick-ass young woman continue to rock with Atonement director Joe Wright’s Hanna. Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) plays a teenage girl, raised by her father (Eric Bana), in the wilds of Finland. Her special education has trained her to be a soldier first, training that she'll need when she is suddenly thrust into a mission to take on a ruthless intelligence agent (Cate Blanchett) with a mysterious connection to Hanna. Hanna also stars Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, and Martin Wuttke.
Finally An Education-helmer Lone Scherfig returns with One Day. Adapted from his own novel by David Nicholls, One Day stars Anne Hathaway as Emma, a working-class girl, who makes an agreement on the day of their graduation––July 15, 1988––with Dexter, a wealthy kid looking for fun, to meet on the same day every year to see where their lives have taken them. And for the next 20 years they meet on that one day for a front-row set to each other's life.
You can find the offical press release here.