We’ve been waiting for this…RA’s next role!

Entertainment Weekly has information on Richard Armitage’s next role! A tornado thriller, set to shoot in Detroit (did you hear that ItsJSforMe and Snicker’s Mom?)!


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  1. servetus

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  3. I love tornado thriller movies, so I’m really excited about this! πŸ™‚

    • servetus

      I bet this is going to be not what a lot of people were expecting. I’m neutral on tornadoes but big on lonely, widowed fathers with small children they rescue.

      • Angst, poignancy AND an opportunity for a happy ending there, methinks. πŸ˜€ And he’ll be here in the States for a while longer.

      • From what we’ve seen before, he does the daddy role very well! A daddy trying to get his kid back should be a great role for him.

  4. Boy, he’s not getting much of a break after Comic-Con, is he? So many thoughts running in my head. Does this mean an American accent? Does this mean he’ll live past the final credits? Oh, yeah, he’s playing a dad! I love him in daddy mode. Will Lori from the Walking Dead have a romance with him? Because she plays the wife of Andrew Lincoln. aka Hugh Collinson from Strike Back. I hate tornadoes. But I will take one for the team. Oh, Richard, don’t work too hard. But have a wonderful time.

    • The man doesn’t seem to know how to take a break, does he? Although I’m guessing this is a strike while the iron is hot, kind of situation. His name is out there and people are figuring out who he is, so it is his time!

      Those are all interesting questions you raise. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until the movie comes out to get the answers. 😦 The Collinson/Porter connection is fascinating. I guess the world of acting just isn’t very big.

      • Yeah, with all the films and TV shows being produced here in the US, I just find it funny the same actress is playing opposite both Andrew and Richard. Who knows, they may get to act together again (thought that confrontation scene in SB was brilliant work by both of them). Anyway, yeah for EW again, they’ve been stellar of late re RA goodness. And let’s just say I really needed it. πŸ˜‰

  5. servetus

    Yeah, Detroit in July in August. You’d think he could have picked something a bit cooler πŸ™‚ But I guess he wants to keep working. Our industrious Armitage.

    • If I’d known he was gonna end up in the Motor City during sweltering heat, I really would have advocated he come and film here in the south. πŸ˜‰

      • servetus

        well, it’s probably still cooler than Hungary πŸ™‚

      • servetus

        or riding a horse. They are hot and sweaty, too.

        • He’ll probably be thankful for a break from horse after filming The Hobbit, heat or no heat. πŸ™‚

          • servetus

            he’ll probably have a gun, though πŸ™‚

            • Ah, well he handles those so well. πŸ˜‰

              • The man knows how to wield a weapon, that is for dang sure.;) And I agree, he’ll likely be glad to be out of the saddle. Although I still fantasize about him playing some sort of cowboy.

  6. I love it! No break for him, poor man!

    • Does he even know what a break is? Hopefully he really enjoys his tiny break between Comic Con and filming this new project.

    • Judit

      I don’t suppose anybody put a gun to his head to force him to take this role! πŸ˜‰ He probably lives to work, not the other way round!

  7. servetus

    Presumably he’ll also be playing an American — first full role with a U.S. accent? (Servetus perks up her ears)

  8. It’s too early to tell, but from the decription, it doesn’t seem like my cup of tea 😦
    The ‘widower/tornado/save my son’ thing sounds like something that’s been done to death.
    Then again, I wouldn’t have though Porter was either, so best to keep an open mind. I think I was hoping for something more… artistic, maybe quirky, even a costume drama or romantic comedy.
    (BTW, don’t mind me, I’m just a bit grumpy as he won’t be coming back to Europe and shooting here any time soon…).

    • servetus

      I don’t think you’ll be alone in that reaction. I make it a policy to be neutral on role choice (as I’ve said so many times on my blog), but I suspect a lot of fans will have been looking for something different.

    • Jane

      I wish I had faith in him choosing or being offered something “artistic and quirky”, but based on past choices that is not the case.

      • Hopefully after people have seen The Hobbit some more “artistic and quirky” offers will come his way. I’m hopeful.

    • That’s my same reaction, but I suppose I’ll reserve opinion until I know more.

  9. Jane

    It sounds like a second rate Hollywood action movie and is pretty much what I expected he would get offered and accept. I suppose this is a filler between the end of filming the Hobbit and the release and an attempt to keep his foot in the door in Hollywood. It is too early for offers based on his performance in the Hobbit, it is only about advertising a “modestly budgeted” movie with “Hobbit star” RA. I’m consoling myself with the thought that it could be worse and things won’t get too embarrassing with Tornados.

    • It could definitely be worse, Jane. It could be 50 Shades of Crap–oops, I mean Grey. πŸ˜‰

      • Laurie C

        Ha, ha,ha! It could be worse!

      • Judit

        I just read that the director/writer of “Social Network” (haven’t seen it, is it any good? I know it was nominated for an Oscar!) are linked to the screen adaptation of 50 whatsit. The bookies favourite for the male lead is Ryan Gosling and Ian Somerhalder (sp?) is 2nd. I’ve never seen Ian Somerhalder in anything, so can’t comment on his acting skills, but I sure hope Ryan Gosling stays the hell away from CG. He’s way too good for this cr*p.

        • I’ve seen Ian in one movie and he was OK. But I totally agree that Ryan Gosling–who is one of my absolutely favorite young actors–is WAAAAAAY too good for this. I hope he wouldn’t even remotely consider it. I don’t think they could afford him,afford him, anyway. He’s a high-flier in Hollywood these days.
          I think the whole casting of “beautiful unknowns” translates into “good-looking people whom we can get cheap to keep the costs down.” Which is what they did with the original Twlight film, and this is the love child of Twilight, of course. πŸ˜‰ I haven;t actually watched “The Social Network” yet either.

          And please, God, don’t let them be planning to make THREE films from this crap. People has told me the sex scenes got so repetitive for them they got bored and annoyed and started skipping ahead to see what was going to happen next with the plot. LOL There really isn’t three books’ worth of material, much less three films. I mean, it’s one thing to flesh out The Hobbit to create two films; quite another to make three films from that trilogy.

      • Judit

        This bookies’ favourite thing can be very misleading, I remember when Pierce Brosnan quit Bond, a similar list was made for “who’ll be the next Bond”, and I don’t think Daniel Craig was even on the list! Most of the actors on it probably never even considered auditioning for the role.

      • Thank goodness RA is too old for 50 Shades of Grey!

    • servetus

      agree that other offers were unlikely this soon.

  10. What’s up with filming in Detroit??? Everybody knows Chicago is where it’s at!

    • servetus

      lots of empty houses?

      • Yes! Empty houses they can destroy! Brilliant. πŸ™‚ As for an American accent, don’t do it!!

        Is it me but does anybody hope this will go straight to DVD so RA can go back home and film quality British stuff?

        • I am in complete agreement about the American accent. We have yet to hear him do a credible one and I can’t imagine he’s had much time for practice.

          But even if the movie isn’t great I would still like to see him on the big screen.

        • If New Line is smart, they certainly won’t release this until AFTER The Hobbit so they can take advantage of the higher profile of their lead actor. No, I don’t want it to go straight to DVD and yes, I think he does need to tackle an American accent. Do I prefer his native accent? Yes, but it ain’t about what I want. It’s about showing his versatility. And while there is certainly quality British drama, don’t completely discount there being some decent projects he could be involved with here in the US.
          I was watching a movie the other day, based on a Noel Coward play, and Colin Firth was in it.

          And I like Colin and I think he’s a fine actor, but I don’t think he could ever successfully play as varied of roles as Richard has proven he is capable of doing.

          I do seem to have a lot of faith in Richard. I’ve been stomped and trodden over lately by a certain Woman Whose Name I Dare NOt Speak, but I haven’t lost that basic belief in him. That’s good to know.

    • Snicker's Mom

      judi, Detroit is full of empty houses as well. don’t hate, appreciate!!!! (&visit)

  11. gracie

    A tornado movie? Um, okay. Well, the good news for me is that I can drive to Detroit. No, I am not thinking of stalking. I really did always want to visit Detroit. Okay maybe not.

    I say this with a lot of love in my heart, the man is a workaholic. And a tornado movie filmed in Detroit was not what I was hoping for. But hey, I’ll take whatever he has to offer.

    • I imagine he’s still trying to get his foot in the door here in the US. People haven’t seen The Hobbit yet, so there might not be a ton of offers pouring in yet.

  12. Jane

    If anything in this sounds like a challenge it will be the American accent. I don’t want him to be an actor who can’t do it.

  13. This is very exciting news!!!! I didn’t think Richard would go right into another project so soon after wrapping up The Hobbit. BUT………I am so excited that our Richard will be in the United States for a while. To know that he will be on the same continent as me and not all that far from my state is thrilling. I do wonder why they choose Detroit though. Maybe it is cheaper to film there? I was in Detroit in 2005 and visited the original Motown Studios. There is now a lot of revitalization going on in Detroit after it became a ghost town because of the dwindling economy.

    After The Hobbit comes out in December RA is going to be sought after by every Hollywood director.

    I don’t like disaster movies either, but the way I see it is this movie is a start in America. The Hobbit will come out first so by the time this movie about tornadoes comes out RA could very well be the draw for it at the box office.

    • I think you hit the nail on the head with this: “… this movie is a start in America. The Hobbit will come out first so by the time this movie about tornadoes comes out RA could very well be the draw for it at the box office.”

  14. No Judiang, I do not wish this movie will go straight to DVD so that RA can go back home to do quality British stuff. Americans can make very high quality movies too. It depends on who is doing the directing and who is doing the screenwriting. Too bad Nora Ephron is no longer with us. I thought she was a brilliant director. There is James Cameron. There are some brilliant directors in Hollywood and in New York.

    I want to see RA in a part doing a perfect American accent. Kate Winslet has it down pat.

    • Jane

      The guy who is directing this has worked with James Cameron as second unit director on Titanic and Avatar, as I understand. And that seems to be the best thing about this project. The production company New Line is also involved in the Hobbit and James Cameron is friends with PJ and visited the Hobbit set and may have recommended RA.

      • That’s a good thought Jane. James Cameron did that kind of thing for Sam Worthington after Avatar was finished shooting–recommended him for Terminator Salvation. The help hasn’t hurt his career any. Now whether RA is recommended for the kind of roles we’d like to see him in is a different story.

  15. Maybe the tornado will blow his shirt off! A possible title is Tornado of Love: http://weheartit.com/entry/13975471

    • gracie

      ROFLMAO! Tornado of LOVE. I am not ashamed to say that I would actually go and watch a movie with that title if it meant looking at RA on screen for two hours.

    • HAHAHAHA! This one gets my vote, bccmee!!

      I think it’s really nice that RA gets to film something in the US for a change (also, he can avoid the insanity that is the Olympics descending upon London in a little over 2 weeks)!!

      I know how much I enjoy working in London as an American, so hopefully the converse is true and he’ll enjoy working in the US as a Brit (I wonder if he’ll suffer the disorientation of cars not being on the expected side of the road?). πŸ™‚

      • I think part of what is exciting about this is that it is his first role that will be filmed in the US. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’ll be so close to some of our fellow fans! πŸ™‚

    • I like the way you think. πŸ˜€

    • I think you’ve come up with the best possible option for a title, bccmee! πŸ˜‰

  16. Snicker's Mom

    I guess RA wanted in on the Snicker’s Mom action, couldn’t stand to see Hiddles getting all of it. πŸ˜‰
    PS- any cray-crays reading this, it is clearly a joke!

    • Judit

      OT: Snicker’s Mom- is that your cat on your gravatar pic? She/he is gorgeous!!!! πŸ™‚

      • Snicker's Mom

        Thank you! He’s also a very sweet, loving cat.

        • Judit

          And is he called..Snicker? πŸ™‚

          • Snicker's Mom

            Yes, well, I just realized my name is spelled wrong. LOL. It should be Snickers’ Mom because his name is Snickers.

    • I knew there had to be a reason all of these actors were working in Michigan! πŸ˜‰

  17. Oooookayyyyy. I must confess, at this point, I DO NOT care what type of movie it is, or what accent he uses! The Man is going to be right down the road, literally, from my house. That is the only thing I can think about right now.

    • I think if you didn’t feel that way, I would be rather worried, my dear. πŸ˜‰ It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a neighborly day in this beauty wood, won’t you be, Mr. A, won’t you be my neighbor?

    • Judit

      Good for you, ItsJSforMe! πŸ™‚

    • I’m squeeing for you, ItsJSforMe! I don’t think you’d even notice the red sweater if got to meet him. πŸ™‚

  18. Mezz

    He’s not wasting any time is he?! As much as I think he probably could’ve done with some down time, I can understand the need to keep going when an opportunity like this comes up, and it fills the gap between now and TH release nicely. I’m assuming production time is relatively short. The director and production company aren’t shabby, and it will keep his profile out there. Disaster movies are very popular, although I don’t like them personally. The only reason I watched Dante’s Peak was because Pierce Brosnan was in it, but the thought of it still makes me shudder. The prospect of seeing Richard on the big screen in two movies reasonably close together is exciting, even more so, seeing him in the role of a father again. I wonder if he’ll have the beard!

    • Mezz, yes, yes and yes: “The prospect of seeing Richard on the big screen in two movies reasonably close together is exciting, even more so, seeing him in the role of a father again.” πŸ™‚

  19. Laurie C

    I’m thrilled for him. He’s taking advantage of his fame from TH and I hope it pays off for him in a big way! I do kind of cringe when I think of his American Accent! Hopefully, he’ll have a great voice coach! If he doesn’t have one, I’ll volunteer! Unfortunately, I really don’t want to see a tornado film (we’ve had too many close calls with them), but, as always, I’ll make an exception for the exceptional Mr. Armitage!

    • Yeah, tornadoes have literally hit too close to home for my tastes–I thought my oldest sister and nephew were gonig to meet their Maker during “April’s Fury” –but as I said, I’ll take one for the team for Mr. Armitage.

      You know, the thought just occurred to me that he probably hasn’t worked with an American voice coach, and that could make a difference. I don’t know if he worked with anyone for his one line or so in CA, and it was shot in England, so . . . we shall see. He’s such a perfectionist for getting things right, I hope he can have success nailing it.

      • Last year in April we had one literally go over our house! It was the scariest moment of my life, yet it hasn’t dampened my love of disaster movies. I know they are cheesy, but what can I say…

        Interesting thoughts about him working with an actual American voice coach. I’m not opposed to him doing an American accent if he can nail it. I just dread the thought of him being one of those actors who’s real accent slips through.

    • Jane

      I sincerely hope, if he has known that he got this for some time or planned to do something American if possible (it seems this was the best American movie on offer, so doing something American must have been a high priority), he already worked with a voice coach in his free time in NZ.

  20. Aribee

    Some funny observations here! For myself, I would like him to do something more artistic and possible quirky as well. This movie is not going to get released until 2013, so after TH, and I hope TH exposure will get him some more substantial work. Industrious Armitage, indeed, though! I sure hope he stops feeling like any part offered could be his last (if that’s what part of the thinking was). Just projecting, of course!

    • Aribee, I wonder if this is a “keep his name out there” kind of job until offers start rolling in after The Hobbit premiere. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not opposed to him doing this kind of stuff, but I would like to see some artsy and quirky work as well.

  21. NZfanofRA

    Had hoped he might take a break – has the dear man never heard of Work Life Balance. Had hoped he would be offered something a bit special, but this sounds a bit formulaic. But maybe I’m just sad he’s leaving NZ. Sigh ( yes I know we’ve had our fair share, but…)
    Still hoping that after The Hobbit movies Peter Jackson will direct the remake of the British classic Dambusters and that he will have RA in it. A dasing heroic pilot of WW2 is the kind of role I’d like to see him in.

    • Judit

      Great idea NZfan! RA as a dashing heroic pilot directed by Sir PJ that sounds good! πŸ™‚

    • You had me at “dashing heroic pilot of WW2!” πŸ™‚ RA in uniform, yes please…after all he did look so dashing as Porter.

  22. I really would like to see RA lay off the movies with action hero themes, at least for a time. It is getting played out already. I would really like to see him diversify his acting roles more. I can go along with an artistic and quirky. How about a romantic comedy for some balance? I would love to see him paired up with Meryl Streep and a great script.

    • Jane

      He will never recommend himself for roles with a great script and great co-stars and directors if he keeps accepting action-heavy B-movies. The only hope is that after the Hobbit has been released he might catch someone’s eye.

      • Judit

        He hasn’t been in that many action-heavy B movies, Jane, in fact, this will be his 1st! πŸ™‚

    • Hopefully The Hobbit will afford him the opportunity to do the kind of roles you are talking about. But honestly, he’s done enough action roles that it makes sense he’s offered more roles in the same vein.

      • While Strike Back, Robin Hood and Spooks were TV shows and not movies I would say they were action heavy projects. I would even put The Hobbit in that category as action-heavy. There is nothing wrong with that. It is just that some of his fans (me included) would like to see Richard in more roles that are not top heavy on the action. RA will end up typecasting himself if he keeps doing that.

        If I see RA in another role brandishing a weapon anytime soon I just may scream.

        • I would agree that all of those projects could be considered part of the action genre. I also think that in some ways he already is type cast into those kind of roles. While The Hobbit is an action flick it is also so much more. Peter Jackson’s past projects lead me to believe that people will see more in the actors–Richard Armitage included–than simply action stars.

  23. It’s a great news Servetus. Poor Richard, he can’t even have a break between two movies, lol.

    I’m happy that he will play in another move, but I would also like to see him on stage, that would be great ! πŸ˜‰

    • Judit

      April73, I’d love to see him on stage (in London preferably) and he did talk about wanting to do a restoration comedy in some interviews, but I suppose it’s unlikely to happen now.

    • It would be great to see him on stage. And I imagine it would probably be a nice change of pace from making movies–something different.

  24. NZfanofRA

    Hard to get excited about director who makes films with numbers in the title.

    • I’m trying to ignore the whole Final Destination 5 thing and focus on his role working on films like Titanic and Avatar (yes, I’m a nerd and I liked Avatar!).

  25. Nietzsche

    We don’t know yet how action-heavy the new movie will be. I just hope he’s found his razor for it πŸ˜‰

    • The description of the movie as a “tornado thriller” makes me think it will be pretty heavy on action, but that’s just a knee jerk reaction. I think you’re probably right about the beard, although with deadly tornadoes taking everything out, when would he have time to shave? πŸ˜‰

      • I’m thinkin’ some manly stubble. The world deserves to see that stubble on the big screen IMHO. πŸ˜‰

        • The stubble should come with a warning or two though:

          1. Not for those with heart problems.
          2. May lead to drooling.
          3. Squeeing is inevitable.

          • Good point. I imagine him with his hair a bit disheveled–doing that slight spiking up thing it does when it’s pretty short–and the stubble. A shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows to expose those now-bodacious forearms with their lovely hairs. Jeans. *sigh*

      • Jane

        Didn’t one of the articles say it deal with the aftermath of the tornado? ? I guess tornados are too expensive to have them on screen for two hours if you don’t have a big budget?

        • Jane, you are right. Here is what EW said:

          Armitage, who had roles in the BBC series North and South, Robin Hood, and MI-5, plays a widowed father who, with the help of storm chasers, tries to rescue his son from the aftermath of a string of tornadoes.

  26. Joanna

    Poor…poor women on over the world….they don’t know anything yet!;)

  27. Mezz

    I really NEED to see that manly stubble on the big screen. πŸ˜‰

  28. Anonymous

    I’m not sure what kind of action dealing with tornado (or its aftermath) would require, other than running around and digging. Of course they can come up with ways to involve weapons and fighting, and that would make for a pretty contrived script.

  29. NZfanofRA

    I’m thinking he might be clean shaven for Comic Con – a great chance to get noticed by Hollywood casting agents.

    • Jane

      My bet is, he will still have the beard so he looks more like the character.

      • Mezz

        Well, we don’t have long to find out, thank goodness. The wait is killing me. I’m trying very hard to keep a lid on my excitement in anticipation of that first sight of him at CC. It’s Saturday here, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s still only Friday in San Diego!

  30. fitzg

    It really is a case of taking the work opportunities that come, at any given time, isn’t it? I don’t have high hopes for this film, either (it might not even go to general distribution in Canada. That happens a lot…) However, it’s interim work, money, and the exposure following Hobbit could be good. Speaking of money – please invest it in a Richard III production, Mr. A! (my wish, only πŸ˜€ )Whatever the Tornado movie, the actor will make the most of his interpretation of the character – that matters!

    • Jane

      Someone said, and it may be true, that this is mostly about a chance to show he can do an American accent and to present himself with contemporary clothes and hairstyle, so producers know what he really looks like.

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