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Keep an Eye Out for Jackman, Weisz and Pattinson in 'Unbound Captives'

Madeleine Stowe is making her directorial debut on what could be a great flick

I have mentioned both Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman a lot recently as they both have been lining up several roles and now the two of them are set to join the latest young Hollywood heart throb, Twilight's Robert Pattinson in Unbound Captives, a period drama to be directed by Madeleine Stowe. The film will mark Stowe's directorial debut and for those that don't recognize the name, I would say the best role to remind you of her would be her turn opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans as Cora Munro. Bells ringing now?

Stowe also penned the script for Unbound Captives, which was originally envisioned for her to star in but that was before she was able to land such a stellar cast. Now, Weisz will play the lead female role, a woman whose husband is killed and her two children kidnapped by a Comanche war party in 1859. She is rescued by a frontiersman, to be played by Jackman. Pattinson will play the son.

This may be a film to keep a serious eye on as the Variety article carrying the news says Fox offered her upwards of $5 million for the script with the expectation it would be directed by Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe, a couple of fellas known for turning in some worthwhile features.

Variety carries a quote from Stowe, talking about turning down the Fox offer, saying, "There was never a moment's hesitation on my part, but it felt unreal, and I can remember my husband putting a finger across his neck to signal not to take the offer," Stowe said. "There are moments in life where you need to follow your heart. The script remained my singular focus, but directing it myself wasn't something I ever dreamed of."

The film is currently eyeing a year-end production start.

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  • Prardhana.C

    Oh.My.God.
    My all-time obsession - Rachel Weisz and my new-obsession - Robert Pattinson....in the same movie!!! AWESOME!!! :-)

    Jackman's great too!!

  • Lil

    I would literally die seeing the movie. Weisz is like unhumanly beautiful! Jackman and Pattinson might as well be melting pleasure!

  • Terry

    Jackman and Weisz together again? They were fantastic in The Fountain. I am not sure about Pattison, he didn´t prove himself as good actor so far but this could be very good.

  • oldskool138

    Isn't this kind of like the plot from Australia?

  • Burgess

    @oldskool138: You obviously didn't see Australia!

  • Eric

    Can Pattinson act? I know Weisz can and Jackman can when he puts his mind to it. But, can Pattinson act?

  • Mary

    @Eric:

    if the majority of reviews on his latest film little ashes mean anything, no, pattinson can't act... yet. but maybe it is too soon to judge. or maybe/hopefully it is a small role in the film.

    but i agree, rachel weisz and hugh jackman could be very good.

  • zztop

    you all miss the point madeline stowe directing is the ice berg to the titanic ,she was never a good actress and has been m.i.a . it might be a great script but it needs the expertise of an ang lee, sorry this is going to be a boring mess...

  • Mary

    @zztop:

    i am worried about this too. and i wonder what made her script so compelling. especially when it sounds a lot like a variation on "the missing" with cate blanchett and tommy lee jones.

  • Eric

    @marj: ALL CAPS? REALLY?
    I really don't think Twilight and Little Ashes are an effective measure of his talent will this one change the tide? Probably not...

  • zztop

    i hope i am wrong i feel it's important to have great women directors like sophia coppola ,kimberly peirce . Maby she is the next CLint Eastwood of women directors. Hugh and rachel saw that in the fountain already and Hugh is doing alot of the same roles over and over am surprised he hasn't brought back "Oklahoma" for the big screen . i don't care about anything he does besides wolverine ,anyway

  • mim

    i'm also concerned about m. stowe being a director? it's her first time, AND she was a terrible actress. i don't remember her in last of the mohigans, but i do remember thinking she was a terrible actress in there after sooo many years. so how can she be a good director? maybe she will surprise me, but i have a feeling this will be a movie with a big famous cast, but boring... i'm surprised those big stars signed up for it, maybe the script is compelling, but poor direction can ruin it. hopefully she is a prodigy, just never saw it though in her acting.

  • Patricia

    I'm willing to give Madeline the benefit of the doubt as a director. SOMEone must think she has the chops if they're plopping their money her way. But it almost sounds like the money was offered to take it away from her.

    And Pattinson is very young. I get the feeling that Little Ashes was a bad match for him. This role of the son is more in his league.

    @zztop: Hugh Jackman might be good, but I agree that this is reminiscent of "Australia." The plot is completely different, but his strong, silent frontiersman rescuing the little lady is similar. Maybe he's been type cast with that beautiful physique of his. Can he be subtle anymore?

    Overall I think this story sounds very dated. Hasn't this basic story been done and redone over the last 40 years or so?

  • Terry

    @zztop: You obviously haven´t seen many Jackman´s movies because he is one of the most versatille actors around. I also think that this role will be very different from that in Australia. Watch The Fountain with him and Weisz, they were excellent