Sam Riley has joined the cast of the World War II drama. Suite Française also features Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts and Kristin Scott Thomas with Saul Dibb directing. Riley will play the role of French soldier Benoit in the film based on Irene Nemirovsky’s novel about a young woman in Nazi-occupied France who ends up falling in love with a German officer. Dibb adapted the story with Matt Charman. The Weinstein Company, TF1 DA and eOne have partnered on the project with TWC handling U.S. rights, along with distribution rights in Latin America, Australia, Russia and Germany. Suite Française is scheduled to start shooting in Belgium and Paris later this summer.
Riley, who played Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in 2007’s Control, was most recently was seen in Walter Salles-directed On The Road. He will also be starring alongside Angelina Jolie in the upcoming Maleficent as well as in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. Riley is repped by WME, having signed with them in April. He continues to be repped by Tavistock Wood in the UK.
A brand new trailer for Byzantium has been released online today, and you can watch it in full below:
With the release date of June 28 approaching, a host of new stills from Sam’s upcoming film Byzantium have just been posted online. Check out the new pics in the gallery:
Film Productions > Byzantium (2012) > Stills
The first trailer for Byzantium was released a few days ago – and Sam appears in it! Watch it in full below:
The Café Einstein Stammhaus is situated in what was once silent-movie star Henny Porten’s villa in Berlin’s affluent Charlottenburg neighborhood. Its gilded walls are covered in mirrors, and the bow tie–wearing waiters glide through the coffeehouse carrying cappuccinos on silver trays. Into this already glamorous scene enters On the Road star Sam Riley: tall, rakish, and wearing dark sunglasses that match his expertly unkempt brown hair. The English actor lives nearby, “sort of,” surrounded by everyday neighbors, the vast majority of whom are septuagenarians. “It’s nice not to live next to too many hip people,” he says. Riley enjoys the anonymity of Berlin, where he lives with his wife, Romanian actor Alexandra Maria Lara. If there’s an enclave of Hollywood expats settled in Germany, he’s not paying attention to it. “I’m sure there is,” he says. “I just haven’t gotten my invite yet.” At 32, Riley carries with him an air of boyish mischief, despite his penchant for playing world-weary, chain-smoking brooders. “I know I have a face that can look quite forlorn sometimes,” he says, “but I’m really not a moody guy.”
Blame Anton Corbijn. In the director’s 2007 film Control, he handed Riley his breakthrough role as Joy Division’s depressive, epileptic frontman Ian Curtis, who hanged himself at the age of 23. The part launched Riley’s acting career and introduced him to his wife. “It’s bonkers how quickly your luck can change. I wasn’t bumping into many gorgeous Romanian movie stars playing the pub circuit,” he says, referring to his stint as the lead singer of 10,000 Things, a six-man rock group (touted, improbably, as Leeds’ answer to Oasis) who’d recently been dropped from Polydor Records when he was offered the part. Certain that his career as an artist was over, Riley, who was raised by his textile agent father and nursery school teacher mother, took jobs slinging pints in bars and folding shirts in a warehouse. When he auditioned for Control, he says, “I really didn’t have anything to lose.” He was cast alongside Lara, who played Belgian journalist Annik Honoré, the woman with whom Curtis had an extramarital tryst. “I was instantly bowled over,” Riley says about meeting her.
Thanks to my dear friend Kaetlyn, I have a great update of HQ stills and untagged photoshoots for you today! I have replaced a lot of smaller/LQ stills with HQ ones from Control, Franklyn, Brighton Rock and On the Road, as well as adding several missing ones. We also have three previously tagged shoots from 2007 now all untagged and in HQ format! Make sure you check them all out, and give i♥w some love.
Filming didn’t get off to a great start for On the Road star Sam Riley, who plays narrator Sal Paradise in the adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic. As the movie opens, Paradise’s father has just died, and fellow Brit Tom Sturridge, playing Carlo Marx analogue Allen Ginsberg, comes up and whispers a Hebrew dirge in his ear, an attempt at comfort.
There they were, two English guys still relatively early in their careers, excited to be kicking off the making of a movie that took decades to realize. And things went well for a few hours—until suddenly the clouds rolled in, the sky went black and the rain started pelting them like marbles. They took refuge from the thunderstorm in their trailer, wondering whether they might simply be sent home.
“We were laughing that it was Kerouac and Ginsberg pissing on us because they didn’t want two English guys playing them,” Mr. Riley told The Observer, sitting across a coffee table at the Regency Hotel.
Mr. Riley’s long, rangy figure looms, whereas Kerouac was compact, but in his sweatshirt and Levi’s he could almost pass for a dressed-down postwar college boy. “To be able to play Jack Kerouac or Sal Paradise,” Mr. Riley muses in his thick Leeds accent, “it’s mad to me.”
Last night, Sam attended the New York premiere for On the Road with his co-stars Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund. Pictures from the event and after-part have just been added to the gallery.
UPDATE Thanks to the ever-amazing Luciana, we have now replaced the majority of the LQ photos with HQ, as well as adding additional HQ images from the event.
Public Appearances > 2012 > Dec 13 | “On the Road” NY Premiere
After over a year with the old layout for the site, I decided it was finally time to brighten things up a bit. Huge thanks to the talented Nicole of NowhereLand9 Design who made us gorgeous new looks for both the main site and the gallery – I love them!
I am busy editing content and fixing up any errors, but please let me know what you think!
Ahead of it’s release, another US trailer has been released for On the Road. Watch it in full below: