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Gotta’ See Trailers: Benicio Stars In ‘The Wolfman’

BenicioWolfmanBenicio del Toro will don a hairy costume and faux fangs for his upcoming role in Joe Johnston’s “The Wolfman”. Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns home after his brother has been brutally murdered and sets out to find the monstrous creature that lurks in the dark. Joining him on his quest is Detective Aberline (Hugo Weaving) from Scotland Yard. However, Talbot is attacked and turned into the very thing he was hunting…

Hit the jump for the trailer and information on the turmoil this pic has gone through, including three previous release dates.

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Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) is the grieving fiancée of Lawrence Talbot’s brother, while Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) is his estranged father who has a creepy demeanor.

The film itself has seemed to be in a curse of perpetual full moons, as trouble first started brewing when Mark Romanek (“One Hour Photo”) dropped out of filming after reported budget issues. Universal looked over numerous directors and decided on Johnston, who previously directed “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”, “Jumanji”, “October Sky”, and “Hidalgo”.

However, the trouble didn’t stop there. The lycanthrope feature film has bounced from planned release dates of Feb. 13, April 3rd, and Nov. 6th of this year before finally pouncing on the Valentine’s Day holiday weekend of Feb. 12th, 2010.  According to Universal, the date should serve as counter-programming to the aptly titled “Valentine’s Day”, “Remember Me” starring Robert Pattinson, and the 3D re-release of “Beauty and the Beast”.

One positive is that the legendary Rick Baker, who won the first ever Academy Award for Best Makeup Effects for “An American Werewolf in London”, was so thrilled about the horror classic revamp that he actually contacted Universal to come aboard as special effects makeup designer, which they graciously accepted. Baker has stated in the past that his primary inspiration to become a special effects makeup designer was the original 1941 “The Wolf Man”.

I will be keeping a close eye on how this film does. Some fear that the quality of the film might be the cause of the various release date setbacks, and the Valentine’s Day weekend might provide enough of a soft spot for Uni to recoup its investment. I think too much has been made of the loss of Romanek, as Johnston has provided more than one memorable film. Regardless, we will all know the ultimate result come Valentine’s Day. Make sure to bring a date!


August 31, 2009 - Posted by | Gotta' See Trailers | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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