Hauer is a ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ and Ringer Lines Up ‘Cowboys and Aliens’

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Rutger Hauer is a Hobo with a Shotgun: I probably heard about the grindhouse trailer contest surrounding the 2007 release of Grindhouse, but I forgot all about it and wasn’t paying attention to its results, but it apparently has spawned an upcoming feature film for the winner. Jason Eisener’s trailer for Hobo with a Shotgun will go from being a trailer basd on nothing, to a test reel for a feature length film starring Rutger Hauer. There are no specific details on the story, but if you watch the not safe for work trailer to the right and consider the title of the film for a moment I am going to have to assume Hauer will play a hobo… with a shotgun. Just spit-balling here of course. Filming get underway today in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And for those wondering, Dave Brunt played the hobo in the trailer. [AICN]

Tetro‘s Ehrenreich in Sofia’s Somewhere: If you have not yet seen Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro you need to keep your eye out for its May 4 DVD and Blu-ray release. It was one of my favorite films of 2009 and also featured a breakout performance by Alden Ehrenreich that seems to have gone unnoticed as the film itself, while very good, was not entirely embraced. While Ehrenreich has yet to make his way into additional films, supposedly opting to perfect his craft, he will have a small role in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film Somewhere. The details of his role are unknown, but at least it will be a little more exposure for a talent I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of. For my praise of Tetro and Ehrenreich’s performance you can check out my 2009 review. [Broadway World via The Playlist]

Ringer Brought in for Cowboys & Aliens: Newcomer, 13-year-old Noah Ringer is set to play Aang in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender and he has now landed an unspecified role in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens along with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde set for release on July 29, 2011. The film is based on the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. The sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies — cowboys and Native Americans — found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona. [Variety]

Buscemi Directing Moverman’s Queer Adaptation: Steve Buscemi will reportedly direct the adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s “Queer” from a script adapted by The Messenger helmer Oren Moverman. The report comes as Buscemi along with Ben Foster, Stanley Tucci, John Ventimiglia and Lisa Joyce performed a dry-run reading of the screenplay at the Sarasota Film Festival. Buscemi may be looking at the same actors for roles in the film, but that is unconfirmed. The novel recounts the hallucinatory life of William Lee, an American in Mexico City in the 1940s and his journey to Ecuador with his reluctant lover, Eugene Allerton, in search of the drug Yage. [Herald Tribune via Slash Film]