A teaser image of Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming film “Okja” was released by U.S. video-streaming provider Netflix on Tuesday. The image features Tilda Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito on location in New York.
Netflix is investing US$50 million into the Korean director’s film, which is being co-produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
The film follows a story of a little girl named Mija, who risks everything to prevent a multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend named Okja — a massive, genetically modified pig.
Most details are unknown, but Tilda Swinton is reportedly playing a double role in the film, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Lily Collins.
“Okja is massive but kind and docile,” Bong said in an interview. “Okja and Mija’s fantastic, adventurous journey breaking through the monstrous world will fascinate viewers.”
The film will be released in 2017 on Netflix and also in a limited theatrical run in the U.S.
Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller and Mike White are teaming up for Brad’s Status, a comedy from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
Stiller is in final negotiations to star in the project, which was written by White, the scribe behind School of Rock. White also will direct the movie, which is eyeing a September start.
Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment will produce with SKE and David Bernad.
The comedy centers around Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure — with hilarious and poignant results.
LE MANS, France (AP) — Porsche driver Brendon Hartley was in the lead after the first three hours of racing at the 24 Hours Le Mans classic endurance race, where Hollywood actor Brad Pitt was the official starter on Saturday.
After being overtaken by Audi driver Loic Duval during the second hour, Hartley moved back in front two laps later and was fighting hard for first place with Toyota driver Mike Conway.
Conway took advantage of Hartley’s pit stop to move into the lead but went second when he stopped at the pits a few minutes later.
Neel Jani, who set the pole position in one of Porsche’s 919 hybrid cars, was in fifth place, 50 seconds behind the race leader.
Conway has been performing well at the Circuit de la Sarthe since the weather improved and the track dried out, posting the fastest lap in 3 minutes, 23.010 seconds.
Pitt got the race underway in difficult weather conditions. He stood in the middle of the track and held a French flag as the race began in pouring rain with the 60 cars forced to start behind the safety car.
• x045 June 18 – Le Mans, France.
It has been a while since we last heard of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s six children—Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox—and their charmed, globe-trotting existence. At the time, they were exercising their humanitarian muscles, casting shade on their parents’ “ridiculously easy” careers, and, taking a cue from their mother, learning about the world’s many, varied cultures. And now, perhaps knowing that the well for Jolie-Pitt-family fantasy fiction was drying up, the Oscar-winning actress has kindly bestowed a few more details about her children.
In a segment on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Friday morning, which she guest-edited, Jolie revealed how her children have only become more accomplished since we last heard of them.
“All the kids are learning different languages,” Jolie revealed. “I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai, which is a Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Z is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language.”
(And now, a moment for us to pause and imagine the six Jolie-Pitt children chattering around the dinner table in different languages as Brad, still stuck on Rosetta Stone’s second Spanish lesson, pleads, “English, please!”)
AGE: 22. HOMETOWN: Los Angeles. UP NEXT: The Last Face, about aid workers in Africa, starring Charlize Theron and directed by his dad, Sean Penn (his mom is Robin Wright); Netflix’s political satire about the war in Afghanistan, War Machine, with Brad Pitt.
ORTVED: Tell me about War Machine.
HOPPER PENN: The experience was fucking intense. Twelve of us play Marines. We got into Abu Dhabi, and the next morning we woke up at five, got our heads shaved, and went to boot camp. The first day, all those guys are your brothers. If you do 50 push-ups and someone falls down, you all start back at one. We all got really close.