Even as he is awaiting the release of his mammoth international movie Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile this month alongside a sublime cast comprising Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer amongst others. India’s latest export to the West – Ali Fazal has bagged the lead role in the prestige project Codename: Johnny Walker. The war drama is based on the New York Times bestseller by the same name and is co-written by American Sniper co-writer Jim Delfice.
A quick search will inform you that Codename: Johnny Walker which is written by Alan Wenkus former writer of the famed chat series – The Tonight Show and Straight Outta Compton, for which he got an Academy Nomination too. The writing of the film has been in the works since September 2015.
Fazal, currently in the midst of promoting his show Mirzapur, in a chat with GQ Magazine of which is the cover star of the month spoke about his latest project.
Once the pandemic permits, Fazal will be in an LA studio shooting for the lead role in the film.
Fazal is quoted saying in the magazine, “People [in the West] are now more open to writing parts that can have actors cast from across the canvas,” mentioning British writer, rapper, and actor Riz Ahmed. “This is very hard to do because you have to get geography out of your head. Naturally, not all movies can do that – an Indian film about a farmer in the hinterland can’t cast Tom Cruise.”
Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is confirmed for October 23 2020 release. This will be one of the the first major international pictures to see a global release. And looking at these new stills of the film featuring Ali, the actor embodies every bit of the 1930s golden era suave looks.
Based on Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name the film’s cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand , Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening , Sophie Okonedo and Branagh himself.
The fine ensemble of Death on the Nile reunited virtually to kick off the promotions of their film. Based on a 1937 novel by the same name, the Agatha Christie bestseller has been adapted on screen by Kenneth Branagh, who doubles up to play Hercule Poirot in the film. The film is a follow up of the 2017 project by Branagh – Murder on the Orient Express. The story of Death on the Nile revolves around Poirot’s Egyptian vacation that goes wrong after he gets involved in a love triangle. The glorious ensemble includes Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening amongst others. The film was shot between September and December in London last year.
Earlier, the film’s promotions were charted out differently which included an exhaustive international tour for the film. As the world found itself battling a pandemic from the start of 2020, it was only natural that the team found innovative ways of promoting their passion project. In a picture posted by Ali’s co-star Armie Hammer on his Instagram handle, it was revealed that the team has kicked off the first round of promotions after the release of their trailer. October is looking like a loaded month for Fazal who will witness the releases of his two distinctly different projects – Death on the Nile and the much-awaited Mirzapur 2.
Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is confirmed for October 23 2020 release. With going to the cinemas looking like a possibility in the near future, this will be one of the first major international pictures to see a global release. The trailer launched virtually amidst fanfare today on August 19th.
Based on Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name the film’s cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo and Branagh himself. Written by Michael Green, the film is slated for October 23.
Fazal shot for the film for three months in the UK last year. On the home turf, the actor has the second season of Mirzapur coming that is expected to drop on Amazon Prime later this year.
Hotel Mumbai has been impressing all and sundry with their heart-wrenching trailer. As Dev Patel and Anupam Kher get together to imbue a lease of life into the gruesome act of terror on Mumbai, members of the film fraternity are all praises for the film’s trailer. The newest to shower the film with love is the fabulous Ananya Pandey. She said, “I watched the trailer of Hotel Mumbai, it gave me goosebumps throughout the runtime, the events of 26/11 were one of the most gruesome chapters in India’s history. The movie is a tribute to all those brave heroes who did their part and helped save as many lives as they could and this movie is an ode to their bravery.”
The film directed by Anthony Maras is a retelling of the fateful night but the film takes in the narrative of the staff present at the Taj Mahal Hotel that was attacked by the gunmen. Chef Hemant Oberoi played by Kher and his team protected the guests at the premises, ensuring that they are safely sneaked out of the hotel when the gunmen were hunting them down. It celebrates the spirit of the many unsung heroes of 26/11 whose names haven’t got their real due.
As a young, conscientious actress, Ananya came out in huge support of the film and stood by its message.
As Dev Patel chased down the character of Arjun a turbaned Sikh working under Chef Hemant Oberoi in Anthony Maras’ upcoming film Hotel Mumbai, he knew it was uphill task preparing for the part that’s so far removed from his real self. Patel was born and raised in England by Gujarati Indian Hindu parents but he had great compassion for the Sikh community who bore the brunt of the 9/11 attacks. The actor understood the hate came from the lack of representation of Sikh characters in international films that triggered him to reason with his director why Arjun should be a Sikh in the film.
Talking about his prep, he said, “I spent about a month with my coach Raghuveer Joshi working on the accent and the pitch. Since the character is fictional, there was no reference point. Looks-wise we built him up from ground zero. I had to completely change my appearance, work on my Hindi and Punjabi at the same time and ensure that the words sound correct in terms of tonality. I had done neither of these before but I am glad the film made me push myself to try out an uncharted territory personally. The story is close to me as I was shooting here for one month and the next in my house in London my parents looking at the TV screens and watching Mumbai burning, it was horrible!”
Hotel Mumbai trailer celebrates the Indian Brave hearts that saved lives with their bravery.
Hotel Mumbai, starring Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer in key roles, is all set to hit the screens in India on November 29, 2019. Directed by Anthony Maras, the film has been lauded for sensitively depicting the true story of the indomitable human spirit that prevailed during the brutal 26/11 terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai in 2008.
The film’s thrilling trailer portrays the triumph of humanity 72-hour siege, 1600 lives saved. An incredible true story of bravery, courage & heroism, told from a never-seen-before lens. Meet India’s heroes in the official trailer of Zee Studios & Purpose Entertainment’s Hotel Mumbai.