Ben Mendelsohn reunites with Joel Edgerton and David Michod for Netflix film ‘The King’
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Ben Mendelsohn reunites with Joel Edgerton and David Michod for Netflix film ‘The King’

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Ben has joined the cast of the Netflix film ‘The King’, which begins filming this week. He joins Robert Pattinson, Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, and Lily-Rose Depp in the David Michod film.

David Michod, the director behind Netflix’s War Machine as well as crime drama Animal Kingdom, is helming the production, which begins June 1 in the U.K., and wrote the script with Edgerton.

Plan B is producing along with Liz Watts, who produced Michod’s Animal Kingdom as well as The Rover. Edgerton and Michod are also producing.

According to Netflix, The King is based on Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V, focusing on a young and disgraced prince Hal (aka the future King Henry the V) who “inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff.”

Chalamet is playing Hal, while Edgerton is Falstaff.

Pattinson will play The Dauphin, who is a French duke; Mendelsohn will play King Henry IV; Depp will portray Princess Catherine, daughter of the French king, who marries Hal; and Harris will step into the shoes of William.

In other news, it was recently announced that Ben and Essie Davis are starring in an Australian film set to film in the summer:

Production is due to get underway this summer on the Screen Australia-backed movie which is set to be directed by first-timer Shannon Murphy. Pic is being produced by Alex White and executive produced by Jan Chapman (The Piano). The bittersweet comedy charts the story of a couple who realize their seriously ill teenage daughter has fallen in love with a drug dealer.

READY PLAYER ONE is coming out on DVD/Bluray on July 24th, with plenty of special featurettes including:

– The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration
– Game Changer: Cracking the Code
– Effects for a Brave New World
– Level Up: Sound for the Future
– High Score: Endgame
– Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure

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Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018
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Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018

Empire Magazine takes a deep dive into Spielberg’s iconic career, starting with a several page spread about the upcoming READY PLAYER ONE. Scans below, linking to the full size:

The most feared of these opponents is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation looking to take over the OASIS in order to monetise it. For Mendelsohn, Sorrento’s intimidatory tactics are helped by his name — “It’s like Snake Plissken, what a fucking name” — but the moniker masks a nexus of complexities.

“He’s a nerd who’s managed to finagle and manipulate his way into a position of power. He wants the internet to be a commodity and he owns the hardware. He leads a crack force — they’re the shit — against these charming amateurs.”

To what extent would Mendelsohn, an alum of The Dark Knight Rises and Star Wars: Rogue One, self-identify as a nerd like Sorrento?

“Fuck off!” he bellows, jokingly. “And I say that with love. I don’t eschew the nerd side at all, but you want me to talk about it in this fucking magazine? Eat a bowl of dicks!

— EMPIRE UK, APRIL 2018

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Robin Hood first look + RP1 tv spot + new/old photoshoots
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Robin Hood first look + RP1 tv spot + new/old photoshoots

Here’s the first look at Ben as the Sheriff of Notthingham in the upcoming adaptation of Robin Hood, slated to release late this year. Thoughts?

Ben can briefly be seen in this new tv spot for Ready Player One; he plays the film’s main antagonist, Nolan Sorrento.

Photographer Billy Kidd released a few shots of Ben during the Toronto International Film Festival – you can check them out in the gallery below:

Additionally, an outtake from Comic Con 2017 with Sarah Dunn was released, as well as some great outtakes from Ben’s 2016 Empire Magazine shoot:

Ben was featured in an episode of a iTunes podcast called “Aussies in Hollywood”, hosted by Jenny Cooney, where she interviews prominent Australian actors about their stories of trying to ‘make it’ in Hollywood. Check it out!

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Ready Player One at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

The Warner Bros presentation at San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a ‘Ready Player One’ trailer and panel with the cast and crew, including Ben, Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, TJ Miller, writer Ernest Cline, and director Steven Spielberg. You can watch the trailer and panel below:

Ben said: “If you turn up to work and Steven Spielberg is your boss, come on. Everything is gravy after that.

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Photos from the panel and a shoot with Entertainment Weekly have been added to the gallery:

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