is set to become the voice in the audio guide accompanying
visitors at the upcoming exhibition ABBAWORLD that opens its
doors for the very first time in London on January
27th. Our Swede seems a likely choice
considering he starred in the successful film, "Mamma
Mia!" and also helped host the BBC's ABBA tribute concert in Hyde
Park in September. Stellan comments, "People might think I am an
ABBA groupie, but I am actually trying to become the fifth member of the
group and have their name changed to ABBAS.
I'm really looking forward to it."
Magnus Danielsson, president of Touring Exhibitions, the company behind
ABBAWORLD, is excited about Skarsgård becoming the voice of the audio
guide. "Stellan adds character and off-beat humour to the guide, and his
voice is well known all over the world," says Danielsson. "We are very
happy indeed that he is participating in ABBAWORLD."
The script for the audio guide is written by
ABBA biographer, Carl Magnus Palm.
According to Mats Daleskog, senior director of production, the audio
guide is a highly integrated and important feature of the exhibition.
"Much more so than in many other exhibitions," he says. "Not only is it
about giving information to the visitors about objects and locations in
the exhibition, but we want the audio guide to be an experience in
itself and both the voice and the script are critical for its appeal."
According to Production Weekly,
Marvel Studios will begin principal photography on the Kenneth
Branagh-directed THOR in Los Angeles in mid-January. The production will
then move to Santa Fe, New Mexico from March until late-April.
Anthony Hopkins has now joined the cast. Based on previous
casting news, various sources say that most of the movie will be set on
Earth. Some rumors indicate that Natalie Portman will play Jane Foster,
who is a nurse in the comics, but in the movie is a PhD cosmology
student under the guidance of her Norwegian professor, played by
Stellan. This, of course, is not confirmed.
month BOOGIE WOOGIE was screened at
France's Dinard Festival of British Cinema. It was previously shown at
the Edinburgh Film Festival in June and UK's Cambridge Film Festival in
September. It was also featured at the American Film Market earlier this
month but there's no word yet as to whether the film attracted a
distributor. Stellan plays voracious art collector Bob
Maccelstone, whose wife Jean is played by Gillian
Anderson. However, from this photo, it's obvious that Bob is canoodling
with the Heather Graham character.
September 13th, Stellan took part in a BBC Radio 2 event (broadcast
live, with a television recording to follow soon), called "A celebration
of the music of Abba" and was in effect one big karaoke evening. Each
performer sang one of Sweden’s best export’s hits and the audience
played their part, singing along word perfect to every number.
Follow this link for photos from that evening. The event was introduced by Radio
2 DJ Chris Evans (bewigged and dressed in what looked like a Bacofoil
'70s retro homage suit). "SOS" was introduced by Stellan, who supplied
the background to a couple of songs and introduced a rather touching
segment of Swedish folk music and an orchestral piece.
the ambitious animated feature from Swedish film-maker Tarik Saleh, has
been making the film festival circuit over the past few weeks. On
September 3rd, it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, followed by
screenings at the Helsinki Int'l Film Festival on September 20th, the
Sitges Int'l Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia on October 5th, and
the Warsaw Film Festival and Pusan Int'l Film Festival on October 9th.
It will make its theatrical debut in Sweden on November 27th. Screen
Daily describes the film as "visually fascinating and full of
inventiveness" but cautions that it never takes off dramatically. Made
in 2D using photomontage and Animation Cut Out technique, the film's
images blend real footage with Saleh’s quirky characters to create a
visual look that borders on the trippy. It will certainly have its fans,
especially the sci-fi and fantasy crowd who will respond to its
futuristic fiction. Jette Kernion of Cinematical cites Stellan's voice
as carrying a tone of dry malice as
Trexx security head Ralph Parker. Other voices
include Stellan's son Alexander, Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis and Udo
Kier. You can view more photos of Stellan
at this link.
has joined the cast of THOR, Marvel
Studios’ upcoming adaptation of the long-running comic book hero.
Other cast members include Chris Hemsworth
as the Norse god of thunder, exiled to Earth,
Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the Norse god of
mischief, Natalie Portman as
Jane Foster, Thor’s mortal love interest,
and Brian Blessed as Odin,
king of the gods. Stellan isn't able to reveal who’s
he playing, other than it is apparently a villain. Due to Marvel’s
insistence on keeping plot details secret, he relates how they wanted
him to sign without reading the script - "That I refused to do. Then
they sent one to me that was so coded that I could only print one copy.”
Ironically, Stellan's son, Alexander, was considered a leading candidate
to play the title role of Thor until Hemsworth was cast in the role.
Alexander confirmed that he was so close as to have tried on the
costume, and was one of the last contenders cut before director Kenneth
Branagh chose Chris Hemsworth. The film is due to commence principal
photography early next year with Paramount eying a May 20, 2011 release.
The epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to
the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a
powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient
war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as
punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when
the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of
Asgard to invade Earth.