Matthew Morrison has been set to star in Chinese feature Crazy Alien, the third installment in director Ning Hao’s black comedy trilogy that includes 2006’s Crazy Stone and 2009’s Crazy Racer (aka Silver Medalist). The logline is being kept under wraps, though it’s understood Alien will be in keeping with the previous Crazy crime capers.
Production on the Chinese-language movie is just getting underway in Qingdao. Morrison will speak English in the picture with his role subtitled in Chinese.
Co-starring is Ning’s frequent collaborator Huang Bo, who was in the previous Crazypics as well as the director’s 2014 smash Breakup Buddies. Also aboard are Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist, Banshee); Kat Nelson (A Girl Is A Gun); and Shen Teng, who appeared in Breakup Buddies and is known for another local box office hit, Goodbye Mr Loser.
A Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Glee alum Morrison recently starred in the Harvey Weinstein-produced Finding Neverland on Broadway and next will be onscreen in Tulip Fever, which releases domestically on August 25. He’s repped by CAA.
Glee was a popular series in China. Said Ning: “We are expanding the potential audience for Chinese films. This time, we are collaborating with extraordinary Hollywood actors. I believe that all these amazing talents will inspire each other to put on a great performance.”
Breakup Buddies was the No. 2 movie of 2014 in the Middle Kingdom, grossing $188M. Ning’s other credits include 2013’s neo-Western thriller No Man’s Land,which competed in Berlin and has been compared to the work of the Coen brothers.
Huanxi Media and Dirty Monkey are producing Crazy Alien with a China release set for February 5, 2019. Morrison is repped by CAA and management Podwall Entertainment.
It’s official: Everyone is a fan of The Bachelor and Bachelorette. Matthew Morrison spoofs the hit ABC franchise in his latest film After the Reality, and Us Weekly has a sneak peek. Watch the video above!
In the film, Morrison plays a contestant named Scottie who is vying for the heart of the Bachelorette, played by Laura Bell Bundy. After Scottie’s dad dies, he quits the competition and is reunited with his sister, played by Sarah Chalke.
“When I was in Hairspray on Broadway, Trista and Ryan Sutter visited the production. It was right after their final episode aired, and they just seemed so down to earth, an incredible couple,” he recalled. “That was when, I assume, the show was fresh and truly about finding a connection with someone. But I think most people who go on these shows have to be a little lost and in search of some fulfillment. That’s the attitude and naïveté I brought into the character of Scottie.”
A Glee-ful time was had on the set of the new drama, After the Reality, when Matthew Morrison reunited with his old McKinley High nemesis, Jane Lynch. Fortunately, this time around, the erstwhile Will Schuester and Sue Sylvester are friends, rather than foes. Lynch appears in a small cameo as a doctor who tends to an injury that Morrison’s character Scottie received during his time on a Bachelorette-esque reality series. He’s also recovering from wounds of an emotional sort: His father passed away while he was pursuing true televised love, necessitating his early exit from the show. (Watch an exclusive clip of this Glee reunion above.)
“It was a little odd doing a scene with Jane, and not trying to rip each other’s hair out,” Morrison tells Yahoo Movies via e-mail about his and Lynch’s onscreen dynamic in After the Reality, which will be released on iTunes and other VOD platforms on April 25. “But the chemistry with her always holds up.” According to Reality writer-director David Anderson, Lynch wasn’t his first choice to play the doctor. “It was originally written for a tottering woodsman of a Norman Rockwell painting,” Anderson writes via e-mail. Instead, his leading man, who doubles as the film’s executive producer, personally orchestrated the Glee reunion.
“Jane and Matthew have a chemistry that’s sweetly sibling,” the filmmaker adds. “I told them to not worry about the lines, they know what we need to communicate and we just let the camera roll.” And Lynch — no stranger to riffing thanks to her regular collaborations with Christopher Guest — took the director’s instructions to heart, improvising with Morrison like they used to do back in their Glee days. “What was left on the editing floor was such a shame,” Anderson writes.
Set to enjoy its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival as the Gala opening night film on April 21, After the Reality stars Matthew Morrison, Sarah Chalke, Jon Dore, Aimee Garcia, John Heard and Jane Lynch in a tale of loss, grief, and a reality show. We’re proud to debut the trailer, which you can watch below.
David Anderson wrote and directed; it’s his feature debut. Here’s the official synopsis:
After the Reality is a film about loss and the strange world one inhabits when in grief’s relentless grip. The film cuts between a Minnesota log cabin setting — stuffed with shabby antique furniture and Kate and Scottie’s memories of summers past — and a currently airing episodes of Young Bucks, the reality show on which Scottie was just a contestant.
In contrast to the cabin’s sturdiness and gravity, the reality show set is sterile, plastic, and impermanent. Artifice reigns on the show, down to the contestants who spew platitudes about love and vie for the heart of one young lady, Kelly. Adhering to reality show conventions, Young Bucks treats Scottie as a pawn — a jester of love. And just as the brother and sister’s grief cannot be diverted or contained, the artificial world of a reality show cannot be neatly boxed in without consequences.
“After The Reality” is slated for a theatrical release in the fall.
Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Morrison and Katie Holmes are among the cast providing voices for the Weinstein Co.’s English-language version of the Argentine family comedy Underdogs (aka The Unbeatables).
Rounding out the the voice cast of Juan Jose Campanella‘s film are John Leguizamo, Mexican star Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killiam, Saturday Night Live‘s Bobby Moynihan and Rizzoli & Isles‘s Chazz Palminteri.
The film’s release date has been pushed to Apr. 10, 2015, from its previous date of Jan. 15, the date to which Weinstein has just moved its family fantasy Paddington, which was previously set for Christmas.
Underdogs centers on a shy but talented foosball player, Jake, (Morrison) who must defend his town and the girl he loves, Laura (Grande), from the nefarious soccer player Ace (Hoult). He’s aided by the figures on his foosball table, who magically come to life. The screenplay, by Campanella, Gaston Gorali and Eduardo Sacheri, has been reworked for U.S audiences.
“This talented cast takes our script and enhances it, with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry. I’m so proud of these super-talented actors and comedians,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in a statement.
The film shares its new release date with Fox’s Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and Paramount’s fantasy The Moon and the Sun. On its previous date are the thriller Blackhat and the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer.