Scott Eastwood has been cast alongside Brad Pitt in World War II epic ‘Fury’.
The young actor – who is the son of legendary actor-and-director Clint Eastwood – is the latest addition to the David Ayer-directed war film, which will also star Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, according to Deadline.
The Sony Pictures production is the true story of an army commander – to be played by Pitt – and his crew members who go behind enemy lines in their tank just as Nazi Germany collapses at the end of the war in 1945.
Eastwood has been cast in the role of Sergeant Miles, while Lerman will play a young, inexperienced crew member, Normal Ellison, who is thrown into the role of being a tank gunner.
Other stars cast in the movie include ‘The Walking Dead’ actor Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena.
Writer-and-director Ayer is helming the picture based on his own script.
Eastwood has previously had roles in his father’s films, ‘Invictus’, ‘Gran Torino’ and ‘Flags of Our Fathers’.
The young prodigy recently wrapped filming on two independent movies, ‘Dawn Patrol’ and ‘Walk of Fame’, as well as a two-episode stint on TV drama ‘Chicago Fire’.
Logan Lerman made his first on-screen appearance in 2000′s “The Patriot” opposite Mel Gibson, and has since worked with some of the biggest names in the movie business, from Russell Crowe to Jim Carrey.
In 2010, things got even bigger for Lerman when he landed his first franchise, signing on for the title role in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” Now, after a critically acclaimed performance in last year’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the actor once again returns to play the son of Poseidon.
When Moviefone met up with Lerman in New York City a few weeks ago, he was fresh off a media tour in Italy for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” and was in dire need of some black coffee. But, despite the jet lag, the 21-year-old’s enthusiasm for acting, the filmmaking process, and this role was obvious.
Below, Lerman talks about filming “Percy” in the New Orleans heat, his new role opposite Brad Pitt, and the eccentric musician he would love to play one day.
Moviefone: Compared to “The Lightning Thief,” this movie seemed more epic and immersive. Was it harder to shoot? Was it more fun than the first?
Lerman: I mean it was really different working with Thor Freudenthal as opposed to Chris Columbus. He’s a very different director, tonally. The movie itself, as you know, is much lighter and fast-paced than the first film and, yeah, I guess the work felt different because of that. But, you know, they’re both fun movies to make, they’re just different experiences.
I’m sure. Like that amusement park scene, that must’ve been fun.
Oh yeah, it was a good time. I mean a little grueling. We were outside of New Orleans in, like, the middle of August, working all-nighters for a month and a half and it was a hundred degrees and humid.
This movie also seems like it’s more in line with the books. Was that important to you, to represent the fan base of the books?
Yeah, it is [more in line with the books]. In a way, I mean, that was more of the studio’s intention, to please the fans, and I’m kind of the guy who gets the script and works with the material. But, I definitely think fans of the books will be more happy with this one than they probably were with the first one.
Have you seen the fan base grow from the first one?
I’ve noticed it kind of take off. I think going into it now more people know about it than they did the first film.
So, have you had any crazy fan encounters?
Nothing too crazy, but you know, there have been some experiences [laughs]. Nothing too insane, but some people just get very, very excited over it.
You did a lot in terms of movies from the first ‘Percy’ to the second. Do you feel like you brought anything different to the character this time around that you didn’t have the experience to the first time?
I mean, I really don’t feel like I did much different. I guess I’m always learning and growing, but for this it was just kind of like putting on the old shoes again, getting back into that mode.
Now, in terms of the roles you play, you choose a wide variety. Is that a conscious effort for you to not get typecast or stuck doing one thing?
Yeah, I think it would be boring to the same thing over again, and I’m kind of just attracted to hard roles — something that seems difficult that I’m not sure I can do. But I also just like filmmakers. So, if there’s a great filmmaker out there, I’m going to try to be a part of their project.
Are there any filmmakers you are dying to work with?
David Fincher is really one of them. I really am a big fan of his. And, like, Spike Jonze, the Coen brothers. But, they’re dreams, and I feel really fortunate to have worked with some filmmakers that I really appreciate.
Do you have a preference about what you do when it comes to franchises as opposed to stand-alone movies?
The idea of a franchise is a little daunting because of just the whole — when you’re doing it that usually means you’re signing on for more than one and that can be kind of scary. So, I guess with stand-alone movies there is comfort in knowing that there’s just one and that’s all you’re going to do because the rest of the fate isn’t in your hands after that. You know, unless you’re producing it or something. But, yeah, I don’t really have a preference. If the material is good and there is a good filmmaker doing a franchise, I’ll be stoked.
Switching gears a little — I read that you play a few instruments. So, if you could play any musician, who would it be?
Cool. That’s a good question. Um, God, there are a few musicians that would be cool to play just because they’re like crazy cool characters. Elton John would be interesting. I don’t know if I could do it, but it would be cool.
I think you can pull it off.
I don’t know if I could. I wonder. I like him a lot as a musician, though. Also, what’s his name of Joy Division? They made that cool movie on him. I think it would be fun to play him. Ian Curtis! He’s a cool character. There are so many. Lou Reed would be interesting.
I know you’re working on “Fury” with Brad Pitt now. How’s that going? Did you start filming yet?
No, we haven’t started filming yet, but we’re in the training process now, which has been intense and cool. But, we’re going to start filming soon. I’m excited about that. We have a good cast.
And you visited Fort Irwin as part of your prep, right? How was that experience?
Yeah. It was really interesting and really eye-opening learning about the army and their training.
Was that something you were interested in before you got the part?
I didn’t really have, like, a knowledge about it. I never really looked into the military or anything, but now I’m kind of diving into it. But, it’s so specific. This ["Fury"] is World War II, so the army has changed a lot since then. What we were learning about there is very different from what we’re going to be doing in the movie. But I am learning about WWII and I’m pretty fascinated by that.
And working with Brad Pitt, have you asked for any words of wisdom?
No, I haven’t asked him for any advice or anything, but we’re all kind of learning together about all this. We haven’t really spent much time together, but he’s a nice guy. It’s going to be a crazy, crazy movie to film.
When it comes to why the Percy Jackson world in books and film have resonated so much, star Lerman says it’s about stories with young people embroiled in challenging situations that appeals to the masses.
“There’s something really appealing, and especially to me growing up and even now; (the books and films are about) young people in extraordinary situations dealing with human issues, human problems, flawed characters as well,” Lerman said. “None of our characters is perfect. (In these books and films) kids get to save the world, you know? That’s crazy. That’s fun.”
Daddario, who plays Annabeth, believes that it taps into something in the youth of the world and those who were once young. “I think that it’s really hard to be a kid and hard to grow up. From personal experience we all know that is true,” she admitted.
“I think that this series shows that, no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’re struggling with, you can still succeed. It doesn’t mean you can’t be who you want to be. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have amazing powers and abilities despite all your weaknesses. I think that’s really relatable and inspiring and it’s really cool to be part of that. I think that’s one of the reasons people love it.”
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As you may be aware, we’ve been twiddling our thumbs for three long years waiting for our next installment of Rick Riordan’s book-to-film series Percy Jackson. And now the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief *finally* hits the big screen on August 7th. Hooray and hoorah. So we thought we’d celebrate the release of Sea of Monsters by giving Logan Lerman a buzz, asking him if he fancied sitting in front of our faces for a few minutes and seeing if he fancied speaking a bit.
And guess what? He was well up for a chinwag about the flick.
Our fave demigod – dressed in a rather dapper little stripey cardigan – talked everything from the original book series and how he’d fight off a sea of monsters in actual real life to his best shocked face. Unfortunately his tactics didn’t involve whipping out his sword in our rather intimate little situaton, but you can’t have it all can you?
Check out our chat below to find out what Loges would do if he was a God, what Percy Part II’s all about and why he reckons it’s the best thing since Justin Bieber’s grill.
Emma and Logan will be reuniting in Noah, here’s a small tidbit bout the project below.
Man of Steel’s Russell Crowe is next taking on the title role for director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The familiar story of a simple man with visions of a pending flood disaster will be filming in Iceland for Paramount. Joining Crowe on his search for animal couples are Harry Potter’s Emma Watson with her The Perks of Being a Wallflower costar Logan Lerman, Thor’s Sir Anthony Hopkins, Aeon Flux star Marton Csokas, Legion’s Kevin Durand and Revenge cast member Barry Sloane.