Update: Roland Joffé's There Be Dragons two trailers online
That sounds impressive, Roland Joffé's There Be Dragons, instantly you should be pricking up your ears. Then there's the fact that the film follows two friends, one who turns to war and the other who becomes the founder of Opus Dei, Josemaria Escriva, and you should be even more interested.
However I'm going to step out on a limb and point out how terrible the trailer is, ruined by continual moody looks and the made for television film voice over explaining everything while the visuals do next to nothing.
I know, it's Roland Joffé, and I am excited about that, but let's not forget he directed You and I and Captivity as his last two films – that's the t.A.T.u. film with Mischa Burton and the horror film with Elisha Cuthbert that saw her imprisoned and tortured.
There's some good things to know about There Be Dragons though, it stars some interesting names like Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott (woo!), Olga Kurylenko, Rodrigo Santoro, Geraldine Chaplin, Lily Cole, Charles Dance and Derek Jacobi, oh and there's Rusty Lemorande in it whose name I just love.
Also the film looks to two friends, one of whom is the founder of Opus Dei, Josemaria Escriva, and it seems to be going into familiar ground for Joffé as it sounds and feels a little like similar themes and ground from earlier films such as The Mission and perhaps The Killing Fields.
Here's the blurb for the film which I pulled from the Facebook page for the film:
”There Be Dragons is an epic action-adventure-romance set during the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. The film is written and directed by Roland Joffe, acclaimed director of The Mission, and features a stellar cast of young actors --Carlie Cox (Stardust), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Rodrigo Santoro (300), and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace).
The story traces the lives of two young men, Josemaria Escriva (Cox) and Manolo Torres, childhood friends who are separated by the political upheaval of pre-war Spain to find themselves on opposite sides as war erupts. Choosing peace, Josemaria becomes a priest and struggles to spread reconciliation by founding the movement “Opus Dei” (work of God.). Manolo chooses war and becomes a spy for the fascists. Manolo commits heinous acts that will torment him until the end of his life. Only on Manolo’s deathbed will Josemaria’s message of forgiveness finally have a profound impact on him and on his estranged son, who comes to learn the truth of his father’s dark past.”
You know while I was looking for information on the film I went to the official site and saw a trailer that is about two hundred times better than this one that's been touted, the first thing is that it doesn't have the made for television voice over, and that's a huge bonus already.
One reason for the trailer looking poor might be that Joffé raised the money for the film along with producer Ignacio G. Sancha, and right now they're looking for a distributor. Could he be back to the strong films of his past, away from Hollywood control?
Update: A new trailer for the film, another bad voice over.