Andrew Garfield is in talks to team up for World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of war hero Private First Class Desmond T. Doss who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, even though he refused to bear arms on religious grounds. Garfield would play Doss, if a deal comes to fruition.
Doss was drafted in 1942 but refused to kill or carry a weapon. He became a medic in the Pacific theater but was ostracized for his beliefs by other soldiers. However, refusing to be cowed, Doss made himself a legend when he saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. He helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers on the field, and in one overnight battle, was wounded by a grenade and later hit by a sniper while saving grunts. Doss also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.
The project, which at one point was operating under the title The CO, has David Permut and Bill Mechanic producing, both of whom have been attached since the beginning and have proved to be tenacious with this story. Cross Creek Pictures is financing and the company’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson also producing with the goal of shooting next year.
Garfield is coming off strong notices for 99 Homes, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and acquired by Broad Green Pictures. He is repped by CAA, Sloane Offer and UK’s Gordon and French.
The final list of nominees for this year’s People’s Choice Awards have been released today, and Andrew has been shortlisted for an award. Head over to vote.peopleschoice.com to vote for your favorites; finalist voting ends on Thursday, Dec. 4.
Favorite Movie Duo
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street)
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars)
Shailene Woodley & Theo James (Divergent)
Favorite Action Movie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Vulture published their Most Valuable Stars list and Andrew has been listed at #40. Read what they have to say below:
On Wednesday (October 22), Andrew Garfield attended two events in New York, the annual GQ Gentleman’s Ball and the Academy screening of The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Thanks to the lovely Luciana we have HQ pictures from both events up in the gallery.
Public Appearances > 2014 > Oct 22 – “The Theory of Everything” Academy Screening
Public Appearances > 2014 > Oct 22 – GQ Gentleman’s Ball
Back in 2010, Andrew Garfield appeared in the short film I’m Here, which was directed by Her director Spike Jonze. I’ve just realised we didn’t have any images from the film in the gallery, so I’ve just added a few stills, posters and behind the scenes images. You can also view the entire short below.
Other Projects > Short Films > I’m Here (2010)
New film company Broad Green Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to 99 Homes, the real estate drama starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
Broad Green, which is paying in the $3 million range for the film, is planning to release 99 Homes in spring 2015 with an accompanying awards run. 99 Homes, also starring Laura Dern, made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before playing in both Telluride and Toronto.
Ramin Bahrani, the award-winning filmmaker behind Man Push Cart, directed and wrote the film, a hard-hitting look at America’s economic woes (often referred to as the 99/1 percent divide). Hyde Park produced the movie with ImageNation and is representing international rights.
99 Homes stars Garfield playing a construction worker who loses his home to foreclosure. Desperate to protect his family, he eventually finds work with the real estate broker who took his house and soon is not only evicting homeowners but helping the man embezzle money from the government. While his financial worries disappear, his conscience begins to break him down.
CAA brokered the deal with Broad Green, which was co-founded by brothers Daniel and Gabriel Hammond (the latter is a successful hedge fund manager). Broad Green also backed Toronto title Learning to Drive, which it will likewise release. That film stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.
Bahrani and Garfield produced 99 Homes alongside Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Justin Nappi.
The actor sat down with Marlow Stern at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss his latest, 99 Homes—a commentary on the housing crisis, the 99 percent, and greed.
“You look like the Unabomber.” Those are the first words that slip out of my mouth when I greet Andrew Garfield at a hotel suite in Downtown Toronto. The typically fresh-faced, photogenic 31-year-old actor is sporting a bushy, unkempt, downright Biblical-looking beard. It is, he says, for a role as a 17th century priest in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is in pre-production. He’ll star opposite Liam Neeson and Adam Driver as a trio of bible-thumpers who travel to Japan to spread the gospel.
But the man otherwise known as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is here at the Toronto Film Festival to unveil his latest film, 99 Homes. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, the movie centers on Dennis Nash (Garfield), a carpenter-father who, after being evicted from his home, chooses to disregard his moral compass and work for the rapacious real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who had him evicted in order to reclaim his house. The foreclosure-drama is a fascinating study of greed and class warfare, boasting excellent turns by Garfield and Shannon.
Unruly beard aside, Garfield is a surprisingly introspective fella—which perhaps explains the complex characters he chooses to tackle onscreen, from a reformed killer in Boy A to the Abel to Mark Zuckerberg’s Cain in The Social Network to the aforementioned web-slinger.
What attracted you to 99 Homes? I understand you have dual citizenship, but it’s a pretty American story.
I think it’s a Western, capitalist story where people are being treated like figures on a page and not being recognized as flesh and blood and noble, as we all are. The situation that Dennis Nash finds himself in, and that we all find ourselves in in this culture right now, is that our nobility is not being seen, encouraged, or revered. We’re all very, very separate, and all hungry animals terrified of not eating. The post-Industrial Revolution capitalist system was set up with the best of intentions, but it’s been morphed, taken apart, and put back together until a handful of people are billionaires and the rest are struggling. There was some healing that had to be done in my family and with me being a man in this system.
TORONTOSUN.COM – Will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be swinging his way into the upcoming Sinister Six movie? The answer to that question depends on how you read between the webs.
In Toronto for the Canadian premiere of the mortgage crisis drama 99 Homes at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bearded and contemplative Garfield gently deflected a question about 2016’s The Sinister Six, which will focus on the wall-crawler’s most infamous villains. The bad guy spinoff is being written and directed by Drew Goddard, who was behind the 2012 comedy-horror The Cabin in the Woods.
Sony Pictures recently announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be pushed back to a 2018 release, with The Sinister Six (and possibly a separate spinoff focused on the Spider-Man villain Venom) coming to theatres first.
But how do you have Spider-Man villains without Spider-Man?
“I know more than I’m allowed to say right now,” Garfield told us.
“I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard, who’s going to be writing and directing The Sinister Six movie. And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial.”
Erm, Spider-fans may beg to differ on the immaterial part…
“I don’t know if I should say anything right now. But Drew is really exciting. Did you see Cabin in the Woods? Did you like it?”
We did see it and we did like it, although we wish we’d known less about the movie going in, as it would have heightened the surprises and twists.
“Exactly,” Garfield said with a grin. “Hence, me not telling you s— about that.”
Spin your own conclusions, true believers.