News has been very quiet on the Lee Pace front lately, but finally there’s something for fans to nibble on. The official, full-length trailer for The Program – the film about the Lance Armstrong doping scandal – has finally been released. Although Lee himself is barely featured in it, we get a great look at the movie, including the tone and themes throughout.
Lee Pace and Carrie Coon will star in supernatural romance “The Keeping Hours,” with Jason Blum producing through his Blumhouse label.
Karen Moncrieff is directing from a script by Rebecca Sonnenshine, in which a couple attempts to reconcile a decade after their lives fell apart in the aftermath of their son’s death in a car accident.
Shooting is set to start in December. John Miranda is executive producing.
Pace starred as Ronan the Destroyer in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and as the Elven king in the “Hobbit” trilogy. He stars in AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and in Colin Treverrow’s “The Book of Henry.”
Coon portrayed Ben Affleck’s sister in “Gone Girl” and stars in HBO’s “The Leftovers.” Moncrieff’s directing credits include “The Trial of Cate McCall.”
Blumhouse is prepping M. Night Shyamalan’s untitled thriller with James McAvoy starring with Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Its recent releases include Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” “Insidious: Chapter 3” and Joel Edgerton’s “The Gift.”
Coon is repped by UTA and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Pace is repped by CAA and Management 360. Sonnenshine is repped by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion.
The first poster for The Program has been released, just one day after the first teaser trailer hit the web. (Remember: Lee Pace is playing Bill Stapleton, Lance Armstrong’s agent.) Amidst plenty of overly Photoshopped posters lately, I find this one pretty appealing, with the syringe adding some tongue-in-cheek flair to the design. There is no official theatrical release date for this film, sadly, although hopefully this recent uptick in promotion means The Program will be ready for public consumption soon.
The first trailer – a teaser – for Stephen Frear’s The Program (formerly known as Icon) has been released. Lee Pace will play Bill Stapleton in this biopic depicting bicylist Lance Armstrong and his controversy surrounding performance enhancement drugs. Ben Foster stars as Armstrong, with a strong supporting cast including Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, and Jesse Plemons. Check out a brief summary of The Program below:
Based on the award winning book Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh, this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero, winning the Tour de France seven times.
Despite filming it a full week ago, Lee Pace’s episode of “The Rachael Ray Show” finally aired yesterday. There doesn’t appear to be a full clip of his segment online (yet), but the official Rachael Ray site has uploaded a small portion of Lee’s interview, which you can view by clicking on the image above (there’s no embed available). In the clip, he talks about his wild Comic Con memory from earlier this year, when he and Hobbit co-star Andy Serkis woke up unsuspecting fans at 2-3am to greet them and take pictures. If the full interview pops up, I’ll edit this post with a new link.
In a fantastic new interview with, well, Interview Magazine, Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” spoke to Lee Pace for a very easy-going conversation. They talked about Lee’s latest foray into Middle-earth with The Hobbit trilogy and tech-savvy Joe Macmillan in AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire” — and even dabbled into Lee’s youth, including early runs at Houston’s Alley Theatre. Lee and Jim have known each other for years – they starred together in the Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart – and it creates for an easy rapport. Check out an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source:
PARSONS: For a TV show – maybe for any project, but certainly for a continuing TV show – it is the people, the characters, that people want to see.
PACE: [“Halt and Catch Fire” is] about this American identity of the hunger for success and ambition and failure. We live in this culture where everyone’s just trying to get it right all the time: You’re trying to get right with God, you’re trying to be the right person, you’re trying to do this right, that right. And no one ever will. I really applaud the writers for writing these characters who are in the thick of trying to weed through the competition of their ambition versus their heart and their fallibility and their inadequacies and mediocrity and their desire to be more than they are. It’s the greys on this show that I find most interesting. You find yourself trying to categorize things – it’s this; it’s that – but it’s not that. It’s a grey thing that we all live through with the passage of time and our faulty record of memory.
PARSONS: And like you say, anything that I can think of that any human is trying to do, is aim for some sort of “perfection,” and that’s not going to happen.
PACE: The show is about innovation, the march into the future. It’s impossible to think about that without really weighing the lasting impact of the past and the complicated conditions of the present.
On Monday (December 15th), Lee Pace stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote his latest movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. During the (admittedly short) interview, he talked extensively of his parents’ cameo in the final Hobbit movie — and how, ultimately, they were taken out of the final cut. (Here’s to seeing them as Laketown extras in the extended edition!) You can watch a clip of his appearance on Kimmel’s show above or, if you’re able to verify your TV provider, the full episode is here.
Edit: You can now watch the full interview with Lee on Vimeo.
There’s been an influx of press pieces with Lee Pace, promoting his latest release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Instead of bogging down LPO with walls of texts, I’ve instead collected all his recent articles and interviews in this one update; I’ll also be adding any others here unless they’re lengthy features (or videos). I’ll also be adding everything to the press archive for easy access, although I encourage visiting and supporting the sources first.
• CLICK ON DETROIT, December 16, 2014:
Lee Pace Riding High as ‘Hobbit’ Trilogy Ends
• GEORGIA STRAIGHT, December 17, 2014:
‘The Hobbit’s’ Lee Pace Relishes Playing Elvenking
• THEONERING.NET, November 29, 2014:
On Set to Talk ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
• MOVIE FANATIC, December 16, 2014:
Lee Pace on “Celebrating” Middle-earth
• SPINOFF ONLINE, December 16, 2014:
Under All That ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Guardians’ Makeup, Lee Pace is Having a Blast
Nearly a week ago, on December 11th, Lee Pace joined Richard Armitage for their second joint Q&A of the day — this one, following an IMAX screening in New York. Together, they talked about their movie The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (now in theaters). Los Angeles Times was there, both hosting the event as part of their “Hero Complex” screening series and even filming it for those fans unable to attend. Three videos have been released, although the last of the three is currently offline. Because I’m unable to embed the videos, you’ll have to go directly to LA Times’ website:
Back on December 3rd, Lee Pace was involved with a live Q&A via @TheHobbitMovie — and he was hilarious. The event must have been a hit, as he was asked back for another round of answering fan questions on Twitter earlier today (December 15th). Once again, unsurprisingly, he was full of charm; Lee’s Hobbit co-star Richard Armitage even jumped in with a couple of questions, which opened and closed the Q&A session. You can read the full transcript below:
The Elvenking returns. Ready for more fun with @leepace? #AskThranduil now
@RCArmitage what music was playing and what drink was over served at the Elf party when 13 dwarves and hobbit slipped through your fingers
@leepace Good question! The soundtrack to Footloose. Dorwinion wine. But you knew that, Thorin.
@AlessiaCrawley Hi Lee! One thing you are a geek about?
@leepace Burgers. Any recommendations?
@GDMaryKidd What was your first thought when you met @Thranduart? So awesome!
@leepace So impressed with his attention to detail. One of the best Thranduils I’ve seen.