Outcast is Hayden Christensen's first onscreen kiss in a Chinese film.
Outcast marks Hayden's first screen kiss in Chinese film but not his first kissing scene with a Princess. Chinese news site Sina noted that Hayden coincidentally has kissing scenes with another Princess played by Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It seems that filming a kissing scene in China however is a big deal because they wrote a whole article about it. I'll try to get it translated and add more to this article later but for now here are pics of Hayden and Liu Yifei kissing by firelight in Outcast. Source: Sina
Update:There seems to be a little bit of embellishment to the above linked report about filming the kissing scene, maybe to make it seem more romantic but Liu Yifei has posted to Weibo today to deny the story details. In other words, take it with a big grain of salt.
“...[Google Translate]The last war I really love this movie, but please do not write the article I have not said in the report are true thanks to more responsible...”
The pictures of Hayden kissing Liu Yifie in a scene from Outcast are to celebrate the Tanabata Star Festival which is a romantic festival like Valentine's Day remembered in China and Japan. The origin of Tanabata is the story of two lovers separated across the stars who can only be reunited once a year on Tanabata.
Hayden Christensen: Another fun and bloody day on the set of American Heist.
Even though the movie scene was probably serious, Alena Andreasyan's selfie with Hayden on the set of American Heist shows the lighter side of filming. Hayden's face is covered in blood with a big grin while working on the set of the movie filmed last summer in New Orleans. Everyone involved in making the film is smiling big these days, as American Heist will make it's world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September as part of the Special Presentation Program.
When Hayden filmed Takers, he said it's what you dream about growing up.... playing cops and robbers and making Takers was a lot of fun. Somehow seeing Alena's selfie makes me wonder if Hayden will look better dead in Takers than he looks wounded in American Heist. (Thanks to Nanour and SA forum for a heads up on the pic.)
You can see Takers today on FX at 4:30 pm CT.
Music Score for American Heist
Akon has been working on the Soundtrack for American Heist but there are also other composers in the mix too. 26 year old Kazakh composer Alim Zairov will see his music score playing in scenes throughout the film. Alim wanted to work on American Heist which didn't work out at first but then met with music producer Artashes Andreasyan and agreed to collaborate.
“...The process took several months. "We worked on the movie based on the 'first impression' principle. We watched a scene and then immediately tried to capture our associations in the music, without going any deep searching. We worked for several days on some of the scene to achieve perfection, " he added.
American Heist is an independent American action film directed by Sarik Andreasyan, based on the 1959 The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery film directed by Charles Guggenheim and John Stix. The movie stars Hayden Christensen (Star Wars), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Adrien Brody (The Pianist, King Kong) and Akon. The filming began in June 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana...”
More Movie Stills with Hayden Christensen and the Cast of American Heist.
American Heist has a festival page at TIFF.net where there are more movie stills and a list of all the cast and crew. Thanks to Marcy for the heads up. You can find it here in the Special Presentations section.
At this time there is no date for American Heist's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The TIFF Ticket FAQ says "the confirmed film list and schedule is not available until Aug. 19". You can purchase tickets and ticket packages now and will be given a date and code to make your movie selections online at a later date.
I've enlarged the latest movie stills a little and added them to the American Heist Movie Stills Gallery. There are also a few posted below.
Movie Stills: Hayden Christensen and Cast of American Heist.
American Heist movie stills from Cinemotionlab.com and Enjoy Movies. American Heist premieres in Toronto in September during the Toronto International Film Festival.Congratulations to Glacier Films, Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Akon, Tove Christensen, all the producers and the whole cast and crew. Visit the Gallery.
American Heist will debut at Toronto Film Festival
American Heist with stars Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster and Akon will makes it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Glacier Films production about two brothers with troubled pasts going for one last bank heist is directed by Sarik Andreasyan also a producer along with Glacier's Tove Christensen, Gevond Andreasyan, George Malkov. Glacier Films presented footage at last years Toronto Film Festival but the completed film will be part of this years lineup in the "Special Presentation" program of films.
“...SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: "American Heist" Sarik Andreasyan, USA World Premiere Two brothers with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery, in this indie action thriller. Starring Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster and Akon...”
Closer to a release date and seeing Hayden Christensen in American Heist.
Akon who co-stars with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody in American Heist recently gave an interview in Russia, saying that American Heist is expected to be released later this year. Also, production sources say the exact date won't be known until October or November. If everything goes according to plan, there will be a US premiere before the end of 2014 and also a premiere in Moscow later.
Akon is also working on the soundtrack for American Heist. Lotus Post recently posted some news about Akon and the film's music on their Twitter. Also, in an interview with Ben Lyons at Cannes, Akon and Adrien Brody talked about a song they produced together that will be included in American Heist. It seems Adrien is very much a fan of hip-hop and also a music producer. With Hayden's talent for and love of music and having also done some work with K-OS, this crew getting together for American Heist seems like serendipity.
Hayden and Adrien Brody play brothers trying to go straight after being in prison but lack of job opportunities and desperation cause them to consider one last bank heist that will inevitably go wrong. American Heist promises to be a gritty slice of life crime drama with a New Orleans backdrop and maybe Hayden Christensen in a role we have never seen before on screen. Fans can hardly wait.
Thanks to Lilith Rice from VK Amazing Hayden for help with Russian translation and movie info and Alex Glick for info about the Soundtrack. Source: Akon Article
Another great day on the stage mixing American Heist, starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen pic.twitter.com/HIEqfkBpAI— Michael Perricone (@LotusPost) June 12, 2014
Part 3 Gallery: 87 Outcast Screencaps with Hayden Christensen
Eighty-seven more screencaps from the the sales trailer for Outcast has been added to the gallery. Outcast stars Hayden Christensen, Nicolas Cage, Liu Yifei and Andy On. The historical drama takes place in the 12th century during the Crusades. Outcast has been given a September 26, 2014 release date for China and a February 27, 2015 international and US release date. Follow the link to the Gallery here: Part 3 - Sales Trailer Screencaps
Part 2 Gallery: Outcast Trailer Screencaps with Hayden Christensen
I've added more screencaps from the the sales trailer for Outcast. A few more will be coming soon. Hayden Christensen is featured as Arken,a knight of the Crusades in the 12th Century, where the horrors of war finally drive him and his mentor Gallain (Nicolas Cage) to go east in search of peace and redemption. You can find the Gallery with many more pictures here: Part 2 - Promo Trailer Screencaps
US Release date set for Outcast with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage.
According to IMDb, Outcast will be released in the US on February 27, 2015. Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage star along with Liu Yifei, Andy On, Bill Su and Coco Wang. They had originally hoped to set a release date in October but it wasn't set in stone so we'll have to wait a little longer.
Outcast HD trailer screencaps with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage.
Visit the gallery for the Outcast trailer screencaps (part one) featuring Hayden, Nicolas Cage, Liu Yifei, Bill Su and Andy On and some great action, sweet romance and epic scenery.
Videos, set pics and movie stills will make the waiting time a little more bearable until Outcast is released in September and October this year. So get your photoshop geek on and enjoy making your own fan made creations with the latest screencaps from the Outcast trailer and lets see them on Twitter and Tumblr. Outcast trailer screencaps (part two) coming soon. Part 1 - Sales Trailer Screencaps
VIDEO: Outcast fight scene with Hayden Christensen and Andy On.
Take a look a two behind the scenes videos of Nick Powell directing Hayden and Andy On in one of Outcasts many fight scenes. Hayden spent a couple of months in China before filming started to train for his role of Arken a knight who follows the Silk Road to China. The scene shows Arken [Hayden Christensen] and Shing [Andy On] in an intense sword fight while Prince Zhou [Bill Su] and his sister Lian [Crystal "Xi Xi" Yifei] watch. It looks like Hayden's hard work and training paid off. It looks like Outcast will be full of amazing sword work and action sequences. Source: Youku Videos: Outcast Fight Scene 1 and Youku: Outcast Fight Scene 2 (Thanks to Crysania for the links.)
OutcastTrailer with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage.
Our wish has finally been granted to see a video preview of Outcast. This is a promotional trailer for Outcast used for marketing the movie to distributors so it's still just a teaser but a good quality video. Source: Lore d'Morrow Entertainment
The video has been removed from Youtube but you can still watch it at Lore d'Morrow Entertainment.
Hayden Christensen featured in Outcast Press Conference Trailer
Outcast trailers recorded by audience members from Outcast press conference in Shanghai have popped up online. I posted the first one from Youku a few days ago. Check for it below. It looks like most of the world will have to wait to see the actual movie preview but until then this will have to do. The quality isn't that great but you can check out the screencaps in the gallery.
The other trailer is a longer preview with more of Hayden and Nicolas Cage seen during the Crusades. You can view it below. The trailer starts at 2:22 on the counter. You can view the trailer at Kankanews.com
Shanghai Film Festival: Outcast Press Conference
Outcast was represented both at the opening ceremony and in a press conference during the Shanghai International Film Festival. As mentioned previously, Andy Ong, Liu Yifei and Jike Junyi spoke before the gathered crowd who was also shown a preview of Outcast on a large screen. Hayden and Nicolas Cage were also featured in the video, a story of two knights of the Crusades who travel the Silk Road to China to escape war but find themselves protecting a prince and princess from their evil brother.
It was also announced at the news conference that Outcast has been officially entered into the national calendar of film releases for September 26, 2014. That means that Outcast will be released in 3D in China first in September and internationally at a later date to be determined. Earlier this year at the Beijing Film Festival, producer Jeremy Bolt said they hoped to set the other release date for some time in October.
The press conference took place in an elaborately presented meeting room where a screen took up the entire wall behind the stage with a large image depicting Outcast scenes and pictures of all the cast. Sets contructed on either side of the stage included a church and a Moorish Fortress representing the Crusades. A Chinese palace was constructed for center stage to surround the large screen.
Hayden Christensen practices righting a sailboat in Barbados.
TMZ had a bit of fun with some pics of Hayden seemingly turning over and falling out of a sailboat while on vacation in Barbados. I hate to mess up anyone's punchline but I've been reading too many comments about people wondering if Hayden got hurt or had trouble in the water or failed miserably at sailing and now I'm seeing it in the foreign press too.
If you look closely at the photo, you can see hands on the sail (close to the boat) pulling it down into the water. Hayden has been learning to sail while in Barbados and he was practicing righting the boat with an instructor or friend. That person pulled the boat over while Hayden went into the water and easily righted the boat himself, climbed back in and continued sailing in short order. No fail involved. He didn't even lose his sunglasses. No Jedi were injured in the making of another fun day at the beach.
Hayden Christensen featured in Outcast video clip.
Yunnan Film Group held a press conference yesterday (June 15th China time zone) for Outcast in conjuntion with the Shanghai Film Festival. Stars Liu Yifei, Summer Jikeyunyi and Andy On were on hand to answer questions and help with an audience contest sponsored by Ali Digital Entertainment. Lucky guests won a fan tour of movie sets and locations for Outcast and will experience the whole process of making the film.
The press conference was covered by live chat on Weibo where moderators and special guests posted pictures and what was going on and being said. A video clip of the movie was also shown, much like the one at the Beijing Film Festival but there's more of Hayden in this one. While, I followed the chat very closely, there was no way to see the video clip in chat. I am very grateful to Crysania from Hayden C China for posting the link to Crystal's video of the trailer on Youku Enjoy the clip below. If the video doesn't work for you, you can also watch it here
Outcast red carpet cast missing Hayden Christensen.
Cast members Crystal Yifei, Summer Jikejunyi, Andy On and Producer Alan Zhang walked the red carpet for Outcast during opening Ceremonies of the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. There's no other information yet, but it seems Hayden did not appear for the red carpet presentation.
Also, Yunnan Film Group has announced a news conference with live blogging scheduled for Sunday June 15th at 12:00 midday and is teasing a surprise during the event. You can follow live on Weibo's Outcast Live Blog Below: a picture of Hayden with Liu Yifei at the Beijing International Film Festival (April 16, 2014).
Hayden Christensen's upcoming Outcast opens to investors in China.
Outcast was opened today for investors in China. Alibaba Entertainment announced the opening of investment for the "Dead Escape" the Chinese title for the film which will be known as Outcast in other releases. There was also a new poster. Source: Taobao
Hayden Christensen in Outcast set to release September 26.
According to news and entertainment reports on Weibo and in Chinese news media Outcast will be released September 26, 2014 [9-26-2014]. It was earlier reported that Outcast would be released in September and October of this year in both the US and China. I'm assuming that the September release is for China. There is also a name change for the Chinese version of the film. Previously titled "The Last War" it will now be known as "Dead Escape" or "Desperate Escape". The translation is a little tricky so I'm not positive. Officials for the movie felt that the story, though epic in scale, needed to focus less on a "war" theme and more on the action and romance which better represents the cultural aspects of the film. New Outcast stills and posters below. Sources: Ali Entertainment Weibo, Entertainment Tencent
Hayden Christensen will be attending the Shanghai Film Festival
Hayden will walk the opening night red carpet of the 17th Shanghai Film Festival on June 14th. The guest list was announced today for the annual international festival which traditionally draws celebrities and talent from around the world each year and a growing number of films in competition for the Golden Goblet Award. This year's festival expects to see a large number of internationally known actors and celebrities attending the festival between June 14 and June 22. Sources: The Hollywood Reporter , Variety , Crienglish.com
Hayden attended the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2014 and was also invited to participate in the opening ceremonies and to walk the red carpet and greet enthusiastic crowds of fans with Liu Yifei, Andy On, Bill Su, Coco Wang, the Yunnan producers of Outcast, along with director Nick Powell and producer Jeremy Bolt. Nicolas Cage also co-stars in the historical drama to be release this September and October. The day before opening ceremonies in Beijing a sequel to Outcast was also announced at the Foreign Films Forum.
“...The Organizing Committee has announced that Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Hayden Christensen, Rain, Song Seung Heon and Park Shin Hye will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony (June 14)....
...Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, will attend to support his new film Outcast. The movie is a China-US co-production co-starring China's Liu Yifei and Andy On...”