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 the Star Wars films. Natalie actually played a queen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones but we get it. Hayden has had other kissing scenes with royalty. 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 movie stills of Hayden and Liu Yifei kissing by firelight in Outcast. Source: Sina
Update 2: Click the pictures in this article for new HQ movie still images from Outcast. (Thanks to Marcy for the heads up.)
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 Yifei in a scene from Outcast were posted 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.
“...[Google Translate] Today, under this bad # selfie with Hayden I can share our happiness, our victory. American film @ sar_andreasyan shot summer in New Orleans starring with E. Brody, H. Christensen, @ akon and @ jordanabrewster took the Toronto Film Festival. If you believe Wikipedia))) you send tys.filmov 4. My husband took the picture in the main competition and will be shown at the festival in the fall. I am happy and proud. The film promises to be one of my favorite. ....”
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 with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody 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.