We spoke with Ben Foster ahead of the release of the new film The Contractor, and the actor detailed what went into his performance in the film. Available in theaters and digitally on April 1, The Contractor stars Foster alongside Chris Pine. It’s an action-packed thriller with Pine as an elite soldier who’s on the run for his life after getting caught up in a dangerous conspiracy. Foster co-stars as Pine’s brother-in-arms and former commanding officer.
Speaking with MovieWeb alongside Pine in our new exclusive interview, Foster shed some light on his character’s portrayal. The actor revealed how he felt a certain connection to the movie based on the elements of trauma and how that fits into the story. As Foster explains:
Chris Pine also told MovieWeb that another big theme of The Contractor would be with “assumptions,” and how jumping to conclusions can often cause major consequences. While not giving any specifics, Pine teased that the movie will subvert audience expectations.
“I would say what it plays with is probably assumptions,” Pine said. “Not to give too much away but there’s an assumption made, I think probably by the audience or hopefully by the audience. About this one person’s intentions, that’s really has a lot to do with racial profiling and some very oblique information that looks bad but is certainly not evidence in and of itself. And in fact, all of it’s turned on its head and looks like the gun barrel should be pointed inward instead of outward.”
Tarik Saleh directs The Contractor using a screenplay by J.P. Davis. Along with Pine and Foster, the film stars Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, JD Pardo, Florian Munteanu, and Kiefer Sutherland. Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee produced for Thunder Road Films and co-produced by Esther Hornstein. Pine also executive produced with Dan Friedkin, Micah Green, Dan Steinman, Jonathan Fuhrman, Tom Lassally, and Josh Bratman.
You can read the official synopsis for the film below.
The Contractor, which is rated R for violence and language, is released in movie theaters, On Demand, and On Digital on April 1, 2022.
Indiana Jones Will Never be Recast, Says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has assured Indiana Jones fans that they will never make an Indiana Jones movie without Harrison Ford. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Kennedy revealed that the studio learned a valuable lesson following the release of the Star Wars prequel, Solo, and will never again attempt to recast iconic characters.
Watching Harrison Ford don the hat and whip once again for the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 reminded Kennedy why no other actor can play the role. Combined with the response to the recasting of another beloved Harrison Ford character in Solo, Kennedy and the studio concluded that this was not the way to go. Indiana Jones fans can now rejoice then, as it sounds like we will never see Indiana Jones played by another actor.
We will, of course, see Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford again in Indiana Jones 5. Directed by Logan’s James Mangold, with a script co-written by Mangold, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, the plot of the fifth Indiana Jones outing remains a secret at present, but it is hotly rumored that the story will reunite the adventurer with his old enemies the Nazis through their involvement in the 60s Space Race.
While Kathleen Kennedy has now ruled out recasting the role of Indiana Jones, this does not mean we won’t perhaps see another character take over the franchise someday. With Harrison Ford now approaching 80 years old, the actor can’t be expected to punch bad guys and leap around underground tombs forever, and no doubt the studio will want to continue the popular franchise without him somehow.
If recasting is no longer an option, then changing the focus to a different character certainly seems the most likely outcome. Recent rumors have claimed that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will star alongside Ford in the fifth installment, is being tapped to take over. “Insiders claim Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood producer behind the franchise, is keen to make ‘big, bold’ changes – with few bigger than switching the lead character to a woman.” Another source added that, “It would be a huge statement, and a great role for Phoebe.”
Should this turn out to be false, the franchise could bring back Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom star Ke Huy Quan, who recently made a triumphant return to the big screen with Everything Everywhere All at Once. Asked recently whether he would like to return, the actor excitedly responded, “YES! Absolutely to more Indiana Jones movies.”
Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on June 30, 2023, following several delays caused by production setbacks and the pandemic.
Greedfall 2: The Dying World – What We Know So Far
In spite of the name, it seems that “GreedFall 2” is actually a prequel to the events that take place in the first game. The announcement from Nacon states, “The story starts three years before the events of the first game and the adventures of De Sardet.” This makes a lot of sense from a storytelling perspective, since the multiple endings from the first game might make it difficult to pull off a canonical continuation.
The announcement also confirms that the story will indeed be centered around a captured native who is forcibly taken to Gascane. “In this old world ravaged by war and scarred by the Malichor plague and the political scheming of the different factions,” ... states, “you must regain your freedom and control of your own destiny. Using diplomacy, cunning or combat, as well as help from allies you make, it’s up to you to end one man’s ambitions of conquest, which could spell the end for the continent and your island.” This seems to indicate that there will once again be in-depth role playing elements and choice-based dialogue that will allow the player to conquer obstacles in a variety of different ways.