Jai Courtney

March 19, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Insurgent’: Jai Courtney talks Eric’s journey, ‘Terminator’

Actor Jai Courtney.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
The release of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which opens Friday, will reunite fans not only with the film’s heroes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), but also with their foes, including Four’s rival and vicious Dauntless leader Eric, played by Jai Courtney. “Insurgent” is based on the second book in the series of Veronica Roth’s popular dystopian YA novels. It follows Tris Prior, a girl whose aptitude for multiple factions, called divergence, means she is considered a threat to the rigid society of a future Chicago that values the balance created by dividing its citizens into five factions based on dominant personality traits. Tris and her allies are on the run after the events in “Divergent,” in which she intervenes in an uprising organized by the leaders of two of the factions. Tasked with finding these refugees are leaders […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 10:32 a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in ‘Terminator Genisys’ Super Bowl spot

A screenshot from the trailer for "Terminator Genisys."
“Terminator: Genisys” star Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers his trademark line in a radically new environment in the newly released clip for Paramount’s summer action film. In the new TV spot, scheduled to debut this weekend during the Super Bowl, Schwarzenegger assures Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) of his swift return while jumping from a moving aircraft into the night sky.  The brief but fast-paced clip is the latest to showcase footage from the movie, which will return the iconic sci-fi franchise to the screen. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), “Terminator Genisys” radically recasts Schwarzenegger’s cyborg as a father figure to Sarah Connor — he’s now known as the Guardian. But the fundamental setup of the film mirrors James Cameron’s groundbreaking favorite from 1984, with John Connor (Jason Clarke) sending his close ally Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) […]
Jan. 15, 2015 | 12:35 p.m.

Tom Hardy no longer on David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ team

Tom Hardy is no longer a member of “Suicide Squad.” The actor has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics title about an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries. Hardy, who brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” had been set to star as Rick Flagg, but scheduling commitments forced him to leave the film, which is set for release Aug. 5, 2016, sources said Thursday. The story was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. David Ayer, who most recently helmed the Brad Pitt World War II tank drama “Fury,” will write and direct “Suicide Squad.” The ensemble cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Oscar winner Leto will be […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 12:45 p.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ trailer: Watch Schwarzenegger, Sarah Connor in action

A screenshot from the trailer for "Terminator Genisys."
He’s back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again in action in the first full trailer for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 release that will return the iconic sci-fi franchise to the screen. Watch the explosive new clip above. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”) and based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons round out the “Terminator Genisys” cast. To help stoke excitement for the trailer, Paramount and Skydance Productions have been releasing promotional materials throughout the week. On Tuesday, a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull arrived, followed by a short bit of first-look video on Wednesday. The film recently […]
Dec. 03, 2014 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ teaser spotlights Schwarzenegger, sci-fi imagery [video]

'Terminator Genisys' (Paramount)
Liquid metal gets an upgrade in a short new teaser for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 Paramount film that will see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the iconic sci-fi franchise. The first full trailer for the film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), is set to arrive Thursday — to help stoke excitement, Paramount yesterday released a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull and today offered a short bit of first-look video. Watch it above. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. (DC announced yesterday that Courtney will star in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” as Boomerang, alongside Will Smith’s Deadshot, Tom Hardy’s Rick Flagg and Jared Leto’s Joker, among […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 2:54 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad’ cast: Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto signed for DC film

Actors Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy. (Wally Skalij, Allen J. Schaben, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto are set to star in “Suicide Squad” for writer-director David Ayer. Warner Bros. confirmed the casting of the upcoming film, one of a number of upcoming projects adapted from the pages of DC Comics, on Tuesday afternoon. “Suicide Squad” features an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries, and the movie will see Smith play Deadshot; Robbie, Harley Quinn; Leto, the Joker; Courtney, Boomerang; while Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress. Tom Hardy, who previously brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” will star as Rick Flagg. Oscar winner Leto will be the first actor to play the Joker on the big screen since Heath Ledger delivered his touchstone performance in an earlier Batman film, “The Dark Knight,” for which he was awarded […]
May 02, 2014 | 10:09 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith set for key role in ‘Terminator’ reboot

“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith is set to do some time traveling of a different order. The English actor is joining the cast of the upcoming “Terminator” reboot, playing a new character with a strong connection to John Connor in the film, set to be directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”). The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy, with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor, the iconic heroine brought to the screen in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and 1991 sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the new film also will star Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee, with original “Terminator” actor […]
March 23, 2014 | 3:58 p.m.

‘Divergent’ director talks deviating from Veronica Roth novel, fan ire

APphoto_Film Review Divergent
“Divergent” director Neil Burger had to create a vivid future Chicago, cast a unique, young female warrior and distill Veronica Roth’s dense, 487-page book into a 139-minute movie. But perhaps his trickiest task was to make a movie that would satisfy “Divergent’s” loyal fan base. At a Hero Complex preview screening of the film March 19 at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX theater, Burger discussed how he handled fan expectations and how involved Roth was in the production — right down to a cameo role. “I had thousands of questions for her,” Burger said. Set in a futuristic Chicago where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, a young woman who doesn’t fit into any one faction. PROFILE: Shailene Woodley embraces being divergent Actor Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, an intimidating […]
March 22, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Divergent’ filmmakers talk finding Tris, Eric’s menacing tattoos

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“Divergent” director Neil Burger and producer Doug Wick went to great lengths to assemble a dynamic young cast for the film, but the movie’s most important role came easily, according to Wick, after a meeting with actress Shailene Woodley, who had just come off “The Descendants.” “We were preparing to do a worldwide search,” Wick said at a Hero Complex preview screening of “Divergent” March 19 at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX theater. “She seemed so exactly Tris. The worldwide search quickly went away.” Based on a novel by Veronica Roth and set in a futuristic Chicago where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, “Divergent” stars Woodley as a young woman who doesn’t fit into any one faction. MORE: What Shailene Woodley’s costars had to say about her Burger, Wick, and Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, the […]
March 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Divergent': Jai Courtney and Miles Teller on being the bad guys

"Divergent" actors Jai Courtney, left, and Miles Teller. (Summit Entertainment)
“Divergent” fans have less than a week to wait to see Veronica Roth’s dystopian adventure story unfold on the big screen. The film, directed by Neil Burger and based on Roth’s bestselling young adult book, is set in a future society where people are tested and strictly divided into factions based on their personalities. The tale follows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as she joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, and faces off against some intimidating, tattoo-clad tough guys, not least of which are Jai Courtney’s Eric and Miles Teller’s Peter. Courtney’s character is a Dauntless leader who oversees training of the new initiates, but his brutal and cruel methods put him at odds with his young trainees. Teller’s Peter is an initiate who is a bully to his peers and a formidable foe in the fighting ring. Courtney […]
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