IIIGGGGYYYY!!!! I guess this means I have to see the new Ed Zwick movie, huh? I successfully avoided his last magnum opus Blood Diamond (hardee har har) and thankfully didn't waste $12 on seeing The Last Samurai at the cinema so why did Jamie Bell have to go and get a plum role in Zwick's new WWII "epic" (oh please, you know they're gonna it that, all WWII movies do at some point) Defiance due for release some time this upcoming year.
Some will argue that Bell deserved an Oscar nomination for David Gordon Green's Undertow. Many will say he was robbed of one for his breakthrough Billy Elliot, but could Defiance be the film that finally sees this incredibly talented young Brit finally score an Academy Award nomination? Looking at the history of Ed Zwick I'd say it's entirely possible.
Zwick has directed eight movies before this one and three of them - included, tellingly, his two most recent - have gotten supporting actor nominations (Denzel Washington, Glory (which he won), Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai and Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond) and his films get major technical nominations so you know Oscar is going to be paying attention. Throw in a plot about WWII and this seems right up Oscar's alley.
You can view the trailer over at Yahoo (in their awful video player, btw) and the film stars Daniel Craig and Liev Shreiber.
Jamie, however, can be seen very soon in the new Doug Liman sci-fi actioner Jumper and we'll surely be getting to see his BIFA-nominated role in Hallam Foe some time this year too. Right? God I hope so.