State of Flux
Aeon Flux starts filming - then stops
Less than two weeks into shooting, work on the live-action version of Aeon Flux has been brought to a halt by an injury to lead actress, Charlize Theron. It's believed that the 29-year old Oscar winner hurt her neck while performing a stunt on a trampoline in Berlin, where the film is being shot. She was taken to hospital, and was flown back to Los Angeles earlier this week to meet her personal doctors. Details remain sketchy, but the movie's publicist, Jeanmarie Carrasco, said, "No cuts, no broken bones," Carrasco said. "I think it was something less tangible than that...Something vague and nagging." However, despite this, it appears that shooting will be delayed for a minimum of six weeks, until Theron has fully recovered, which could have a knock-on effect for Theron's next project, Class Action.
Theron on a break
Note Aeon-like hair...
Other information has also recently emerged about the project; it's not as big-budget as was originally expected, when it was announced that Theron would receive $10m for her part. The total cost is planned to come in at less than $55m, which is in the same ballpark as the $50m Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and considerably less than the likes of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle ($120m), or the two Tomb Raider movies ($90m each).
The supporting cast has also been filled out, along with some of the plot details. Like the original show, Flux is set 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped out the majority of the earth's population except for the walled, city-state of Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. Theron plays the top operative in the underground "Monican" rebellion, led by the Handler, played by another Oscar-winner, Frances McDormand. Aeon is sent on a mission to kill the government's leader, Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas), and uncovers a world of secrets, which makes her question everything she thought she knew. Other roles include Jonny Lee Miller, as Trevor's younger brother, Oren, who believes in the order of the city-state and seeks to crush the rebellion; Sophie Okonedo, who portrays Aeon's protege and rebel operative, Sithandra; and Amelia Warner, who plays Aeon's beloved sister, Una Flux (yes, sister - something I believe was never mentioned in the series?).
Behind the camera, cinematography is being handled by Stuart Dryburgh, whose credits include Analyse This, The Runaway Bride and Bridget Jones's Diary, while Theodore Shapiro (Starsky and Hutch, has been hired to score the music. The stunts were being co-ordinated by the (now, presumably very, very apologetic) Charles Croughwell, who got his big break as the stunt double for Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future trilogy. Since then, he's arranged the stunts on the likes of Planet of the Apes, Men in Black II and Hulk.
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