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Source: https://deadline.com/2018/09/midway-wwii-film-darren-criss-roland-emmerich-the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-1202463311/Deadline wrote:
Emmy-Nominated ‘Versace’ Star Darren Criss Boards Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’
September 12, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominated for his role as the sociopath who gunned down Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Darren Criss has boarded the Roland Emmerich-directed World War II film Midway. Criss played Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s FX limited series.
Criss will play Lieutenant Eugene Lindsey and he joins Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Nick Jonas in the big-scale Wes Tooke-scripted drama based on a battle considered to be the turning point in the war against Japan in WWII.
Produced by Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment and Harald Kloser, with Mark Gordon exec producing, the film will be released on Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label on November 8, 2019. Bona Film Group releases it in China.
Starlight Entertainment Group is financing the $100 million budget film, in deals that were brokered during Cannes.
Criss is repped by CAA and Hyphenate Creative Management and Hansen Jacobson.
Source: https://fanfest.com/2018/09/12/darren-criss-joins-luke-evans-woody-harrelson-in-midway/Fan Fest wrote:
Darren Criss Joins Luke Evans & Woody Harrelson in ‘Midway’
September 12, 2018
Following his Emmy-nominated role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Darren Criss is gearing up for his next role in Roland Emmerich’s latest World War II action film Midway. He joins an already announced (and impressive) cast of Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Luke Evans (The Alienist), and Woody Harrelson (Solo: A Star Wars Story). Also on board are Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Dennis Quaid, and Nick Jonas.
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Movie buffs may recognize Emmerich’s name from other action films such as The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. He will be directing a script by Wes Tooke, who has written for USA’s original series Colony. Emmerich will be producing the film alongside Harald Kloser and Yu Dong.
Criss was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The award show will be taking place next week and Criss is a favorite to take home the win. Prior to Versace, Criss’ most notable role was that of playing Blaine on Glee, his first partnership with Murphy, a character that was meant to be a guest star but ended up becoming one of the series’ most vital characters. From there he went on to stun critics on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch before returning to TV to once again team up with Murphy for a couple episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel. He also founded the musical theater-inspired festival ElsieFest, which just announced its 2018 lineup.
What do you think about Midway? Are you excited to see Criss on screen with such a great cast?
Be sure to catch Criss at the Emmy Awards on Monday, September 17th!
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Source: https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2018/08/28/midway-remake-to-start-filming-next-month-on-oahu/Navy Times wrote:
‘Midway’ blockbuster starring Woody Harrelson to begin filming next month on Oahu
The filmmaker [Roland Emmerich] behind massive hits like “Independence Day" and “The Patriot” has locked in a filming location for a remake of the 1976 movie “Midway," starring Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda, about the decisive 1942 naval battle that became a turning point for U.S. forces in the war in the Pacific.
After scouting filming locations around Pearl Harbor, German director Roland Emmerich settled on Oahu, and will begin filming the $100-million blockbuster next month at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. . .
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Navy officials have emphasized that Emmerich and crew, a team that includes Mark Gordon, who assisted with the production of “Saving Private Ryan [as well as Steve Jobs and The Day After Tomorrow],” “are dead-set on making sure it’s a historically accurate [film],” the Star-Advertiser reported. Last month, a call went out for local military members and their families to serve as extras in the film, a request that received almost 1,500 responses.
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Knowing when and where the enemy planned to attack in June 1942 allowed Adm. Nimitz to dispatch the carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown to ambush the unsuspecting Japanese navy. Aircraft from the three U.S. ships would wind up sinking four of Japan’s lead carriers, a devastating blow that decimated Japanese dominance at sea and allowed U.S. forces to go on the offensive in the Pacific.
The Yorktown was damaged in the Battle of the Coral Sea and limped into Pearl Harbor only eight days before Midway. But with battle imminent, she was quickly patched up and prepared for a fight after 1,400 shipyard workers spent 72 hours readying the carrier, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
“There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway,” author Craig Symonds wrote in his book, “The Battle of Midway.” “At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.”
Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_E._LindseyWikipedia wrote:
Eugene E. Lindsey, born in Sprague, Washington, 2 July 1905, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1927. After duty in Nevada (BB-36) and Saratoga (CV-3) he completed flight training in 1929, and served with a bombing squadron in Lexington (CV-2) and an observation squadron in Maryland (BB-46). From 3 June 1940 he commanded Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6), which flew Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator" torpedo bombers, in Enterprise (CV-6).
Lindsey was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for successful leadership of his squadron in attacks on Kwajalein and Wotje in the Marshalls 1 February 1942.
Lindsey made a bad landing when the Enterprise Air Group returned to the ship on 28 May 1942. The destroyer Monaghan rescued Lindsey and his crew (ARM1c Charles T. Grant, Capt. Thomas E. Schaffer). Lindsey refused to let the injuries he sustained in the crash, however, keep him from leading his squadron into battle. He died in action 4 June 1942 with his rear-seat gunner C.T. Grant, ACRM, in the Battle of Midway, when their Douglas TBD Devastator was shot down by Japanese A6M2 Zero fighters, while attacking the aircraft carrier Kaga. VT-6 lost 10 out of 14 planes. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his important contribution to this great American victory.
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