Ralph Fiennes on which movie he can't wait to see next
British actor Ralph Fiennes, who stalked theaters earlier this year as the dark wizard Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2," returns to the silver screen in the coming weeks to make his film directing debut with "Coriolanus." In the adaptation of the Shakespeare play, Fiennes also costars as a banished general who seeks revenge on his own country.
Fiennes recently told 24 Frames which of his peers' films he's anticipating most this award season, and like "Coriolanus," it's a tale of opposing nations, intrigue and betrayal:
"I'm really looking forward to seeing Gary Oldman in 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.' I love Gary Oldman's work. I just think he's a genius actor and I long to see him in a heavyweight role."
In "Tinker, Tailor," which opens Dec. 9, Oldman plays a veteran British spy hunting a Soviet mole within the intelligence agency MI6. The film is based on the 1974 novel by John le Carre. "Coriolanus," meanwhile, opens Dec. 2 in Los Angeles and New York for a one-week Oscar-qualifying run ahead of a Jan. 20 nationwide release.
Which film or performance are you most looking forward to this season? Is it Fiennes' first time in the director's chair, Oldman's heavyweight return or something else altogether? Let us know in the comments.
— Oliver Gettell
Photo: Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in "Coriolanus." Credit: Larry D. Horricks / The Weinstein Co.