• Ezra in Talks for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’!

    Ezra Miller Eyes ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’

    Already a part of Warner Bros.’ DC universe as the Flash, Ezra Miller looks to have found his way into the studio’s other major franchise for the foreseeable future.

    Sources tell Variety that Miller is in early talks for the role of Kredan in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

    Warner bros. had no comment on the casting.

    It is unknown how close the two sides are on closing a deal, but sources add that Miller has always been the favorite and emerged in the last week as the choice for the role.

    Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. Scamander is described as a “magiczoologist,” which in the “Harry Potter” realm is a person who studies magical creatures. Besides Scamander, there are four other main roles — two American girls and two American boys — that the studio is looking to cast.

    David Heyman produces, with J.K. Rowling penning the script. David Yates will direct.

    “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling explained.

    In the story, Kredan is a person with magical powers who encounters magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.

    Katherine Waterston is already on board for the role of Tina.

    Two pivotal roles in the film have yet to be cast: Queenie, Tina’s younger sister, and Jacob, a rival of Scamander’s.

    Sources tell Variety that Alison Sudol is Yates’ choice for the role of Queenie, though insiders add no actor has been cast and no offer has been made for that role and that the studio may still be considering an actress who’s more established. As for Jacob, sources say Josh Gad and Michael Cera are meeting with execs next week to see who will take the role of Scamander’s rival.

    After star-making roles in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Miller is now ready to make the next step following the studio’s announcement that he will be playing the Flash in the DC universe, making his debut in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

    Miller was most recently seen in “The Stanford Prison Experiment” and also has Universal’s “Trainwreck” coming out next month. He is repped by Paradigm and Hamilton Hodell and Peikoff Mahan.

    The film is set to bow on Nov. 18, 2016. {variety.com}

  • Ezra for iD Magazine

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    ezra miller is this generation’s first superhero

    We get into some seriously “hippie shit” with the charismatic rising star.

    Recently, Ezra Miller and a girl friend (romantic status unknown) snuck into the backyard of his New Jersey childhood home in the middle of the night. The frolic left him feeling nostalgic; it has been years since he lived there and commuted to the city as a precocious opera kid. Now 22, Ezra has had a crazy rise from theatre prodigy to cultural icon. As the ultimate American horror child in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and the charismatic Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (both adapted from cult novels), Ezra solidified his status as a superstar in training – all the more so after he discussed his marijuana use and queer identity, becoming something like the male equivalent of a manic pixie dream girl. But with roles in three films out this summer (Madame Bovary, Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, and The Stanford Prison Experiment), gigs with his band Sons of an Illustrious Father, and a just-announced superhero franchise as The Flash, he’s more like a new-gen Brando: just as talented as he is unusual. When we meet, Ezra is wearing a leopard-printed coat and leather string necklaces. The kid has presence: he looks you deep in the eyes when he speaks, and like a lot of idealistic artists his age, he cares. He really cares.

    Why did you leave the opera as a child?

    I was told to leave when my voice changed, and when that happened there was a massive void that could only be filled by the performing arts. So I went to this summer camp called Buck’s Rock, a veritable utopia for a young kid privileged and fortunate enough to be able to go to a place like that. I went to the clown shop where they did improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, stand-up, and a little bit of genuine clowning. I was the weird, punk kid. A lot of people thought I was a girl; I had pink hair and wore aviator glasses. It’s probably to this day the most serious acting training I’ve had, which speaks more to the fact that I haven’t had much serious acting training than anything. I got kicked out of Buck’s Rock for smoking weed. We were almost martyred: there was a graffiti campaign, there were flash mob dances.

    Why do you think performance was, and still is, so appealing to you?
    Ultimately it’s exciting for a human being to realize that who they are extends beyond the confines of the identity they’ve been assigned. What was exciting as a kid is very much the same thing that’s still exciting. As a kid I would have expressed it as: I can be anything I want. Now, I might express it as: I can stretch my empathy as far as it can go, and I can hope to get a glimpse of this idea of a universal self.

    What are the characteristics of a universal self?
    That’s a question for the scientists and mystics rather than the pretentious actor.

    Fair enough. Which character that you’ve played feels the closest to yourself and which feels the furthest?
    Answering that question requires that I have a good knowledge of myself, which is something I’m working on. It’s easy to identify the people I’ve played who are psychopathic murderers as being removed from how I identify. It would also be easy to say that the exuberant, inspiring, and perennially energetic characters I’ve played would be closest to myself. But I’m not saying that.

    How do you think acting in We Need to Talk About Kevin at such a young age affected your path as an actor?

    Playing Kevin was an incredibly enriching and informative experience. It challenged me, forced me to expand my horizons, and try to bring my game up, to hold ground with these masters I was working with. I had nightmares. I was exposed to really dark aspects of the human framework. I would say the detriment of that experience for me at that age came when I was doing press for it. There is something that happens in any conversation, definitely in any interview, where there’s an expectation and we as human beings have a tendency to try to fulfill the expectations. With Kevin, a lot of these journalists had just experienced this character and were interested in whether or not I had a dark and ominous truth to me. When a human being feels that they are feared, one of two things happens. You either go, “That’s a horrible feeling that I don’t want in my life,” or, “Oh, that’s power, someone is afraid of me.” And for me at 17, getting that sort of prompt inspired me to elicit fear. Which, having lived some life since then, I know very firmly is not what I want to project in the world. But these are the times when we define ourselves as human beings, when we’re put in some kind of antagonized situation and have to determine who we are in this lifetime.

    So who do you want to be?

    Aldous Huxley did a lot of amazing drugs, hung out with a lot of gurus, ran the gamut of talking to all the great scientists, mystics, philosophers, thinkers of his time. I don’t know if this is true, but this is the story I’ve heard about Aldous Huxley’s death: he wanted to die from an overdose of LSD, so he gave himself something like a thousand hits of LSD intravenously. His friend asked him as he was dying, what’s the great truth? Aldous Huxley said, “I think people should just try to be a little bit kinder to one another.” That story resonates with me. I want to be a kind human being. It’s some hippie shit, but I think the way forward has to be compassionate. Whatever we’re gonna do as a fucking species, it should be loving.

    Your identification as queer has had a big impact on a lot of young people.
    It was unconscious when it happened. It was a conversation much like this with a human being I felt a kinship to, but within the official context of an interview. It’s not something I had given a spectacular amount of thought to, but I told her how I identified. It’s been interesting these past couple of years seeing the way that media and culture has received that statement. When I identified as queer, even though I said that most of my partners had been women, [it was] immediately: gay actor, Ezra Miller. When I identify as queer, it simply means that I don’t wish to conform to the binary system when it comes to who and how we love. I’m glad to have identified as queer, first of all because it’s true, and because I think ultimately, when we are creating the identity that we present to the world, if it can be close to the identity we actually maintain in our personal lives, [it] will probably end up being more comfortable and sustainable. {i-d.vice.com}

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  • Hitfix Interview

    Ezra Miller on playing The Flash, multiple DC films

    he Flash movie will star Ezra Miller in 2018. But he’s committed to more films than that one…

    It’s been some months now since Ezra Miller was confirmed as the DC cinematic universe’s face of The Flash. The film is due to arrive in 2018 (although the character is likely to debut in Justice League before that), and looks to be independent from the hit TV series, which sees Grant Gustin in the title role.

    Miller has now been chatting to Hitfix about the role, and about the fact that he’s inevitably committed to several movies as part of his The Flash contract.

    “It’s a mixed bag but I’m happy,” he told the site. “I’m going to say I feel really happy about it in one way because the idea of actually having a steady job in my life is actually incredibly comforting. It’s something I didn’t necessarily think I would ever have.”

    On the flip side? “Of course, there are the moments when responsibility-dodging, adolescent-me is like ‘no, I don’t want to,'” adding “that’s a very small part” and “at this point, it’s a diminishing voice.”

    Bottom line for Miller? He’s happy about this one. “I’m really stoked and I would do it for 40 years. That contract could have said anything.”

    If only Warner Bros knew that before presenting it to him. {denofgeek.us}

  • MTV Sundance Interviews

    Ezra Miller Reveals The Bizarre Story Of How He Became ‘The Flash’

    Every superhero has an origin story. Very few of them involve tilapia.

    For Ezra Miller, joining the developing DC Universe as The Flash was very much a fishy situation. Speaking with MTV News at Sundance, where he was promoting his acclaimed new movie “Stanford Prison Experiment,” Miller revealed that he was minding his own business in a remote, landlocked town in the middle of Costa Rica, relaxing and eating a fresh plate of tilapia and mango salsa… when suddenly, his phone rang.

    “I get this call and I’m thinking, ‘This is really weird,’” he said, explaining that he was completely unaware at the time that he even had cell phone service in Costa Rica. It turns out the call was from his agent, who was on the other line with someone who needed to speak with Miller in a flash, about “The Flash.”

    “He says, ‘I have Zack Snyder on the phone, and he wants to talk to you about this DC Universe thing,’” Miller recalled. “And so [Snyder] got on the phone, and he’s just gung ho. He’s in it. He’s completely involved. And he starts talking about how I’m going to play The Flash. And I was just in this state of shock and disbelief.”

    It’s only appropriate that Miller’s casting happened so fast, given his superhero’s power-set. We’re due to see him suit up as the Scarlet Speedster within the next couple of years, for “Justice League” if not for a cameo in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But his own solo film as “The Flash” is still some years away, not hitting theaters until 2018 — and as such, Miller isn’t quite ready to put the tilapia down to start hitting the racetrack.

    “I’m not running yet,” he said. “Right now, I’m still in the stretching phase. I want to stretch for a while.”

    “The Stanford Prison Experiment” recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. {mtv.com}

    Ezra Miller And Billy Crudup Talk About The Chilling Reality Of ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’

    Sometimes, the stories that reality offers are stranger — and more horrifying — than any fiction that could come from the mind of a writer. That’s exactly the case with “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a film starring Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano and Ezra Miller that recently screened at Sundance Film Festival.

    Based on a real 1971 experiment at Stanford, the film follows young men who volunteered for the infamous experiment, which had college students role play prison guards and prisoners. The experiment escalated beyond imagination when some guards began to psychologically torture prisoners.

    MTV News caught up with Angarano, Crudup and Miller to talk about the chilling film and the experiment that inspired it.

    “It’s an academic standard, right?” said Miller of the experiment.

    “The script brought home the clarity” of the situation, Crudup, who plays the supervisor of the experiment, said. “These are young guys who were put through some really interesting psychological circumstances.”

    Miller argued that though the experiments are 40 years in the past, the themes of the film are still relevant now.

    “This is a movie about the dangers of hierarchies and power structures and we are living in a society where those dominate every aspect,” Miller said. {mtv.com}

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  • Ezra at Sundance Film Festival – Day 2

    Ezra continued to promote “The Stanford Prison Experiment” at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with cast members Olivia Thirlby and Johnny Simmons.

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  • Ezra at Sundance Film Festival

    Ezra arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. “The Stanford Prison Experiment” had it’s premiere at the Eccles Center theater.

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  • Hollywood Reporter Interview

    These onscreen up-and-comers will be toasted in Park City at an exclusive party thrown by The Hollywood Reporter and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as THR expands its signature franchise identifying future industry leaders.


    Ezra Miller, 22 Paradigm, the U.K.’s Hamilton Hodell, Peikoff Mahan

    The bohemian actor — also in the hot fest title The Stanford Prison Experiment — stunned as Tilda Swinton’s disturbed son in 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. He’s making the leap to tentpole fare as the lead in Warner Bros./DC’s The Flash, slated for 2018.

    Most memorable moment: “The most unshakably memorable moment would be watching Johnny Simmons get hog-tied. There’s just no way to fake a hog-tying and by the third time it had to happen, it really just felt abusive. He’s a brave champion and did it with no complaint, but he looked so sad and it’s hard to watch a friend in so much discomfort. It’s interesting how our brains best retain horrible memories.”

    Most “pinch me” moment so far: “Zack Snyder told me on the phone that he wanted me to play the Flash while I was eating a tilapia in a small Central American village. That was definitely a moment that prompted me to question the fabric of my reality.”

    Worst audition: “I went in for some low-grade tweenish movie when I was first auditioning for film. The casting director insisted on throwing water in my face to emulate a beat in the scene. At first, I just thought it was unnecessary — usually in an audition all props and interactions are pantomimed, but by the third or fourth time I couldn’t help but notice the almost violent force with which this maniacal character kept chucking this water at me. Then I started observing him as he was doing it, and there was this sadistic glint in his eye. We must have done that scene seven times; by the end of it I was wet and cold and feeling increasingly indignant. Then this villain told me that at the end of the second scene, I was supposed to dance with an imaginary partner — to a notable lack of music! So there I was, wet as a dog, dancing like a fool, feeling like a helpless victim at the hands of this horrible man. I walked out of that audition with a lot of compassion for the naive folks who routinely get trapped in the darker corners of this ‘Hollywood’ business.”

    Industry role model: “Probably people who are not principally considered actors. I mean, we all say Patti these days, right? I think to young artists, Patti Smith symbolizes the possibility that a performer who swims into the mainstream might both maintain their integrity and remain alive. So she’s one. David Bowie is another. Did you know he once performed an exorcism on his swimming pool? I’d like to emulate that!”

    Best/worst advice: “If an electric plug isn’t fitting in an outlet, put a butter knife in the outlet to straighten it out a little.”

    When I’m not working, I’m: “Spending time with my family and my darling, Erin. Listening to audio books. Donkey Kong. That sort of stuff. Lots of protesting lately, but that’s a kind of work in my mind. And painting. I’ve recently discovered a love of painting.”