11:08 pm - 02/18/2014

Hayden Christensen ready for big screen in films with Oscar winners Cage, Brody

TORONTO -- Hayden Christensen says it was "quite the adventure" filming the period piece "Outcast" in China -- an experience that was heightened by his co-star Nicolas Cage.

The Vancouver-born actor of "Star Wars" fame said he was in and around Beijing for nearly four months shooting the action movie which is set in the 12th century.

"We were filming out in the rural countryside for the most part and some incredible environments. And then working with Nic Cage was a real treat," Christensen said in a recent phone interview.

"He's everything that you expect and more. A super, super nice guy and one of the most professional actors I've ever gotten to work with."

Christensen said that he and Cage portray knights from the Crusades in the film. When the Canadian star first crossed paths with the Oscar winner, Cage already appeared well on his way towards being immersed in his on-screen role.

"First time I met him, he was full on in character and didn't break character for the first couple of weeks," Christensen recalled. "He did a full-on English accent, he had like this wound on one eye, so he was walking around with one eye shut all of the time....

"(He's) just a very dedicated guy. Showed up, he knew all of his lines for the entire movie before we started filming. Just incredibly prepared, and it was really cool to get to work with him because I was a fan."

Christensen dabbled in fashion with a recent collaboration with homegrown retailer RW&Co. A 20-piece capsule collection released last year was inspired by time Christensen spent at his Ontario farm during the holiday season. But the 32-year-old -- who has starred in films including "Shattered Glass," "Jumper" and "Awake" -- appears poised for a return to the big screen. In addition to shooting the recent project with Cage, he is set appear alongside yet another Oscar winner, joining Adrien Brody in "American Heist."

Filmed in New Orleans, Christensen said the pair portray brothers who get caught up with the wrong crowd and "decide it's a good idea to go rob a bank."

"It's a heist movie with some action elements, but it's very much a character-driven drama that's really about the relationship between these two brothers," said Christensen. "I think that relationship is really what the movie is about."

Christensen catapulted to international fame with his starring role as Anakin Skywalker in two of the "Star Wars" prequels: 2002's "Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," which was released in 2005.

The storied sci-fi franchise will be revived once again with the Walt Disney Co. producing a new "Star Wars" trilogy set to take place after the original three space epics.

J.J. Abrams -- director of two recent big-screen adaptations of the "Star Trek" franchise -- will be helming the first film in the new "Star Wars" series. Shooting for "Star Wars: Episode VII"' is slated to begin this spring and is due for release in 2015. Original "Star Wars" stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are expected to play smaller, supporting roles in the new movie.

"I think it's in good hands," said Christensen of the sci-fi film series reboot. "I think they're going to take the franchise probably into a new direction. I'm not really involved, so I wish them the best.

"I saw George Lucas not too long ago, and he's definitely moving on to a new phase of his life," Christensen added in reference to the famed "Star Wars" creator, who remarried last year and also welcomed a baby girl.

"It will be interesting to see what Disney does with it, and what J.J. does with the first film."

redheadbynight 18th-Feb-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
god I was so into him during his Life as a House period
irl83 19th-Feb-2014 01:05 am (UTC)
Me too! I loved him him that movie sfm. I was crushing so hard on a guy when that movie came out. They looked so similar.
winter_lace 19th-Feb-2014 07:21 am (UTC)
I know right? Something about him in that movie did it for me so hard
landwarinasia 18th-Feb-2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
Oh man what's happening to me he looks really good in that pic.
rarkon 18th-Feb-2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
well, that pic is like 3-4 years old...

landwarinasia 18th-Feb-2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
I seeeeeeeee.....
popartpistol 19th-Feb-2014 10:43 am (UTC)
hahahaha. Exactly.
daisyazul 18th-Feb-2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
why is he channeling obi wan's ep 11 hair
bssybuse 18th-Feb-2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
he was trying to grow a beard for a role bless his heart

and this was more recent

hunty 18th-Feb-2014 10:19 pm (UTC)

arcticmonkeys 18th-Feb-2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
lol yeah i was like huhhhh but then i realised it's an old pic

Edited at 2014-02-18 10:02 pm (UTC)
nineteensix196 18th-Feb-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Lol Brody and Cage are some of the most "..." Oscar winners ever, not that they weren't great performances, but people need reminding of it because of their weird bullshit.

He's aged well, but it seems he's one of those child actors who kill it when they're young but are only adequate as adult actors.
hipster_douche 18th-Feb-2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Let's be real. He never killed it.
rarkon 18th-Feb-2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
mte. Even at his best, he wasn't a great child actor.
nineteensix196 18th-Feb-2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sis now let's give him Life as a house and episode 2 now!
lady_leia_solo 18th-Feb-2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
Lmao I think he was alright in the prequels. I think it was combo of him and Lucas's writing because lbr even Natalie didn't come off smelling like roses.
l_a_r_m 19th-Feb-2014 09:47 am (UTC)
Tbh I don't think it's Lucas's writing, it's his directing. He just can't make actors fit into the awesomeness he imagines.
lady_leia_solo 20th-Feb-2014 12:47 am (UTC)
Nah girl his writing really fucking sucked. He can't write. Directing is alright but dude has issues with writing. He even admitted it.
maebyfunke 18th-Feb-2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'll always have a crush on him. And I hope these movies are good but knowing him...
tenma_desu 18th-Feb-2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
worst actor of his generation
dyaus_screaming 18th-Feb-2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
"Star Wars fame"

Infamy is more like it...
gorlplz 18th-Feb-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
such an amazing actor <3
johndavidrage 18th-Feb-2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Wow I had no idea either of those two had won oscars...
luvthatdrtywata 18th-Feb-2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
His career is so weird to me. Before Star Wars I was amazed at what a great young talent he was. Life As a House, Higher Ground, Shattered Glass. I feel like Hollywood put all the blame squarely on him for Star Wars and it got in his head. I wish he would do something to get out of this career funk.
shipoffools22 18th-Feb-2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
right!??! i agree

daisyazul 18th-Feb-2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
I used to be obsessed with him lol
tadashee 18th-Feb-2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
I will always wonder what his career would have been like w/o star wars.
lord 18th-Feb-2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
Give Annie another shot.
leonardy 18th-Feb-2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
worst canadian actor ever
notoriousreign 18th-Feb-2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
Not movies, but I it would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe right? Anyways, I mean I could see him in the Netflix series for Iron Fist as Danny Rand tbh.
cranberryfitch 18th-Feb-2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
he's like a less attractive andrew garfield
lady_leia_solo 18th-Feb-2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
He used to be my lust material. Damn he used to look good.
msmarcy 19th-Feb-2014 03:14 am (UTC)
He still does!

This was tweeted 2/15 by Rad Hourani. wearing RAD by Rad Hourani
lady_leia_solo 19th-Feb-2014 03:16 am (UTC)
Is that him in your icon? Looking good Hayden.
msmarcy 19th-Feb-2014 03:35 am (UTC)
Why yes, yes it is him! From Factory Girl.

He's getting back in the game! Barbara (HaydenFanNews) and I think that pic was taken just after he got back from shooting Outcast in China (that was the characater's hairstyle).

Here's another from LA on 1/29...dorktastic smile, but he's staring into the sun. LOL

And (fingers crossed) I think he's doing another capsule collection for RW&Co. He was just in Montreal for another photoshoot. This stealth pic was tweeted last week:
direfaces 19th-Feb-2014 12:00 am (UTC)
u can keep tryin it son
actinkindashady 19th-Feb-2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh Hayden, so naive.
calichaos 19th-Feb-2014 02:17 am (UTC)
i think he's great and good looking haters to the far turkey minaj right
chicaintcheap 19th-Feb-2014 02:48 am (UTC)
god, I used to be so in love with him. what happened to his career?
lady_leia_solo 19th-Feb-2014 03:18 am (UTC)
Right? He just dropped off the radar of relevancy. I still keep my eye on him tho.
deaththeendless 19th-Feb-2014 05:00 am (UTC)
He's so bland I yawned.
hannamez8 19th-Feb-2014 06:45 am (UTC)
God he was soo good looking, I hope he keeps shaving that nasty beard.
mjspice 19th-Feb-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Finally? lol
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