Clive Owen’s characters are stamped with an enigmatic restraint even if they represent unimaginable evil. The 6ft 3in tall actor radiates an enormous amount of screen presence and often steals the show. Owen kick-started his acting career in 1988 with the BBC series ‘Precious Bane’ and ‘Vroom’ for Channel 4. A lead role in the ITV series ‘Chancer’ soon followed. By the early ’90s, he became a familiar face in British theatre and television. His long-awaited breakthrough came with the 1998 indie flick ‘Croupier.’ Even though the movie sank at the box office initially, word of mouth on Owen’s stunning performance helped it to bounce back. After the buzz around the movie grew, the makers decided to re-release ‘Croupier.’ Owen garnered rave reviews for his stellar performance as a struggling writer who joins a casino as an employee for inspiration and eventually meddles with a robbery scheme. Critics hailed the actor as the next big thing in Hollywood.
In 2000, Owen starred in ‘The Echo’ from BBC and played the role of an outlaw in the film ‘Greenfingers.’ In the next year, he played two significant characters in ‘Second Sight’ for BBC 1 and ‘Walk on By’ for BBC 2. He lent his voice to ‘Walk On By,’ a BBC 2 documentary exploring popular music, in 2001. The actor returned to theater with the critically acclaimed production ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.’ In the same year, Owen landed his breakout role in the movie ‘Gosford Park’ directed by Robert Altman. He played a major role in the critically acclaimed film alongside Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Ryan Phillipe, and Kirstin Thomas. Films like ‘The Bourne Identity,’ ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,’ ‘Beyond Borders,’ and ‘King Arthur‘ elevated his status as a bankable actor who can shoulder characters with a complex mindscape.
In 2005, Owen was cast in the feature film adaptation of the play ‘Closer’ alongside Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Natalie Portman. His portrayal of the character Larry earned the actor rave reviews as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hits like ‘Derailed’ alongside Jennifer Aniston, ‘Sin City’ and ‘Inside Man’ soon followed. His name popped up as a replacement for Pierce Brosnan’s ‘James Bond‘ in 2005. Owen even topped SkyNews’ survey to find Brosnan’s successor. But Daniel Craig stepped into the shoes of the world’s most enigmatic spy in the same year. The back-to-back hits turned Owen into one of the most sought after character actors of his generation. His other major movies include ‘Children of Men,’ ‘Shoot ’em Up,’ ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age,’ ‘The International,’ and ‘The Boys Are Back.’
During the first half of the 2010s, Owen emerged as a versatile actor and a synonym for masculinity in Hollywood. He also appeared alongside Ricky Gervais in the television show ‘Extras.’ In 2010, Owen played a key role in the horror-thriller ‘Intruders’. Films like ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ and ‘Shadow Dancer’ soon followed. He played the lead role opposite Marion Cotillard in the 2013 movie ‘Blood Ties,’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Despite his ever-increasing fandom and popularity, the actor always stays away from the glitter and glamour of Hollywood. Owen spoke about his privacy saying how he divided his time between work and family, thus did not find time to do much else. So now you must be wondering what is the next Clive Owen movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Clive Owen films and TV shows scheduled to release in near future. We can only hope that the latest Clive Owen movies will be as good as some of his recent ones.
3. Gemini Man (2019)
The long-awaited sci-fi action flick ‘Gemini Man’ has been in development hell for a long time. The movie features Will Smith in double roles of an assassin and his clone. Henry Brogan is a burned-out government assassin and secret agent. Brogan’s life takes a wild turn when his clone named Junior, who’s made through advanced de-aging cloning technology, cuts loose, wreaking havoc. Brogan’s old superiors assign him to hunt down Junior. But the task is not a cakewalk for him because Junior can foresee his every move and plan accordingly. Though details of Clive Owen’s character are under tight wraps, Variety reports that the actor will play the role of a chief antagonist in the movie. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong also play major roles. Directed by Ang Lee and written by David Benioff and Billy Ray, ‘Gemini Man’ is set to release on October 11, 2019.
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2. The Song of Names (2019)
Clive Owen teams up with Tim Roth for the movie ‘The Song of Names,’ which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht. Described as an “emotional detective story,” the plot is set in the backdrop of World War II and follows a 9-year-old violin genius and a Polish-Jewish refugee, Dovidl. The boy lives in a camp based in London along with his brother Martin. Destiny separates the brothers when Dovidl goes missing without a trace before his long-awaited debut concert. Years later, a young man turns up and plays a flourish for Martin, who is in his late ‘50s now. From the characteristic tune, Martin realizes that it is taught by his long-lost brother. He embarks on a search for Dovidl and the journey takes him across borders and emotions, at the end of which both men confront their past — and Helen, the woman of their life.
Other cast members include Catherine McCormack, Jonah Hauer King, and Gerran Howell. While Clive Owen plays Dovidl, Tim Roth appears in the role of Martin. Catherine McCormack is set to play the character of Helen in the movie. ‘The Song of Names’ is directed by François Girard and produced by Robert Lantos, Lyse Lafontaine, and Nick Hirschkorn. Viktoria Petranyi, Mark Musselman, Peter Touche, and Stephen Spence also join the project as executive producers. The movie is slated to release on December 25, 2019, hoping that the emotions of the movie will be relatable during the holiday season, making the project a success.
1. The Informer (2020)
‘The Informer’ is an upcoming action thriller based on the 2009 Swedish novel ‘Three Seconds’ by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. The plot revolves around the tragic plight of an ex-Special Forces Agent Pete Keslow (Joel Kinnaman), who ends up behind the bars after a fight to save the life of his wife Sofia Hoffman (Ana de Armas). In order to get an exemption in prison sentence, Keslow stars collaborating with the FBI as an informer. But his plan backfires when the man finds himself at odds with the agency, the cops and a bunch of ruthless criminals after a sting goes awry. As everyone targets him, Keslow has to find his way out of the mess to save his head and family. Clive Owen plays the character of Montgomery, while Rosamund Pike and Common play major roles in the movie. ‘The Informer’ is directed by Andrea Di Stefano from a screenplay by Matt Cook. The film released on August 30, 2019, in the United Kingdom but will release in the USA on January 10, 2020.
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