‘Belgian Brando,’ Matthias Schoenaerts has been called by his fans because every now and then the actor evokes thoughts of the legendary Brando. For admirers, he is an amalgamation of masculinity, brutish force, physical charisma, and athletic good looks. Matthias Schoenaerts made his debut alongside his father, actor Julien Schoenaerts, in the period drama Daens in 1992.
He played significant roles and gathered popularity for a decade in a succession of Belgian films. In Belgian actor’s filmography includes Loft, the highest-grossing Flemish movie of all time. In 2012, Schoenaerts emerged as a global star with two breakthrough performances. While Michaël R. Roskam’s Oscar-nominated ‘Bullhead’ had him as a steroid-addicted cattle farmer, in Jacques Audiard‘s indie hit ‘Rust and Bone,’ he played a single father and an illegal bare-knuckle fighter. ‘Bullhead’ and ‘Rust and Bone’ turned Schoenaerts’ career trajectory from a series of tough-guy roles to characters with multiple shades and depth.
Whenever Hollywood was in need of an American physicality with a European air, Schoenaerts was the obvious choice. Movies like ‘The Drop,’ ‘Blood Ties’ and ‘Red Sparrow’ testify this. Over the years, he has evolved as an actor who radiates a formidable physical presence and uses the body as an acting instrument. Moreover, Schoenaerts is among the rare group of non-American actors who never let Hollywood suck them in completely. He often disappears into the serenity of his homeland, Antwerp in Belgium. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Matthias Schoenaerts movie? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Matthias Schoenaerts films and tv shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Matthias Schoenaerts movie would be as good as some of his recent ones.
1. The Mustang (2019)
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s directorial debut. ‘The Mustang,’ has Schoenfeature as a prisoner who bonds with a wild horse. Set in a remote prison in the Nevada desert, ‘The Mustang’ is the unusual bond between a hardened prisoner and a wild horse. Even though Schoenaerts, as Roman Coleman who would get into a fistfight even with a stallion, and the wild horse together generates a beast narrative, the movie leaves poetic and elemental melancholia in the viewers. The movie is slated for the U.S. release on 15 March 2019.
2. The Laundromat (2019)
Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers feature, ‘The Laundromat,’ features one of the starstudded starcast in recent times. Matthias Schoenaerts plays an important role in the movie alongside Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, David Schwimmer, and Will Forte. The Netflix feature is based on the book ‘Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite’ written by Jake Bernstein. Soderberg regular Scott Z. Burns wrote the screenplay for the movie. The Panama Papers are one of the most controversial leaked confidential documents that exposed the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca facilitated the wealthy and powerful people around the globe to funnel money illegally.
3. Radegund (TBA)
Terrence Malick’s long-delayed war drama, ‘Redegund‘ has been keeping Schoenaerts fans for a while. Set in the backdrop of World War 2, the movie is based on the story of Franz Jaegerstaetter, played by August Diehl, who was an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for the Third Reich when Austria was annexed in 1938 by Hitler. He was finally executed in 1943 because of the refusal. Besides Matthias Schoenaerts, the movie also features Michael Nyqvist, Bruno Ganz and Jurgen Prochnow.
4. Ruin (2020)
Matthias Schoenaerts is reportedly associated with another World War II thriller titled ‘Ruin.’ The movie is directed by Justin Kurzel of Assassin’s Creed and Ryan and Matthew Firpo are the scribes. Schoenaerts pairs with Margot Robbie in the revenge story and together they hunt down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad. Robbie’s character is a Holocaust survivor and Schoenaerts plays the nameless ex-SS captain. Both form an alliance for convenience to exact revenge for the war crimes committed.
5. The Sound of Philadelphia (TBA)
‘The Sound of Philadelphia’ is an American crime story set in the violent underbelly of Philadelphia. The movie follows three generations of a crime family syndicate. The events after the young girl in the family killed in an accident form of the plot. Peter Flood, played by Schoenaerts, even after a period of two decades, is yet to come to terms with the loss of her baby sister. The tensions within the family increase when his cousin Michael, played by Hedlund grows more powerful in the family crime business. The movie is written and directed by Jérémie Guez, based on the Pete Dexter book ‘Brotherly Love.’
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6. Lewis and Clark (TBA)
The status of HBO’s six-hour miniseries ‘Lewis and Clark’ is still uncertain as there are reports the network may scrap the multiple episodes that have been shot. Reports also suggest that there are plans to redevelop the series with Michelle Ashford steps in the scribe and Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts reprise their leads. Based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s book Undaunted Courage, the epic journey of the Corps of Discovery and its captains, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, to deliver President Jefferson’s message of sovereignty and search for the mysterious all-water route to the Pacific.
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