‘Belgian Brando,’ is what Matthias Schoenaerts has been called by his fans because every now and then the actor evokes thoughts of the legendary Marlon 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. The 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‘ prove 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 scheduled to release in the near future. We can only hope that the new Matthias Schoenaerts movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
6. A Hidden Life (2019)
Terrence Malick’s long-delayed war drama, ‘Redegund’ has been keeping Schoenaerts fans in an anticipatory state 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. It is slated to be released on December 13, 2019.
5. The Sound of Philadelphia (2020)
‘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, is 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, 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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4. Ruin (TBA)
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.
3. The Old Guard (TBA)
Assassins are cool, but immortal assassins are definitely cooler. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s movie, ‘The Old Guard’ is an upcoming action-adventure that promises to tell us a story that will leave us enthralled. It is based on the comic book of the same name and has a stellar cast including Charlize Theron.
The story follows Andy, who leads a small group of soldiers, working as mercenaries through the ages. Naturally, trouble arises in their line of work, especially with the discovery of another apparently immortal being. The plot promises to have its share of twists, and high octane action. With someone of Matthias Schoenaerts’ caliber on board, we are sure that the movie will be marked by excellent performances and the actor will manage to stand out even among the illustrious company.
The movie is going to be released on Netflix. For now, it is in the post-production stage and no release date has been fixed for the project.
2. The Last Planet (TBA)
Terence Malick is once again collaborating with Matthias Schoenaerts for the movie ‘The Last Planet’. Malick is attached as the director and scriptwriter. The premise is supposed to retell several episodes in the life of Jesus Christ. Talented actors like Ben Kingsley are on board as well.
Malick is an elusive filmmaker and likes to keep his cards close to his chest. Thus, not much else is known about the project. However, it has already started filming, as per reports. Moreover, Malick’s movies have been marked by the director’s distinctive exploration of religion and religious beliefs. Thus, in some ways, ‘The Lost Planet’ is Malick coming back full circle as he is making his own movie about Christianity and the life of Jesus Christ.
Since the director is one of the few people who have not delivered anything below the stellar standard set by themselves, we expect the upcoming movie to be spectacular as well. The cast members, including Matthias Schoenaerts, will be looking to deliver strong, outstanding performances to take the historical drama to new heights.
1. 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 as the scribe, and Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts reprising their leads.
Based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s book ‘Undaunted Courage’, the epic journey follows the Corps of Discovery and its captains, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who deliver President Jefferson’s message of sovereignty and search for the mysterious all-water route to the Pacific.
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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 wild narrative, the movie leaves poetic and elemental melancholia in the viewers. The movie released in the US on March 15, 2019.
The Laundromat (2019)
Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers feature, ‘The Laundromat,’ features one of the most star-studded cast 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 how the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, facilitated the wealthy and powerful people around the globe to funnel money illegally. The movie released on September 27, 2019.
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