Freddie filming in Cape Town, South Africa
January 30, 2009

I’ve found an article that serves as confirmation that Freddie is currently in Cape Town, South Africa shooting Master Harold…and the Boys.

Production is set to wrap on February 14th, which is also, as I’m sure you already know, Freddie’s birthday.

Here you can see a bit of insight on the plot:

An ordinary rainy afternoon in 1950s South Africa turns into a profound, life-changing experience for a young white boy when his world is turned upside down with the announcement of the imminent return from hospital of his crippled, alcoholic father. In the small tea-room/café owned by his family, Hally turns his anger and resentment on Sam, a middle-aged waiter, his role-model and surrogate father and on Willie, a co-worker who’s preoccupied with winning a ballroom dancing championship. In this wrenching look at the effect of peer pressure and prejudice on a loving bond it soon becomes clear that in life, unlike the dance floor, people will forever collide despite their best intentions.

Click here to read the full article.

Also, as you may have heard, Astro Boy has struggled with funding a bit with the recession. However, the film is still on, and set for release on October 23, 2009

‘Astro Boy’: Teaser and Still Released
November 21, 2008

The first teaser trailer and the first official publicity still for Freddie’s upcoming movie, Astro Boy have been released.

Astro Boy - First Official Still

Still courtesy of Cinematical.

MovieFone released the first teaser trailer, which you can watch in HD here!

Astro Boy is in theaters October 23, 2009.

News on ‘Astro Boy’ Licensing Deals
November 11, 2008

Several things about Freddie’s upcoming movie, Astro Boy, have come out lately, including licensing deals details and news about the teaser trailer!

Movie Set staff were lucky enough to get to see the exclusive Astro Boy trailer, though they were asked by Summit Entertainment to not release the trailer just yet. However, there is good news; Movie Set staff DID give a full synopsis on their blog. It’s also strongly believed that the trailer will be attached to the movie Twilight, which is in theaters in the US on November 21st. (December 19th in the UK)

Here is the full synopsis:

Set in the future, Astro Boy is the classic superhero-origin story about a young robot with incredible powers and his adventure-filled journey in search of his identity and destiny.

In Metro City, a gleaming metropolis in the sky, brilliant scientist DR. TENMA (Nicolas Cage) creates ASTRO BOY (Freddie Highmore) to replace the son he lost, programming him with positive human characteristics and values, and extraordinary super powers. Rejected when he cannot meet Dr. Tenma’s expectations, Astro Boy is dealt a cruel double blow — he learns he is a robot, not human.

Carrying within a power source of positive “blue” energy known as The Core, Astro Boy is sought by the troops of militaristic PRESIDENT STONE (Donald Sutherland), who seeks The Core for the Peacekeeper robot, created as a weapon to dominate Earth.

Escaping the military, Astro Boy crashes to the Earth’s surface. Lost, confused and feigning humanity, he joins a gang of child vagabonds, naively seeing a father figure in their leader, HAMEGG (Nathan Lang). To Astro Boy’s horror, Hamegg exposes him as a robot and tries to turn him into a robot-gladiator. In the Battlebot arena, Astro Boy is forced to face droves of robots. Refusing to fight, he instead protects spectators from his dangerous opponents, winning over the crowd.

Alerted by The Core’s power surge, the military captures Astro Boy, who in turn resigns himself to his fate. As Dr. Tenma removes his energy source, Astro Boy forgives him. Realizing his mistake, he lets Astro Boy escape.

Fueled by negative “red” energy, the Peacekeeper is wreaking havoc in Metro City. Astro Boy returns, fighting the Peacekeeper and saving the city from crashing to Earth. In the climactic battle, the strands of the story come together as Astro Boy accepts his mixed human-robot nature and finds his destiny as mankind’s savior.

Astro Boy

Imangi Studios has also released information about Astro Boy licensing deals!

Imagi Studios announced today that it has signed worldwide licensing agreements with American Greetings, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Jazwares Inc., D3Publisher and IDW Publishing for Astro Boy, its upcoming CG-animated film based on the adventures of the superhero icon. The studio’s agreement with American Greetings also extends to future Imagi films. Astro Boy, slated for domestic release on October 23, 2009, is being distributed worldwide by Summit Entertainment except for Imagi’s reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

American Greetings will be making all sorts of social expression products, including greeting cards, stationery, gift wrap and party goods.
Jazwares Toys will be creating licensed Astro Boy toys. Penguin Group publishers will be releasing a wide range of Astro Boy books. IDW Publishing will be releasing Astro Boy comic books. An Astro Boy video game is also in the works, with D3Publisher.

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‘Astro Boy’ Footage And Images
October 23, 2008

It’s not exactly a trailer, but there is a bit of Astro Boy footage online to give you an idea of what Freddie’s new movie (to be released in October 2009) will look like.

Check it out here!
(The first 3 minutes or so are from the Anime Expo)

There are also images that have been released, which you can view here!
(Astro Boy World is also a great site for other updates on the movie!)

‘Astro Boy’ Release Date Announced
September 23, 2008

Mark your calendars for October 23, 2009 because you’ll be busy!

The release date is, of course, subject to change. (and anybody who was following August Rush knew that release dates can be moved in the blink of an eye) But so far, that’s what the studio has announced.

A trailer should be released soon.

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