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Gerard Butler – Geostorm

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A mystery-conspiracy thriller to warn us about the climate change: Gerard Butler on Geostorm.

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Gerard Butler - Geostorm

PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Gerard Butler, actor of the film Geostorm, distributed in Italian cinemas from November 1st.

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Who controls the weather, controls the world – the logline to the new film starring Gerard Butler, Geostorm. Directed by Dean Devlin, the film deals with the world after climate change has had its effects on the Earth and only a network of satellites created by Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) can control the natural disasters. In Rome for the Italian release of the film, Gerard Butler describes how he felt connected to the story through its family elements, the father-daughter relationship and the complicated one Jake Lawson has with his little brother Max Lawson (Jim Sturgess). According to Butler, a disaster movie mixed with a conspiracy theory, targeted at a bigger audience, can be more effective than other forms of art in creating awareness on climate change and the ecological crisis the world is going through at the moment. Butler, who in the past has acted and sung in musicals (The Phantom of the Opera) admits he misses singing and playing in a musical and promises to think about a comeback.

Geostorm:  After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it. Dean Devlin (writer/producer, Independence Day) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, 300), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists, Warcraft: The Beginning), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (The Hours, Apollo 13) and Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III). Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. The film also stars Adepero Oduye (The Big Short, 12 Years a Slave), Amr Waked (Lucy, Syriana), Robert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch) and Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included). The film, written by Dean Devlin & Paul Guyot, is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Devlin, and Skydance’s Dana Goldberg. Herbert W. Gains and Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin are the executive producers. Rachel Olschan of Electric Entertainment and Cliff Lanning co-produce. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Roberto Schaefer (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace), production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli (White House Down), costume designer Susan Matheson (The Big Short,Safehouse) and VFX supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun (Clash of the Titans, The Day the Earth Stood Still). A Warner Bros. Pictures and Skydance presentation, Geostorm is a joint venture between Skydance and Electric Entertainment, Inc. Set to hit theaters October 20, 2017, it will be distributed in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

For the official website of the film, click here.

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  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Gerard Butler
  • Interviewee role
    Actor
  • Film title
    Geostorm
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