Paramount Australia announces initial 2012 slate

Hugo - Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz. Directed by Martin Scorsese

On a high from a punchy year that has included Thor, Super 8, Kung Fu Panda 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Captain America: The First Avenger – and The Adventures of Tin Tin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol still to come –  Paramount has made an announcement of the release dates of some of their major titles for 2012.

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12 January

Hugo in 3D posterHUGO

Rated: TBA
Running Time: TBA
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written By: John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
Starring: Asa Butterfield Chloe Mortz, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley

Synopsis: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Hugo will be the first 3D film from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Our first look at the Hugo trailer and poster can be found here.

2 February

Like Crazy poster


Rated: TBA
Running Time: TBA
Directed by: Drake Doremus
Written By: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Synopsis: A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus’ film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating. When a British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa.Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and of the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Like Crazy depicts both the hopefulness and the heartbreak of love.

1 March


Rated: TBA
Running Time: TBA
Directed by: Tommy Wirkola
Written By: D.W. Harper and Tommy Wirkola screenplay
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala and Peter Stormare

Synopsis: Catching up with Hansel and Gretel 15 years after their incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into bounty hunters who hunt witches.

Other titles announced include:

5 April – Anne Fletcher’s My Mother’s Curse. Written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, Cars 2, Tangled), it stars the unlikely combination of Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand and Adam Scott.

10 May – The latest Sacha Baron Cohen project, The Dictator. Will also star Megan Fox and Anna Faris.

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