With a cast mixing stars and local actors, including beginners, the American director Ron Howard presents in Thirteen Lives the cinematographic version of the agonizing rescue of young footballers in Thailand, which had held the world in suspense in 2018, of which we hold the first trailer.The film chronicles the spectacular rescue of twelve boys who, together with their trainer, find themselves trapped in a cave in Thailand for just over two weeks. “I knew it would be an exciting challenge,” said Ron Howard during the presentation of the trailer for the film, which will be released on July 29 in the United States, before adding: “[C’est] a very extreme version of my favorite film genre, the type of film that proves that incredible endings don’t just exist in works of fiction.” Recreating the conditions of this intense event was a physical and psychological challenge for the actors. Colin Farrell, who plays diver John Volanthen, talks about how “terrifying” it can be to shoot underwater most of the time, even in a supervised setting. underlined the “spirit of collaboration” that prevailed during filming, as well as the importance of honoring those who participated in the rescue operation – two people died, one of them months later.” It was hard but also an honor,” said Colin Farrell, adding: “We were really aware of it. It was not for us to come as actors to play these British divers, who had come to save everyone and triumph. It was about being guided by our Thai brothers and sisters.” Ron Howard also stressed the importance of portraying the people of Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. The cast therefore includes many local actors. and made sure to ensure that the teenagers were played by young people from the North, so that the language spoken was authentic.”It’s not only about an accent but also about the way of speaking , and it was crucial” to respect that, said the director, who for this purpose collaborated with Vorakorn “Billy” Ruetaivanichkul, co-producer of the film. put in the shoes of rescued teenagers. He explains: “I asked them […] to imagine that they were in a cramped place, that they only had food and water for a few days, and that they were probably not going to get out of there soon. had already been the subject of a documentary, The Rescue, released last year on Disney+, which had shown unseen scenes.Thirteen Lives, in which also Viggo Mortensen plays, will be available on Amazon Prime on August 5 next.
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