October 28, 2020

Joel is set to executive-produce and star as NFL player Jerry Smith in a new football & civil rights drama for Fandomodo Films. It tackles the close friendship between Smith and his longtime Washington Redskins teammate Brig Owens. Production is set to start in the third quarter of 2021!

VARIETY – The film is set at the height of the civil rights movement between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, during a time of societal upheaval. Smith was secretly gay — a fact he kept hidden until his death from AIDS in 1986 — and Owens faced constant challenges and bigotry as a Black man while attending law school. Through it all, the men formed a close bond to always be there for each other regardless of differences or obstacles.

“Jerry Smith was a star on the field, but was never able to find fulfillment in his personal life,” Kinnaman said. “He had Brig to help him through his struggle, but to this day so many young people don’t have anyone to turn to when wrestling with homosexuality — especially in the sports world.  That’s one of the reasons this story needs to be told. It’s as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.”

Smith led the NFL in career touchdowns by a tight end when he retired in 1977 and was popular among his teammates despite keeping his private life a secret. Owens is second all-time for the Redskins (currently renamed the Washington Football Team) in career interceptions. After retirement, he finished his law degree and became an executive director of the Players Association he helped to create.

“Injustice for one person is injustice for every person,” said Owens. “I hope audiences will find our battles inspiring as we all come to grips with how much work is yet to be done to confront the prejudice that is still so deeply rooted in America.”

“Before Colin Kaepernick, there was Brig Owens,” Kaan said. “He stood up for the rights of players at a time when nobody else dared speak. He fought for justice on the field and off, and protected Jerry at a time when America was about to hear about the Stonewall riots for the first time.”

Joel spoke with Rolling Stone as part of their The First Time interview series, wherein he discussed his latest movie, The Secrets We Keep, and the upcoming The Suicide Squad.

August 23, 2020

The Suicide Squad had a panel during this year’s DC FanDome event, wherein writer/director James Gunn answered some fan questions and also played a fun game with the cast. A special roll call video was also shown and revealed which character each actor is portraying in the movie, and at the end, an exclusive sneak peek on the movie. It’s exciting! You can watch both videos below.

August 18, 2020

Check out the intense official trailer of The Secrets We Keep, starring Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Chris Messina! Bleecker Street acquired rights to the film and has set it to release in select theaters on September 16th, and will be available on VOD October 16th.

July 26, 2020

As previously announced, For All Mankind held a panel as part of the Comic-Con@Home. The cast members who joined in on the fun are  Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Wrenn Schmidt, Sonya Walger, and Krys Marshall. An official teaser was also released! You can watch both below.

July 20, 2020

I know this is more than a year overdue, I have finally updated the gallery with high-resolution screencaps, along with stills and behind-the-scenes photos, from the first season of Hanna! The second season is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.