Lee Smith has been nominated twice for an Oscar for his editing work on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and The Dark Knight, and since Batman Begins he has been Christopher Nolan’s editor of choice. In a new interview Lee talks about his current work on X-Men: First Class, and says he expects to get started on The Dark Knight Rises in May.
From Flickering Myth:
X-Men: First Class sees Lee Smith collaborating with a new director for the first time since he teamed with Christopher Nolan for Batman Begins (2005). “Matthew Vaughn he has his own unique view,” observes the Australian who is co-editing the comic book superhero film. “I’m not seeing much of him yet as we’re still shooting.” As for the performance of Jennifer Lawrence who is a major contender for Best Actress at the 2011 Academy Awards because of her role in Winter’s Bone (2010), Lee remarks, “She is very good in this.” He also tells me, “It’s a big film being done in a short amount of time. It’s going to be intense but so far what I’ve got has been very good. Everyone is happy with it. So fingers crossed.”
Questioned about his involvement with The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Lee Smith answers, “I’m booked to start that on May 1st.” Upon mentioning the casting rumour that Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz might have a part in the highly anticipated conclusion, Lee quickly responds, “Honestly, I don’t know anything about it and that’s how it always is with him. In the fullness of time I’ll get a script. Secrecy with his projects is paramount.” As for whether or not he will be helping Zack Snyder, who was selected by Nolan to direct the tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel (2012), the film editor tells me, “I doubt it because I don’t actually know when that’s one going to go. Probably, the director will pick his own editor and that’s always a good idea.”
X-Men: First Class was the last summer movie to start filming so having Nolan’s editor will be helpful in getting it ready for June 3rd. As for Superman, Snyder has used William Hoy as his editor since 300 so they will likely re-team again. Plus, The Dark Knight Rises and Superman are both going into production this year so Lee Smith would be unable to work on both at the same time.