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Here's Murtada speculating very early on the 2017 Oscar race.
There’s usually a real life person in the best actress lineup. It’s not as prevalent as it is in best actor - 4 this year. But we do have Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence). Last year there were Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) and Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon). Recently we got everyone from Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) and most famously The Queen (Helen Mirren) and her 80s nemesis Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep). Now we have two more possible candidates for the 2017 Oscar race as two interesting biopics were announced this week with two actresses well known to the Academy. French writer Colette (to be played by Keira Knightley) and Jesus disciple Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara).
Colette in 1920s
Colette is the more intriguing figure, at least to this non-believer. Born in 1873 she was a journalist, »
- Murtada Elfadl
Keira Knightley has set her sights on her next starring role, as the English actress is in advanced discussions about taking the lead in Colette. The biopic will revolve around the titular French writer, who wrote the famous novel Gigi, which earned her a Nobel Prize For Literature in 1948, and was turned into the 1958 musical of the same name by Vincent Minnelli. Colette is being developed by HanWay, the production and sales team behind the recent indie success Carol. So it makes sense that they have decided to go with another period piece that is triumphantly female led, while Keira Knightley.s casting may remind many of Rooney Mara.s in Carol. HanWay will be working alongside Bond Films, which recently had tremendous success with Nightcrawler and Whiplash. After announcing that Knightley is currently inline to portray Colette, Bond Films. chairman Michael Litvak remarked to The Hollywood Reporter that she »
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Foster went as far as to use performance-enhancing drugs to play the disgraced cyclist, with his work praised in reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival last year. [Source: DirectTV]
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Keira Knightley has entered talks for the lead role in Colette, a biopic of the French author and Nobel Prize nominee, which is being produced by the team behind Carol and is to be directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).
Variety reports that the film “tells the true story of Colette, one of France’s leading female writers. Her first marriage was to a larger-than-life character: Willy Gauthier-Villars, a celebrated Parisian wit, critic and man about town. The folklore of the union is that Willy locked his wife up to write novels for him that subsequently became huge best sellers, making him rich and famous. Eventually Colette rose out of the shadows to claim her rightful heritage.”
“Keira is impeccably suited to step into the role of the iconic Colette in the early 1900s, who pushed the envelope in a time when women writers were shunned and bisexuality was scandalous. »
- Gary Collinson
We’re still all awaiting Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated female-centric horror thriller The Neon Demon with bated breath, but he’s already gearing up for his next movie, which will reportedly have an Asian setting, and feature action and thriller elements. Details are skim, but it’s also been reported that Refn will be teaming up with the primary screenwriters of the last five James Bond films – Neal Purvis and Robert wade. Who knows? Maybe this could just be the ramp-up to an announcement that this will be the next Bond film, or it could be his long-rumored The Avenging Silence.
After last year’s frenetic Run All Night, star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra are already reuniting for another movie – their fourth collaboration. Collet-Serra will begin work on The Commuter, an action thriller following a businessman who becomes tangled in a criminal conspiracy on his daily commute, »
- Michael Snydel
The award-winning production and sales team behind Carol has lined up another historical drama, with Keira Knightley in advanced talks to take the lead role. Colette – from Number 9 Films and Killer Films – will tell the story of iconic French writer Colette, who wrote Gigi and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. Wash Westmoreland will direct from a script he co-wrote with his partner and Still Alice co-director, the late Richard Glatzer. Bold Films, which backed Oscar-nominated films Nightcrawler and Whiplash, will finance and co-produce the English-language title,
- Alex Ritman
London — Keira Knightley is in talks to star in biopic “Colette,” which reunites the producers behind “Carol,” Number 9 Films and Killer Films. “Still Alice’s” Wash Westmoreland is directing the film.
Bold Films will finance and co-produce the pic, with HanWay Films handling worldwide sales. The screenplay is by Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed “Still Alice.” Filming will start in May in Budapest.
Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (“Carol,” “Still Alice”) produce for Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley (“Carol,” “Made in Dagenham”) will produce for Number 9 Films. Bold Films’ chairman Michel Litvak will produce for Bold Films. CEO for Bold Films Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.
The film tells the true story of Colette, one of France’s leading female writers. Her first marriage was to a larger-than-life character: Willy Gauthier-Villars, a celebrated Parisian wit, critic and man about town. »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Keira Knightley is in talks to star in Colette, a biopic about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Cheri, which Stephen Frears adapted into a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Colette will be directed by Still Alice‘s Wash Westmoreland, who co-wrote the script with his late Still Alice collaborator Richard Glatzer. The film will re-unite the producing team behind Carol, Number 9 Films and Killer Films. Bold Films will finance and coproduce the title… »
Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (Carol, Still Alice) produce for Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) will produce for Number 9, which is currently in post-production on Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem and Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half.
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