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After being rumored for the role last week, Collider is now reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has officially signed on for the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VIII. She’ll join Benicio del Toro in the Rian Johnson-directed film, which is set to open in Spring 2017. No word on the actress’ role just yet, but Collider firmly believes that she’s locked in.
With both Concussion and Beauty and the Beast on her upcoming slate, it looks like Mbatha-Raw is finally ready for her much deserved breakout. She impressed tremendously in both Beyond the Lights and Belle, and it was really just a matter of time before she landed a massive role like this.
- Mark Cassidy
Filming has begun locally on The Book Of Henry, director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) first feature as director since this year’s blockbuster Jurassic World (which has grossed nearly $1.7 billion worldwide). Focus Features is overseeing the production and holds worldwide rights, including for domestic release.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts stars in the film alongside young actors Jacob Tremblay (of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival hit Room) and Jaden Lieberher (of St. Vincent and the upcoming Midnight Special).
The supporting cast includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Lee Pace (The Hobbit trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy), Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman, Maddie Ziegler (of Sia’s music videos “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live).
The Book of Henry is the story of »
- Michelle McCue
Rooney Mara surprised many by taking home the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as many thought her co-star Cate Blanchett would take it -- or the two would share. Whether we like it or not, the moment marked the beginning of Mara's campaign for a second Oscar nomination (and potential win) for Todd Haynes' "Carol." It was just a matter of whether The Weinstein Company would campaign them both in lead, or place one of them in supporting. It seems at this point Harvey and company have opted for the latter, with Blanchett in lead and Mara in supporting. The same question was asked of Alicia Vinkander, who got raves for her performance opposite Eddie Redmayne in "The Danish Girl." It's a similar situation to last year when Felicity Jones played Redmayne's wife in "The Theory of Everything." In both cases, it is a co-lead situation. Jones opted to campaign in lead, »
- Peter Knegt
This scene will likely not happen in the new show.
Doctor Who is going back to school. BBC announced today a new spin-off for the popular series, aimed at young adults, and written by noted Ya author Patrick Ness. Titled Class, the show will take place at Coal Hill School, historic location of the series, and feature the students facing threats from across space and time.
Set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best Ya fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.
Steven Moffat, who will executive-produce the show, says: “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
BBC Three today announces Class, a new Doctor Who spin-off from the acclaimed young adult author Patrick Ness. Class is a Ya series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenaline of the best Ya fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you've never seen it before. The show is 8x45, meaning 8 episodes at 45 minutes apiece. Here's what Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat had to say in a statement.
"No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like , and now we're bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!"
Patrick Ness is author of nine books, including six bestselling and critically acclaimed Ya novels. He has written the »
Earlier this week, I got a chance to check out The Danish Girl, which is sure to be an Academy Award player. I’ll save my thoughts on the film itself for another time, but I wanted to talk a little bit about Alicia Vikander and her performance. She was always seemingly a strong contender in my eyes, even if I hadn’t necessarily predicted her. Now though, having watched her tremendous work, I feel fairly confident in calling her one of the frontrunners for Best Supporting Actress. High praise, yes, especially this early, but it’s hard to see her not being nominated and being heavily in play for a win. She’s that good… Quickly, a bit about the film itself. The Danish Girl is a dramatized look at artist Einar Wegener, who would better be known later on as Lili Elbe after becoming a transgender pioneer by »
- Joey Magidson
Firefly's Alan Tudyk will add to his already rock-solid geek cred when he appears in next year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - but he's revealed to Digital Spy that the role nearly got away from him completely.
"[Gareth] offered it to me in the room - it didn't seem real," Tudyk recalled. "I said, 'I would love to say yes, but it is contingent on one thing. I can't believe I'm saying this, but if you're shooting in June, I have to say no' - because that's when we were shooting Con Man, and I couldn't figure out how to reschedule it."
Fortunately for Tudyk, he was able to accept the part after Edwards told him he wouldn't be »
Jones started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in The "Treasure Seekers" (1996). She went on to play 'Ethel Hallow' for one season in the television series "The Worst Witch" and its sequel "Weirdsister College".
Jones' performance in the 2011 film "Like Crazy" was met with critical acclaim...
...garnering her numerous awards, including a special jury prize at the 2011 'Sundance Film Festival'.
In 2014, Jones' performance as 'Jane Wilde Hawking' in "The Theory of Everything" was also highly praised...
...garnering her nominations for the 'Golden Globe', 'SAG', 'BAFTA' and 'Academy Award' for 'Best Actress'.
- Michael Stevens
Kristen Stewart's new movie Equals pictures a sterile, Gattica- or Divergent-like future, of white and silver environs and white-on-white uniforms, in which the world's remaining population after a cataclysmic event has been forbidden from expressing emotion or touching other humans. However, this is a movie from director Drake Doremus, whose best-known work, 2011's Like Crazy, with Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, explored the flourishing of young love and the tolls of long-distance relationships, so you know where this is headed as soon as you see Nicholas Hoult's piercing blue eyes take notice of Kristen Stewart's quivering hands. Yes, I'm talking about the steamiest small-space make-out sessions since Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano in that boiler room.Okay, I just rewatched those make-out sessions from My So Called Life, and they really weren't that erotic, or that plentiful — 1994 network television, go figure — but the tension was real. All »
- Jada Yuan
Now that Gold Derby's Oscar experts have seen "The Danish Girl" at the Toronto or Venice Film Festivals, they don't agree on whether this year's breakout star Alicia Vikander should be campaigned in the lead or supporting categories. -Break- Dish all the Oscar races with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Clearly, she has the lead female role, portraying the loving wife of a man, played by Eddie Redmayne, who becomes one of the first people to undergo surgery to become a woman. However, it may be smarter for Focus Features to campaign her in supporting. That's been a successful strategy for other actresses who portrayed dutiful supporting wives – like Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") and Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollock"). "Like Felicity Jones, who starred opposite Redmayne last year in 'The Theory of Everything' and was nominated for lead actress, this role of Gerde carries t..." »
While one former Relativity film found new life Wednesday with a distribution deal with the Weinstein Company, another is continuing to fight in bankruptcy court for its freedom from the bankrupt studio.
The Weinstein Co. announced it would release the Natalie Portman Western “Jane Got a Gun” in the U.S. next February, after the film was pulled away from Relativity just before the company’s July 30 bankruptcy filing. But Im Global didn’t escape so easily and filed papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Wednesday saying that it should be freed from a previous distribution deal with Relativity so that it can find a new partner to release the thriller “Collide.”
Relativity has filed papers in the bankruptcy that would allow it to transfer contracts and leases to the winner of bidding for the bankrupt company in an auction set for Oct. 1. Dozens of producers and other partners are listed in the papers. »
- James Rainey
Sweet Emotion: Doremus Does Dystopia on Enjoyable, Recognizable Canvas
Emotions cannot be controlled, but they also cannot be allowed to control you. At least, that seems to be the basic tenet of the post-apocalyptic universe in the latest film from indie director Drake Doremus, Equals. A continuation of the director’s fascination with exploring the trajectories of romantic entanglements facing impossible odds of success, it is also is his most high profile project to date. But throwing it into a wider arena of dystopic cinema, the film does bear comparable similarities to plenty of other films, including a number of recent Ya forays into the realm. However, the filmmaker approaches his narrative, written by Moon (2009) scribe Nathan Parker, as an exploration of a serious, adult love story. Curiously, it lacks a certain sense of danger, foregoing genre frills and technological advances for a meditative rendering of developing intimacy.
In the »
- Nicholas Bell
Production got under way last month on Disney and LucasFilm's first Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. We've already seen the first set photos, which reveal a few actors playing Stormtroopers. Today, TMZ uncovered more photos that show some sort of massive spaceship crash, along with several dead Stormtroopers floating in shallow water. What could this all mean? We don't have a single clue, but we can spot a few of the main cast members in these images, including Felicity Jones.
The story will center on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who go on a mission to steal the Empire's plans for the original Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast that also includes Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. »
Star Wars: Episode VIII may have kicked off filming this week, but Gareth Edwards has been busy shooting his own Star Wars movie for over a month now, and TMZ have got their hands on some new spy photos from the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which show a crashed spaceship along with some deceased Stormtroopers…
See Also: Rumour: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to feature a Rogue One post-credits teaser
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Con Man) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler).
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars: Rogue One (or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story depending on which title you prefer) is already shaping up to be one of 2016's most exciting movies. Set before the events of A New Hope, it's set to follow a group who band together in order to steal the plans of the first Death Star. Now, thanks to TMZ, we have a new look at what's happening on the London set. As you can see, there's a downed spacecraft of some sort, a number of seemingly dead Stormtroopers, and even some of the main cast members, including Felicity Jones. These don't reveal much in the way of plot details of course, but they're certainly intriguing! Are you guys looking forward to Star Wars: Rogue One? Be sure to click on the link below to see even more photos from the Star Wars: Rogue One set! »
"Equals," which had its public premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the middle of a mood-appropriately rainy Sunday, was written by Nathan Parker, who was also the credited screenwriter of the Duncan Jones film "Moon." In this case, it's Drake Doremus bringing Parker's words to life, and like Jones, I think he's working at a different level than the writer. While I don't think Doremus was quite as successful as Jones, in both cases, I think the films work in spite of their scripts, not because of them. If you haven't seen "Like Crazy," you should. It's the best film Doremus has made so far, and it seem to encapsulate everything he does well. It's a pretty simple contemporary story with lovely performances from Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. Since then, both of his lead actors have headed for deep space, Yelchin onboard the ongoing voyages of the »
- Drew McWeeny
How do you feel about seeing Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black in a Star Wars movie? She’s been rumored for a role in the past (in Rogue One, which ultimately went to Felicity Jones), and now she’s one of three names on a shortlist of young women who are reportedly in contention for a primary role […]
The post ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Shortlist Features Three Talented Young Women [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Followers of the Chinese calendar will be aware that 2016 is the year of Felicity Jones (not strictly true, but you take the point). She has parlayed her Oscar nomination for The Theory Of Everything into lead roles in two of the biggest franchises in the known universe: she stars alongside Tom Hanks in an adaptation of Dan Brown's Dante–juggling Inferno, and heads a mission to steal the Death Star plans in a certain Star Wars Story name of Rogue One. In the meantime, in the interest of keeping in with Felicity, we would like to draw your intention to a really good short film she has made entitled Emily. In striking contrast to the blockbusters to come, the London-set film is a highly personal drama (so no Tie fighters) about a brief encounter between lonely strangers offering the chance to act out their sexual fantasies. Christopher Eccleston plays opposite Jones. »
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