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I became a huge Jeffrey Wright fan the second I saw him in the film The Manchurian Candidate. While his role as a fallen soldier who was subjected to brain manipulation wasn’t a huge role, his character still had an impact on me. After that I saw him in Broken Flowers where again, he wasn’t the lead or had a tremendous part, but I just remembered him. Even in the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close his part lasted all of five minutes but I can remember it as clear as day. The point I’m making is that Jeffrey Wright
- Nat Berman
Stephen Daldry is developing a movie to direct for Working Title about refugee Yusra Mardini, the teenage swimmer who fled Syria and competed in last year’s Olympic Games.
Mardini, who’s now 18, and her sister Sarah left their hometown in 2015 after their house was destroyed in the Syrian Civil War. After reaching Turkey, they arranged to be smuggled into Greece by a boat, which began sinking after the motor stopped working. Mardini, her sister and two other people who were able to swim pushed the boat, which contained 14 other refugees, for more than three hours until it reached the island of Lesbos.
The women eventually settled in Berlin. Ysura was a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team and competed in the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly.
- Dave McNary
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