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The studio is keeping details about Cromwell’s character information under wraps. “Jurassic World” generated $1.67 billion worldwide in 2015 — the fourth-best grosser of all time, trailing only “Avatar,” “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Summer Box Office is Second Biggest in History Thanks to ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Avengers’
Cromwell joins Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who are reprising their roles, along with Toby Jones and Justice Smith. Shooting begins next month with “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona helming.
- Dave McNary
After all, it was only yesterday when we brought you the news that Universal’s monstrous sequel was gearing up to enter production in earnest, after series veteran Frank Marshall Tweeted out a brief status update from his HQ in London. The English capital will prove to be one of three major filming locations for Jurassic World 2, given Universal has also earmarked Wales and Hawaii, which is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Aaa Hollywood productions.
In light of today’s last-minute coup, Cromwell, whose role is total mystery at the time of writing, now joins franchise mascots Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard – sans high heels – Rafe Spall, Sherlock‘s Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda and The Get Down breakout Justice Smith. »
- Michael Briers
Berenice Bejo, the Oscar-nominated actress of “The Artist,” is set to star in “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” an adventure-fantasy film directed by “Starbuck” helmer Ken Scott. TF1 Studio is selling the film.
One of the most ambitious English-language titles on the slate of the recently rebranded TF1 Studios, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” will also topline Indian star Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Laurent Lafitte, and Abel Jafri.
“The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” was initially set to be directed by “Persepolis” helmer Marjane Satrapi. Scott came on board a few months ago to rework the script and direct the movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting in May in Mumbai, Paris, Brussels, and Rome.
The pic is based on Romain Puértolas’ bestselling debut novel, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages. »
- Elsa Keslassy
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Jean Dujardin has moved from Wme to CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
As the silent screen idol in 2011’s The Artist, he became the first French actor to win the Academy Award for best leading actor, to go with similar accolades from the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Independent Spirit Awards and the Cannes Film Festival.
Since then, Dujardin has appeared in Hollywood movies The Wolf of Wall Street and The Monuments Men, as well as several films from his native France, including Up for Love, Un + Une and The Connection »
- Rebecca Sun
Paris — Box office for French film exports plunged 63% last year, compared to 2015, to €230 million ($240.4 million) off 34 million ticket sales, down 69%, as no new English-language French movie caught fire in either the U.S. or China, according to provisional 2016 figures announced by French export org UniFrance Friday.
For lack of a big new entry, “The Little Prince,” the No. 2 best theatrical performer outside France in 2015, ranked No. 1 in 2016. Underperforming in the U.S., EuropaCorp scare-fest “Shut In” was still France’s second-best performer in 2016.
Marking the weakest performance by French films’ outside France this century, the box office nosedive can be put down to the fact that Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp’s saw no big hit last year. Indeed, not since 2000 had French films punched less than 40 million admissions at the international box office. “We have become accustomed to the exceptional- films like ‘Lucy’ and ‘Taken’ making 20 million-30 million admissions,” and that is not normal, »
- John Hopewell
Paris — Dany Boon’s “R.A.I.D. Special Unit,” Romain Duris-starrer “The Confession,” and Omar Sy’s “Two Is a Family” will screen at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.
The 2017 edition, which runs Jan. 12-16 at Paris’ Intercontinental Hotel, acts as a sales platform for France’s more commercial movies, many of which will hit theaters in the first part of 2017. The Paris Rendez-Vous also features some notable debuts and arthouse standouts, and highlights trends, talents and challenges in Europe’s biggest movie industry-cum-arthouse-crossover export hub.
Here are 10 things you should know about this year’s edition:
1. Boon, Sy, Reno, And Duris
Boon directs the Pathe-sold “R.A.I.D,” where he plays a misogynistic elite police operative paired with a klutzy female recruit (Alice Pol). 2014’s “Superchondriac,” Boon’s latest movie as a director, earned about $36 million in France, »
- John Hopewell
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