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“Lady Macbeth” Actress Florence Pugh to Topline John le Carré Miniseries at AMC

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Florence Pugh is gearing up to star in another thriller about love and betrayal. Fresh from her turn as a 19th-century femme fatale in this summer’s “Lady Macbeth,” Pugh has signed on for the lead role in “The Little Drummer Girl,” an AMC miniseries based on John le Carré’s 1983 bestselling spy novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project will begin production in January.

The 1970s-set “Little Drummer Girl” will see Pugh portray Charlie, a young actress preparing to perform in the “theater of the real” amidst the growing tensions in the Middle East.

“The Handmaiden” director Park Chan-wook will helm the six-part miniseries in his television debut. Laura Hastings-Smith (“Macbeth”) will produce, and exec producers include le Carré and Mona Qureshi. No word on who will write the project..

“I read the book when it was published in the 1980s, and it’s frightening and thought-provoking to recognize how relevant the story still is today,” observed AMC programming president David Madden. “Florence Pugh is a gifted actress who will make a stunning Charlie, and Park is a filmmaker of extraordinary vision whose entry into the world of le Carré-style espionage should be irresistible.”

Le Carré’s “The Little Drummer Girl” was previously adapted into a 1984 film starring Oscar winner Diane Keaton as Charlie.

Pugh received several acting awards from film fests as well as a nod at the British Independent Film Awards for her star-making turn in “Lady Macbeth.” She played a young wife willing to do anything — including lie, cheat, and kill — to protect herself and her lover in the Alice Birch-penned film. Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and series “Marcella” are among Pugh’s other credits.

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Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult to Star in Western 'True History of the Kelly Gang'

Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult to Star in Western 'True History of the Kelly Gang'
Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult are set to star in True History of the Kelly Gang from director Justin Kurzel (Assassin's Creed, Macbeth).

Captain Fantastic actor George MacKay and Essie Davis (The Babadook) will also star in the Gothic Western, which is based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. The story chronicles Ned Kelly (MacKay), one of the world’s greatest outlaws, and the colonial badlands from which he rose.

Vikings star Travis Fimmel and Stranger Things newcomer Dacre Montgomery are also set for the feature from screenwriter Shaun Grant. Rounding out the cast is Sean Keenan, Harry Greenwood, Thomasin McKenzie and...
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Riz Ahmed to play Hamlet for Netflix

Riz Ahmed is heading over to Netflix for his next project. The Night Of and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star is in talks with Netflix for a contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet, with Deadline reporting that the Emmy-winning actor will take on the title role, with the film written by Mike Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed).

The film will take place in modern-day London amid “economic and political uncertainty, following the intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty and dynastic corruption”. Ahmed said on Twitter that he has “been developing this for years. Glad to have found a the right home for it.” Netflix will finance and distribute the film, though its not known yet if it will get a theatrical run.

Shakespeare’s original play saw Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, plotting to avenge the death of his father against his uncle, Claudius.
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Riz Ahmed in Talks to Take ‘Hamlet’ to Netflix

Fresh off an Emmy win for HBO’s “The Night Of,” Riz Ahmed will be taking on one of Shakespeare’s most famous roles. The actor is in talks to bring his adaptation of “Hamlet” to Netflix as a modern day telling of the well-known story. The version would be set in London and would hit on the uncertain political and economic climate, as well as morality, family, and corruption. He’s said to be developing the version of the character with Michael Lesslie, who wrote 2015’s “Macbeth” and “Assassin’s Creed.” Jim Wilson will produce the feature. So far, no other staffing announcements have been made, but both aforementioned films written by Lesslie were directed by Justin Kurzel, who chose Jina Jay to cast both projects. Keep an ear out for more information as it’s announced. Got a tip? Submit it to castingsleuth@backstage.com! Check out Backstage’s film audition listings!
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Riz Ahmed in Talks to Star in Netflix's 'Hamlet'

Riz Ahmed in Talks to Star in Netflix's 'Hamlet'
Riz Ahmed is in talks to star in contemporary retelling of Hamlet, which is set up at Netflix. 

Ahmed developed the story with screenwriter Mike Lesslie, who wrote 2015's Macbeth that starred Michael Fassbender. The duo, who have known each other since their days at university, have been working on the project for years. 

The adaptation is set in modern-day London, complete with economic and political uncertainty. Jim Wilson (Under the Skin) will produce.

Kenneth Branagh, Ethan Hawke and Mel Gibson are among the actors who have previously played the Danish prince onscreen, with countless others tackling the character for the stage. Recently, <a...
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Gal Gadot to Shoot WWII Thriller Ruin Before Wonder Woman 2?

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Gal Gadot to Shoot WWII Thriller Ruin Before Wonder Woman 2?
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is in talks to star in director Justin Kurzel's World War II thriller Ruin, which, if her deal is finalized, will be shot early next year, before the actress gets to work on Wonder Woman 2. Warner Bros confirmed during Comic-Con 2017 that the Wonder Woman 2 release date has been set for December 13, 2019, and with shooting on the superhero sequel not expected to happen until next summer, that gives the actress time to shoot Ruin before returning as Diana of Themyscira. Unfortunately, no details about Gal Gadot's character have been revealed at this time.

The project is set in the aftermath of World War II, and is said to be a gritty period revenge thriller in the same vein as Inglorious Basterds and Fury. The story follows a "nameless ex-Nazi captain" who wanders through the ruins of Germany following the war's end. Wanting
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Rumorville: A Pre-‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Project With Gal Gadot Might Be in the Works

Before the “Wonder Woman” sequel gears up with Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot might fit another project in during the first few months of 2018. The actor is in talks to star in “Ruin,” a post-wwii thriller. Directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, the story follows an ex-Nazi captain who hunts down the still-living members of his SS squad to absolve him of his war crimes. Kurzel, whose directorial work includes “Assassin’s Creed” and “Macbeth” has worked with casting director Jina Jay on his recent big budget projects, although no official staffing announcements have been made. Keep an ear out for casting news and more open roles in this upcoming project, which is aiming to begin production in early 2018. The “Wonder Woman” follow up is expected to shoot in summer 2018. Check out Backstage’s film audition listings!
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Gal Gadot Goes To War In ‘Ruin,’ Christian Bale Offered Role

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Director Justin Kurzel has flexed his filmmaking muscles a few different ways so far in his career. He broke out with the stomach-churning thriller “The Snowtown Murders,” delivered his atmospheric take on Shakespeare‘s “Macbeth,” and then tried his hand, rather unsuccessfully, with blockbuster fare on “Assassin’s Creed.” Now, he’s tilting back toward something smaller scale, but that once again finds the director in new territory with a war movie.

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Gal Gadot Lines Up WWII Revenge Film Before ‘Wonder Woman 2’

Gal Gadot will lead the cast of a new World War II revenge movie called Ruin before she steps into the boots of Wonder Woman for a new sequel. Deadline reports that the actress is set to join Justin Kurzel’s film, which is set to start shooting in the early part of 2018.

The trade blog reports that the movie is in the same vein of Inglorious Basterds and Fury, and revolves around a ‘nameless ex-Nazi captain navigates the ruins of post-wwii Germany. Determined to atone for his crimes during the war, he hunts down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.’

Kurzel is the man behind the recent Assassin’s Creed movie adaptation, as well as the big-screen Macbeth, both of which starred Michael Fassbender.

Gadot is also signed up to star opposite Bradley Cooper in Deeper, and will apparently shoot ‘Wonder Woman 2’ next summer.

The
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Gal Gadot adding new project before Wonder Woman 2

Simon Brew Oct 12, 2017

Assassin's Creed director Justin Kurzel and Gal Gadot are both set to bring Ruin to the big screen...

By the end of next year, Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins will be back on the set of a Wonder Woman movie, preparing Wonder Woman 2 for an end-of-2019 release. However, ahead of that, Gadot is joining forces with Assassin’s Creed and Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for a new project.

They’re making a World War II-set drama by the name of Ruin. It’s said to be a revenge thriller, penned by Ryan and Matthew Firpo.The plot sees an ex-Nazi captain in the aftermath of the war, going through Germany trying to make up in some way for his crimes. He thus goes looking for the other members of his Death Squad, to bring them to justice. Inglorious Basterds has been cited as a touchpoint.
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Gal Gadot in Talks for Post-World War II Revenge Thriller ‘Ruin’

Gal Gadot in Talks for Post-World War II Revenge Thriller ‘Ruin’
Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is in negotiations to star in the independent revenge thriller “Ruin” with “Assassin’s Creed” director Justin Kurzel attached to helm.

The project is set up at Marc Butan’s Mad River Pictures. The script is written by the team of Matthew and Ryan Firpo and centers on an ex-Nazi captain in post-World War II Germany. He seeks atonement for his crimes by tracking down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.

Gadot first appeared as Wonder Woman in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” This year’s “Wonder Woman” was a blockbuster for Warner Bros. with $821 million in worldwide box office. Gadot will be seen next as Wonder Woman in the studio’s “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17.

Gadot is due to star in “Wonder Woman 2” for Warner Bros. next year with Patty Jenkins returning to direct the sequel. The studio has already dated “Wonder Woman 2” for a
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Michael Fassbender on where the Assassin’s Creed film went wrong

Simon Brew Oct 10, 2017

The Assassin's Creed movie didn't have the hoped-for impact on audiences. Michael Fassbender has some thoughts on that...

A bit of a slog in the end, the Assassin’s Creed movie. Developed for many years, it had Michael Fassbender in the lead role, reuniting with his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel. But whilst it had moments that stayed true to the flavour of the videogame series that inspired it, it lacked much in the way of, well, entertainment.

Fassbender agrees, too. On the promotional trail for this new film, The Snowman, Fassbender told Movie ‘n’ Co that the film wasn’t perfect, and had some remedies. “I would make it more entertaining”, he said, were he to tackle the project now. “The feeling of the film, I think it took itself too seriously and I would get to the action a lot quicker. I think there’s three beginnings of the film,
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Rooney Mara drama 'Mary Magdalene' held back for next year's awards season

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Rooney Mara drama 'Mary Magdalene' held back for next year's awards season
Biblical biopic will be ready in March 2018; The Current War to debut in November.

The Weinstein Company has set a March 30, 2018, release date for Garth Davis’ upcoming Biblical drama Mary Magdalene, which means it will not be in contention in the upcoming awards season.

See-Saw Films is producing Davis’ follow-up to last season’s awards contender Lion and has collaborated with Harvey Weinstein several times, most famously on the 2010 global smash and best picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech, as well as on Lion and Macbeth.

Announcing the date on Monday, Weinstein said having Davis direct back-to-back films “was always going to be a race against time” to qualify for the upcoming awards race.

See-Saw FilmsIain Canning and Emile Sherman serve as producers alongside Animal Kingdom producer Liz Watts. Mary Magdalene stars Mara in the titular role alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The story takes place around Easter and portrays Magdalene’s relationship with Jesus
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Marshall Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall

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Marshall Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall
Open Road Films has released the first trailer and eight new photos for the upcoming biopic Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. While superhero fans will get to see this talented actor portray T'challa in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War next year, this year they'll get to see him play a real-life hero, attorney Thurgood Marshall. Before making history as the first African-American justice to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall took on one of his most important cases ever in the early 1940s.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days, a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

The supporting cast includes Dan Stevens as Lorin Willis, who prosecuted the case against Joseph Spell, James Cromwell as the judge presiding over the case, Keesha Sharp as Thurgood Marshall's wife, Buster, Rozonda Thomas as prominent African-American author Zora Neale Hurston and Jussie Smolett as author, poet and activist Langston Hughes. Open Road Films has set Marshall for release on October 13, which puts it up against Paramount Pictures' mother!, Universal Pictures' Happy Death Day and Stx Entertainment's The Foreigner. It will also debut between Blade Runner 2049 and My Little Pony on October 6, and an October 20 weekend with six wide releases, Warner Bros.' Geostorm, Sony's Granite Mountain Hotshots, PureFlix's Same Kind of Different As Me, Universal's The Snowman, Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and The Weinstein Compan's War With Grandpa.

Reginald Hudlin directs Marshall, his first feature directorial effort since 2002's Serving Sara, although he has been keeping busy in other areas, producing Django Unchained and The Boondocks, while becoming a prolific TV director, helming episodes of New Girl, Modern Family, The Middle and more. It was also announced earlier this month that Reginald Hudlin will direct a Shadowman movie for Valiant Comics. The screenplay for Marshall is a unique collaboration between renowned trial lawyer, Michael Koskoff, and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff (Macbeth). Marshall is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.

Reginald Hudlin also produces alongside Paula Wagner and Jonathan Sanger, with Peter Luo and Belton Lee serving as executive producers. While he has gained a huge fan base for playing T'challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman is also becoming quite adept at portraying historical figures. Marshall marks the third biopic for the talented actor, following his breakout performance in 42, as Jackie Robinson, the first big league baseball player to break the color barrier, and his 2014 biopic Get on Up, where he played the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Take a look at the new trailer and photos for Marshall below.

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Giveaway – Win the Alien: Covenant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD

We’ve got a copy of the Alien: Covenant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to give away on CD. Read on for details of how to enter…

The original score to Alien: Covenant was written by Australian composer Jed Kurzel (The Babadook, Macbeth). Inspired by elements of the original Alien score, Kurzel’s work invokes feelings of isolation and abject horror in the face of an unavoidable mounting catastrophe.

Alien: Covenant is a science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) which stars Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston. The film, a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus and the sixth in the Alien film series, follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they discovered the ruins of the doomed Prometheus expedition on a remote planet. The world soon reveals itself to be inhabited by dangerous creatures that force the crew into a fight for survival.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday,
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Exclusive: “She wasn’t even aware of being so good” – From the Land of the Moon director Nicole Garcia on Marion Cotillard

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Author: Stefan Pape

It’s fair to say that Marion Cotillard has never quite achieved the same level of success in Hollywood as she has back in France. With recent, somewhat uninspiring endeavours, from Macbeth to Allied to Assassin’s Creed, rarely has she been dealt a nuanced role quite like those we’ve seen her undertake in La Vie En Rose and Two Days, One Night. This a trend she has carried on, gifted with a layered character in Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon – and to mark the film’s release, we spent some time in Paris with the venerable writer and director.

“Marion is incredible in this movie and I don’t think she was even aware of being so good,” Garcia said. “In this movie it’s a new territory for her that she hasn’t explored for a while now, and there
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Soundtrack: Listen to Jed Kurzel’s Score for Ridley Scott’s New Sci-Fi Thriller

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Soundtrack: Listen to Jed Kurzel’s Score for Ridley Scott’s New Sci-Fi Thriller
Fans of the “Alien” franchise will finally get to see Ridley Scott’s latest installment,”Alien: Covenant,” this Friday, May 19. But before heading out to the movies, you can listen to the film’s soundtrack, by composer Jed Kurzel.

Read More: ‘Alien Covenant’ Review: Michael Fassbender Is a Creepy Delight, But It’s Mostly the Same Old Horror Show

In an interview with Dread Central, the Australian singer/composer spoke about the combination of organic and synthetic sounds present in all of the “Alien” movies. “It definitely provided a jumping off point for me,” the composer said. “When I first met Ridley, we talked a lot about these organic-sounding instruments being corrupted either by foreign sounds or from within themselves. Even within the more lush orchestral pieces there are elements suggesting a threatening presence, like breaths and pulses. Ridley was a big fan of the BBC Radiophonic show from the 60’s.
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Charlie Hunnam interview - King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Rob Leane May 17, 2017

Charlie Hunnam chats to us about his journey from shoe shop to Arthurian legend, via Byker Grove, Guillermo del Toro and Guy Ritchie...

As I awkwardly shambled into a fancy London hotel room to interview Charlie Hunnam, I had no clue what to expect from the man. The British born actor has played hard nuts on several occasions, across projects such as Green Street and Sons Of Anarchy. His latest role, a rough and ready rendition of King Arthur for Snatch’s Guy Ritchie, seems to fit in with that lot.

But Hunnam has also worked with indie darlings like Guillermo del Toro and James Gray. As well as pulling swords from stones, murdering motorbike enthusiasts and scrapping on the streets of London, he’s battled kaiju, explored strange new worlds, dabbled in period pieces, and much more. It all adds up to a very diverse CV,
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