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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Momma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me By Your Name.”

This is not Working Title’s first foray with the streaming giant. They are currently shooting Netflix’s “Tales of the City
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Momma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me By Your Name.”

This is not Working Title’s first foray with the streaming giant. They are currently shooting Netflix’s “Tales of the City
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Ben Wheatley to direct 'Rebecca' for Working Title, Netflix

Ben Wheatley to direct 'Rebecca' for Working Title, Netflix
Jane Goldman to adapt Daphne du Maurier gothic classic.

British genre auteur Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct a new version of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic classic Rebecca for Working Title and Netflix with a starry cast attached.

Lily James, who earned strong reviews for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, will star alongside Armie Hammer, who can be seen in awards season contender On The Basis Of Sex.

Jane Goldman, whose recent credits include the Kingsman series and X-Men: First Class, is handling writing duties on the time-honoured story about a young bride plagued by the ghost
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Lily James, Armie Hammer To Star In ‘Rebecca’ From Director Ben Wheatley

Lily James, Armie Hammer To Star In ‘Rebecca’ From Director Ben Wheatley
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star Lily James and Armie Hammer, who stars in the upcoming On the Basis of Sex film, have signed on as leads in Rebecca, a feature adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, romantic, gothic thriller. British director Ben Wheatley is helming the pic which is set up at Netflix and Working Title.

Kingsman series and X-Men: First Class scribe Jane Goldman penned the screenplay. It follows a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan Working Title are producing the pic with Nira Park.

James is getting back in business with Wt after starring in Baby Driver and the Oscar Best Picture-nominated film, Darkest Hour. She’s set
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Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’

  • Variety
Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in Netflix and Working Title’s “Rebecca,” directed by Ben Wheatley.

Jane Goldman is writing the screenplay, adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel of the same name. The story follows a newly married young woman who, upon arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his deceased first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce along with Nira Park. The film is expected to go into production in the spring.

James most recently starred in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and can next be seen in an untitled Danny Boyle pic. Her previous credits include “Baby Driver” alongside Ansel Elgort, “Darkest Hour,” and “Cinderella.”

Hammer will next appear in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex,
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Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix

Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in British director Ben Wheatley’s “Rebecca,” a new gothic romantic thriller for Netflix.

The film is an adaptation of English author Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic of the same name. Jane Goldman will write the screenplay.

“Rebecca” tells the story of a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious titular character, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Also Read: Armie Hammer to Join Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' Adaptation

Du Maurier’s work has been adapted for the big screen several times, most-notably when Alfred Hitchcock won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar for his version, which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

James starred earlier this year in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,
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Working Title Films to receive outstanding achievement honour at 2018 Screen Awards

Working Title Films to receive outstanding achievement honour at 2018 Screen Awards
Company is the inaugural recipient of Screen’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Film award.

Working Title Films is the inaugural recipient of Screen International’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Film award.

The award has been created to honour the achievements of a company or individual whose contributions to UK film have had a significant impact on the reputation of the industry, both locally and internationally.

It will be presented to Working Title’s co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at the Screen Awards on November 29 at The Ballroom, Southbank. Now in their ninth year, the Screen Awards recognise excellence in UK film distribution,
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‘Cats’ Cast: Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Steven McRae To Play Skimbleshanks

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Exclusive: Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title’s Cats in the role of Skimbleshanks.

In the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, Skimbleshanks is an older ginger tabby cat who considers himself very important within the tribe. His main role is to work on the mail trains traveling at nighttime, which he considers a vital contribution to the Jellicles and sings about in the song “Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat”.

McRae is the second Principal Dancer from The Royal Ballet after Francesca Hayward to join the film adaptation of the Lloyd Webber musical directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper. Hayward, as Deadline previously reported, will play a new role, Victoria, the white kitten. McRae joins a cast that includes Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellan, Idris Elba (Macavity), Judi Dench (Deuteronomy) Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley. The cast
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Film News Roundup: Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward Joins ‘Cats’ Movie

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, ballet dancer Francesca Howard is cast in “Cats,” Billy Bob Thornton and Alice Eve are getting honors, and “Chocolate Lizards” is becoming a film.

Casting

Francesca Hayward, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title’s “Cats.”

The movie is an adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats,” based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.

Hayward joined the Royal Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to principal in 2016. Some of her most prominent roles include Juliet (“Romeo and Juliet”), Alice (“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”), Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara (“The Nutcracker”), and Princess Aurora (“The Sleeping Beauty”).

Tom Hooper will direct from a script he co-wrote with Lee Hall. “Cats” will be produced by Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow “Les Misérables” producer Debra Hayward,
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Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Francesca Hayward Joins Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’

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Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Francesca Hayward Joins Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’
Francesca Hayward, the Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, has boarded Universal Pictures/Working Title’s Cats based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical.

We hear she will play a new pivotal role in the feature film version of the musical, a white kitten named Victoria, which was not in the original production. Word is also that Lloyd Webber has written a new song for Victoria.

Hayward attended The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to Principal in 2016. Some of her most prominent roles include Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Manon, Lise (La Fille mal gardée), the female Principal role in Rhapsody, Titania (The Dream), Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara (The Nutcracker) and Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty). Francesca represented The Royal Ballet at the 2012 International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize and won Best Emerging Artist (2014) and
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Anna Griffin awarded Creative England's inaugural Simon Relph Memorial Bursary (exclusive)

Griffin is a Screen Star of Tomorrow 2018.

Producer Anna Griffin has been awarded the inaugural Simon Relph Memorial Bursary of £20,000 by Creative England.

Griffin, whose credits include Matt Palmer’s Calibre and documentary Paa Joe & The Lion, was selected by a panel including producer and Number 9 films boss Stephen Woolley, Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury, Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan, producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Simon Relph’s daughter, Bella Relph.

Launched in Cannes earlier this year, the bursary was created in memory of producer Relph, who supported many new filmmakers throughout his career, including during his tenure as
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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Strikes Gold: Why The Spy Spoofs Bond Outside U.S.

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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Strikes Gold: Why The Spy Spoofs Bond Outside U.S.
Exclusive: Universal/Working Title’s Johnny English Strikes Again crossed the $100M mark at the international box office late last week and now has an offshore cume of $108.6M through Sunday. In North America this weekend, the opening was just $1.6M at a limited 554 sites, but the true domestic market on these movies is really the UK. There, the Rowan Atkinson-starrer has taken $18.2M to date. More play is ahead as the movie looks to become the biggest in the franchise overseas. It will also be the first film in the spy spoof series that gets an official theatrical release in China.

Already, this is Universal’s biggest comedy internationally of the past five years, and the biggest studio comedy of 2018 overseas (Uni also has bragging rights to five of the Top 10 studio comedies worldwide over the past five years). The Johnny English franchise itself has now grossed $431M worldwide,
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Anya Taylor-Joy to star in Jane Austen adaptation Emma

The Witch and Split star Anya Taylor-Joy has signed on for the title role in Emma, a new adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel which will mark the feature debut of music video director Autumn de Wilde.

Published in 1815, Emma tells the story of a young woman who, despite the best intentions, heedlessly meddles in people’s romantic affairs as she tries to play matchmaker.

Emma has been scripted by Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries) and will be produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, along with Graham Broadbent.

Taylor-Joy will reprise her Split role for January’s Glass and has the X-Men spinoff The New Mutants incoming next year, while she will also appear in the fifth series of the British crime drama Peaky Blinders. Her other upcoming projects include Here Are the Young Men, Weetzie Bat, and Playmobil: The Movie.

The
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Victor Garber Joins ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ In Recurring Role

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Victor Garber Joins ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ In Recurring Role
Victor Garber is set for a recurring role in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, Netflix’s 10-episode limited series revival.

Based on the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter, Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

Garber will play Sam Garland, a handsome English gentleman who spends his days reading old books to Anna (Dukakis).

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is a Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International studios production for Netflix. Working Title’s Andrew Stearn,
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Anya Taylor-Joy Will Be Jane Austen’s Emma

David Crow Oct 25, 2018

Anya Taylor-Joy, the breakout star of The Witch and Split, will star in Focus Features' new Jane Austen adaptation, Emma.

Jane Austen is having a good Thursday. After already seeing the announcement of a Clueless remake in the works, which in itself is a modernization of Emma, comes word that rising talent Anya Taylor-Joy will star in a more direct adaptation of the same novel for Focus Features. The news came late Thursday via THR, which revealed the breakout star of The Witch and Split has signed on for a production that certainly looks poised to garner a lot of attention. Produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner fresh off last year’s Baby Driver and Darkest Hour (the latter netting Gary Oldman an Oscar), and Graham Broadbent, the picture will likely get a big push.

The movie is also being directed by newcomer
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Zosia Mamet To Recur In Netflix Revival

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In her first major TV role since her co-starring turn as fan-favorite Shoshanna Shapiro on HBO’s Girls, Zosia Mamet has been cast opposite Ellen Page in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival.

Based on the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

Mamet will recur as Claire Duncan, a driven documentarian who has a burgeoning relationship with Shawna (Page) that catches them both off guard.
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Paul Webster Talks Movie Biz Upheaval, Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Radioactive’

  • Variety
In the spring of 1975, long before he became one of the U.K.’s most respected producers, Paul Webster got his first job in the film industry working as a dispatch clerk in the basement of the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill, checking celluloid reels for damage before they could be fed into the projector. For his first job, he had to inspect the reel of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Fox and His Friends.”

“I picked it out very gingerly from the can…and the middle just fell out,” he told an audience in Rome during “X Rays on the UK,” a conversation hosted by Mia in cooperation with the BFI, the British Council, and the British Embassy in Rome, and moderated by Wendy Mitchell.

“I then spent my first morning in the film industry trying to put it back together again without breaking the film or damaging it, and
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Judi Dench Joins Star-Studded ‘Cats’ Movie

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Judi Dench Joins Star-Studded ‘Cats’ Movie
Judi Dench has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title’s film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats.”

Dench was set to play Grizabella in the original West End production in 1981, but she snapped her Achilles Tendon shortly before previews began and had to withdraw from the show. The project is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.

Idris Elba joined “Cats” on Oct. 16, adding to a star-studded cast that already included Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Taylor Swift. It’s expected that Dench will portray the respected feline Old Deuteronomy in the movie. The character’s name is derived from Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Old Testament of the Bible.

Dench’s recent credits include “Victoria & Abdul,” The “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films, “Philomena,” “Skyfall,” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” She will
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Judi Dench Is Latest Addition to ‘Cats’ Cast

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Judi Dench Is Latest Addition to ‘Cats’ Cast
Judi Dench is the latest addition to the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” which will be released by Universal Pictures.

Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Idris Elba have also been cast for the film, which is set for release on December 20, 2019.

It’s a long time coming for Dench, as she was set to play Grizabella in the original 1981 West End production but had to bow out after suffering an Achilles injury shortly before previews.

Also Read: Idris Elba to Join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift in Universal's 'Cats' Adaptation

Tom Hooper is directing the film and co-writing with Lee Hall. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Hooper, as well as fellow “Les Misérables” producer Debra Hayward–who brought the idea to Working Title. Lloyd Webber will be an executive producer with Steven Spielberg and Angela Morrison.

Dench
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Judi Dench Set To Pounce On ‘Cats’

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Judi Dench Set To Pounce On ‘Cats’
Exclusive: The seven time Oscar nominee and winner of Shakespeare In Love is set to play Deuteronomy we hear in Tom Hooper’s Universal/Working Title adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

Interesting fact: Dench was originally set to play Grizabella in the original West End production in 1981, but she snapped her Achilles’ tendon shortly before previews began and had to withdraw from the show.

In the original musical, Jellicle leader, Old Deuteronomy, is played by a guy, a patriarch who by the end of the night will select a cat to be reborn into a new life on the Heaviside Layer, an annual feline tradition. Deuteronomy is a large old Cat who has lived many lives and buried “nine wives,” though that line will have to change in the film. In the musical, bad guy cat Macavity (who it was recently announced Idris Elba will play
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