Variety – Brie Larson will star in, produce, and make her directorial debut on the independent comedy “Unicorn Store.”
Other producers are David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer through their company The District, Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas. Jean-Luc De Fanti and Anne Woodward are exec producing.
Hercules Film Fund is financing the film and Rhea Films is producing.
“Unicorn Store,” written by Samantha McIntyre, centers on a woman who moves back in with her parents. She receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up.
The filmmaking team is planning to begin shooting in October. The project was first unveiled in 2012 with Miguel Arteta directing and Rebel Wilson starring.
Larson broke through with “Short Term 12” and won the best actress Academy Award earlier this year for “Room.” Her upcoming projects include Marvel’s female-centric film “Captain Marvel,” Legendary’s “Kong: Skull Island,” Lionsgate’s coming-of-age drama “The Glass Castle,” and Ben Wheatley’s crime thriller “Free Fire.”
Larson is repped by WME and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Kasidokostas-Latsis and Dougas produced Lily Tomlin’s “Grandma” for Sony Classics and Natalie Portman’s “Jane Got a Gun.”
Hercules Film Fund co-financed Tom Cruise’s “Mena,” directed by Doug Liman; Maika Monroe’s “Tau,” which is currently filming; and Robert Pattinson’s “Good Time.” The fund was set up by Kasidokostas-Latsis to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance wide release films.
Ben Wheatley’s action-thriller “Free Fire,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese, will be the closing-night film of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. The film’s director and cast, led by Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer, will be on the red carpet for the European premiere on Oct. 16 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square.
The pic’s stars are red hot: Larson won an Oscar this year for “Room” and is set to topline in “Captain Marvel”; Murphy leads the cast in cult TV show “Peaky Blinders” and appears next year in Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic “Dunkirk”; and Hammer features in Nate Parker’s soon-to-be-released “The Birth of a Nation.” Other cast members include Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor and Babou Ceesay.
“Free Fire” is set in Boston in the late ‘70s. Justine (Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Copley) and Ord (Hammer), who are selling them a stash of guns. “When shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues,” according to the press statement. Continue reading
Room Oscar-winner Brie Larson is taking the lead as Captain Marvel, marking the first time a woman will play the title character in a Marvel Studios movie.
After months of rumors, the actress, also known for her roles in Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street, and (going further back) the teen comedy Sleepover, was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con as the star of the March 2019 film.
Larson took the stage during the Marvel’s Hall H panel, joining Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige as well as the casts of Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming for a Marvel family portrait.
She later tweeted a photo of herself wearing a Marvel Studios cap to celebrate the announcement. “Call me Captain Marvel,” she wrote.
Captain Marvel has had many iterations in the comics, but when Feige announced the project in October of 2014, he confirmed immediately that this version of Captain Marvel would be a woman.
“Let me clarify,” Feige said. “Captain Marvel has gone by many names in the comics, has had many people who’ve inhabited that costume and used that power base. I want to make it very clear: This hero’s name is Carol Danvers.”
Danvers was created in 1968, appearing in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 — a Captain Marvel story — as an American security officer working alongside Captain Mar-Vell, an alien sent to study the planet Earth. She debuted as the super-powered character Ms. Marvel in the pages of Marvel Comics after her human DNA was fused with genes from the alien race known as the Kree. She went on to inherit the title of Captain Marvel in 2012.
Feige previously said this cinematic version of the character will “straddle two worlds. Her origins are very much Earthbound, but her adventures and power base come from the cosmic realm.”
The character almost appeared in a cameo at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, except… they didn’t have an actress cast in the role.
Now, if Marvel follows its previous game plans, we can look forward to her turning up onscreen in a cameo before her own movie debuts.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Wicked movie, a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical that enthralled the audience in 2003, will be released in December 2019. While the Wicked Movie cast is still to be decided, there have been numerous speculations about who will be recreating the roles of the Good Witch Glinda and the wicked witch Elphaba.
The 2003 musical was a take on the 1939 film The Wizard of OZ, which depicted the tale from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West. It is unlikely that Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will be reprising their roles in the upcoming movie. Thus, the following are few of the possible choices to take the major roles in the 2019 film.
The Broadway.com conducted a poll on what characters the readers would like Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift to play, and the role of Glinda finished fourth among the top 10 choices. Looks like a lot of people can actually imagine Swift as Glinda in the Wicked movie. And to think of it, she looks capable of capturing the spirit of the character as well. Brie Larson could also be considered for the role. Both pop stars are expected to get strong consideration when casting begins. Continue reading
Captain Marvel has been one of the most-discussed roles in some time. Not just because she’s a great character, but because she’ll be the first female Marvel superhero to have a solo movie. Fans have tossed around dozens of names for the role, and now a true front runner has emerged: Oscar winner Brie Larson.
Variety reports that Larson, who just won Best Actress for Room, is “is in early talks….It is unknown where things stand in negotiations, but sources have told Variety that Larson is the first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.”
A few months ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told io9 “[You’ll have] a filmmaker and cast by the summer. Maybe before. Maybe after. Filmmaker announcement first.”
Now it seems that may be both true and false as no director candidates have been made public, but the casting has commenced.
Though Larson recently won an Oscar, she’s still kind of an unknown quantity, which is probably why she’s the first choice over potentially dozens of other actresses. Before Room, she was probably best known for appearances in 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Then she starred in the masterful Short Term 12, truly distinguishing herself as a powerhouse lead. Recently she also filmed another big blockbuster, Kong: Skull Island.
Captain Marvel, written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, is currently scheduled for release March 2019.
EXCLUSIVE: The Beautiful Lie star Sarah Snook is in negotiations to appear in Lionsgate’s The Glass Castle, the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls.
Like the book, the film will chart Wall’s dysfunctional, impoverished upbringing in the American Southwest and its impact on her later writing career; the deal isn’t done yet, but Snook would play Walls’ sister opposite Brie Larson as Walls, with Naomi Watt and Woody Harrelson as their parents. Cretton is writing the script with Andrew Lanham and Marti Noxon; Erik Feig and Gil Netter are producing. The Glass Castle is another potential hit for Lionsgate that’s based on successful IP – the book spent 261 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list and went on to sell nearly 3 million copies.
Snook recently starred in the Old Vic production of The Master Builder alongside Ralph Feinnes, and held the lead role in ABC’s 6-part miniseries The Beautiful Lie. Other credits include Steve Jobs, The Dressmaker opposite Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, Holding The Man with Guy Pierce and Geoffrey Rush, the ABC pilot Clementine, and the Robert Heinlein adaptation Predestination with Ethan Hawke and Noah Taylor. She’s repped by UTA, Jenny Rawlings, and Shanahan Management.
Tonight, “Saturday Night Live” capped off a three-week run of new episodes with a show hosted by former cast member and “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. So, where do we go from here? The biggest thing that we need to do is wait. There is, after all, no new episode of the show until May.
So who will be the next host of the show? It’s none other than Brie Larson, who is coming off of a huge movie earlier this year in “Room” and is poised to become one of the next big box-office stars over the next few years. We’re not sure how she will fare as a host of this show, but we do like the choice given that she is someone super-current and someone who should be enthusiastic about the job.
As for the musical guest this time around, we’re talking about none other than Alicia Keys! At the moment, the “If I Ain’t Got You” singer seems to be a perfect gig from the standpoint of synergy, given that she is about to become a coach on “The Voice” next season; the show has already had on the other new host recently in Miley Cyrus, so this was an opportunity to try to bring someone else into the mix.
We do anticipate there being at least one more episode after this one, and maybe two. Who knows what is going to come up the rest of the season, but we do hope that it will be some sort of alumni appearance to help close things off.
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