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Maggie Gyllenhaal has been acting for close to 30 years, and in that time she’s worked with an eclectic collection of top tier filmmakers: Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, Penny Marshall, Oliver Stone, and more. Now she’s been bitten by the directing bug herself, and is all set to make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of author Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter.
Today, we found out who will star in Gyllenhaal’s new movie. Oscar winner Olivia Colman is set to play the lead role, and she’ll be joined by Dakota Johnson Bad Times at the El Royale, Jessie Buckley Wild Rose, and Peter Sarsgaard Green Lantern. Get details about the story below.
Gyllenhaal is making her screenwriting debut as well as her directing debut with this movie. Variety describes the story’s plot like this: “The Lost Daughter tells the story of a college professor Colman whose own psychological trauma begins to resurface after meeting a woman Johnson and her young daughter while on summer vacation.” The book’s description on Amazon is even more detailed:
Leda is a middle-aged divorcée devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness and longing. Instead, slightly embarrassed by the sensation, she feels liberated, as if her life has become lighter, easier. She decides to take a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn. Leda encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a small, seemingly meaningless, event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family. The apparently serene tale of a woman’s pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past.
Colman has proven time and again that she’s an incredibly gifted comedic performer, but this sounds like a project that will let her once again dig into some more dramatic material.
Gyllenhaal issued a statement about the project:
“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Lost Daughter,’ I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud. And I was both disturbed and comforted by that. I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation. I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and...
U.S. streaming service BritBox is to co-produce ITV crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders starring Murder Mystery and The Alienist star Luke Evans.
The SVOD service, which is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, will take U.S. and Canadian rights to the three-part series, produced by Bodyguard producer World Productions.
Evans plays police officer Steve Wilkins in the drama, which depicts the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer and is based on true-crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Filming kicked off in January on the series, which was originally commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill and is written by In Plain Sight's Nick Stevens. The series comes from ITV-owned Bodyguard and Line of Duty producer World Productions and is produced by Hinterland's Ed Talfan for Wales-based Severn Screen.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle's Keith Allen plays John Cooper, Game of Thrones' Owen Teale plays Gerard Elias, The End of the F***ing World's Alexandria Riley stars as Jackie Richards, Requiem's Caroline Berry plays Pat Cooper, All the Money in the World's Oliver Ryan stars as Andrew Cooper and Undateable's David Fynn plays ITV News journalist Jonathan Hill.
ITV Studios will distribute with production support from the Welsh Government.
The story centers around two unsolved double murders from the 1980s that cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his team found microscopic DNA and fibers that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the '80s and '90s. The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer. Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?
It is the latest original to be added to BritBox, which also has Mum starring Lesley Manville, There She Goes starring David Tennant, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.
“With a strong cast and suspenseful writing, The Pembrokeshire Murders is a perfect combination of classic crime drama and modern storytelling that is a perfect fit for BritBox,” said BritBox President and CEO Soumya Sriraman.
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, an explosive engineer and special effects expert review some big explosions from movies like The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado and more. Plus, check out a visual effects breakdown from the award-winning HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and listen as Guy Pearce breaks down some of his most memorable roles, including Memento, Iron Man 3 and more.
First up, Vanity Fair had explosives engineer and professor Paul Worsey and special effects supervisor Tassilo Baur take a look at explosion scenes from movies to analyze them from both an engineering perspective and a filmmaking perspective. For example, did you know that shrapnel and frag are two different kinds of explosive debris used in grenades? Find out more interesting facts as they look at The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado, Batman Returns and more.
Next up, DNEG walks us through the visual effects work they did on the HBO series Chernobyl. The VFX supervisor Max Dennison guides us through some of the 550 shots they created for the series, including the design of the reactor #4 building inside and out, developing complex destruction and smoke simulations, creating CG vehicles like cars and helicopters, and animating crowds.
Finally, Guy Pearce can currently be seen in Bloodshot coming soon to VOD far ahead of the usual schedule, so he sat down with GQ to look back at some of his most memorable characters. Listen as he reminisces about starring in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, LA Confidential, The Hurt Locker, Iron Man 3, Prometheus, and more.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.
Quiz is produced by Left Bank Pictures and...