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“High Wire Act” Adds new cast members + moves forward with ShivHans Financing

Deadline is reporting that “High Wire Act” has added more cast members and is now moving forward with ShivHans Financing. The film is expected to begin filming next month.

Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham and Mark Pellegrino have been added to the cast of High Wire Act, the Tony Gilroy-scripted political action thriller starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Brad Anderson is directing. The latest movement on this comes as Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures (Trumbo, Captain Fantastic) has come aboard to produce and finance the pic, which now begins filming next month in Tangier.

Good Universe is handling sales rights and will rep the pic at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. CAA packaged the project and is co-repping domestic rights with WME Global.

High Wire Act‘s plot centers on a former U.S. diplomat called back into service in 1980s Beirut to save a former colleague from the group responsible for his wife’s death. ShivHans’ Rawat and Monica Levinson are joining as producers along with Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Mike Weber and Gilroy.

ShivHans has Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen playing in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, and it recently set up the Jack Black-toplined The Man Who Would Be Polka King with Permut Presentations and Red Hour Films. A July start date is planned for that one.

Norris is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment Partners, Pine by Leading Artists Inc. Whigham is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA and Pellegrino is repped by Framework Entertainment and Domain Talent.

May 6th, 2016
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“Thunderbirds Are Go!” Gets US Release Date

TVLine is reporting that “Thunderbirds Are Go!” will be released on Amazon Prime starting April 15.

The reanimated Thunderbirds are ready for takeoff.

Thunderbirds Are Go, a remake of the 1960s British television series which consists of a unique mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets, will make its Stateside debut on Amazon Prime Friday, April 15, it was announced Thursday.

Following a one-hour sneak preview entitled “Rings of Fire Parts 1 and 2,” the 13-episode Season 1 will be made available to binge in its entirety on April 22. Three additional seasons have already been ordered by Amazon (some of which have already aired across the pond).

Academy Award-nominated actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) voices Lady Penelope in an ensemble that also includes Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Phineas and Ferb) and Rasmus Hardiker (Danger Mouse).

This new take on the heroic series follows the five Tracy brothers — Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan — as they “pilot their remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space, performing impossible rescues across the globe.”

March 25th, 2016
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Rosamund joins “Hostiles”

Variety is reporting that Rosamund is in negotiations to star in “Hostiles” along with Christian Bale.

Rosamund Pike is in negotiations to co-star with Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s Western “Hostiles,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Cooper will write and direct, with Bale attached to star. Cooper will also produce with “Black Mass” producer John Lesher along with Ken Kao, who is also financing the pic through Waypoint Entertainment.

Set in 1892, “Hostiles” tells the story of a legendary Army captain (Bale) who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape and hostile Comanche tribes that they encounter along the way.

Production is set to begin in July.

Sources say Cooper was drawn to Pike after seeing her in Massive Attack’s music video “Voodoo in My Blood,” which recently caused an Internet stir.

Pike recently wrapped production on the World War II thriller “HHhH” as well as “A United Kingdom” with David Oyelowo. She is repped by CAA, United Agents and Magnolia Entertainment.

March 10th, 2016
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“A United Kingdom” sells to multiple territories

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Rosamund’s upcoming film “A United Kingdom” has sold its rights to multiple territories.

Pathe International has reported a strong Berlin film market after selling a raft of titles, including the David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike starrer A United Kingdom, to multiple territories.

A United Kingdom, directed by British director Amma Asante (Belle), has gone to Telepool for Germany, Videa for Italy, Paradiso for Benelux, Transmission for Australia/New Zealand, and Mis Label for Scandinavia. The film tells the epic love story of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), a member of the royal family in Bechuanaland, a former English colony in Africa that would become Botswana, who shocked the world when he married white British bank clerk Ruth Williams (Pike) in 1948.

Pathe also sold the film to Cinemundo for Portugal, Feelgood for Greece, Bir Film for Turkey and Gulf Film for the Middle East. Pathe will distribute A United Kingdom in the UK, France and Switzerland.

February 16th, 2016
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Rosamund no longer attached to “The Mountain Between Us”

TheWrap is reporting that Idris Elba has replaced Charlie Hunnam in “The Mountain Between Us”. The article also mentions that they are looking for a new female lead, meaning Rosamund dropped out of the project.

After tapping Michael B. Jordan to play the Human Torch in “Fantastic Four,” 20th Century Fox is embracing colorblind casting once again, as Idris Elba is in negotiations to star in adaptation of Charles Martin’s best-selling novel “The Mountains Between Us” for the studio’s Fox 2000 division, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

The story follows a male doctor and a female writer who’s engaged to be married who both survive a plane crash in the mountains. The doctor suffers broken ribs while she sustains a leg fracture, and he must use his climbing skills to get her down the mountain to safety.

Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike were previously attached to star, but since race isn’t essential to either character, Fox execs thought Elba best suited for the romantic role.

Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now”) is directing from a script by Chris Weitz, who rewrote earlier drafts by J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment are producing the movie. Fox 2000 executive Marisa Paive will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

The filmmakers continue to search for the film’s female lead, who is expected to be white, though actresses of all races are currently being considered.

February 14th, 2016
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Amazon orders 4 seasons of “Thunderbirds Are Go!”

Variety is reporting that Amazon has ordered four seasons of “Thunderbirds Are Go”, but they do not mean new seasons. They will split the first season into two 13 episodes seasons and will do the same with the second season. The second season is set to air on ITV later this year. This will however be the first time the show is available on a streaming service.

Thunderbirds are a go at Amazon Studios, which is bringing the 1960s British sci-fi teen heroes to the digital screen.

Amazon has ordered four 13-episode seasons of “Thunderbirds Are Go” from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, under a pact that includes exclusive U.S. rights. The show features the five Tracy brothers of the International Rescue squad, who go on missions spanning the globe and into outer space. The series stars Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl,” “The World’s End”), who voices agent Lady Penelope.

The first 13 episodes of the show are scheduled to debut on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. later in 2016, followed by the U.K., Germany and Austria. “Thunderbirds Are Go,” produced by ITV Studios and New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop, uses a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets. The producers say the reboot pays tribute to “the legacy of model locations” from the original series, which used marionette figures.

The original “Thunderbirds,” created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, was first broadcast on ITV in 1965 and featured the the catchphrase “Thunderbirds are go!” Last year a 26-episode first season of “Thunderbirds Are Go” aired on ITV and CITV in Britain and Australia’s Nine Network, as well as in New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands. ITV’s CITV children’s network is slated to air a second 26-episode run of “Thunderbirds Are Go” starting in late 2016. Amazon is splitting the show into four seasons of 13 segments each.

“Thunderbirds Are Go” is exec produced by Estelle Hughes (“Driver Dan’s Story Train”), Giles Ridge (“Pocoyo”), Richard Taylor (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Andrew Smith (“District 9”). The series is written by Rob Hoegee (“Generator Rex,” “Teen Titans)” and directed by David Scott (“Lego Star Wars”) and Theo Baynton (“The Wotwots”).

Voice cast of “Thunderbirds Are Go” includes David Graham, who reprises his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Inventor Brains is voiced by Kayvan Novak (“Facejacker”); Tracy brothers Alan is played by Rasmus Hardiker (“Lead Balloon”); Tracy brother John is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”).

The series is distributed internationally by ITV Studios, a unit of U.K. broadcaster ITV. “Thunderbirds Are Go” has been sold to more than 40 countries worldwide, with Australia’s public broadcaster ABC the latest to acquire the series.

February 11th, 2016
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Rosamund Circling “Guernsey”

Deadline is reporting that Rosamund is circling “Guernsey”, previously known as “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”.

Much-in-demand Brit actress Rosamund Pike is circling long-gestating project Guernsey, with Harry Potter director Mike Newell also in the mix to direct. The project, previously known by the more unwieldy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has previously attracted a string of high-profile actresses to consider the formidable lead role, including Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson. The story follows a writer, as she forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

It is based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ bestselling novel with a script by Don Roos (Marley & Me). Mitchell Kaplan and Paula Mazur are producing via their Mazur/Kaplan Company banner.

There is still a ways to go before this project gets a green light, but the script remains a perennial favorite among Brit film execs, who praise the richness of the central character. Financing is coming together for this, with a number of players potentially in the mix and kicking the tires, including StudioCanal.

Pike’s career has gone from strength to strength following her astounding turn as the sociopathic wife in David Fincher’s Gone Girl opposite Ben Affleck. The actress has A United Kingdom opposite David Oyelowo in the pipelines, about the international scandal caused by the love affair in the 1940’s between Ruth Williams and Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana. Amma Asante directs that one. Currently filming now is Cedric Jimenez WW2 drama HHhH, about a Czech plot to assassinate despotic Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. Mia Wasikowski, Jack Reynor and Jack O’Connell co-star in the film, which the Weinstein Co. has acquired for the U.S.

Pike is also attached to the Tony Gilroy-scripted High Wire Act opposite Jon Hamm, about a former U.S. diplomat who returns to service in order to save a former colleague in Beirut as well as Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy In New York opposite Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges.

Pike is repped by United Agents and CAA.

February 5th, 2016
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