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Rosamund in talks to join “Entebbe”

Deadline is reporting that Rosamund is in talks to join “Entebbe”. Daniel Bruhl and Vincent Cassel are reportedly also in talks to join the project.

Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl and Vincent Cassel are in talks to board Jose Padilha’s Entebbe for Brit production powerhouse Working Title. Participant is also on board as producer and in negotiations to fully finance. In what is a near-perfect union of filmmaker, subject and cast, this is shaping up to be a major motion picture likely to attract plenty of interest — particularly given recent world events. Greg Burke, who wrote Yann Demange’s brilliant ’71, is penning the screenplay.

It’s the 1976 true story, when four hijackers — two Palestinian, two German — took a plane hostage and diverted it to land in Entebbe, Uganda, while they demanded the release of dozens of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian prisoners. The ticking-clock thriller follows the hijackers, hostages, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and future PM Shimon Peres trying to decide whether to negotiate or launch a raid to free the hostages, as well as the French crew led by the pilot who refused to leave when they could with the other French hostages.

Given Europe’s own summer of terror, with the wave of attacks in France and Germany — not to mention devastating attacks in Iraq, Turkey, Orlando and elsewhere — the picture is likely to have strong contemporary relevance even with its historical setting.

Padilha, who shot to prominence with his gritty police crime tale Elite Squad — which won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2007 — will bring his research-based documentary background to bear as he did so successfully in both Elite Squad films, his searing documentary Bus 174 and, of course his brilliant Pablo Escobar Netflix drama Narcos. Padilha will examine the story from multiple points of view – the German and Palestinian hijackers, the Israeli (and other nationalities) hostages, as well as Israeli officials like Peres and Rabin.

The story of the Entebbe raid and hijackings has been told before on TV and in numerous docus. Peter Finch and Charles Bronson starred in the 1976 NBC movie of the week Raid On Entebbe directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back), while a rival TV movie Victory At Entebbe was produced the same year at ABC starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. The latest project reps the first time the story will be told for the big screen by a filmmaking team at the absolute top of its game.

Pike has a number of anticipated films rolling out over the coming months including the Weinstein Company’s World War II drama-adventure HHhH opposite Jason Clark and Jack O’Connell and Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom. She also has Scott Cooper’s Hostiles opposite Christian Bale in production as well as Brad Anderson’s High Wire Act opposite Jon Hamm. She is repped by United Agents and CAA.

July 30th, 2016
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“A United Kingdom” to open London Film Festival

It is being reported that Rosamund’s film “A United Kingdom” has been selected to open the 2016 London Film Festival.

Period drama ‘A United Kingdom’, the story of a controversial romance between a white British woman and a black African royal will open this year’s London Film Festival on October 5 – kicking off 12 days of film premieres from around the world. Directed by Amma Asante (‘Belle’) and starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, the film is set in the 1940s and ’50s. But its exploration of British attitudes to race and prejudice sound particularly timely in a year when our country is battling ideas of division and hatred. The film tells the true story of the marriage between Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), a king in the southern African nation of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) who was studying to be a barrister in London, and Ruth Williams (Pike), a clerk working at the city insurance institution Lloyd’s. Both the couple’s families joined both the British and South African governments in opposing their union.

Diversity behind and in front of the camera looks set to be a theme of this year’s London Film Festival – and beyond. Not only will the festival open with a film directed by a black British woman (yes, this is something to be noted and celebrated still in 2016) and starring a black British actor (Oyelowo), but the 12-day event will also be immediately followed by Black Star, a UK-wide season from the British Film Institute that aims to celebrate ‘the range, versatility and power of black screen icons on film and TV’. We’d also be very surprised if this year’s London Film Festival didn’t include a centrepiece screening of ‘The Birth of a Nation’, Nate Parker’s story of a nineteenth-century slave uprising in the US that was an audience and critical hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January in Utah.

June 21st, 2016
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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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