Another trailer for “Return to Sender” has been released. It mostly has the same footage that we’ve seen in the previous trailer but there are a few new scenes in there so be sure to check it out.
Rosamund Pike is in talks to board David Oyelowo’s passion project A United Kingdom, Deadline has learned. No deal has been done yet and there are still details to iron out but there is strong interest from both sides to make this work.
A United Kingdom, which Pathe is financing, tells the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who caused an international stir when he married Ruth Williams, a white woman from London in the 1940’s. The much-in-demand Pike would play the role of the royal’s wife-to-be should the deal close. The interracial union was opposed by both their families, as well as the British government, the Tribal elders of Botswana and the apartheid government of South Africa. The couple would not be denied, overcoming huge obstacles to be together, including exile and the abdication of the throne. Their son, Ian Khama, is currently the democratically elected president of Botswana and the family is cooperating with the project.
Oyelowo is producing with Rick McCallum, Brunson Green, Justin Moore Lewy and Charlie Mason. The race is on now to find a director who can get cameras rolling by the year’s end. The script is written by Guy Hibbert, whose credits include Omagh and most recently Drone drama Eye in the Sky. Hibbert is also exec producing with Pathe’s Cameron McCracken.
Oyelowo won critical raves for his performance as Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s Selma. He is currently filming Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe opposite Lupita Nyong’o (12 Days a Slave).
Pike is repped by United Agents in the UK and CAA in the U.S.
U.S. Rights have to the thriller Return to Sender, which stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Nick Nolte, has been nabbed by Image Entertainment. Pike stars as Miranda, a small town nurse who gets attacked during a home invasion by a mysterious stranger (Shiloh Fernandez). Following his arrest, Miranda starts to regularly visit him in jail and build a relationship with her attacker. The film, which will be released sometime end of year 2015, was directed by Fouad Mikati from a script co-written by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett. The ensemble cast also includes Camryn Manheim (The Practice) and Rumer Willis. Mark Ward, RLJ’s Entertainment’s chief acquisitions officer who negotiated the deal.
The project is being produced by Holly Wiersma (Dallas Buyers Club) and Candice Abela and executive produced by Joe Gossett, J.C. Khoury and Logan Levy, the deal was negotiated by Voltage Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.
We finally got a first look at “Return to Sender” as the first trailer was released earlier this week. “Return To Sender” opens in the U.K. on May 22nd. There’s no U.S. distributor yet.
Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Mia Wasikowska (“Maps to the Stars”) and Jack Reynor (“Glassland”) are set to topline Cedric Jimenez’s “HHHH,” a WWII-set drama depicting the meteoric rise and fall of Reinhard Heydrich in Nazi Germany.
Produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende Films (“La Vie en Rose,” “The Connection”) and Simon Istolainen’s Adama Pictures (“The Brats”), “HHHH” will star Clarke as Heydrich, the highest-ranked Nazi officer who was considered to be the mastermind of the “Final Solution” and was assassinated by two resistance paratroopers (to be played by O’Connell and Reynor) in 1942.
The two paratroopers, who were Czech and Slovak-born, had been personally chosen by Winston Churchill and President of Czechoslovakia Edvard Beneš.
Pike will play Lina Heydrich, an aristocrat who was married to Heydrich and reportedly introduced her husband to the Nazi ideology. Wasikowska, meanwhile, will star as a Czech resistance fighter.
Echo Lake Entertainment and FilmNation are backing the pic. FilmNation reps international sales outside of France and the U.S. and will start shopping the project at Cannes. WME Global is handling the US deal.
Script is based on Laurent Binet’s recent Goncourt prize-winning eponymous first novel, which was adapted by David Farr, Audrey Diwan and Jimenez.
“HHHH” marks Jimenez’s follow-up to “The Connection,” the thriller starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, which was also produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende and co-written by Diwan. The Drafthouse release played at Toronto.
“‘HHHH’ is a utterly compelling story which juxtaposes two antagonist forces — the worst and the best of human nature — as did ‘The Connection’ in its depiction of Judge Michel’s heroic journey to bring down the French Connection,” Goldman told Variety. “In the first chapter, we portray Heydrich intimately and professionally, and we shed light on his darkest side; while in the second chapter, we follow the two paratroopers as they embark on a foolish yet epic mission to kill Heydrich.”
Goldman, who relocated to Los Angeles last year, said the project was meant to highlight a chapter of Nazi Germany history seldom covered in films, as well as modernize the genre thanks to the cast, script and Jimenez, a passionate up-and-coming director who proved with “The Connection” that he could provide depth and substance to complex characters.
Shooting will begin in Prague and Budapest in early August.
After attending the photocall for “What We Did on Our Holiday” yesterday in Madrid she attended the TV show El hormiguero to promote the movie some more. Photos have been added thanks to Claudia, who is the webmaster of The McDonnell Rule.
Rosamund attended a photocell for “What We Did on Our Holiday” in Madrid, Spain earlier today. The movie was released in Spain on April 17 but we are glad to see Rosamund is doing some promotion work for the movie in Spain. Massive thanks to my friend Helen, who is the webmaster of Jonathan Rhys Meyers Source, for donating some of the photos.
Edit: More photos have been added thanks to Claudia, who is the webmaster of The McDonnell Rule.