“A United Kingdom” had its world premiere yesterday during the Toronto International Film Festival and the first reviews are out now. Unfortunately Rosamund skipped the premiere but below we’ve assembled a selection of quotes from the reviews. While the reviews have good things to say about Rosamund they tend to agree that the film is a bit simplistic.
“Pike’s Ruth is just a plucky, average, post-war Englishwoman until she is forced to draw on reserves of courage and intelligence to face adversity. The scene of her driving herself to a local hospital with contractions and giving birth screaming shows the stuff she’s made of.” – Hollywood Reporter
“And Pike, as a woman who doesn’t know what she’s getting into but has the inner reservoirs of strength to rise to the occasion, knows how to navigate a role that’s significantly less complex and nuanced than, say, “Gone Girl,” in the process creating a woman to root for.” – TheWrap
“As for Pike, the fact that she is tall makes her interestingly of equal height with her lead, a pleasing visual approximation of their equal partnership in this morganatic marriage. She has a great moment in their early days of their courtship when her sister Muriel (Laura Carmichael) excitedly reads the note he has just sent, inviting Ruth to a dance and saying he could get an extra ticket if she would like to take her sister too. “But I wouldn’t like to take you!” sighs Ruth in an ecstasy of romantic certainty.” – The Guardian
The first trailer for Rosamund’s film “A United Kingdom” has been released. Check it out below.
Screen captures will follow soon! Screen Captures have been added to our gallery!
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.
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.
Rosamund attended the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco earlier today. She braved the rain in a lovely black dress. The first two photos have been added to our gallery with hopefully more to follow soon.
Rosamund attended the Chelsea Flower show earlier today. She posed with several kids as well as on her own and it looked like she had a lot of fun. We’ve added photos of her during the event to our gallery.
Rosamund has attended two events in the past two weeks. On May 5 she attended the M.i.h Jeans Celebrates Their 10 Year Anniversary. On May 17 she attended The Earl and The Countess of Wessex Celebrate The National Youth Theatre 60th Anniversary. Photos of both events have been added to our gallery.
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