EXCLUSIVE: Abbie Cornish has been cast in the female lead role of Betty in Fellini Black And White. Betty is the beautiful veterinarian that Fellini falls in love with when he comes to Los Angeles for the Oscars in 1957 and wins Best Picture for Nights Of Cabiria. The Henry Bromell-directed film also stars William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Peter Dinklage, Brazilian star Wagner Moura, who’ll play the iconic director, and Nina Arianda, who signed on recently to play Italian film star Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife. Andrew Lazar is producer and Bromell wrote the script.
Cornish next stars in Robocop, playing the wife of the title character (Joel Kinnaman). She also plays a supporting role in Martin McDonagh’s The Seven Psychopaths. She’s repped by WME and Untitled.
MGM is moving quickly on its Robocop remake. Abbie Cornish has been offered the female lead in the Jose Padilha-directed remake of the Paul Verhoeven-directed original. The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman has been set to play the title character, a cop who, near death, is turned into an indestructible crime-fighting force, and then begins to remember his past life. Cornish has been offered the role of his wife, who thinks she is a widow. Samuel L. Jackson is also reportedly in talks to join the cast. Cornish will next be seen in The Seven Psychopaths and just appeared in the Dave Riker-directed The Girl, which bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival. She’s repped by WME and Untitled.
Brendan Gleeson and Abbie Cornish will star in An Ordinary Man, with Brad Silberling directing his script. The drama revolves around the relationship between a war criminal in hiding and his maid, who becomes his only human contact. Shooting will begin this fall, and Radiant Films International president and CEO Mimi Steinbauer will sell at Cannes. Silberling is producing with Chris Miller, James Burke and Michael Richter, with David Lonner exec producing. Pic will shoot in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Tribeca Film Festival, which opens tonight with Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement in New York City, has never had the reputation of being a launching pad for films with much awards or Oscar potential, and with good reason. Coming in mid-April a few weeks after the Oscars and a month before Cannes, it is sort of a no-man’s land in terms of positioning movies with Oscar dreams. Yes, there have been a couple of exceptions but mostly in the documentary area. Taxi To The Dark Side premiered at Tribeca and eventually went on to win the 2007 Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Last year’s fest debuted two docs, Bully and Jiro Dreams Of Sushi that are both enjoying some current boxoffice success and have Oscar potential in the doc category. Transamerica which garnered a Best Actress nod for Felicity Huffman debuted at the fest in 2005.
But Tribeca isn’t likely the first place producers of narrative films go when looking for a high-profile awards launchpad. That hasn’t stopped Goldcrest Films and producer Paul Mezey who will debut their new indie drama, The Girl which stars Abbie Cornish, on Friday night. With Strategy PR firm (led by Oscar maven Cynthia Swartz) behind them, they are hoping to make a big impact with a small film, secure a good distributor and set up a late Fall release that would also include an Oscar campaign for Cornish who delivers her most challenging performance to date and is … Read More »
WME has signed Australian actress Abbie Cornish, who began taking meetings with the major agencies over the past two weeks. Cornish just finished filming Seven Pychopaths, directed by Martin McDonagh with Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson. Cornish will next appear in the indie film The Girl, and currently stars in the Madonna-directed W.E. She previously starred in Jane Campion’s critically-acclaimed Bright Star, and The Golden Age. Cornish is managed by Michael Lazo at Untitled Entertainment. WME already bolstered its actress ranks today by signing Dakota and Elle Fanning.
Presenting the Weinstein Company’s first official trailer for Madonna’s W.E. She directed and co-wrote with Alek Keshisian the drama about the historic romance between Wallis Simpson and Britain’s Prince Edward which is intertwined with a contemporary love story. It stars Abbie Cornish, Richard Coyle, James D’Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Annabelle Wallis and Andrea Riseborough. W.E. opens December 9 in New York and Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Wilson is in negotiations to play the female lead in Disney’s Lone Ranger, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film that stars Armie Hammer as the Masked Man and Johnny Depp as Tonto. Details of her role are sketchy, but it is the female lead whose name is Rebecca. The film has a Dec. 21, 2012 release date. Gore Verbinski is directing. Wilson, a UK actress, had been in the mix for the role along with Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) and Abbie Cornish (Limitless). She has had a standout TV career across the pond, starring in the acclaimed 2006 Masterpiece Theatre miniseries Jane Eyre (she was nominated for a Golden Globe) and most recently on the BBC’s Luther opposite Idris Elba.
Despite the laughable claim of exclusivity just now by another outlet, I can report that Deadline’s March 19 scoop about Oliver Stone’s Savages heading to Universal is getting closer, but it’s not closed yet. They are now in exclusive negotiations, but they are still ironing out details. Still, as Deadline told you, Universal will be the distributor when all is done. Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio Del Toro are set to star in the adaptation of the Don Winslow bestseller, with a script by Shane Salerno and the author. Salma Hayek is also in talks. Two other studios had been in discussions.
Johnson and Kitsch are set to play Ben and Chon, two best friends who are growers of primo pot in Laguna and who share an unusual relationship with a trippy beauty named O. Not only are they all best friends, she has been lovers with each guy. Their lucrative zen existence is interrupted by a visit from the drug enforcer Lado (Del Toro) who tells them they will have to work for his boss, a Mexican cartel matriarch (the role Hayek is in talks to play). When they refuse, O is kidnapped, the growers are forced to come up with an outrageous ransom which they accumulate by ripping off the matriarch holding their friend hostage.
Stone is right now testing actresses to play O, the role that was going to be played by Jennifer Lawrence … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Director Baz Luhrmann is expanding his search for Daisy Buchanan as he moves closer to committing to The Great Gatsby as his next film. Deadline revealed recently that Luhrmann did a workshop of the screenplay he wrote with Craig Pearce, with Leonardo DiCaprio reading Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire reading Nick Carraway, and The Town‘s Rebecca Hall reading Daisy Buchanan. Luhrmann wants those guys to star, but he’s casting a wider net on Daisy. I’m told that Hall is in the running, but that he’s got a bunch of actresses and wants to see how they read with DiCaprio. Luhrmann likes to work shop his scripts, and this should play out over the next two weeks, in New York. This might be hard for some of the actresses, who are shooting movies abroad. Among the names I’ve heard on Baz’s list: Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson. Aside from those names, I’ve heard that Luhrmann is also sweet on Natalie Portman, the … Read More »
20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott have just about completed meetings with actresses to find the Ripley-like heroine for the 3D Alien prequel. I’m told that, so far, Scott’s favorite is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace. The other names being whispered range from Carey Mulligan to Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman and Tron: Legacy star Olivia Wilde, the latter of whom met this week. Deadline revealed early this month that Rapace — who got the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2 – was a possibility for Alien. Now, the studio will be heavily involved in the ultimate decision, and I’m told that Rapace’s English is a consideration. Stay tuned.