American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe has been tapped as the lead in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Penned by Soo Hugh, The Visitors chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. Rabe will play Claire Bennigan, an FBI agent and single mother who is torn between work and home life. Rabe, repped by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose, will next be seen in Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice.
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EXCLUSIVE: Lily Rabe has been set to star opposite Tobey Maguire in Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice, the pic about famed but troubled American chess champion Bobby Fischer. Rabe will play Fischer’s sister Joan. Zwick, Maguire and Gail Katz are producing, and Steven Knight wrote the script. Rabe, repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment, is in the latest installment of FX’s American Horror Story and landed a role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pics as Commander Lyme.
Lily Rabe has been cast as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Lionsgate said this morning. Lyme is a past victor of an unknown Hunger Games, hailing from District 2, and is one of the leaders of the Rebellion at District 13. Rabe’s recent credits include American Horror Story.
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One more American Horror Story standout is set for the FX series’ upcoming third cycle. “So thrilled to announce Lily Rabe is onboard for American Horror Story Season Three!,” co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy wrote on Twitter last night. “So talented, love her!” Four cast members have now been confirmed for AHS 3, which will be a romance set in modern times: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Rabe. All have appeared in both previous seasons.
EXCLUSIVE: Albert Nobbs helmer Rodrigo Garcia will direct We’re Just Married, a David Rabe-scripted film. Lily Rabe will play one of the leads and she will also be a producer on the project. Rabe, best known for American Horror Story, is the daughter of David Rabe and the late Jill Clayburgh.
“I’m ecstatic to be in the Rabe business with David and Lily,” Garcia said. “This script is a perfect portrait of a highly complicated, emotionally charged, and painfully funny romantic triangle. And, like all of David Rabe’s works, it is a gift to writers and directors.”
Lynn Hendee and Robert Chartoff are producing with Lily Rabe. Hendee and Chartoff are currently co-producing the Gavin Hood-directed Ender’s Game, which stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Lily Rabe is repped by ICM Partners.
Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia’s Poverty Row Entertainment and producer Said Zahraoui have set Lily Rabe to play Mary Pickford in their untitled upcoming movie based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography “Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood.” Josh Fagin is writing the script and production will begin in early 2013. Pacino and DeLia are currently at Cannes to take meetings about financing and casting considerations for these five key people in Pickford’s life:
Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, her mother and manager Charlotte Hennessy, her friend and collaborator Frances Marion, and D.W. Griffith. Chaplin, Fairbanks and Griffith founded United Artists with Pickford.
“Julie and I noticed an intriguing quality in Lily when watching her perform on stage – something that felt so authentic and pitch-perfect,” DeLia said. “And like Lily, Mary Pickford’s inner-fabric was made up in big part by her experiences with live performance in the theatre. Eventually though Pickford figured out, all on her own, the difference between acting in front of a live audience versus acting in front of the camera. For the role, we knew that we wanted someone who embodied those same qualities and who has truly experienced that seamless crossover as an actress. Mary became known for those instincts and those same instincts were what drew us to Lily, knowing how difficult that range is to achieve. Meeting Lily really sealed the deal as not only did she already know a lot about Pickford but also, we were … Read More »
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UPDATED: Three more American Horror cast members from Season 1, regular Evan Peters and recurring Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, will return for the anthology series’ second season as regulars. They will join Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto, all playing new characters in a new setting at a East Coast institution. AHS co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy made the announcement during the show’s PaleyFest panel, held at the packed Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. “We don’t want to talk about it too much, we’re still writing, anybody could pop up at any time,” he said. He didn’t want to elaborate on the returning actors’ new characters, saying only that “everyone is playing the opposite of what they played before.” As for the second season as a whole, “The only real rule on this show is no werewolves and no vampires,” Murphy quipped. Read More »