Sam Claflin cast in Charlie’s Angels

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. T…

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. This will not be the first collaboration between Claflin and the Pitch Perfect star, as the pair previously worked together on three of the four films from The Hunger Games film series, and Elizabeth was delighted to have her former co-star on board.

“Welcome @samclaflin (heart eye emoji) #EffieApproves,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (02Oct18), referring to her Hunger Games character Effie Trinket.

News of the 32-year-old’s casting was first reported by Variety, though the publication shared no details regarding the specific role he is taking on. Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou and Luis Gerardo Mendez have also bagged parts in the movie, which is scheduled for release in September 2019 by Columbia Pictures.

The Charlie’s Angels script comes courtesy of Banks and British screenwriter Jay Bassu – who has recently written the screenplay of Claire Foy’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web which hits cinemas in November (18). Their story is based on an earlier version by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas, and will reportedly focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie, following the Charles Townsend Detective Agency’s global expansion, meaning the organisation now provides security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients.

Claflin recently played one half of a couple stranded in the Pacific Ocean in Adrift, starring opposite Shailene Woodley, and also landed a role in Australian period thriller The Nightingale. His other projects currently in post-production include British crime thriller The Corrupted with Timothy Spall and Hugh Bonneville, while he is also lending his voice to animated picture Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs.

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Sam Claflin heaps praise on ‘loveable’ Shailene Woodley

Sam Claflin found it easy to act in love with his Adrift co-star Shailene Woodley.Adrift recounts the true tale of sailors Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who set off on a sea voyage that ended with them sailing into the eye of a hurricane.Director Balt…

Sam Claflin found it easy to act in love with his Adrift co-star Shailene Woodley.

Adrift recounts the true tale of sailors Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who set off on a sea voyage that ended with them sailing into the eye of a hurricane.

Director Baltasar Kormakur, whose previous movies include Everest and The Deep, is known for shooting on location wherever possible, so Sam, Shailene and the rest of the crew spent a lot of time on the open sea.

“There was such an ease and a comfort between us and an immediate warmth. Because we shot 90 per cent of this on the ocean and felt everything, there was very little acting required,” Sam said, reports Cover Media.

“When you genuinely care for someone, and I did for Shailene, it’s hard not to get to know them – you’re forced to as you’re on top of each other for three months. You have to like them – but it wasn’t hard to care for her, and it wasn’t hard to cry or feel when she was crying. I find it easy to pretend to be in love with someone who is easily loveable.”

American actress Shailene has been just as complimentary about her English co-star, recently telling E! News that the pair laughed and cried a lot together, while praising Sam’s positive attitude.

“This whole process was as beautiful as it was taxing, but every time that he would show up with a big smile on his face and not complain at hour 16, or not complain when we were seasick, or not complain when something went awry, not only did it inspire me but it inspired the whole crew to stand up and work harder,” she smiled.

Adrift is in cinemas now.

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Baltasar Kormakur wants Adrift audience to fear shark attack

Director Baltasar Kormakur has added suspense to his new movie Adrift by including shots designed to make audiences fearful of a shark attack. The Icelandic director’s film tells the real-life story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, two lovers who fin…

Director Baltasar Kormakur has added suspense to his new movie Adrift by including shots designed to make audiences fearful of a shark attack.

The Icelandic director’s film tells the real-life story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, two lovers who find themselves adrift in the Pacific Ocean after their sailing boat is struck by a hurricane.

Kormakur, who was once a competitive sailor himself, was determined to stay true to the story, but included shots that implied Tami and Richard might be attacked to recreate the fear of being out in the open ocean.

“Throwing a shark into the story, for example, would have no integrity because there wasn’t a shark in the story,” he said at a Q&A following a screening of the film in London. “Making you feel like there might be a shark around, is still in the framework for me, because that’s what you feel when you get in the ocean – what is underneath you?”

The film stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as the main characters, and the real-life Tami visited the set to check on cast and crew. At one point, she even burst into tears as Claflin’s portrayal of Richard, as he was so convincing.

“She says I embodied him in a way I didn’t realise I could,” the actor explained. “And all have said there are a lot of similarities. All I wanted to do was embody an essence of him, and knowing that we did that, and we had her blessing and that she was there and thought we were doing a good job.”

The 32-year-old added that portraying Richard and Tami’s relationship was made easier by his friendship with Woodley.

“When you genuinely care for someone, and I did for Shailene, it’s hard not to get to know them – you’re forced to as you’re on top of each other for three months,” he said. “You have to like them – but wasn’t hard to care for her, and it wasn’t hard to cry or feel when she was crying. I find it easy to pretend to be in love with someone who is easily lovable.”

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Seasick Sam Claflin: ‘Sailing is not for me’

Sam Claflin has decided sailing isn’t for him after throwing up while filming his new movie on the open ocean.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor stars alongside Shailene Woodley in Adrift, which tells the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Shar…

Sam Claflin has decided sailing isn’t for him after throwing up while filming his new movie on the open ocean.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor stars alongside Shailene Woodley in Adrift, which tells the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, a couple who had to fight for their lives after sailing into a hurricane while traversing the Pacific Ocean.

Sam had to go on a restrictive diet to slim down for the role, and admits he soon discovered that it was a bad idea to head out to sea on an empty stomach.

“I quickly realised that it (sailing) wasn’t for me,” the seasick actor said at a Q&A session following a screening of the movie in London.

“I wasn’t eating very much and I’d set out with three or four coffees first thing in the morning with no food and apparently that’s a recipe for disaster on a boat. Shailene was literally rubbing my back as I was puking out of the boat.”

The film’s director Baltasar Kormakur was a competitive sailor in his youth, but the rest of his cast and crew struggled with shooting at sea – despite the gorgeous surroundings of the South Pacific.

“Day one on the open ocean we were all taking selfies, thinking wow we’re all in Fiji on the back of a yacht, this is dreamy, we can watch the sunrise – it was amazing,” the 31-year-old recalled. “About an hour or two hours into the day the first crew member emerged from beneath the decks and was looking pale as a ghost and beyond him there was another twelve people hurling.”

Explaining how being at sea had taken its toll on almost all the crew, he added: “Everyone bar Baltasar and Bob Richardson, the cinematographer, threw up.”

Adrift is in cinemas now.

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Shailene Woodley nearly starved on strict Adrift diet

Actress Shailene Woodley ate no more than 350 calories per day while shooting her new survival drama Adrift.The star shot much of the movie at sea and admits the filming experience was tough on her body, because her seasickness was amplified by her sho…

Actress Shailene Woodley ate no more than 350 calories per day while shooting her new survival drama Adrift.

The star shot much of the movie at sea and admits the filming experience was tough on her body, because her seasickness was amplified by her shockingly low-fat diet.

“I can’t sleep when I’m hungry, so I would have a glass of wine (every night) to basically pass the f**k out,” she tells U.K. newspaper The Times. “For the last two weeks (of the shoot) I had a can of salmon, some steamed broccoli and two egg yolks every day.”

Shailene plays Tami Oldham in the true life story of her 41-day survival at sea in 1983 with then-fiance Richard Sharp, portrayed by Sam Claflin, and reveals she leaned heavily on her co-star to cope with the challenges of the intense film shoot.

“I don’t know that I could do it without Sam,” she confessed. “We both really were there for one another in our moments of extreme exhaustion and hunger.”

Woodley previously revealed she and Claflin bonded with the rest of the Adrift crew as filming became a physical hardship, admitting many scenes didn’t require an awful lot of acting: “What the audience sees in that scene (when a hurricane is approaching) is a look of nervousness, but it’s really Sam and I trying not puke when the cameras are rolling,” she told USA Today. “It’s like, ‘Keep it together’. That’s pure anxiety.”

“When you’re stuck on a boat with 15 people every single day, you’re all dealing with things like the toilets breaking and everyone just having to jump in the ocean to use the bathroom,” Shailene added. “There’s a lot of discomfort, there’s a lot of bodily smells. And a lot of humour. That’s the glue that keeps everyone together.”

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Sam Claflin overhauled diet and fitness regime for Adrift role

Sam Claflin had to train twice a day when he landed in Fiji to prepare for sea drama Adrift.Sam stars opposite Shailene Woodley in Baltasar Kormakur’s new feature, based on the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who, in 1983, sailed into the …

Sam Claflin had to train twice a day when he landed in Fiji to prepare for sea drama Adrift.

Sam stars opposite Shailene Woodley in Baltasar Kormakur’s new feature, based on the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who, in 1983, sailed into the eye of one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

The slim actor was required to look increasingly gaunt for his Adrift scenes, and accordingly, had to quickly shed the pounds he’d recently put on while shooting period thriller The Nightingale.

“Baltasar basically told me I was fat,” Sam smiled to British newspaper Metro. “And I was fat – for me. I was not ready for the world to see me like that so I knew the minute I got to Fiji I was going on a diet and training twice a day. I have done it before so I knew I could do it. I am very disciplined and determined but I don’t enjoy the gym.”

Sam, who has showed off a buff physique in films such as Love, Rosie and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, admitted in a Q&A following a screening of Adrift in London earlier this week (beg25Jun18), that he went on a crash diet as soon as he arrived in Fiji, where the majority of the film was shot.

However, his restricted eating plan led to trouble as cameras began rolling.

“I was on a crash diet from the second I got to Fiji… I arrived in Fiji fat, out of shape, knowing where I needed to get to at the end of this movie,” he said. “So, I wasn’t eating very much and I’d set out and had about three or four coffees first thing in the morning with no food and apparently that’s a recipe for disaster on a boat. Shailene was literally rubbing my back as I was puking over the back.”

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Shailene Woodley insisted Adrift director join her in cliff jump stunt

Shailene Woodley once demanded her Adrift director Baltasar Kormakur perform a cliff jump stunt with her. In the film, Shailene and Sam Claflin take on the roles of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, a couple who meet and fall in love while travelling i…

Shailene Woodley once demanded her Adrift director Baltasar Kormakur perform a cliff jump stunt with her.

In the film, Shailene and Sam Claflin take on the roles of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, a couple who meet and fall in love while travelling in the South Pacific – but must fight for their lives when their sailing boat is caught in a hurricane and cast adrift.

Baltasar pushed the pair hard on set as the majority of scenes were filmed in the open sea, but the Divergent actress got her own back by demanding he complete one of their stunts, a jump from rocky outcrop into a river, himself.

Speaking about shooting the scene at a Q&A following a screening of the film in London on Monday (25Jun18), Sam and Baltasar explained that both cast and crew had made the leap – with the filmmaker revealing his leading lady demanded he do it too.

“That was only because of Shailene…Shailene insisted on having me jump,” he said, adding that he landed “right on top” of her and feared he might “break” her.

Baltasar then explained that filming the sequence was a logistical nightmare, as the initial part of the river he had chosen was too shallow due to lack of rain – meaning cast and crew had to trek for hours upstream with their equipment to find a better spot.

Despite admitting that working with the Everest director is very different to being pampered on a traditional set, Sam also described the experience as the “adventure of a lifetime” and shared that it was something of a struggle to look scared while jumping into the river – as he was enjoying himself so much.

“For me, the hardest part for me was pretending I was scared because I was so excited – especially when I watched Shailene do it and survive,” he said.

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Shailene Woodley only works with directors who are ‘good humans’

Shailene Woodley has a “no jerks policy” when it comes to her career.The actress can currently be seen opposite Sam Claflin in Adrift, which recounts the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s fight for survival after sailing into a hurric…

Shailene Woodley has a “no jerks policy” when it comes to her career.

The actress can currently be seen opposite Sam Claflin in Adrift, which recounts the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s fight for survival after sailing into a hurricane.

For the film, Shailene, who grew up around water, was required to cliff dive, something she had no problem with.

And during a chat with Vulture, when the 26-year-old was asked if acting is similar to jumping off a cliff, Shailene mused: “It can be, but it doesn’t feel scary. It doesn’t feel like you’re jumping off of a cliff into a rabbit hole. It feels like you’re jumping off of a cliff into a lake, into something that you know you’re going to be supported by.

“For me, I do a lot of cross-referencing before I say yes to a project — or before I chase after a project. You want to make sure the script is in a good place, you want to know that the director is a good human. Regardless of how talented anyone is, I think it’s important to have a ‘No jerks’ policy. To work with actors who are inspired to be actors, and who love what they do. So that when you jump off the cliff, you have an idea that it’s going to hold certain truths regardless of what the external environment provides.”

As well as the Adrift, the actress is also working on the second season of Big Little Lies, and animated movie Arkie, in which she voices the lead character.

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Shailene Woodley bonded with Adrift castmates by vomiting profusely

Shailene Woodley became instantly intimate with her Adrift co-star Sam Claflin as they battled seasickness on the set of the new movie.The stars, who play newly-engaged lovers in the true life story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s 41-day survival at…

Shailene Woodley became instantly intimate with her Adrift co-star Sam Claflin as they battled seasickness on the set of the new movie.

The stars, who play newly-engaged lovers in the true life story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s 41-day survival at sea in 1983, knew the five-week sailboat shoot off the coast of Fiji would be rough, but the actors had no idea what they were really in for until they arrived on the bobbing vessel for the first day of filming.

“What the audience sees in that scene (when a hurricane is approaching) is a look of nervousness, but it’s really Sam and I trying not puke when the cameras are rolling,” Shailene tells USA Today. “It’s like, ‘Keep it together’. That’s pure anxiety.”

“It’s the best ice-breaker!” Sam adds of the horrible seasickness cast and crew endured on set. “And the stench of vomit started creeping up on deck. Pretty much everybody threw up at least once.”

The bonding between the Adrift colleagues on location only grew stronger as everyone started to lose control of their bodily functions.

“When you’re stuck on a boat with 15 people every single day, you’re all dealing with things like the toilets breaking and everyone just having to jump in the ocean to use the bathroom,” Shailene explains. “There’s a lot of discomfort, there’s a lot of bodily smells. And a lot of humour. That’s the glue that keeps everyone together.”

In hindsight, Shailene appreciates the gruelling conditions, admitting the discomfort helped improve performances. In one scene her starving character discovers peanut butter and the real-life hunger she and Sam shared amplified the authenticity of the moment.

“We were both so bloody hungry. The fact that we got to eat just pure salty fat in the form of peanut butter was heaven on earth,” she recalls. “It made that scene very authentic.”

“(It was a tough start but) good preparation, immediately putting us on our toes, knowing what kind of resiliency we needed to harness,” she adds.

Adrift sets sail for U.S. theatres on Friday (01Jun18).

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Sam Claflin spent three months away from family while filming Adrift

Sam Claflin spent three months away from his family while filming Adrift because medical reasons kept his wife and son away from the set. The Hunger Games star’s wife Laura Haddock was pregnant with the couple’s second child at the time and decided ag…

Sam Claflin spent three months away from his family while filming Adrift because medical reasons kept his wife and son away from the set.

The Hunger Games star’s wife Laura Haddock was pregnant with the couple’s second child at the time and decided against joining her husband in Fiji because of the risk of contracting the Zika virus, which causes birth defects.

“My wife was pregnant at the time and Zika virus is in Fiji. It’s not a huge outbreak, but still you don’t want to risk it,” he tells Us Weekly magazine. “So my wife and little boy couldn’t come out to Fiji. I had three months on my own.”

However, Sam was able to fill his time with his co-stars, who he grew close to.

“Everyone was away from their homes and families,” he says. “There was an immediate bond and connection because we were all suffering together. We enjoyed our time as best we could. I definitely rang home though and spoke to my family as much as I could, on a daily basis!”

Adrift is based on the true story of a woman struggling to survive at sea after a sailing trip to Tahiti goes awry. The story shifts between her romance with her fiance and her efforts to keep him alive following a storm.

Shailene Woodley plays the fiancee of Sam’s character in the movie and he explains he quickly developed a close bond with the actress, which made their acting in the film easy.

“She and I really hit it off from the beginning,” he adds. “There was no trying to get along. The chemistry was there for nothing. She’s someone I genuinely care about, someone who I’m excited about. She’s so young, and yet, has so much going for her.”

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