Rooney Mara joins cast of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Rooney Mara is reuniting with her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is set to join the Australian actress and Bradley Cooper in the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gres…

Rooney Mara is reuniting with her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is set to join the Australian actress and Bradley Cooper in the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name.

The A Star Is Born actor, who was drafted in to replace Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this year, will portray con artist Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle. Carlisle will team up with Blanchett’s psychiatrist character to trick people into giving them money.

According to editors at Deadline, Mara will play Molly, Carlisle’s love interest. He meets her early on at a circus, with the pair later taking their act to Chicago.

Mara’s casting means the movie will be a reunion for her and Blanchett, who co-starred in Todd Haynes’s 2015 lesbian romance drama Carol, which earned them both Oscar nominations.

Nightmare Alley marks the Mexican filmmaker’s first directorial effort since The Shape of Water, which was named Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars.

However, he has been busy producing horrors Antlers and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as well as Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Roald Dahl classic The Witches. Del Toro is also developing his passion project, a stop-motion animation film about Pinocchio. He wrote the script for Nightmare Alley with Kim Morgan, with the narrative to be based on the novel rather than 1947 film, and production is due to begin later this year.

Most recently, the Oscar-winning director told Collider that his version will be R-rated and have “no supernatural elements”, unlike most of his films. He added it will be “the first chance I have to do a real underbelly-of-society type of movie”.

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Anne Hathaway joins Mark Ruffalo in DuPont drama

Anne Hathaway is joining Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ film about the DuPont chemical company.In November (18), it was announced that Oscar-nominated actor Ruffalo would star in the project as Robert Bilott, a corporate defence attorney who took on an e…

Anne Hathaway is joining Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ film about the DuPont chemical company.

In November (18), it was announced that Oscar-nominated actor Ruffalo would star in the project as Robert Bilott, a corporate defence attorney who took on an environmental suit against executives at the U.S. conglomerate and eventually exposed a “brazen, decades-long history” of pollution.

Now, editors at Variety have confirmed that Anne has been cast in the film, which does not yet have a title, as has Tim Robbins. It is not yet known what characters they will portray.

Additionally, stars such as Victor Garber, Bill Camp, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman and Mare Winningham will have supporting roles. Production on the film is due to begin in Cincinnati, Ohio this month (Jan19).

Carol filmmaker Haynes will direct from a script penned by Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa.

Inspired by a real story, the plot will be based on Nathaniel Rich’s article entitled The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, which was published in The New York Times in January 2016.

In addition to starring in the feature, Ruffalo will act as a producer alongside Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon, while Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce. Bilott will serve as a consultant on the feature.

Hathaway, 36, was last seen onscreen in heist drama Ocean’s Eight. She recently wrapped production on thriller Serenity with Diane Lane and Matthew McConaughey, and will also appear in comedy The Hustle, a remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with Rebel Wilson.

Meanwhile, 60-year-old Robbins recently starred in short-lived TV series Here and Now, and is working on sci-fi flick A Patriot with director Dan Pringle.

A potential release date for the DuPont film has not yet been announced.

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Mark Ruffalo to star in film about DuPont chemical company

Mark Ruffalo is to star in Todd Haynes’ upcoming film about the DuPont chemical company.According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor will portray Robert Bilott, a corporate defence attorney who took on an environmental suit against execu…

Mark Ruffalo is to star in Todd Haynes’ upcoming film about the DuPont chemical company.

According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor will portray Robert Bilott, a corporate defence attorney who took on an environmental suit against executives at the U.S. conglomerate and eventually exposed a “brazen, decades-long history” of pollution.

To be helmed by Carol filmmaker Haynes, the movie will be based on Nathaniel Rich’s article entitled The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, which was published in The New York Times in January 2016. Matthew Carnahan has penned the screenplay.

In addition to starring in the feature, Ruffalo will act as a producer alongside Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon, while Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce.

The film remains untitled at this time, though production is due to begin in 2019. No other casting details have been announced.

Ruffalo was most recently seen onscreen in a string of comic book movies, appearing as Bruce Banner / Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.

He will reprise the character in an untitled Avengers flick which is due to be released in April 2019, and is also rumoured to be appearing as 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt in Newsflash, director David Gordon Green’s project about Walter Cronkite and his reporting on live television of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

The 50-year-old, who received Oscar nominations for his roles in films Foxcatcher and Spotlight, is also set to have a role in forthcoming TV series I Know This Much Is True.

Meanwhile, Haynes, who was behind 2017 film Wonderstruck which featured his frequent collaborator Julianne Moore, is also gearing up to make a biographical drama which will explore the professional and personal life of singer Peggy Lee.

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Cate Blanchett defends straight actors playing gay roles

Cate Blanchett has defended straight actors who nab the roles of gay characters in film and TV. Of late, Hollywood producers have been criticised for giving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) roles to straight actors, and earlier th…

Cate Blanchett has defended straight actors who nab the roles of gay characters in film and TV.

Of late, Hollywood producers have been criticised for giving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) roles to straight actors, and earlier this year (18), Scarlett Johansson pulled out of playing a transgender crime boss in upcoming movie Rub & Tug following a backlash.

But during a recent interview at the Rome Film Festival, Cate said she would “fight to the death” for her right to play whatever role she so chooses.

The 49-year-old, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a frustrated housewife who embarks on a forbidden affair with a female shop assistant in 2015 film Carol, disagreed that an actor only really knows a character if they have “shared experiences”.

“I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience,” she fired. “I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”

She also revealed that when she and co-star Rooney Mara signed on to star in Carol, the studio struggled to get it off the ground because of the lesbian storyline.

And Cate, who is married to Australian playwright Andrew Upton, is now desperate for more LGBTQ films to be made in Hollywood.

“Carol was a real labour of love for me. The film, I think now would be made in a heartbeat, but eight years ago, it was a very difficult film to get up,” she added. “For me if something is difficult to make, it’s like a red rag to a bull. It makes me want to make it more.”

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Cate Blanchett named first global ambassador of Giorgio Armani Beauty

Cate Blanchett has been named as Giorgio Armani Beauty’s first global ambassador.The Australian actress has worked with the Italian brand since 2013, when she was selected to front its Si fragrance line. However, her role has now been expanded, and she…

Cate Blanchett has been named as Giorgio Armani Beauty’s first global ambassador.

The Australian actress has worked with the Italian brand since 2013, when she was selected to front its Si fragrance line.

However, her role has now been expanded, and she will now represent every single one of Armani’s beauty categories, including skincare and make-up.

And according to the label’s namesake designer, Giorgio Armani, the Oscar winner is the perfect woman to take on the additional responsibilities.

“Luminous and sophisticated, her natural elegance and distinguished beauty are striking,” the 83-year-old declared in a statement. “I am pleased to deepen our longstanding relationship.”

Cate has enjoyed a lengthy professional relationship with the brand, and as well as advertising its iconic perfume, she has worn gowns by Armani to numerous high-profile events, including several Academy Award ceremonies.

The 49-year-old previously confessed that her love for the brand ties in with her own professional success.

“With my very first pay cheque as an actress, I bought an Armani suit, and I still have it and love it,” she gushed to Elle South Africa in 2014. “Mr. Armani has created an ever-evolving, ever-expanding, all-encompassing universe. It’s about the way you live your life and who you are as much as how you look.”

The Carol star also added that the emotions evoked by Si were a key reason for her partnership with Giorgio Armani Beauty.

“For me, fragrance contains memory, the scent of your mother, your friends… I think fragrance is a really subtle but important way in which women express themselves and express who they aspire to be,” she previously explained to WWD. “This fragrance is very chic, timeless with a freshness and warmth I find inspiring.”

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