Kristen Stewart set to star in same-sex Christmas romcom

Kristen Stewart is set to play one half of a same-sex couple in a romcom that takes place over the holidays.Happiest Season tells the story of a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend during her family’s annual holiday party, but then learn…

Kristen Stewart is set to play one half of a same-sex couple in a romcom that takes place over the holidays.

Happiest Season tells the story of a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend during her family’s annual holiday party, but then learns that her partner has yet come out to her conservative parents.

TriStar Pictures acquired the rights to the picture written by Mary Holland and Clea DuVall, who will also be directing. The 41-year-old actress/ director has previously appeared in movies including Girl, Interrupted, The Grudge and Argo.

On Wednesday (28Nov18) it was reported by Variety that Stewart was in talks to take on a leading role in Happiest Season, and now her name has been added to the cast list on the film’s IMDB page – which only accepts “valid actor credits.”

Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner will produce and Jaclyn Huntling will oversee for Temple Hill Productions.

“In ‘Happiest Season,’ Clea and Mary have come up with a brilliant twist on the Christmas comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving,” Bowen previously told Variety. “It manages to be both timely and timeless in the best of ways and we think it’s a holiday classic in the making.”

Stewart is also moving away from heteronormative sexuality in her feature directorial debut The Chronology of Water, an adaptation of writer Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir which encompasses a bisexuality storyline.

“Ambiguity is my favourite thing ever. In terms of sexuality? For sure,” the 28-year-old said in an interview with Mastermind magazine in September (18). “And also in making films, if you perfectly answer every question, you don’t allow for people to have their own experience and really indulge a thought.”

Meanwhile, Stewart is also starring in Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.

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Wonder Woman release date pushed back

Wonder Woman fans will have to wait an extra seven months to see the second instalment in the franchise, after movie bosses confirmed the release date has been pushed back.Wonder Woman 1984 was due to hit screens in November 2019, but Warner Bros execu…

Wonder Woman fans will have to wait an extra seven months to see the second instalment in the franchise, after movie bosses confirmed the release date has been pushed back.

Wonder Woman 1984 was due to hit screens in November 2019, but Warner Bros executives have decided on a June 2020 release date instead.

Lead actress Gal Gadot broke the news to her fans on her social media accounts, revealing she was excited by the schedule shake-up.

“Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!” she wrote, referring to the original film’s release over the summer months last year (17).

Warner Bros president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein echoed Gal’s sentiment in an official statement.

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs,” he said.

Director Patty Jenkins shared Gal’s Twitter message with her own followers, adding: “Our weekend. Feels like home. Can’t wait for the day to come to share so many people’s great work, blowing me away every day.”

The official release date for the comic book follow up is 5 June. Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal co-star, with reports that original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, who played the superhero on the small screen in the ‘70s, will also be making an appearance.

Moving into the slot left by Wonder Woman 1984 is the rebooted Charlie’s Angels franchise, which features Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the three detectives.

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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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Kristen Stewart thrilled by Lucy Liu’s Charlie’s Angels support

Kristen Stewart was left floored by Lucy Liu’s positive remarks about her new Charlie’s Angels reboot, because she feared all the former Angels would hate the idea. Liu, who played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Char…

Kristen Stewart was left floored by Lucy Liu’s positive remarks about her new Charlie’s Angels reboot, because she feared all the former Angels would hate the idea.

Liu, who played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, recently confessed she can’t wait to see what director Elizabeth Banks and her cast, led by Stewart, do with the action franchise, insisting any film is a “positive result for women”.

The comment made its way to the Twilight star, who is stoked by the support.

“That is really cool that she said that,” the actress tells Entertainment Tonight. “It is not maybe everyone’s immediate response that it (Charlie’s Angels) would be, like, something we would have to see again, because the one I grew up with was so much fun…

“(But) the re-imagining is so grounded and well intentioned and really shows the way women can work together now… We are not trying to do an impression of the last one (film).”

Stewart, who will share the screen with Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in Banks’ new movie, reveals she has started training for the film, but has yet to meet her co-stars.

“I have been boxing a bit, which I have never done,” she adds. “I am so addicted to it. As soon as I have to actually start sparring though, I realise what I am doing is intended to fight people… (and) it really is assaulting (people) and I really hate it. But all I am doing lately is talking to Liz (Banks), and I can’t wait to meet the other girls.

“I leave on Sunday… (I’m) gonna start doing more fight training, getting more aggressive quite soon.”

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Lucy Liu excited for new Charlie’s Angels reboot

Lucy Liu has given Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot a big thumbs up, insisting the film will be “positive” for women. The Elementary star played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,…

Lucy Liu has given Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot a big thumbs up, insisting the film will be “positive” for women.

The Elementary star played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and she can’t wait to see what director Banks and her cast, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, will do with the action franchise.

“To me, I think it’s very exciting,” Liu told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s (Charlie’s Angels) like Sherlock Holmes. The material in itself is a very different type of literature – and it’s not necessarily literature. But it is something that people keep coming back to and they’re drawn to. That’s something that needs to be explored and if it needs to be explored on all different levels, then it should be.

“It will only be a more positive result for women.”

Liu teamed up with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in the first Charlie’s Angels films, but she is not expected to make an appearance in the latest movie, which will also feature Banks as handler Bosley – a role played on TV and the big screen by Bill Murray, Bernie Mac, and David Doyle.

Banks will also produce the film, which is scheduled for a 27 September, 2019 release.

Liu isn’t the only former Angel backing Banks’ revamp – Barrymore is also all for a Charlie’s Angels reboot.

“I am just excited for them, you know, because every generation that brings Charlie’s Angels out into the world is about the power of three women across (sic) and what they can do while loving them and wanting to date them, and working side by side with them, but there’s just something about Charlie’s Angels, that make men and women so happy,” she said. “It’s so positive. If they keep that alive… it’s just going to be great.”

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Kristen Stewart wants to be in Charlie’s Angels

Kristen Stewart “would love” to star in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie.The film, based on the hit ABC action-series was confirmed last year by Sony, with reports in September (17) claiming that Kristen was to be involved in the reboot. And when th…

Kristen Stewart “would love” to star in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie.

The film, based on the hit ABC action-series was confirmed last year by Sony, with reports in September (17) claiming that Kristen was to be involved in the reboot. And when the Chanel ambassador stepped out in Los Angeles as part of a promotional appearance for the luxury brand, she revealed that she would be honoured to take part in the upcoming project.

“I would love to do it. I hope that that comes together,” she shared in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday. “You never really know that you’re going to be making a movie until you’re, like, standing on that set.”

The 27-year-old also applauded the producers for recruiting Elizabeth Banks as director, after the 44-year-old made her directorial debut in 2015 with Pitch Perfect 2.

“I’m an enormous fan of Liz Banks and I think that she’s the perfect person to tell that story in this era. I would back her absolutely all the way,” the Twilight star smiled, going on to add that she believes the current social climate makes this the perfect time to introduce the long-anticipated follow-up film.

“The movie should still be fun, but if you ground it and make it about women that really know how to help each other, it’ll be perfect to release now. We’re all together and strong,” Kristen added.

Charlie’s Angels first premiered in 1976 and ran for five seasons, with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith taking on the lead roles in the series. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu starred in Sony’s 2000 movie Charlie’s Angels, which grossed $264 million (£203 million) worldwide, and 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

The reboot is due for release on 7 June 2019.

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