Gary Oldman to star as Citizen Kane screenwriter in new biopic

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane. The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news report…

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane.

The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news reporter and critic in New York City, before moving to Hollywood to begin a career in the film industry.

Among Mankiewicz’s credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was 1941’s Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with director and co-writer Orson Welles became strained after Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, after initially trying to get the film into production following the release of 1997’s The Game.

It has also been of particular interest for the director as his father, Howard ‘Jack’ Fincher, wrote the original script for the movie prior to his death in 2003.

Mank will also be shot in black-and-white and will premiere on streaming service Netflix. Fincher will produce alongside partner Cean Chaffin and Oldman’s longtime collaborator Douglas Urbanski, who played Harvard president Larry Summers in Fincher’s 2010 movie, The Social Network.

The 61-year-old Brit will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, alongside Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas. The award-winning actor has also just finished filming Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, which will be released in 2020.

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Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer to star in film about opioid crisis

Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer are to headline opioids thriller Dreamland.The Hollywood stars have signed on to star in director Nicholas Jarecki’s latest project, according to Deadline, with the shoot already underway in Detroit and Montreal.Few details…

Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer are to headline opioids thriller Dreamland.

The Hollywood stars have signed on to star in director Nicholas Jarecki’s latest project, according to Deadline, with the shoot already underway in Detroit and Montreal.

Few details about the plot of Dreamland have been made available, though the story is believed to focus on three narrative threads involving a drug trafficker smuggling opioids between the U.S. and Canada, an architect recovering from an OxyContin addiction, as well as a university professor investigating links between the drug company he is employed by and the government.

It is unclear what roles Oldman and Hammer will take on in the film. Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly and German actress Veronica Ferres will also have key parts.

“The devastating impact of the opioid crisis reaches all corners of society,” said Jarecki in a statement. “Gary, Armie, and Evangeline are the perfect performers to bring the human face of this epidemic to audiences everywhere.”

Jarecki will direct from his own script. The project is his largest since his 2010 drama-thriller Arbitrage, which saw lead actor Richard Gere receive a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The filmmaker has also written and directed 2009 short The Weight and 2005 documentary The Outsider.

Meanwhile, Oldman is currently working on a string of films, including The Woman in the Window, The Laundromat, and Killers Anonymous. He won the 2018 Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work as Winston Churchill in 2017 war drama Darkest Hour.

Hammer has a number of projects lined-up too, and was most recently appeared in Hotel Mumbai and in On the Basis of Sex. He is attached to appear as Simon Doyle in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile, also starring Gal Gadot and Jodie Comer.

A release date for Dreamland has not yet been announced.

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Gary Oldman cast in Amy Adams’ The Woman in the Window

Gary Oldman is joining Amy Adams in mystery drama The Woman in the Window.The British actor’s involvement in the film will reunite him with Darkest Hour director Joe Wright, the film which earned Gary his first Best Actor Academy Award at the ceremony …

Gary Oldman is joining Amy Adams in mystery drama The Woman in the Window.

The British actor’s involvement in the film will reunite him with Darkest Hour director Joe Wright, the film which earned Gary his first Best Actor Academy Award at the ceremony earlier this year (18). In the adaption of the novel of the same name by A.J. Finn, Amy plays a child psychologist with severe agoraphobia, a disorder characterised by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives their environment to be unsafe. As a result, she hasn’t left her house in months, but her life takes an unexpected turn when she witnesses a horrible crime involving a new neighbouring family. Gary, 60, will play the father of the mysterious family in question, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

22 Jump Street star Wyatt Russell has also been tapped for the feature, while Julianne Moore is rumoured to be joining the cast as well.

Scott Rudin, who has produced critically acclaimed films including No Country for Old Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Lady Bird – and is also a recipient of the coveted EGOT honour – is producing the picture. He will be joined by fellow Lady Bird producer Eli Bush, while writer Tracy Letts – who also played Larry McPherson in Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed movie – is penning the script.

Gary recently played the title character in Federico D’Alessandro’s sci-fi thriller Tau, which is now available on Netflix, and will return to cinema screens later this year alongside Gerard Butler and rapper Common in Hunter Killer, currently scheduled for an October release.

Meanwhile, Amy is currently starring in television series Sharp Objects and will also be reprising her role as Giselle in Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted.

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Gary Oldman keen to take on comedic role

Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman is looking to shake off his dramatic side and star in a big screen comedy.The actor is widely known for his serious roles, including a star turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which won him the …

Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman is looking to shake off his dramatic side and star in a big screen comedy.

The actor is widely known for his serious roles, including a star turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which won him the golden statue at Sunday night’s (04Mar18) Academy Awards.

While he’s flirted with funny roles in the past, including in straight-to-DVD comedy Tiptoes in 2003, Gary says he’s now ready to take the lead in a fun film.

“I would love to do a comedy, but no one in Hollywood thinks about me in that way,” he told The Sun. “In this town, people need to see you do it before they go, ‘Oh yeah, he can do it’. I did a comedy film once, but it was one of those that never got released, but I thought, ‘Here is my moment’.”

The 59-year-old also thinks his turn as Dracula in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula shows that he can handle hammier roles.

“You only have to look at Dracula really to know that I can possibly do comedy,” he said. “It was kitsch. But you have to show them and they have to see it. If you dance and sing they go, ‘Oh my God. I never knew he could dance and sing’. If you are funny they go, ‘I never knew he could be funny’.

“When I first started working in the theatre you were in musicals, comedies and dramas. It is sort of an accepted thing that you could do all those things.”

Gary can next be seen in horror movie Mary and action thriller Hunter Thriller.

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Lily James giggled seeing Gary Oldman as Churchill for first time

Lily James burst out laughing when she first saw Gary Oldman in costume on the set of Darkest Hour.Gary plays British war Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the drama, and recently won the Best Actor Golden Globe, leading many to predict he’ll take …

Lily James burst out laughing when she first saw Gary Oldman in costume on the set of Darkest Hour.

Gary plays British war Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the drama, and recently won the Best Actor Golden Globe, leading many to predict he’ll take home the Oscar in February (18).

Lily co-stars as Elizabeth Layton, Churchill’s personal secretary during World War II, and admits she is in awe of her older co-star for putting in such a sterling performance wearing heavy prosthetics.

“I burst out laughing,” Lily told British Vogue of the first time she saw Gary in character. “I met him as Gary, we did the read through, and then on day two or three of rehearsals he came in in full prosthetics. There’s a book of photos that his partner has made, and there’s one that she caught of me at that exact moment with my mouth wide open.

“What he must have gone through – the body suit, the face, the neck – and to still be able to give that performance, it’s extraordinary.”

Lily was on hand to help Gary celebrate his win at the Golden Globes recently, and showed her support to the anti-sexual harassment movement Time’s Up by wearing a black Valentino dress.

She’ll be representing Darkest Hour for the rest of 2018’s awards season, before she begins promoting her next flick, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, due out in July.

“With Darkest Hour, because we were in the war rooms and underground a lot of the time, there was a sense of grind and getting through and that was quite oppressive. At the time I didn’t really think about it but then making a film like Mamma Mia! where you’re singing and dancing all the time, it was just a brilliant contrast,” she grinned.

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