Annette Bening in talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile. According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character be…

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile.

According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character bears that name in Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same, or the 1978 movie adaptation.

It has been speculated by social media users that Euphemia could be the new name for alcoholic romance novelist Salome Otterbourne or the fiery widow Miss Van Schuyler, who were played by Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis, respectively, in the original film.

Bening would join a star-studded cast which includes Gadot as heiress Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Hammer as her husband Simon Doyle, as well as Black Panther’s Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne.

Branagh, who previously helmed another Agatha Christie movie adaptation, 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, will once again direct and star as the mystery writer’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery on a luxury cruise through Egypt. Tom Bateman also returns as his friend Bouc.

Branagh has once again hired Michael Green to write the screenplay from Christie’s novel. Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mark Gordon will produce. Filming is due to begin later this year ahead of a cinema release in October 2020.

Bening, who most recently starred in superhero movie Captain Marvel, will next be seen in drama The Report with Adam Driver, Georgetown alongside Christoph Waltz, and thriller Turn of Mind, with Michelle Pfeiffer.

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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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