John Krasinski: ‘I didn’t want anything to do with A Quiet Place sequel’

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures…

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018, so studio bosses at Paramount wanted Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the original, to make a follow-up.

However, Krasinski has revealed to Entertainment Weekly he was reluctant to sign on for the sequel and had to be persuaded that it would a good idea.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

However, once he sat down and went through possible ideas for a sequel, he was “Jedi-mindtricked into directing this thing”.

Now, Krasinski is dealing with “very core-level anxieties” as he works hard to get A Quiet Place Part II finished ahead of its release in March, and The Office star is hopeful that fans of the original will love the follow-up just as much as he does.

“I hope people think the movie is as good as I think it is, because I had the same anxieties that (the fans) did when I heard they were making a sequel: ‘Why are they doing that?’ Hopefully I answered that question,” he shared.

A Quiet Place Part II, starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, returning stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and new additions Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, is in cinemas from 20 March.

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Emily Blunt was terrified filming car stunt for A Quiet Place sequel

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II. The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acut…

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018. Accordingly, the British actress, along with her onscreen children Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds signed up to return for a sequel, to be directed once again by her husband John Krasinski.

The debut trailer for the sequel, released earlier this month, showed a flashback to the first day of alien invasion, with Blunt driving a car around town with her kids as passengers. Once an alien drops from the sky, she has to speed off down a road, until she encounters a runaway bus and has to reverse back down the road at speed with the bus on her tail.

But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Mary Poppins Returns actress admitted the stunt was entirely practical and she just had to react while a stunt driver handled the car off-camera.

“I’m really proud of John for that shot because it was choreographed for two weeks,” she explained. “That is not a CGI bus, that is a real bus. And then there’s a stunt driver on the top of the car. And so really, my life is in his hands. So I said to him before, I looked up at him and I went ‘Well, I hope you’re good because my life is in your hands.’ And he just lent down and he went, ‘I’m the best.’ And he really was. But it’s sort of terrifying. I’ve never done a stunt like that.”

A Quiet Place: Part II, which features new castmembers such as Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, hits cinemas from 20 March.

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Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski set to star in Imaginary Friends

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures. Reynol…

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures.

Reynolds is to have a starring role, while it was reported that Krasinski will write, direct, produce and act in the movie. Little is known about the plot, but it is expected to tell the story of a man who can see and communicate with people’s imaginary friends.

However, some of the imaginary friends who lack friendship turn to the dark side, with Reynolds’s character tasked with saving the world from those that are evil and threatening the world with their powers.

The project marks the 42-year-old’s second major casting in recent weeks. Reynolds is also attached to appear in a musical version of A Christmas Carol alongside Will Ferrell, with the movie to be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

He is now in the post-production phases of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy, and will soon begin filming Clue and Red Notice.

Meanwhile, Krasinski is currently working on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to his 2018 hit movie, with his wife Emily Blunt reprising her role as Evelyn Abbott, alongside Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Djimon Hounsou, and Cillian Murphy. The film is slated for release in March 2020. The 39-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Jack Ryan.

A potential release date for Imaginary Friends has not been announced.

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Djimon Hounsou replaces Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place sequel

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to …

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.

The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and has subsequently been replaced by the Captain Marvel actor.   

It is not known what character Henry had been set to play, though it was thought to be a “big role” alongside returning castmembers Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who portray the Abbott family, as well as newcomer, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who will reportedly play “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit.”   

The 2018 film followed the Abbott family and their attempts to survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound. The plot of the sequel, which is set for release in March 2020, is currently unknown.    

John Krasinski, who is returning to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, marked the beginning of filming in July by sharing a picture of the clapperboard on Twitter, meaning Henry’s exit may have been rather last minute.   

However, this isn’t the first time Hounsou has been drafted in as a replacement – he was cast as the wizard in DC’s Shazam! after This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  

Hounsou, 55, has been landing roles in major blockbusters in recent years, with appearances in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Furious 7. He will next be seen Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man, and in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.  

Henry is currently filming a project with Jennifer Lawrence and is set to play Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. 

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Brian Tyree Henry linked to A Quiet Place 2

Brian Tyree Henry is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2.The film is a sequel to 2018 film A Quiet Place, directed, written and starring John Krasinski, which was a box office smash and even landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing…

Brian Tyree Henry is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2.

The film is a sequel to 2018 film A Quiet Place, directed, written and starring John Krasinski, which was a box office smash and even landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing.

A follow up is now in the works, with stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all returning to their roles as the Abbott family, who must survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound.

Atlanta star Brian looks set to join the cast, along with Cillian Murphy, who’s been cast as “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Krasinski will once again direct his wife Blunt and is also co-writing the script with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.

A summer shoot is being lined up, with a release date slated for March 2020.

Talking about the success of the first film, which landed Blunt her first Screen Actors Guild Award win for Best Supporting Actress, Krasinski credited deaf actress Simmonds, 16, with helping to make the horror extra special.

“In my first call to (studio bosses at) Paramount, I said, ‘I have to cast a deaf actress for all the reasons, not just the obvious one, to get an organic performance,'” John explained at the Deadline The Contenders London event. “But also, I wanted a partner in crime. I wanted her to walk me through her life. To say she is special is an understatement. We believe she’s an angel.”

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Emily Blunt to reteam with John Krasinski for Not Fade Away

Actress Emily Blunt is reteaming with her husband John Krasinski on a movie adaptation of the memoir Not Fade Away. The Mary Poppins Returns star is in talks to lead the cast as author Rebecca Alexander, whose inspiring 2015 book chronicled her battle…

Actress Emily Blunt is reteaming with her husband John Krasinski on a movie adaptation of the memoir Not Fade Away.

The Mary Poppins Returns star is in talks to lead the cast as author Rebecca Alexander, whose inspiring 2015 book chronicled her battle with rare genetic disorder Usher syndrome, which caused her to simultaneously begin to lose her hearing and sight from the time she was a teenager.

Despite her disabilities, she has pressed on with her work as a psychotherapist and group fitness instructor, and has continued to pursue her love of extreme sports, tackling daring feats like skydiving, bungee jumping, and climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Blunt’s husband, actor-turned-filmmaker Krasinski, will produce the feature, alongside American Hustle writer/director David O. Russell.

According to Deadline.com, a director has yet to be appointed. Neither Krasinski nor Russell are looking to step behind the camera to take charge of the project, which has been adapted for the big screen by Lindsey Ferrentino.

Blunt and Krasinski, who wed in 2010, joined forces professionally for the first time on hit 2018 horror movie A Quiet Place, which The Office funnyman co-wrote, starred in, and directed.

The role helped the Brit pick up her first Screen Actors Guild award in January (19), when she dedicated the supporting actress prize to her husband, who she praised as a “stunning filmmaker”.

“My favourite thing about shooting A Quiet Place was for sure working with John,” she later shared. “We’d never done it before, and it is kind of the great unknown, going into this process, not knowing what it’s going to be.

“A lot of people were like, ‘You’re going to be divorced by the end of it’, but actually we’re so much closer. I think the discovery of how well we collaborated and how well we can create something together is just so special.”

They are set to reunite onscreen for a planned sequel, which will also feature the return of their movie kids Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and is expected to hit theatres in May, 2020.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski sport matching tuxedos for Writers Guild Awards

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were the epitome of couple goals at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19), turning up in matching tuxedos.The pair ensured all eyes were on them as they walked the red carpet at the Edison Ballroom…

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were the epitome of couple goals at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19), turning up in matching tuxedos.

The pair ensured all eyes were on them as they walked the red carpet at the Edison Ballroom in New York for the ceremony, which was held at the same time as a simultaneous ceremony in Los Angeles.

While John, 39, looked as dapper as ever in his black tuxedo, which he teamed with a black bow tie and smart gold watch, he was more than happy to let 35-year-old Emily steal the spotlight in her feminine take on the classic, traditionally masculine look.

The Mary Poppins Returns star donned a black lacy suit and jacket, which had frilly lapels, over a plain white shirt and an oversized black satin bow tie. Adding some more girly features to her look, Emily sported a pair of bejewelled black heels and a huge ring on her right hand and teamed her ensemble with a swipe of pink lipstick. A high bun finished the look.

Despite clearly winning in the fashion stakes, Emily and John left the ceremony empty-handed – with the actor losing out on the Best Original Screenplay gong for A Quiet Place, in which he also starred alongside Emily, to Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade.

Emily and John weren’t the only stars to pull out all the stops with their outfits for the awards. Jamie-Lynn Sigler looked incredible in her black and gold sparkling gown, which featured a daringly low back, while Julianna Margulies highlighted her waif-like figure in a fitted white midi dress with jewel embellishments. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper also looked stylish in her black dress, which had some added glamour courtesy of the gold sequin flower details adorning the neckline and torso.

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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt leaned on each other during A Quiet Place shoot

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt were grateful to have each other to lean on while filming his directorial debut A Quiet Place. The actors, who are parents to two daughters, played a couple trying to protect their children from monsters that were attrac…

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt were grateful to have each other to lean on while filming his directorial debut A Quiet Place.

The actors, who are parents to two daughters, played a couple trying to protect their children from monsters that were attracted to sound in the movie and John explains it was the first time his wife felt real fear while acting because it made her think about their kids.

“When we first started talking about it, Emily said it would be the scariest role she’d ever played,” he tells Deadline. “I asked her why. She said, ‘Up until now, every performance has been pretending. Professional pretending. This is the first time I’ve had the same fears as my character.’ Not that monsters would come out of the woods to eat the kids, but that thought of, what if I wasn’t there in my kids’ moment of need? It was our biggest fear.”

However, the couple had each other to lean on.

“It was unilaterally helpful for me, because I had everything going for me with her,” John continues. “I had someone who could deliver a performance when we were running out of time, running out of budget. She would hit her mark, and hit her performance every single time. I had that. I also had someone that, after she did her scenes, would stay around, and not only be there for me, but be there for the entire cast and crew… She was my best collaborator…”

“I feel the same,” Emily adds. “I think that we do collaborate really well. It turns out we do work really well together. There were scenes that were certainly traumatic to do… and you can’t help but be upset by some of those scenes when you’re doing them. They creep under your skin before you know it. But I do feel that John and I are able to find levity in most places…”

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Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins performance moved her dad to tears

Emily Blunt’s mesmerising portrayal of Mary Poppins reduced her tough father to tears the first time he saw her onscreen as the beloved nanny. The British actress takes on the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1964 classic for the new sequel, M…

Emily Blunt’s mesmerising portrayal of Mary Poppins reduced her tough father to tears the first time he saw her onscreen as the beloved nanny.

The British actress takes on the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1964 classic for the new sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, and Emily reveals even the toughest of cynics have cracked after taking in the magical Disney film.

“It’s funny because I feel people say that that’s an extraordinary thing (to cry at Mary Poppins Returns), but most people cry when they see this film,” she told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “Even my most cynical of friends, who don’t (cry).”

Her barrister dad Oliver also tried his best to hold back the tears, to no avail – but the rare emotional display left Emily really touched.

“It truly was a memory I will have on my deathbed, because he doesn’t cry, and he was just overcome (with emotion),” she smiled. “He was like, beetroot red from trying not to cry when he saw me (as Poppins). It was so moving, loved it. It was so sweet, so, so special.”

Emily, whose husband John Krasinski previously admitted he shed tears upon watching the movie for the first time, has since used her role to impress the couple’s eldest daughter, four-year-old Hazel, even though she refuses to choose between mum’s Poppins performance and that of Andrews.

“(Hazel) still loves Julie Andrews’ (version), desperately,” Emily lamented. “I actually asked my daughter, ‘Which one do you like best?’ – like an idiot – and she was like, ‘I like them both the same,’ and I was like, ‘Dammit!'”

However, the youngster has taken to asking Emily to put on the post accent she developed for the fictional nanny from time to time.

“My daughter quite likes me to do the voice for her sometimes,” Blunt shared. “I think my cool factor hits the sky when I do that, which is kinda cool. She’ll say, ‘Do your Mary Poppins voice!’ and I’ll say, ‘Spit spot and off we go!’ (She) loves it!”

Emily, who is also mum to two-year-old girl Hazel, quipped, “I’m gonna dine out on that until they’re teenagers and I become inevitably uncool!”

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John Krasinski: ‘Deaf co-star helped make A Quiet Place extra special’

John Krasinski has credited his deaf A Quiet Place co-star Millicent Simmonds with turning the horror movie into a smash, because she gave it authenticity. The actor, who also wrote and directed the film, told Deadline’s recent The Contenders London a…

John Krasinski has credited his deaf A Quiet Place co-star Millicent Simmonds with turning the horror movie into a smash, because she gave it authenticity.

The actor, who also wrote and directed the film, told Deadline’s recent The Contenders London awards-season event that he knew he needed to cast a hearing impaired child star as his character’s daughter.

“In my first call to (studio bosses at) Paramount I said, ‘I have to cast a deaf actress for all the reasons, not just the obvious one, to get an organic performance’,” John explained, “but also I wanted a partner in crime. I wanted her to walk me through her life.

“To say she is special is an understatement. We believe she’s an angel.”

Krasinski, who is currently working on a sequel, cast his real-life wife Emily Blunt as his movie partner in A Quiet Place and when they wrapped on the project, they knew they had created something very special.

“This movie has changed my life in every single way, not just my career; I’ve not given my total sense to anything before, and I don’t mean that I’ve been lazy, but there was something extremely personal about this movie,” he said. “I said to my wife, ‘I don’t think it ever will be like this again’. And my wife, who is a brilliant sage, said, ‘Of course there won’t. This is special and we did it together and there was something about it for your daughters’.”

The Jack Ryan star admits he studied classic horror films as he started work on A Quiet Place: “I wanted this film to have a throwback feel; even though I didn’t watch horror as a kid growing up, I certainly watched everything in preparation for this but I did see Aliens, Jaws, Hitchcock movies and Rosemary’s Baby, and there was something about the tension of not knowing what was coming.”

A Quiet Place has grossed over $330 million (£252 million) at the box office.

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