Awkwafina to star in gambling drama

Awkwafina is set to play the world’s greatest female gambler in The Baccarat Machine. The Crazy Rich Asians actress, who recently won a Golden Globe for her performance in The Farewell, will portray Cheung Yin ‘Kelly’ Sun, the most successful female ga…

Awkwafina is set to play the world’s greatest female gambler in The Baccarat Machine.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress, who recently won a Golden Globe for her performance in The Farewell, will portray Cheung Yin ‘Kelly’ Sun, the most successful female gambler in modern history.

Based on Michael Kaplan’s article The Baccarat Machine, which was published in Cigar Aficionado magazine, the film will follow young Chinese woman Sun as she painstakingly develops talent and an obsession for payback.

With major casinos conspiring to bar her from their properties, Sun partners with the international “King of Poker” Phil Ivey in order to take down the system through subterfuge, ingenuity, and pure daring, resulting in one of the most ingenious legal gambling runs ever documented.

John Penotti and Charlie Corwin from SK Global, which is financing and producing the project, made the announcement on Wednesday. They also revealed Andy Bellin will be writing the script and Jeffrey Sharp will be producing. They are still in talks with potential directors and additional actors.

“We can’t think of a better way to start this project than by announcing that our friend Awkwafina has come on board,” Penotti said in a statement, according to Deadline and Variety. “She is uniquely equipped to bring Kelly to life onscreen and will infuse the role with genuine humour and humanity. Along with our partners at Sharp, we’re thrilled to bring this unbelievable story to the screen.”

SK Global previously worked with Awkwafina on Crazy Rich Asians, one of her breakout roles in 2018, along with Ocean’s 8. The actress, real name Nora Lum, was recently seen in Jumanji: The Next Level and is starring in new TV comedy series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, which she co-created.

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Kevin Hart cried while filming Jumanji: The Next Level

Nick Jonas has claimed that Kevin Hart cried while filming Jumanji: The Next Level because it was so cold.The 27-year-old reprised his role alongside Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan as video game avatars in the action comedy sequel, a…

Nick Jonas has claimed that Kevin Hart cried while filming Jumanji: The Next Level because it was so cold.

The 27-year-old reprised his role alongside Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan as video game avatars in the action comedy sequel, alongside new castmembers Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.

Filming took place in California, Atlanta, Hawaii and Canada, and it was while shooting scenes in “very intense and very cold” conditions in Calgary that Kevin experienced issues.

“Kevin Hart, having just come up on one of the snowmobiles – that was the only way to get to set – and the wind blowing in his face so much that he started to cry, and so off camera as we’re all trying to do our scene he’s just crying because of the wind,” the singer told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s obviously already funny but when you add that element to it, it gets even better.”

And Karen, who reprises her role as Ruby Roundhouse in the follow-up to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, also revealed that putting up with the treacherous weather conditions in Calgary paid off when the film hit the big screens.

“At one point we could see a blizzard coming toward us and we were like, ‘Should we maybe get off this mountain?’ and they’re like, ‘We’ll just finish this scene and then we’ll get off the mountain,'” she said. “It was very extreme, but it’s so worth it when you watch the film.”

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Kevin Hart hates working with animals in movies

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jun…

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.

The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but was less comfortable during filming this time as he had to deal with real beasts.

Kevin explained during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show that he prefers working with computer-generated animals as he can trust them more.

“I prefer green screen to actual animals – I have a certain respect for them because we don’t know what they are thinking!” he laughed.

However, his co-star Dwayne Johnson then revealed the real reason was because he had to ride a camel during a segment of the film set in the desert. “It’s a fear. He is terrified of camels!” he added.

The Ride Along actor also discussed playing a different character in the sequel, as he is now the avatar for Danny Glover’s Milo Walker, rather than the young athlete Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson.

“The thought of (playing an avatar) is challenging, but when you embrace the idea, it’s actually more fun than anything and we had the opportunity to elevate the first movie we did. The challenge was to come back and outdo that success,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the wrestler-turned-actor shared his delight with the sequel, which expands upon the first movie, which was a reboot of the original 1995 film Jumanji, starring Robin Williams.

“The first movie was amazing – it really took off,” Johnson said. “With the success of that, we wanted to come back even bigger for part two so we all committed to each other that the story would be right and that the creativity would expand the Jumanji universe.”

Jumanji: The Next Level, which also stars Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, is out on 13 December.

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Nick Jonas steals face masks from wife Priyanka Chopra

Nick Jonas has confessed he sometimes steals face masks from his wife Priyanka Chopra.The singer/actor wed the Quantico beauty in an opulent ceremony last December, and in a new interview with People, revealed that when he runs out of his skincare prod…

Nick Jonas has confessed he sometimes steals face masks from his wife Priyanka Chopra.

The singer/actor wed the Quantico beauty in an opulent ceremony last December, and in a new interview with People, revealed that when he runs out of his skincare products, he doesn’t hesitate to use Priyanka’s.

“For sure. I don’t know who makes them, but (I take her) sheet masks. Then I’ll occasionally run out of facial moisturiser or something and I’ll use hers. I think she likes it. She likes to share. Or maybe she doesn’t. We’ll see,” Nick laughed.

The Jumanji: The Next Level star recently launched JVxNJ Silver Edition, his third fragrance collaboration with designer John Varvatos. And he said his famous older brothers – Joe and Kevin – were left out of the creative process as they don’t have any ideas when it comes to selecting aftershaves.

“My brothers have terrible opinions! They like the first one John and I made (JVxNJ) but I haven’t shown them this one yet,” the 27-year-old shared, adding that wife Priyanka loves the new fragrance, which features note of bergamot, sage, patchouli, and sandalwood.

“She likes that I am mixing it up,” he commented of the new, muskier scent. “I’m glad that she does because I’ll be wearing it quite a lot! When I am planning what I am wearing, since my closet has a lot of variety, a big piece of the puzzle is choosing what fragrance I want to wear too.”

JVXNJ Silver Edition is priced from $74 (£58).

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Kevin Hart to front superhero comedy Night Wolf

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in new superhero comedy Night Wolf.In the upcoming STXfilms project, the actor and comedian will play a man who meets his future father-in-law for the first time, only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as t…

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in new superhero comedy Night Wolf.

In the upcoming STXfilms project, the actor and comedian will play a man who meets his future father-in-law for the first time, only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.

“I am excited to be working with our friends at STX again,” he said in a statement. “They brought us a great project with Night Wolf. I instantly fell in love with this pitch about an everyday guy who is meeting his in-laws for the first time and unwittingly discovers his dad to be is secretly a superhero.”

Pokemon Detective Pikachu screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will pen the script for the story. No other casting details have been announced.

Hart previously teamed with STX studio bosses for The Upside and the upcoming Black Friday. In light of the deal, chairman of STXfilms, Adam Fogelson, commented that he is thrilled to be making another film with the 40-year-old and the producers at his HartBeat Productions company.

“After we acquired Night Wolf, we submitted it to Kevin Hart and the team at HartBeat hoping they would love it as much as we did,” Fogelson shared. “It is a big, broad comedy and the idea is great fun and perfectly matched with Kevin’s comedic talent. We are thrilled to be working on what will now be our fourth film together.”

Hart has a busy schedule ahead with Jumanji: The Next Level, Ride Along 3, and TV series Action Scene on his slate.

Meanwhile, other STX films to be released in the near future include Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers, Dave Bautista’s action-comedy My Spy, and Guy Ritchie’s 2020 crime film, The Gentlemen.

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