Mia Wasikowska found puppeteering ‘so difficult’ on Judy and Punch

Mia Wasikowska found handling the heavy puppets on the set of her movie Judy and Punch to be challenging.In the comedy-drama, the Alice in Wonderland actress and her co-star Damon Herriman portray Judy and Punch, puppeteers who are trying to revive the…

Mia Wasikowska found handling the heavy puppets on the set of her movie Judy and Punch to be challenging.

In the comedy-drama, the Alice in Wonderland actress and her co-star Damon Herriman portray Judy and Punch, puppeteers who are trying to revive their marionette show in the town of Seaside.

In an interview with Vogue.com, the Australian actress admitted handling the puppets was harder than it looked.

“The performance is quite a physical one. I took horse riding and puppeteering lessons. It’s so difficult, especially with the marionettes we had because they’re very heavy,” she shared.

The 30-year-old works around the globe, so she enjoyed being in an Australian production as that enabled her family to visit her on set and even land parts in the film.

“I got to have my three nephews come visit me on set! They even have little cameos in the film – they’re part of a group of kids who watch me do magic tricks in an early scene,” Mia gushed. “They got to get all dressed up and the bit they loved the most was getting to put dirt all over their faces. They’re in the film for about a second, but one of them made it into the trailer. So, of course, there was a family email sent around with a screenshot of that.”

The actress followed up Judy and Punch with the upcoming psychological thriller The Devil All the Time and supernatural drama Bergman Island, but she insisted she doesn’t just do dark stories.

“I do always want stories to have gravity and weight to them. That’s what I respond to and I think these are the films that really have something to say. These are stories worth telling,” she said.

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Susan Sarandon replacing Diane Keaton in Blackbird movie

Susan Sarandon is replacing Diane Keaton in Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird. In July (18), it was confirmed that Keaton had signed on to appear in the upcoming film, a remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish movie Silent Heart. However, editors at Deadl…

Susan Sarandon is replacing Diane Keaton in Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird. 

In July (18), it was confirmed that Keaton had signed on to appear in the upcoming film, a remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish movie Silent Heart.

However, editors at Deadline have now reported that Keaton will no longer appear in the film, with Sarandon replacing her in the part of a terminally ill mother named Lily who arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies.

Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska will portray Lily’s daughters, while Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, and Bex Taylor-Klaus have been tapped to take on supporting roles.

Danish writer Christian Torpe, who penned the screenplay for Silent Heart, has also written the new adaptation. Production on the film is due to kick off this month (Oct18) in the United Kingdom.

Keaton has not commented on her decision to drop out of the film. The Oscar-winning actress was most recently seen onscreen in romcom Book Club alongside Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen, and is currently in the post-production phase on Poms, Zara Hayes’ comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community.

Meanwhile, Sarandon has completed shooting a part as Samantha Winslow on TV show Ray Donovan and as an art teacher in James Gallagher’s short film Love.

The 72-year-old has a string of other projects in the mix too, including a role as Dr. Sylvia Mansfield in short thriller Slipping Away and as Thelma Toole in Butterfly in the Typewriter, David DuBos’ forthcoming movie about troubled author John Kennedy Toole and his struggle to bring his comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces to print, with the project also starring Diane Kruger and Nick Offerman.

A potential release date for Blackbird has not yet been set.

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Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska reuniting in The Devil All the Time

Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska are set to re-team on a film adaptation of hit novel The Devil All the Time.The pair previously worked together on David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars in 2014 and in recent comedy-drama Damsel. Now, Robert and Mia a…

Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska are set to re-team on a film adaptation of hit novel The Devil All the Time.

The pair previously worked together on David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars in 2014 and in recent comedy-drama Damsel.

Now, Robert and Mia are both poised to work with director Antonio Campos on the violent thriller, based on the 2011 novel by Donald Ray Pollock.

Avengers: Infinity War co-stars Tom Holland and Chris Evans, as well as Lady Bird star Tracy Letts, are also joining the project, which is set in rural Ohio and follows the stories of a man who succumbs to sacrifice to save his dying wife, a serial killer couple, a troubled preacher, and a corrupt sheriff, in a story of faith, violence and redemption which spans across two decades.

Holland will play the son of the movie’s protagonist, Willard Russell, while Evans will portray the local sheriff. Neither Pattinson nor Wasikowska’s parts have yet been confirmed.

The movie is being produced by Randall Poster, in addition to Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker under their Nine Stories Productions banner. Filming is set to get underway in February (19), according to Deadline.

Campos – who was responsible for the pilot episode of Jessica Biel’s critically acclaimed crime drama The Sinner – has also signed on to rewrite and direct the Fox Searchlight horror film Splitfoot, and will additionally be directing a prequel to The Omen for 20th Century Fox.

Meanwhile, Pattinson is also starring in High Life, which is French director Claire Denis’ first English-language feature, and The King, alongside Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn.

Wasikowska is currently filming Judy and Punch, a story about two Australian puppeteers.

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