Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve sign language skills on A Quiet Place Part II

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the …

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.

The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the Abbott family, who were forced to live in silence to hide from alien creatures that hunt humans with sound.

Simmonds wowed in her role as Regan in the critically-acclaimed movie, and the deaf actress was encouraged to board the sequel after Krasinski used FaceTime to pitch the idea to her.

In an interview with Variety, she shared that she helped the filmmaker improve his ASL skills while making the sequel.

“We communicate really well,” Simmonds said via an interpreter. “We already had an ease in communication, but we shared so many moments where we’d have conversations about a scene. The sequel really shows you a different perspective.”

The sequel follows the Abbott family as matriarch Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, fights to keep her family alive after the death of her husband, who was portrayed by Krasinski.

And The Office star was determined to focus the sequel on Simmonds’ character as he was so impressed with her performance in the original.

“I had this small idea, which was to make Millie the lead of the movie,” Krasinski explained. “Not only did I think she would give an amazing performance, which I knew she could do, her character opens the door to all the themes I was dealing with in the first movie.”

A Quiet Place Part II was originally due to be released in March but has been delayed until later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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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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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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