Elizabeth Debicki learnt valuable lessons from ‘super challenging’ Tenet shoot

Elizabeth Debicki gleaned valuable lessons working with director Christopher Nolan on the “super challenging” Tenet shoot.The actress opened up on her role in the spy thriller during an interview with Porter magazine, and said that while landing the gi…

Elizabeth Debicki gleaned valuable lessons working with director Christopher Nolan on the “super challenging” Tenet shoot.

The actress opened up on her role in the spy thriller during an interview with Porter magazine, and said that while landing the gig was similar to winning a golden ticket for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory from Roald Dahl’s classic novel, she was pushed to her limits during filming.

“The extremity of the commitment and the focus – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” she shared. “Working with someone like Chris, it’s a golden ticket. You know it’s going to be super challenging and you know there are going to be lessons for you.

“Sometimes you uncover them gently and sometimes they come and bite you on the a*s – for me, it was a combination of both.”

The actress also touched on her breakout role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby in 2013, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton, and said she still counts her lucky stars she was cast in the opulent drama.

“I look back and I still wonder, what were the odds? I put it down to a little bit of magic,” she explained. “I can’t tell you how many times I have thought I was supposed to do something and been distraught if it didn’t work out. But I look back and go, I was just never supposed to, there was just too much ‘push’.”

Tenet, also starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is set to be released on 12 August.

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Octavia Spencer to join Anne Hathaway in The Witches remake

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Anne Hathaway in the latest movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches. In January (19), it was reported that The Princess Diaries actress had been cast as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ new film v…

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Anne Hathaway in the latest movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches.

In January (19), it was reported that The Princess Diaries actress had been cast as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ new film version of Dahl’s 1983 children’s tale about a seven-year-old boy who stumbles upon a coven of child-hating witches.

Now Hathaway looks set to be joined by The Shape of Water actress Spencer, who will play the boy’s grandmother.

Variety also reports that newcomer Jahzir Bruno will play the lead child while Holmes & Watson’s Codie-Lei Eastick will play another boy who has a run-in with the coven.

The book was previously adapted for the screen by director Nicolas Roeg in 1990 with Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, but this remake is thought to be more loyal to the original source material.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Shape of Water moviemaker Guillermo del Toro had long been attached to helm the project but he will now produce alongside fellow Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron. Del Toro wrote an early draft of the script but a new version is being penned by Zemeckis, who has taken over directing duties, and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

The Back to the Future and Forrest Gump filmmaker and his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke will also produce the movie, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in October 2020.

Spencer, who is currently on the awards circuit as a producer of Green Book, has many projects in the pipeline. She can currently be seen in the comedy Instant Family and will be venturing into horror with Blumhouse Productions’ summer movie Ma. The Help actress will also be teaming up with her co-star from that film, Jessica Chastain, on a holiday comedy, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard on comedy Fairy Tale Ending.

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Producer confirms new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel

Producer David Heyman has confirmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel.In February (18), it was reported that Paddington filmmaker Paul King was in talks with executives at Warner Bros. to make another film inspired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 childr…

Producer David Heyman has confirmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel.

In February (18), it was reported that Paddington filmmaker Paul King was in talks with executives at Warner Bros. to make another film inspired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

While writer Simon Rich’s storyline for the project remains under wraps, Heyman has now divulged that the film will be a prequel, rather than a follow-up tale, about the eccentric chocolatier.

“We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel,” he told Collider.com. “What makes Willy when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away? It’s how does he get there? So, we’re playing around with that.”

In the original 1971 Mel Stuart-directed film, in which Wonka was played by Gene Wilder, the character’s origin story wasn’t explored.

And in the 2005 Tim Burton version, which featured Johnny Depp, flashbacks revealed that Wonka’s father, a prominent dentist named Wilbur, who was portrayed by Christopher Lee, strictly forbade him from consuming candy due to the potential risk to his teeth – leading him to later launch his own chocolate factory.

Heyman went on to explain he is hopeful that King will be able to helm the movie, though the director is currently in the pre-production phases of Disney’s live-action Pinocchio adaptation, meaning he will be busy for at least the next 18 months.

The British producer, who worked on both Paddington movies and the Harry Potter film franchise, is currently promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which stars Eddie Redmayne, Depp and Katherine Waterston, and is due for release on 16 November.

There is still no word on who might be cast as Wonka in the new film, with Ryan Gosling, Ezra Miller, Donald Glover reportedly all in the running to play the iconic character.

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Robert Zemeckis to direct adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.The celebrated American filmmaker rose to fame in the 1980s for directing Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future film trilogy, and later won …

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

The celebrated American filmmaker rose to fame in the 1980s for directing Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future film trilogy, and later won the Academy Award for Best Director for 1994’s Forrest Gump.

While Zemeckis has focused on dramas such as 2012’s Flight and 2016 war film Allied in recent years, he is now looking to return to the family-friendly genre with a fresh iteration of The Witches, based on the children’s dark fantasy novel first published in 1983.

While The Shape of Water helmer Guillermo del Toro had been attached to the Warner Bros.’ project, The Hollywood Reporter states that Zemeckis is now taking charge. He will also pen the script and produce with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke, while del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are on board as executive producers.

Dahl’s book is set partly in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom and features the experiences of a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating evil witches secretly exist. In 1990, the tale was adapted for the big screen by Nicolas Roeg, with the film set in America and starring Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson as key characters.

The Witches isn’t the only Dahl adaption Warner Bros. studio bosses are preparing for, as a remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is also in the works. Paddington director Paul King and writer Simon Rich are both attached to the project, though further details are being kept under wraps.

Zemeckis’s latest film, Welcome to Marwen, is currently in post-production. The feature is based on Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol and stars Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Janelle Monae.

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Donald Glover on potential Willy Wonka casting: ‘It’s cool to be thought of’

Donald Glover has opened up about rumours speculating that he’s going to play Willy Wonka in a new movie.The multi-talented star has become hot Hollywood property in recent years, starring in blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecom…

Donald Glover has opened up about rumours speculating that he’s going to play Willy Wonka in a new movie.

The multi-talented star has become hot Hollywood property in recent years, starring in blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as his award-winning TV series Atlanta.

He’s also voicing Simba in the upcoming live-action Lion King remake and recently won a Grammy as his rap alter ego Childish Gambino.

On top of all that, movie insiders report that Glover is in talks to star as the famous Roald Dahl character, previously portrayed onscreen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

“It kind of terrified me as a child a little bit,” Glover told Entertainment Tonight of 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. “It was a really scary movie to me. I mean, I watched it a lot but I was kind of terrified by it. I mean, you know, it’s a classic.

“I don’t know, there have been a lot of Willy Wonkas,” he added of him potentially taking on the role. “I would have to think about it on some level. But it’s cool that people are thinking about me.”

When pushed for details about how he’d reinterpret the character he laughed: “No I haven’t thought about it at all, I’ll leave that to Twitter.”

The Hollywood rumour mill went into overdrive last week (ends10Jun18), when it was reported that Glover, Ryan Gosling and Ezra Miller were all in the running to play the famous chocolate factory owner in Warner Bros.’ planned Willy Wonka movie.

Paddington director Paul King and writer Simon Rich are both attached to the project, though further details are being kept under wraps.

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Guillermo del Toro contemplating new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Guillermo del Toro is considering taking on Roald Dahl’s The Witches as his next project.The 1983 novel, about a secret society of child-hating evil witches, was given the Hollywood treatment in 1990, with Anjelica Huston appearing as the Grand High Wi…

Guillermo del Toro is considering taking on Roald Dahl’s The Witches as his next project.

The 1983 novel, about a secret society of child-hating evil witches, was given the Hollywood treatment in 1990, with Anjelica Huston appearing as the Grand High Witch, and Brenda Blethyn and Rowan Atkinson co-starring.

Talking to Mail Online, Guillermo said he was “eating, drinking and thinking philosophically” about four potential new projects, including The Witches. He also still wants to make Pinocchio in stop motion, a feature he has been trying to get off the ground for years.

“I have given myself until September to decide, then I will pick one of the four and prepare to make it,” he revealed.

And his lead The Shape of Water actress Sally Hawkins may well feature in his as yet undecided next project.

Hawkins took on the role of mute janitor Elisa Esposito in the movie, which bagged Guillermo his first Oscar. The film won a further three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures and Best Achievement in Production Design.

“Every time we meet up or speak on the phone or send an email the word ‘when’ is included. As in: ‘When are we to work together again?!'” he said of the English actress.

The Mexican filmmaker also has two TV projects he created currently in pre-production, Wizards and 3 Below, as well as crime drama Nightmare Alley and a new Michael Mann documentary.

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