Elizabeth Banks confirms Kristen Stewart’s character in Charlie’s Angels is gay

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also fea…

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.

In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also featuring Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working for a private detective agency.

Speaking about Sabina’s sexuality in an interview for Pride Source, Elizabeth explained that she and Kristen both wanted to ensure there was no ambiguity.

“I think ambiguity is kind of modern now. I think the fluidity is very modern right now. Kristen’s character is definitely gay in the movie. I mean, she wanted to be gay in the movie and I’m like, ‘Yeah,'” she commented. “And you’re welcome to talk to her about it. She loves to be open about it. I just wanted to make sure that she was able to present a character that she was fully behind.”

Elizabeth went on to note that it was important for Kristen to “present herself as queer” in Charlie’s Angels. The 29-year-old has been open about her bisexuality in the past and is currently dating screenwriter Dylan Meyer.

Elsewhere in the chat, Elizabeth shared that it felt “so natural” to have a queer lead in the film.

“Again, I feel like it’s the most modern version of Charlie’s Angels and speaks to the audience that’s here for it right now. It was never a big deal, it was not a big deal. We talked about it and it just… happened. It was very natural,” the 45-year-old stated.

Charlie’s Angels, also featuring Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, and Noah Centineo, hits cinemas in the U.S. on Friday.

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Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan join new psychological thriller

Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan and Sam Claflin have signed up to star in psychological thriller Every Breath You Take.Director Christine Jeffs is helming the new movie, which is the first project from the filmmaker since the critically-acclaimed Suns…

Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan and Sam Claflin have signed up to star in psychological thriller Every Breath You Take.

Director Christine Jeffs is helming the new movie, which is the first project from the filmmaker since the critically-acclaimed Sunshine Cleaning, starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, back in 2008.

Every Breath You Take will follow the story of a psychiatrist, played by Affleck, whose career is thrown into jeopardy when his patient takes her own life. But when he invites his patient’s surviving brother, as portrayed by Claflin, into his home to meet his wife, played by Monaghan, his family life is torn apart.

“I’m extremely pleased that the gifted Christine Jeffs and our world-class cast have come together to bring this amazing thriller to life, as it touches on themes of family, betrayal, and redemption that are universal and resonate for all of us,” producer Richard B. Lewis said in a statement.

German actress Veronica Ferres will also star in the thriller, with filming currently underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to editors at Deadline.

Lewis, Ferres, and Frank Buchs will produce, with Tannaz Anisi, Gregory R. Schenz, Gabrielle Jerou-Tabak and Jon Levin serving as executive producers.

Affleck, who won the Oscar for Best Actor back in 2017, has recently wrapped filming on period drama The World to Come, alongside Vanessa Kirby.

Meanwhile, Monaghan was recently announced as the latest addition to The Craft reboot, while Claflin finished filming his mysterious role in the upcoming Enola Holmes opposite Millie Bobby Brown as the eponymous character and Henry Cavill as her older brother, Sherlock Holmes.

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Sam Claflin joins growing cast of Enola Holmes movie

Sam Claflin is the latest Hollywood star to join the cast of the upcoming Enola Holmes movie.The Hunger Games actor will star alongside Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter and Fiona Shaw in the project, which is to be based on The En…

Sam Claflin is the latest Hollywood star to join the cast of the upcoming Enola Holmes movie.

The Hunger Games actor will star alongside Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter and Fiona Shaw in the project, which is to be based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series by Nancy Springer.

Harry Bradbeer is directing from a script penned by Jack Thorne, with the plot revolving around a missing teenager whose father has been murdered.

Stranger Things star Brown is set to play the titular character, while Cavill will portray Sherlock Holmes and Bonham Carter will take on the part of Enola’s mother, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

The 15-year-old is also producing, alongside her sister Paige Brown, Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes.

Springer’s six-book series, which began with The Case of the Missing Marquess in 2006, tells the tale of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ younger sister, Enola, who turns out to be a highly capable detective in her own right.

Claflin, who also featured in romantic drama Me Before You opposite Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, next appears in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The first trailer for the action flick, due out in November, dropped last month, but the British actor was not featured, leaving fans speculating who he plays in the Elizabeth Banks-directed film.

In a recent chat with PopSugar, Claflin shared that he will play the charming Alexander Brock, boss of Naomi Scott’s Elena Houghlin, in the film. However, he has insisted his character wasn’t a villain.

“I think he’s a man with a plan, and in his mind, ‘In order to bake a cake, you have to break a few eggs.’ I think he sort of uses people, but I wouldn’t say he’s a villain. But it’s up to you to make your own minds up, really,” the 33-year-old teased.

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Sam Claflin cast in Charlie’s Angels

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. T…

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. This will not be the first collaboration between Claflin and the Pitch Perfect star, as the pair previously worked together on three of the four films from The Hunger Games film series, and Elizabeth was delighted to have her former co-star on board.

“Welcome @samclaflin (heart eye emoji) #EffieApproves,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (02Oct18), referring to her Hunger Games character Effie Trinket.

News of the 32-year-old’s casting was first reported by Variety, though the publication shared no details regarding the specific role he is taking on. Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou and Luis Gerardo Mendez have also bagged parts in the movie, which is scheduled for release in September 2019 by Columbia Pictures.

The Charlie’s Angels script comes courtesy of Banks and British screenwriter Jay Bassu – who has recently written the screenplay of Claire Foy’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web which hits cinemas in November (18). Their story is based on an earlier version by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas, and will reportedly focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie, following the Charles Townsend Detective Agency’s global expansion, meaning the organisation now provides security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients.

Claflin recently played one half of a couple stranded in the Pacific Ocean in Adrift, starring opposite Shailene Woodley, and also landed a role in Australian period thriller The Nightingale. His other projects currently in post-production include British crime thriller The Corrupted with Timothy Spall and Hugh Bonneville, while he is also lending his voice to animated picture Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs.

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Sam Claflin heaps praise on ‘loveable’ Shailene Woodley

Sam Claflin found it easy to act in love with his Adrift co-star Shailene Woodley.Adrift recounts the true tale of sailors Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who set off on a sea voyage that ended with them sailing into the eye of a hurricane.Director Balt…

Sam Claflin found it easy to act in love with his Adrift co-star Shailene Woodley.

Adrift recounts the true tale of sailors Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who set off on a sea voyage that ended with them sailing into the eye of a hurricane.

Director Baltasar Kormakur, whose previous movies include Everest and The Deep, is known for shooting on location wherever possible, so Sam, Shailene and the rest of the crew spent a lot of time on the open sea.

“There was such an ease and a comfort between us and an immediate warmth. Because we shot 90 per cent of this on the ocean and felt everything, there was very little acting required,” Sam said, reports Cover Media.

“When you genuinely care for someone, and I did for Shailene, it’s hard not to get to know them – you’re forced to as you’re on top of each other for three months. You have to like them – but it wasn’t hard to care for her, and it wasn’t hard to cry or feel when she was crying. I find it easy to pretend to be in love with someone who is easily loveable.”

American actress Shailene has been just as complimentary about her English co-star, recently telling E! News that the pair laughed and cried a lot together, while praising Sam’s positive attitude.

“This whole process was as beautiful as it was taxing, but every time that he would show up with a big smile on his face and not complain at hour 16, or not complain when we were seasick, or not complain when something went awry, not only did it inspire me but it inspired the whole crew to stand up and work harder,” she smiled.

Adrift is in cinemas now.

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Baltasar Kormakur wants Adrift audience to fear shark attack

Director Baltasar Kormakur has added suspense to his new movie Adrift by including shots designed to make audiences fearful of a shark attack. The Icelandic director’s film tells the real-life story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, two lovers who fin…

Director Baltasar Kormakur has added suspense to his new movie Adrift by including shots designed to make audiences fearful of a shark attack.

The Icelandic director’s film tells the real-life story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, two lovers who find themselves adrift in the Pacific Ocean after their sailing boat is struck by a hurricane.

Kormakur, who was once a competitive sailor himself, was determined to stay true to the story, but included shots that implied Tami and Richard might be attacked to recreate the fear of being out in the open ocean.

“Throwing a shark into the story, for example, would have no integrity because there wasn’t a shark in the story,” he said at a Q&A following a screening of the film in London. “Making you feel like there might be a shark around, is still in the framework for me, because that’s what you feel when you get in the ocean – what is underneath you?”

The film stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as the main characters, and the real-life Tami visited the set to check on cast and crew. At one point, she even burst into tears as Claflin’s portrayal of Richard, as he was so convincing.

“She says I embodied him in a way I didn’t realise I could,” the actor explained. “And all have said there are a lot of similarities. All I wanted to do was embody an essence of him, and knowing that we did that, and we had her blessing and that she was there and thought we were doing a good job.”

The 32-year-old added that portraying Richard and Tami’s relationship was made easier by his friendship with Woodley.

“When you genuinely care for someone, and I did for Shailene, it’s hard not to get to know them – you’re forced to as you’re on top of each other for three months,” he said. “You have to like them – but wasn’t hard to care for her, and it wasn’t hard to cry or feel when she was crying. I find it easy to pretend to be in love with someone who is easily lovable.”

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Seasick Sam Claflin: ‘Sailing is not for me’

Sam Claflin has decided sailing isn’t for him after throwing up while filming his new movie on the open ocean.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor stars alongside Shailene Woodley in Adrift, which tells the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Shar…

Sam Claflin has decided sailing isn’t for him after throwing up while filming his new movie on the open ocean.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor stars alongside Shailene Woodley in Adrift, which tells the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, a couple who had to fight for their lives after sailing into a hurricane while traversing the Pacific Ocean.

Sam had to go on a restrictive diet to slim down for the role, and admits he soon discovered that it was a bad idea to head out to sea on an empty stomach.

“I quickly realised that it (sailing) wasn’t for me,” the seasick actor said at a Q&A session following a screening of the movie in London.

“I wasn’t eating very much and I’d set out with three or four coffees first thing in the morning with no food and apparently that’s a recipe for disaster on a boat. Shailene was literally rubbing my back as I was puking out of the boat.”

The film’s director Baltasar Kormakur was a competitive sailor in his youth, but the rest of his cast and crew struggled with shooting at sea – despite the gorgeous surroundings of the South Pacific.

“Day one on the open ocean we were all taking selfies, thinking wow we’re all in Fiji on the back of a yacht, this is dreamy, we can watch the sunrise – it was amazing,” the 31-year-old recalled. “About an hour or two hours into the day the first crew member emerged from beneath the decks and was looking pale as a ghost and beyond him there was another twelve people hurling.”

Explaining how being at sea had taken its toll on almost all the crew, he added: “Everyone bar Baltasar and Bob Richardson, the cinematographer, threw up.”

Adrift is in cinemas now.

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Shailene Woodley nearly starved on strict Adrift diet

Actress Shailene Woodley ate no more than 350 calories per day while shooting her new survival drama Adrift.The star shot much of the movie at sea and admits the filming experience was tough on her body, because her seasickness was amplified by her sho…

Actress Shailene Woodley ate no more than 350 calories per day while shooting her new survival drama Adrift.

The star shot much of the movie at sea and admits the filming experience was tough on her body, because her seasickness was amplified by her shockingly low-fat diet.

“I can’t sleep when I’m hungry, so I would have a glass of wine (every night) to basically pass the f**k out,” she tells U.K. newspaper The Times. “For the last two weeks (of the shoot) I had a can of salmon, some steamed broccoli and two egg yolks every day.”

Shailene plays Tami Oldham in the true life story of her 41-day survival at sea in 1983 with then-fiance Richard Sharp, portrayed by Sam Claflin, and reveals she leaned heavily on her co-star to cope with the challenges of the intense film shoot.

“I don’t know that I could do it without Sam,” she confessed. “We both really were there for one another in our moments of extreme exhaustion and hunger.”

Woodley previously revealed she and Claflin bonded with the rest of the Adrift crew as filming became a physical hardship, admitting many scenes didn’t require an awful lot of acting: “What the audience sees in that scene (when a hurricane is approaching) is a look of nervousness, but it’s really Sam and I trying not puke when the cameras are rolling,” she told USA Today. “It’s like, ‘Keep it together’. That’s pure anxiety.”

“When you’re stuck on a boat with 15 people every single day, you’re all dealing with things like the toilets breaking and everyone just having to jump in the ocean to use the bathroom,” Shailene added. “There’s a lot of discomfort, there’s a lot of bodily smells. And a lot of humour. That’s the glue that keeps everyone together.”

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Sam Claflin overhauled diet and fitness regime for Adrift role

Sam Claflin had to train twice a day when he landed in Fiji to prepare for sea drama Adrift.Sam stars opposite Shailene Woodley in Baltasar Kormakur’s new feature, based on the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who, in 1983, sailed into the …

Sam Claflin had to train twice a day when he landed in Fiji to prepare for sea drama Adrift.

Sam stars opposite Shailene Woodley in Baltasar Kormakur’s new feature, based on the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who, in 1983, sailed into the eye of one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

The slim actor was required to look increasingly gaunt for his Adrift scenes, and accordingly, had to quickly shed the pounds he’d recently put on while shooting period thriller The Nightingale.

“Baltasar basically told me I was fat,” Sam smiled to British newspaper Metro. “And I was fat – for me. I was not ready for the world to see me like that so I knew the minute I got to Fiji I was going on a diet and training twice a day. I have done it before so I knew I could do it. I am very disciplined and determined but I don’t enjoy the gym.”

Sam, who has showed off a buff physique in films such as Love, Rosie and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, admitted in a Q&A following a screening of Adrift in London earlier this week (beg25Jun18), that he went on a crash diet as soon as he arrived in Fiji, where the majority of the film was shot.

However, his restricted eating plan led to trouble as cameras began rolling.

“I was on a crash diet from the second I got to Fiji… I arrived in Fiji fat, out of shape, knowing where I needed to get to at the end of this movie,” he said. “So, I wasn’t eating very much and I’d set out and had about three or four coffees first thing in the morning with no food and apparently that’s a recipe for disaster on a boat. Shailene was literally rubbing my back as I was puking over the back.”

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Shailene Woodley only works with directors who are ‘good humans’

Shailene Woodley has a “no jerks policy” when it comes to her career.The actress can currently be seen opposite Sam Claflin in Adrift, which recounts the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s fight for survival after sailing into a hurric…

Shailene Woodley has a “no jerks policy” when it comes to her career.

The actress can currently be seen opposite Sam Claflin in Adrift, which recounts the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s fight for survival after sailing into a hurricane.

For the film, Shailene, who grew up around water, was required to cliff dive, something she had no problem with.

And during a chat with Vulture, when the 26-year-old was asked if acting is similar to jumping off a cliff, Shailene mused: “It can be, but it doesn’t feel scary. It doesn’t feel like you’re jumping off of a cliff into a rabbit hole. It feels like you’re jumping off of a cliff into a lake, into something that you know you’re going to be supported by.

“For me, I do a lot of cross-referencing before I say yes to a project — or before I chase after a project. You want to make sure the script is in a good place, you want to know that the director is a good human. Regardless of how talented anyone is, I think it’s important to have a ‘No jerks’ policy. To work with actors who are inspired to be actors, and who love what they do. So that when you jump off the cliff, you have an idea that it’s going to hold certain truths regardless of what the external environment provides.”

As well as the Adrift, the actress is also working on the second season of Big Little Lies, and animated movie Arkie, in which she voices the lead character.

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