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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Amandla Stenberg body-shamed on set for large breasts

Actress Amandla Stenberg is tired of hearing her breasts are too big to appear on camera.The Hunger Games star has only made eight films since the launch of her career in 2011, and she can’t believe how often her body has been criticised on set in her …

Actress Amandla Stenberg is tired of hearing her breasts are too big to appear on camera.

The Hunger Games star has only made eight films since the launch of her career in 2011, and she can’t believe how often her body has been criticised on set in her seven-year career.

“Being in entertainment can be hard,” the 19-year-old tells Seventeen magazine. “If you were to meet actors in real life, you’d probably be surprised at how tiny they are.

“I’m not a hella-skinny person – I’m petite, but I’m low-key slim-thick – and I’ve had people put pressure on me to lose weight or oversexualise my body, because it doesn’t look infantile.

“People often say my boobs are too big. There have been several moments when I was filming a scene and someone came over with a small sports bra and said, ‘Put this on real quick. Your boobs look too big on camera!’ You’re conceived of as ‘too much’ if you have, like, thighs. It’s ridiculous!

“I try to only work in spaces now that make me feel comfortable. It’s challenging, but I’d rather be healthy and happy and love my body.”

Amandla is of mixed African-American and Danish heritage and beauty standards involving her ethnic background have also proven to be a challenge for her to navigate, with the star admitting it took her years to embrace her natural beauty.

“I’ve had to unlearn a lot, and I’m still unlearning things. I hated my hair growing up – I thought it was ugly. By the time I got to high school, I was using a relaxer (to make it straight),” she shares. “But when I was 16, I chopped off all the dead hair and started wearing it natural, and I realised that it was so beautiful and cool and versatile! Anti-black beauty standards are so pervasive.

“Fighting that requires constant unpacking and positive self-messaging, so of course I still have my moments when I feel insecure. But in those moments, I’m always (inspired) by the fact that being black is just so poppin’ (cool). The perspective, the culture, the family, the food… I love everything about being black.”

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Amandla Stenberg surprised to win lead in The Darkest Minds

Amandla Stenberg was “flabbergasted” to be cast as the face of new dystopian movie The Darkest Minds.The biracial actress heads up a young cast in the big screen version of Alexandra Bracken 2012 young adult novel, with Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitfor…

Amandla Stenberg was “flabbergasted” to be cast as the face of new dystopian movie The Darkest Minds.

The biracial actress heads up a young cast in the big screen version of Alexandra Bracken 2012 young adult novel, with Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford and Gwendoline Christie also co-starring.

It’s a genre the 19-year-old is familiar with, having starred in The Hunger Games, the only difference is, in a break from movie tradition, now she’s leading the future franchise.

“We’ve seen these young adult dystopian series before but we’ve only seen it with Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Shailene Woodley (Divergent). I was flabbergasted at the idea that they were even interested in casting me because it was based on a book series that, I think you assume upon reading, is written as white,” she admitted to Flaunt magazine.

The film tells the story of a group of teenagers on the run from the government after mysteriously obtaining superpowers.

While the sci-fi film is set in a fantasy world, Amandla says there are lots of themes that are similar to what’s currently going on in the real world.

“These children have the ability to access this special part of themselves and adults respond to that with fear and violence,” she explained. “It’s something that so many of us are facing right now, understanding how we can harness our own tools like social media. Not to approach it with fear, but instead learn how to face a regime that we don’t believe in.”

The Darkest Minds began hitting cinemas in August (18).

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Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Tales takes shape with top child stars

The Hunger Games actor Michael Garza and Moonrise Kingdom star Gabriel Rush have landed roles in Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The two child stars will join Austin Abrams, Austin Zajur, and Zoe Colletti in the ad…

The Hunger Games actor Michael Garza and Moonrise Kingdom star Gabriel Rush have landed roles in Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

The two child stars will join Austin Abrams, Austin Zajur, and Zoe Colletti in the adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s young adult novel series, which The Shape of Water director has scripted.

Andre Ovredal, who will direct the movie,tells Deadline, “We spent months searching for and assembling the perfect group of actors to help us realise the most terrifying adaptation that we could conceive.”

Del Toro, who will also produce the film, adds, “I am honoured to support Andre’s vision and, with our partners, to bring the incredible world of Scary Stories to the screen.”

Del Toro is a longtime fan of the book series and even owns 10 of the original Stephen Gammell illustrations featured in Schwartz’s stories. He co-wrote the screenplay with Kevin and Dan Hageman, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.

The Oscar winner is still considering taking on Roald Dahl’s The Witches as his next project after revealing he was interested in revamping the 1983 novel, about a secret society of child-hating evil witches, for a new film.

The 1990 original featured Anjelica Huston and Brenda Blethyn.

Guillermo is also mulling over the possibility of remaking beloved fairytale Pinocchio.

“I have given myself until September to decide,” he told the Daily Mail earlier this year (18).

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Gary Ross decided to make Ocean’s 8 following reaction to The Hunger Games

Gary Ross was inspired to create an all-female Ocean’s movie after learning how much The Hunger Games meant to girls.The filmmaker directed the first instalment of The Hunger Games, a sci-fi adventure starring Jennifer Lawrence as a strong heroine name…

Gary Ross was inspired to create an all-female Ocean’s movie after learning how much The Hunger Games meant to girls.

The filmmaker directed the first instalment of The Hunger Games, a sci-fi adventure starring Jennifer Lawrence as a strong heroine named Katniss Everdeen.

After the film was released in 2012, Gary noticed the empowering effect the female-led action movie had on young girls, and it planted the seed for him to create an all-female reboot of the Ocean’s trilogy.

When asked how the idea for Ocean’s 8 came about, Gary explained to reporters at the movie’s London premiere, “You know, something sticks with you from every movie and what stuck with me on this one (The Hunger Games) was how much it meant to girls to see a protagonist like Jennifer up there in that kind of a movie.

“One night I was with a friend having dinner and this (Ocean’s) sort of popped into my head and I realised we’d never seen an ensemble like this. Eight strong kick-a*s women coming together to do this on their own, not having anything to do with a guy, just by themselves. I realised, because it had never happened before, (it) was all the more reason for it to happen.”

The Seabiscuit director then asked collaborator Olivia Milch to work with him and they spent more than two years creating the script side by side at a computer.

During that process, the duo had a firm idea of who they would like to play each character and were so convinced that Cate Blanchett should play Lou that they originally called the character Cate in the screenplay.

“We wanted Cate from the outset so we wrote her name into the script,” Gary recalled. “We got very close to shooting and she said to us, ‘Guys, I’m flattered but I think we should call her something else ’cause it’s a little creepy.’ We got many of the cast that we wanted – we’ve very lucky.”

The ensemble cast is rounded out Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina.

Ocean’s 8 is in cinemas now.

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Jennifer Lawrence challenged by sexuality of new spy character

Jennifer Lawrence almost passed on a role in her The Hunger Games director Frances Lawrence’s new movie Red Sparrow, because her character is so sexy. The Oscar winner admits she had huge reservations about the role of Dominika Egorova in the thriller…

Jennifer Lawrence almost passed on a role in her The Hunger Games director Frances Lawrence’s new movie Red Sparrow, because her character is so sexy.

The Oscar winner admits she had huge reservations about the role of Dominika Egorova in the thriller, but felt she had to sign on for the project, or regret letting someone else play the “amazing” part.

Jennifer reveals the director handed her the script and asked her to consider playing the sexy spy, even though he knew she’d have issues with the film’s hardcore sex scenes and the fact her character was a “sexual weapon”.

“He’s known about my insecurities around sexuality and my fear of being judged, but what he didn’t expect was for me to read the script and actually feel floored by it,” the Mother! star tells WENN.

“It was incredibly empowering and I remember just thinking if I were to miss out on making something that’s absolutely fantastic and playing this amazing character because of these insecurities I would lose.”

During filming, Jennifer actually had more problems with the ballet scenes – because she hated the training she had to do to look like an able ballerina.

“That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life,” she laughs. “I think halfway through I was like, ‘Oh my God, my overall goal is not to be a ballerina, so I had trouble finding the wherewithall to keep going.

“Halfway through training I started feeling my muscles changing and my body language changing and also understanding the mental and physical discipline and the mindset of a dancer. Then I finished and I just threw my shoes and ripped the tutu off. I was like, ‘I’m out!'”

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