Barack and Michelle Obama teaming with Russo brothers on new movie – report

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S Pre…

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.

Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S President included the fantasy drama on his list of best books.

The fourth novel from Pakistani writer Hamid tackles the global refugee crisis as it follows a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who are forced to flee an unidentified war-torn city in the Middle East following violent clashes between guerrillas and the government.

The duo then joins a group of migrants and travel to safe havens around the world, including Greece and California, using a system of guarded magical doors.

According to editors at Collider, the Obamas’ company Higher Ground Productions is teaming up with the Avengers: Endgame directors’ AGBO banner to produce the feature adaption for the streaming giant.

Riz Ahmed is reportedly attached to star, with Yann Demange helming the project.

A rep for the Russo Brothers has yet to comment on the report.

The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was originally tapped to direct in a first-look deal, but duties have since been passed to White Boy Rick filmmaker Demange.

Mike Larocca will produce alongside Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, while a new writer is expected to be hired to work on the adaptation in the near future.

The Russo brothers recently wrapped production on crime-drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland, while the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions was behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory.

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Yann Demange: ‘Matthew McConaughey is director’s dream’

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the y…

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.

Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the youngest ever FBI informant, and how he wound up serving a life sentence as a teenager.

Talking about working with Oscar winner Matthew, the filmmaker only has good things to say about the Dallas Buyers Club star.

“What surprised me, I’ve not worked with a star before and I was like, ‘How’s it going to be? Is he going to listen and be open?’ And he did, he’d be up for trying anything, as long as you collaborate with him and you try everything he wants to do, he’ll try everything you want to do too,” Yann smiled to Cover Media.

“You just got to put the time in. And he’s there to jazz, he’s there to riff, he’s there to try. He’s not precious, he doesn’t think he knows all the answers. He likes to be directed, but he has ideas as well, he has strong ideas, and you’ve got to try them out. And he surprised me many times. I thought a scene should be played more serious, and he’d play it lighter and funnier. And I was like, ‘Oh actually you’re right, there’s more poignancy in that.’”

English actress Bel Powley, Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry and Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star.

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Matthew McConaughey found teen actor at high school

Matthew McConaughey and director Yann Demange plucked newcomer Richie Merritt out of a high school principal’s office and asked him to star in their new drama White Boy Rick. The Dallas Buyers Club actor, who plays the father of Merrit’s character in …

Matthew McConaughey and director Yann Demange plucked newcomer Richie Merritt out of a high school principal’s office and asked him to star in their new drama White Boy Rick.

The Dallas Buyers Club actor, who plays the father of Merrit’s character in the film, admits he was shocked by the young star’s acting ability after learning he had no prior experience whatsoever.

Merritt plays real-life teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who signed up to become an undercover informant for the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) in the 1980s. He was subsequently arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

“This young man has never had a job, we did a casting, we were looking for the right person for this role for two years,” McConaughey told U.S. breakfast show Today on Wednesday (12Sep18). “They find him in the principal’s office in a Baltimore, (Maryland) high school.

“The director kind of put him through a bootcamp and we saw that he could be honest and he could behave nicely in front of a camera.”

And McConaughey reveals Richie was so new to the business he didn’t even know who he was talking to when they first met.

“He didn’t know who I was when I met him,” he added. “I met him in the parking lot of a bowling alley a month before we started shooting and I had to pick him out. He didn’t recognise me at all, so we started to work together, he’s the lead in this movie, he does a wonderful job. He knew the role. He knew the life of the person he was inhabiting and he does a wonderful job.”

White Boy Rick is released in America on Friday (14Sep18).

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Danny Boyle top choice to direct Bond 25 – report

Danny Boyle is reportedly the frontrunner to helm the next James Bond movie.According to movie insiders, the Slumdog Millionaire director is top of Bond bosses’ wish list, though sources tell Variety no formal offer has been made.Daniel Craig has signe…

Danny Boyle is reportedly the frontrunner to helm the next James Bond movie.

According to movie insiders, the Slumdog Millionaire director is top of Bond bosses’ wish list, though sources tell Variety no formal offer has been made.

Daniel Craig has signed on to play 007 for the fifth time in Bond 25, despite his earlier protestations that he’d rather “slash my wrists” than play the spy again, though director Sam Mendes bowed out of the franchise following 2015’s Spectre.

Danny has been on producers’ radar since 2012’s Skyfall, also directed by Sam, and he came close that same year when he shot the James Bond spoof starring Daniel and Queen Elizabeth II for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

However, in a previous interview with movie site Collider, he ruled himself out of directing a full-length Bond feature.

“They’re not really for me. The budgets are too big,” he said. “I’m better working at a lower level of money really because I like that discipline of not having enough money to pull off whatever it is you want to pull off. So I wouldn’t be the best person to do those. No. And anyway, I’ve made a Bond film with a great stellar cast.”

If bosses fail to land the Oscar-winning director, insiders tell Variety that White Boy Rick filmmaker Yann Demange is also being considered for the job.

Danny is currently filming episodes for upcoming FX series Trust, which centres on the kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III. It stars Brendan Fraser, Donald Sutherland, and Hilary Swank, and is slated for a 25 March (18) release.

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