British director Ben Wheatley will helm the project for Netflix.
Having shown her talents to an audience of hundreds of millions with her participation in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, British star Lily James is set to appear with Armie Hammer in a new film adaptation of Rebecca for Netflix.
The two stars will team up with director Ben Wheatley for the project, a collaboration between Netflix and Working Title. Jane Goldman, who has previously worked on Woman In Black and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, will be taking on script duties.
It’s adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic thriller novel of the same name. A movie adaptation of ‘Rebecca’ soon followed in 1940, which was famous for being Alfred Hitchcock’s first film and which won the Oscar for Best Picture.
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Can you believe some of these famous blood ties?
As coincidences go, Meryl Streep and Lily James' discovery that they are distantly related is as adorable as it gets with the pair having portrayed young and older versions of the same character in the recent 'Mamma Mia 2'. They are ninth cousins three times removed, if you can get your head around that.
Here are eight other celebrity pairs you probably didn't know were related:
Gary Oldman and Laila Morse
Given the legend that surrounds him, you might be surprised to know that Winston Churchill was by no means the government's first choice of Prime Minister during World War II. Still, he had many qualities that would make him perfect to lead the country at its most desperate hour of need; he lacked vanity, he was charismatic in many ways, and had a determination and forcefulness that few could hope to match. He was simply the country's last hope. But within days of being in office, he was faced with the biggest challenge of his career: the battle of Dunkirk.
Churchill knew what he was getting into from the start, with the War having already been waging for at least eight months. But with so many British and Allied soldiers stranded on the French beaches in 1940, surrounded by enemy planes at every turn, the probability of their evacuation seemed miniscule, the probability of German invasion extremely likely. While the people around him urged him to begin negotiating peace talks with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Churchill knew that the only way they were going to survive was if they stood and fought to the end. Surrender was not an option.
With the might of his colleagues and the brave military behind him, not to mention his loving and devoted wife Clementine Hozier, Churchill led his country to one of its greatest victories.
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James is to play 'young Donna' in 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'.
Lily James’s star continues to rise with reports that she has signed up to play a younger version of Meryl Streep’s character in a forthcoming movie sequel to hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’.
Deadline reported on Wednesday evening (July 12th) that the 28 year old highly-acclaimed British star is the latest addition to the cast of the long-awaited musical sequel, having made memorable appearances in Cinderella and this summer’s hit Baby Driver following her breakthrough in period drama ‘Downton Abbey’.
James will apparently be playing ‘Young Donna’ in flashback scenes, with Streep making a re-appearances as her original character. Certain scenes will be showing how Donna’s relationships with her previous boyfriends were built and crumbled earlier in her life.
Continue reading: Lily James To Star As Young Meryl Streep In 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel
Wildly energetic and so cool it hurts, this action movie has been put together in the style of a colourful movie musical, but with the songs playing in the background. Everything is choreographed to the tunes, as the cars veer across the road dodging bullets fired in sync to the rhythm. It's pure candy for the eyes and ears, impeccably staged by writer-director Edgar Wright. And we don't mind much that there's not much more to it than that.
The title refers to Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young man who doesn't talk much. Hiding behind sunglasses and earbuds, he's an expert driver raised by his deaf foster dad (C.J. Jones) after his parents died in, yes, a car crash. He's also in debt to Doc (Kevin Spacey) a criminal mastermind who orchestrates elaborate heists with a variety of low-life goons, all with Baby at the wheel. And things are looking up for Baby when he falls for diner waitress Debora (Lily James) just as he pays off his debt to Doc. But first he has to do one last job, working this time with the loved-up Buddy and Darling (Jon Hamm and Eliza Gonzalez) and the unpredictable, trigger-happy Bats (Jamie Foxx).
Scenes play to the beat of the songs on Baby's iPod, and Wright adds clever touches everywhere. Shooting in long takes with elaborately planned-out mayhem, the film ricochets from one sequence to the next, looking seriously stylish every step of the way. It quickly becomes clear that even the super-efficient Baby is soon going to be in over his head, which helps us root for him as the carnage escalates. The likeable Elgort has a lot of fun with the role, enjoying Baby's wordless swagger while including a touch of emotion here and there. No one else gets a chance to add much depth to his or her role, but at least Foxx gets to steal his scenes simply because no one has a clue what he might do next.
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Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies graphic novel has been made into a film.
After being corseted up in Downton Abbey, Cinderella and the BBC's current hit adaptation of War & Peace, it's hardly surprising that Lily James landed the lead role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a horror-comedy riff on the Jane Austin classic.
But she wasn't too sure she wanted to be involved. "When I saw the email from my agent," she says, "I was like, 'This sounds terrible!' Then 10 pages into the script, I thought, 'This is so cool!' Somehow these two worlds join together, and it's a riot. It shouldn't work, but it does."
Only funny if you like that sort of thing.
The long-awaited film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' (itself a humorous horror take on the Jane Austen novel) has finally hit cinemas, and the critical reception is predictably mixed. Overall, it seems that it's a low-budget laugh, if lacking a stimulating plot.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies divides critics
Basically, the story follows that of 'Pride And Prejudice' in that the Bennet sisters' mother is attempting to marry them off to wealthy suitors, with the added idea that their father is having them undergo weapons training to defend themselves against the zombies that roam the land.
Just 30 minutes after the watershed the BBC showed a fully naked solider on Sunday evening and viewers couldn't believe their eyes.
The BBC’s adaption of ‘War and Peace’ has already been described as a ‘sexed-up’ retelling of Tolstoy’s original tale, but nothing prepared viewers for Sunday night’s episode. At approximately 26 minutes after the 9pm watershed on Sunday, viewers were faced with full frontal male nudity and no one knew quite where to look.
Lily James stars in ‘War and Peace’ on BBC One.
On twitter viewers couldn't believe what they had just seen and reacted with a mixture of shock and amusement. ‘That was unexpected! First time i've seen a penis on BBC1! (and on a Sunday too!) #WarAndPeace,’ wrote one viewer.
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Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end it feels so concocted that it's difficult to believe. While there's plenty of potential in the premise, the film becomes distracted by irrelevant subplots that try to stir up some tension but never quite manage it. And for a movie about food, the cuisine is simply too abstract to be mouthwatering.
At the centre is Adam (Bradley Cooper), a bad boy chef whose partying ways ended his high-flying career in Paris. After a period of penance in New Orleans, he moves to London to start again, with the goal of finally getting his elusive third Michelin star. Since he has alienated his friends, he turns to Tony (Daniel Bruhl), a guy who always had a soft spot for him and happens to be running a posh restaurant, which Adam quickly takes over. He rustles up some old colleagues (Omar Sy and Riccardo Scamarcio) and hires hot-shot Helene (Sienna Miller) as his sous chef. But his demanding perfectionism is keeping things from running very smoothly.
This set-up is ripe for both black comedy and soul-searching drama, and yet writer Steven Knight throws in irrelevant sideroads including a mandated therapist (the wonderful Emma Thompson), a bitter rival (a jagged Matthew Rhys), a couple of randomly violent loan sharks and a precocious little girl. Even though the actors do what they can to make every scene intriguing, none of these story elements add anything to the overall film. Still, Cooper holds the movie together with sheer charisma, even if his sudden transition from absolute tyrant to cuddly sweetheart isn't terribly convincing. At least he adds some surprising textures to his scenes, and indulges in sparky banter with those around him. And while Miller is solid in her thankless role, even she can't breathe life into such a thinly developed romance.
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The finale of 'Downton Abbey' will feature at least one blast from the past as the 'Cinderella' actress confirmed her participation.
She may have enjoyed one of the most commercially successful movies of the year with her star turn in Cinderella, but Lily James has revealed that she’ll be returning to where it all began for her with a guest appearance in the Christmas special of ‘Downton Abbey’ next month.
The final episode of the ITV period drama, which has aired for six seasons since 2010, is one of the most closely guarded secrets in television, but the 26 year old actress has revealed (possibly without the permission of the show’s producers…) that she’ll be reprising her character Lady Rose, who was married and journeying to New York at the end of the previous fifth season.
Lily James at the BAFTA Tribute to 'Downton Abbey'
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