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New Animated Movie Project: Nimona

Deadline – Animated Film ‘Nimona’ Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed & Eugene Lee Yang Finds Home At Netflix Following Blue Sky Studios Shutdown; ND Stevenson, Who Penned Original Graphic Novel, Reacts

The animated film Nimona, scrapped following the shutdown of Blue Sky Studios amid Disney’s acquisition of Fox, has landed at Netflix, with Chloë Grace Moretz (Mother/Android), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) and Eugene Lee Yang (Spring Bloom) set to star. The adaptation of ND Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel—originally to have been directed by Patrick Osborne, but now being helmed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Spies in Disguise)—will debut on the streamer in 2023.
In the LGBTQ+-themed Nimona, Knight Ballister Boldheart (Ahmed) is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona (Moretz), a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval world unlike anything animation has tackled before, this is an inclusive story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone. Yang is playing a character named Ambrosius Goldenloin.

Netflix partnered with Annapurna Pictures on Nimona when production began early last year. Roy Lee, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary are producing, with Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison and Andrew Millstein exec producing, and DNEG handling animation for the feature.

Taking to Twitter today to celebrate Nimona‘s revival was Stevenson, who wrote, “Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…coming at you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix.”

Moretz was recently seen in the Hulu sci-fi thriller Mother/Android, and will next star in the Amazon sci-fi series The Peripheral, Anne Sewitsky’s thriller White Night with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Kike Maillo’s crime drama Love Is a Gun.

Ahmed recently shared an Oscar with Aneil Karia for the live-action short The Long Goodbye, which he co-wrote and starred in. The actor will next appear in Yann Demange’s sci-fi drama, Exit West. Other recent credits include the films Encounter, Mogul Mowgli and Sound of Metal, and the Netflix series The OA.

Yang will next be seen in Cole Evans’ romantic drama Spring Bloom, with Jack McDormand and Nora Zehetner. Additional credits include the podcast series Classified and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Stevenson’s reaction to today’s Nimona news, and a first-look still from the film unveiled by Netflix today, can be found below. Moretz is represented by WME, T Squared Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Ahmed by WME; Yang by WME, Avalon Management and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller; Bruno by UTA and Newhouse / Porter / Hubbard; Quane by Verve and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols; and Stevenson by APA, Inkwell Management and Weintraub Tobin Chediak.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Collider: From Kick-Ass To Tom & Jerry: 10 Essential Chloë Grace Moretz Performances

Everthing good about Chloë Moretz!

Chloë Grace Moretz has an impressive, chaotically long filmography. The twenty-five-year-old actress has been captivating us for over fifteen years, building up a remarkable list of films and characters during her early career. Known for her portrayal of darker roles and mature content from an early age, Moretz showcases time and time again why she remains an indie powerhouse.

With her latest release, Mother/Android centering on motherhood and the android apocalypse, it’s no surprise this list is chock-full of balls to the wall crazy cinematic experiences. Some good, some bad, and some downright ridiculous, Moretz has done it all, and we can’t wait for more.

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Source: Collider

Deadline Hollywood: Chloë Grace Moretz & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring In Anne Sewitsky’s Jonestown Massacre Thriller ‘White Night’; FilmNation Launches Sales – EFM

Cast has been set for White Night, a thriller about one of the most infamous cult stories of all time – the Jonestown Massacre – which is being helmed by Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy).

Chloë Grace Moretz (Suspiria) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) will star in the movie, which is based on Deborah Layton’s memoir Seductive Poison. William Wheeler (The Ghost In The Shell) penned the adaptation.

Grace Moretz is playing Layton in the pic, with the story recounting how she rose through the ranks of the People’s Temple cult, eventually entering the inner circle of Christian Socialist preacher Jim Jones (Gordon-Levitt). Jones established “Jonestown” in 1974 in Guyana as an extension of his San Francisco based cult. It was there where, on November 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in one of the largest mass murder-suicides on record.

The book was optioned by Amy Nauiokas and Anne Carey at Archer Gray, who will produce with FilmNation, which is also financing and will launch sales at the virtual European Film Market. Filming will begin this spring.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Collider: Chloë Grace Moretz to Star In Amazon’s Series Adaptation of William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’

The story is a murder mystery thriller in a sci-fi dystopia with multiple futures and timelines.

Chloë Grace Moretz has been cast in a lead role in Amazon’s upcoming series adaptation of William Gibson’s The Peripheral. As reported by Variety, Moretz will play Flynne, a woman living in rural America in the near-future who witnesses what might be a murder while watching what she initially believed was a virtual reality feed.

Gibson’s 2014 novel is pretty dense science fiction. It involves multiple futures, alternate timelines, and two different main characters (Flynne and a man named Wilf Netherton, who lives over 70 years in Flynn’s future). The story jumps between these two, and they eventually end up interacting with each other, because this is sci-fi babaaay. Developing this story into a series is going to be a challenge, but it’ll be an interesting challenge to watch, and Moretz is a pretty strong lead. (She did amazing work in recent films Greta and Suspiria, and she’s had a career full of impressive roles in films like Kick-Ass and Carrie.)

Oscar-nominated writer Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan) will write, produce, and serve as showrunner on the series. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are executive producing through their Kilter Films banner, after signing an enormous overall deal with Amazon last year. (It looks like they are nowhere near the writers room for The Peripheral, which to be frank is great news.) Vincenzo Natali, the director and co-writer of a little indie sci-fi horror movie called Cube, is set to direct. For more TV news, click here to read some casting news about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.

Source: Collider

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Robert De Niro coming to Philly to film crime drama ‘After Exile’

Philadelphia will get a whole lot of Robert De Niro come November.

When Netflix’s The Irishman, in which De Niro plays Philly area mobster Frank Sheeran, premieres, he’ll actually be in Philly to film another project.

De Niro will come to town for After Exile, which starts principal photography in Philly in early November, Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson has confirmed. The film, another crime drama, puts De Niro alongside Shailene Woodley, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Joshua Michael Stern (Jobs) will direct.

Announced earlier this year, the film features De Niro as an ex-con Deadline reports. Variety previously reported that Shia LaBeouf would appear in the film as De Niro’s son, but Pinkenson said LaBeouf is not involved in the project.

De Niro has played a few Philly area-based characters over the years, most recently Sheeran, a reputed mobster from Darby who claimed to have killed Jimmy Hoffa — a story on which The Irishman will focus when it is released in theaters on Nov. 1 and on Netflix Nov. 27. One of De Niro’s most well known Philly characters is a tad softer than the mob-associated assassin: Pat Solitano Sr., otherwise known as the father of Bradley Cooper’s character in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, which filmed in the Philly ‘burbs.

As Philly area native Cooper told David Letterman on the Late Show back in 2012, he actually volunteered his own Uncle Ernie, a heating and air-conditioning repairman from Delco, to teach De Niro the Philly accent. According to NBC, Cooper’s uncle did so by reading De Niro his own lines from the script.

After Exile will be the latest in a string of high-profile projects to film in Philadelphia this year. So far, we’ve seen stars like Jason Segel working on Dispatches from Elsewhere, Idris Elba making Concrete Cowboys, the Fab Five doing makeovers for Netflix’s Queer Eye, and Sterling K. Brown and Lyric Ross filming NBC’s This Is Us.

“It’s exciting,” Pinkenson said of After Exile’s upcoming trip to Philly. “It’s been quite a year.”

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Hollywood Reporter: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jack O’Connell to Play Bonnie and Clyde in ‘Love Is a Gun’

Kike Maillo’s upcoming biopic of the iconic crime couple is heading to AFM with Endeavor Content.
More than 50 years after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway turned them into cinematic icons, Bonnie and Clyde are heading back to the big screen.

Chloe Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell are teaming up to play the notorious Depression-era criminal duo for Love Is a Gun, which will be directed by Kike Maillo, whose 2016 film Toro became a box-office hit in his native Spain.

Based on best-selling author Jeff Guinn’s Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde and written by Oscar-nominee Sheldon Turner (Up In the Air) with revisions by Johnny Newman (Narcos), Love Is a Gun is billed as the “thrilling, gritty and emotional story of two of history’s most famous lovers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.”

Endeavor Content is handling international sales and will present the project to buyers at AFM. CAA is co-repping the film domestically with the producers.

Marissa McMahon and Ashley Schlaifer of Kamala Films (A Private War) are producing alongside Sean and Bryan Furst (Daybreakers, The Matador) of Skybound Entertainment.

“We are excited to reintroduce the iconic story of Bonnie and Clyde,” the producing team said in a joint statement. “Their story remains ubiquitous in popular culture across the globe, yet few in this generation know the details of their intimate love affair and the circumstances that led to their notorious crime spree that captured the imagination of the world in their time. Kike, Chloë and Jack are completely in sync about the character-driven approach we will be taking, and we feel lucky to have a creative team of this high caliber leading us forward,”

Added Alex Walton, executive vp international film sales and distribution at Endeavor Content: “Kiké Maillo brings a modern and edgy take on the universal story of star-crossed lovers, which is renowned around the world, and Chloë and Jack’s casting bring an authenticity to this tragic love story.”

Moretz is repped by WME and T Squared Entertainment; O’Connell is repped by CAA and Conway van Gelder Grant.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter