It is alright if the name Andrea Riseborough seems a little unfamiliar. Though the actress has been a rising star in her native England for years, beginning with her role as an ambitious Labour Party...
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The pop superstar's new movie W.E. partly chronicles King Edward VIII's romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which forced him to abdicate the British throne to his brother.
And Weinstein is so impressed by the project, which stars James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough, he is planning to release the film in America in December (11) - when studios traditionally offer up their best efforts for Academy Awards.
He says, "Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in W.E. It's a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut. I'm incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date."
Ironically, Weinstein was the mastermind behind this year's (11) Best Film Oscar winner The King's Speech, which was released late last year (10) in America to boost its Academy Awards chances.
In that film, Colin Firth, who picked up a Best Actor Oscar, portrayed Edward VIII's stuttering brother, King George VI.
It’s really happening for David O. Russell. Now that he’s on the map thanks to The Fighter, he’s taking on a few ambitious projects—one of which is entitled The Silver Linings Playbook. The project will reunite Russell with three-time collaborator, Mark Wahlberg, but the lead female has yet to be cast. Apparently, it’s a role of heavy interest.
Russell is in the process of testing a few ladies to take the part. Notable candidates to play against Wahlberg include Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde, and possibly Jennifer Lawrence. I’m a little torn on who to hope for, but I would enjoy seeing Mara expand her screen time to another role suitable to her talents.
The story centers on a man (Wahlberg) who is rejoining society in an attempt to pinpoint life’s positives after four years in a mental institution following a mental collapse. The female character, a recent widow, will act as his love interest during a proverbial parade of grief-fueled sexual encounters.
In addition to The Silver Linings Playbook, Russell is working on Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty reimagining. After directing series of films that earned him modest recognition, Russell is finally gaining the notoriety he deserves. Sure, you’re all jumping on his bandwagon now. But I actually saw I Heart Huckabees in theaters. I’m still dealing with that on a personal level.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
To add to the already tremendous cast of Focus Features' Anna Karenina (featuring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson), Saoirse Ronan, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson and Andrea Riseborough have all joined Joe Wright's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. These moves shouldn't be much of a surprise though, considering Wright is known for his successful adaptations of literary hallmarks like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.
For those who only "read" Anna Karenina in sophomore-year English, it's widely considered to be one of the greatest novels ever written. It follows a young woman who, despite being married to an older man, desires a younger chap -- which leads to some pretty heavy and complicated shit. In the film, Macfadyen will play Karenina's brother, Macdonald his wife, Ronan the sister, Williams the mother, Gleeson a family friend and Riseborough a character named Princess Betsy.
Granted, the film will be enjoyable, but it will be interesting to see if the folklore surrounding Anna Karenina will translate to the screen. One of the novel's greatest attributes is its beautiful language, so removing that will prove to be a challenge. But Wright's a talented dude, and so if there's anyone who can handle something on this level, it's the guy who somehow made an actually good movie about a 14-year-old trained killer.
Source: Coming Soon
Clive Owen is one hell of an actor. Then again, he's British and most actors from the UK are pretty darned good. But Owen is just a little bit better than most British actors. Maybe it's the mustache. I’m not sure if that makes too much sense, but I did swap out my morning OJ for my morning whiskey, so we’ll see.
Anyway, Owen has joined Man on a Wire director James Marsh’s latest film, an untitled thriller about the IRA, the Northern Ireland military group. Owen will play a former member who turns becomes an informant. Although Marsh won an Oscar for his incredible documentary, this isn’t his first time he's wading into the features water. He helmed one of the amazing Red Riding Trilogy’s installments, among other things, and has landed Gillian Anderson, Andrea Riseborough, and Aidan Gillen for the IRA movie (that’s alliteration right there).
I’m going to go ahead and call this one hell of a British film. If Owen’s ‘stache is any indication, this is going to live up to all of our expectations and then some.
The Never Let Me Go star grew up in the north of England and moved to London to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but she admits she now feels ready to leave her native Britain.
And the 29 year old insists she's ready for the challenge of living in Paris.
She tells Britain's InStyle magazine, "I'm moving this year. I want to explore somewhere new and improve my French. I feel very at home there."
"I really didn't know what to expect from Madonna when I was called in to read for the role. But I found myself discussing Wallis over a cup of Earl Grey tea in the living room of Madonna's London home - all very civilised. And I got the role." Actress ANDREA RISEBOROUGH auditioned at MADONNA's house for her role as Wallis Simpson in upcoming historical drama W.E..
The An Education star was initially cast as the young female lead, Rose, in the picture, but dropped out to concentrate on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Rising star Andrea Riseborough replaced Mulligan, but investors feared the film would not be able to pull in cinema audiences without a big name attached, and they threatened to drop out of funding the production.
Director Rowan Joffe set out to cast a famous face - and he was relieved when Mirren stepped in to play the older female lead, Ida.
He tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "(Mulligan) walked off to go and do Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which is a perfectly respectable decision. She had to do what she thought was right. But that did cause us some quite serious problems.
"(Mulligan's departure) seriously damaged the investors' confidence in the project. (Distribution company) Studio Canal and (co-producers) Optimum Releasing were very supportive, but they basically said, 'The movie isn't happening unless you land us a name'. It was teetering on the brink.
"(I) went hell for leather in pursuit of Helen Mirren, whom I'd always imagined as an Ida, but who hadn't been available to play the role initially. And thank goodness she was available to shoot the movie. Because that, in a sense, did greenlight us."
The pop superstar's second directorial venture features flashbacks of the romance between American socialite Wallis Simpson and British royal Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry the divorcee.
Madonna and her team approached jewellery company Cartier to create copies of Simpson's extensive gem collection, which Riseborough wore during filming for her portrayal of Simpson.
But while the actress shot scenes in the South of France this summer (10), her prop bracelet slid off and was lost in the ocean, reports Britain's Daily Mail.
A source tells the publication, "We're not sure how it happened, but a bracelet slipped off Andrea's wrist and ended up in the Mediterranean. They got divers to try and hunt for it, but it was never recovered."
The costume jewellery is believed to be a replica of Simpson's onyxx and diamond panther bracelet which went under the hammer at London's Sotheby's auction house on Tuesday (30Nov10). The piece sold for a staggering $6.7 million (£4.5 million) and the entire lot, all of which once belonged to Simpson and Edward VIII, brought in a total of $12 million ($8 million).
Screen reports that Andrea Riseborough will replace Vera Farmiga in Madonna's W.E. as Wallis Simpson, the divorcee whose romance with British monarch Edward VIII forced him to abdicate the throne in 1936.
Farmiga had been attached but left the project recently when she became pregnant.
Producer Colin Vaines told Screen that an announcement of the actor who will play Edward is imminent. Ewan McGregor had been attached but has also left the film.
Portrayed a Labour Party researcher on BBC Two's "Party Animals"
Cast opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi adventure "Oblivion"
It is alright if the name Andrea Riseborough seems a little unfamiliar. Though the actress has been a rising star in her native England for years, beginning with her role as an ambitious Labour Party researcher on the political satire "Party Animals" (BBC Two, 2007), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate has only appeared on American audiences' radars since 2011, when she portrayed American divorcee and future Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson in Madonna's divisive "W.E." But those intervening four years found the preternaturally observant Riseborough pack in several memorable performances: she earned a BAFTA nomination for her nuanced turn as a young Margaret Thatcher in the made-for-TV movie "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley" (BBC 4, 2008); was cast as a strong-willed factory machinist in the union drama "Made in Dagenham" (2010); and found the strong heart of a naively trusting wife in the 2010 remake of Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock." Her affinity for portraying determined women matched up perfectly with her role as Wallis Simpson, whose romance with King Edward VIII caused him to abdicate his throne in 1936 so they could marry. The film's controversial reception did nothing to slow the thoughtful actress' burgeoning career, however, and in 2012 she earned critical acclaim for her role as an IRA-member-turned-informant in "Shadow Dancer," set in '90s Belfast. Her next role, as a mysterious drone supervisor opposite Tom Cruise in the big-budget "Oblivion" (2013), highlighted her ability to shift from intense period piece to glossy Hollywood sci-fi. With a startling intensity and wise-beyond-her years talent, Andrea Riseborough is one to watch.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
"That’s one of the reasons I’m most excited about what I do because I feel that it might even afford us the chance to have many great, very different perspectives on the world. And that’s a great thing." - from Indiewire.com, May 31, 2013
Won the Ian Charleston Award, given to outstanding classical performaces by young actors, in 2006 for her roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions "Miss Julie" and "Measure for Measure"
"That's part of the reason I walk around a lot. I take the bus everywhere, because I need to. I mean, more than that, I enjoy it. People are fascinating. They're so unique and I think what's more fascinating is the reason behind the physical characteristic, the enigma, that's where the gold dust is." - from Guardian.co.uk, Jan. 7. 2012
Prepares for her roles by watching archival footage and studying photographs