May 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Juno Temple has become the de facto go-to replacement for Dakota Fanning. She’s already set to take on Fanning’s vacated role in “Girls Night Out”, and now Deadline reports Temple will also be taking over on “Wild Side”, formerly “Mississippi Wild”, which Fanning was attached to in early 2011. The entire original cast, in fact, which included Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke and Robert Duvall, are out, and joining Temple instead will be Nicholas Cage and Johnny Knoxville.
Temple will play Lila Belle Clyde, a Southern small town beauty queen who gets her hands on a stash of stolen diamonds and attempts to make off with them in order to leave New Orleans behind, forcing her to “elude authorities, a dogged news reporter, and Odel, a self described wolf determined to hunt her down and recover his swag.” Cage will play Odel, the murderous thief who stole the diamonds in the first place. Jesse Baget will direct the road trip drama from a script he wrote with Stefania Moscato. Filming begins on July 23 in Louisiana.
Temple is one of our Faces to Watch in 2012 and recently premiered indie romance “Jack and Diane” at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently filming indie drama “Truck Stop” and will then jump to thriller “Magic Magic” opposite Michael Cera and Emily Browning. She will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises” and plays Amanda Seyfried’s best friend in pornstar biopic “Lovelace.”
February 3, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s been nearly a year since the news broke that Dakota Fanning had joined the cast of “Girl’s Night Out”, Michael Hoffman’s film based on the true story of how the future Queen of Britain, Princess Elizabeth, and her sister Princess Margaret celebrated VE Day in 1945. Alexandra Roach joined the cast back in November, but as with all films long in gestation, it looks like Fanning has dropped out of the project – allowing British actress Juno Temple to jump into the role.
When the film was first announced back in February 2011, the plot details weren’t too specific, stating ” When [Princess Margaret] and her sister Elizabeth are allowed out from Buckingham Palace for one night to join in the celebrations, the night encompasses thrills, romance and danger.” However Britain’s Daily Mail now have further information, “Elizabeth has an innocent romance (this bit is totally fictional, folks!) with a recently returned soldier, who doesn’t realise he’s hanging out with a princess. The pair even go dancing at the Ritz.”
Temple was one of our Faces to Watch in 2012, and this year alone will see her in dark comedy “The Brass Teapot” opposite Michael Angarano, and filming thriller “Magic Magic” opposite Michael Cera. This is a great coup for the actress however, who will get her first big breakout in perhaps the most anticipated film of the year, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Filming on “Girls’ Night Out” is set to start this Fall on location in London.
November 9, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
One name that’s still flying somewhat under the radar but that everyone should be keeping an eye on is Alexandra Roach. The 24 year old Welsh actress graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts only last year, but has already been cast in five feature films, some of which involve extremely high profile and well respected talent both in front of and behind the camera. The Guardian reports Roach has joined the cast and is currently shooting Joe Wright’s new adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, starring Keira Knightley and Aaron Johnson, and has also landed the role of Princess Elizabeth opposite Dakota Fanning as Princess Margaret in “Girls Night Out”, about the young royals who were let out of the Palace to celebrate the end of WWII.
But first, Roach will be seen as the young Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady”, a biopic of the former Prime Minister who will be played in her adult years by none other than Meryl Streep. Roach’s scenes won’t be a quick flashback either. She will play Thatcher from her teen years all the way into her thirties. “I’m mostly responsible for the storyline for Margaret Roberts, the Grantham girl that worked in the shop, got into Oxford and studied chemistry, and met Denis,” Roach tells The Guardian. “I’m the grounding to get people to understand why she was the woman we all know.” Joining her in Thatcher’s earlier years is “Game of Thrones” actor Harry Lloyd, who plays the younger Denis Thatcher. Jim Broadbent plays him opposite Streep.
In addition to such starmaking high profile roles, Roach also stays rooted in British independent filmmaking. She has completed work on “Trap for Cinderella”, a psychological thriller written and directed by Iain Softley, and also on “Private Peaceful”, the WWI drama directed by Pat O’Connor and adapted from the novel by the author of “War Horse.”
February 8, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After last year’s The Runaways and her continuing role in The Twilight Saga, Sixteen year old Dakota Fanning has been quiet of late, but that’s about to change. Variety is today reporting that young Fanning has signed up to star as Princess Margaret, in Michael Hoffman’s Girl’s Night Out.
The story, based on true events, will see Fanning “play a teenage Princess Margaret on V.E. Day in 1945. When she and her sister Elizabeth are allowed out from Buckingham Palace for one night to join in the celebrations, the night encompasses thrills, romance and danger.” Casting directors are still on the lookout for Princess Elizabeth, who in 1955 became the Queen of England, and the script was penned by Trevor de Silva.
This is good timing for the producers of Girl’s Night Out as no doubt there will be many comparisons to The Kings Speech, a film about the Princesses’ father King George VI, and the current Oscar front-runner. But with an American playing the role of British royalty, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.