The film is based on actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s life.
Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and rising star Damson Idris (star of John Singleton’s upcoming FX series Snowfall) will star in Farming, a story based on the life of Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje wrote the script for Farming and will make his directorial debut with the project, which is based on his youth when he was fostered by a white working-class family in the U.K.
From the 1960s through the 1980s, Nigerian children were farmed out to white working-class families in the U.K., and as they were in private foster care, many of them were never registered with social services, making them invisible to the authorities. Growing up in white communities across the country, these children slowly lost their cultural identity and many were never reunited with their parents.
Idris will play a young Nigerian boy, Enitan, who’s “farmed out” by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future. Instead, Enitan grows up to become the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980s England. Beckinsale plays the self-serving foster mother Ingrid. When all seems lost and Enitan spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher (Mbatha-Raw) offers him one last chance at redemption.
Michael London (Trumbo, Sideways, Milk) and Janice Williams (Trumbo) are producing through Groundswell Productions together with Francois Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through Montebello Productions, Charles de Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros and Akinnuoye-Agbaje. HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution and is selling the film in Cannes, where the company has four films included in Official Selection. WME Global is overseeing the domestic rights.
Production will begin August 2017 in the U.K. and Nigeria.
Said Akinnuoye-Agbaje: “I’m thrilled to be finally bringing this important story to the world, which will serve as the voice of a forgotten generation.”
On Saturday, Kate attended the Film Independent Spirit Awards where she presented the Best Actor award. Here are photos from the blue carpet and the show:
On Friday, Kate attended the Piaget and The Weinstein Company Pre-Film Independent Spirit Awards Party in Los Angeles, here are photos, click a thumbnail for the bigger images:
Last week, Kate attended the 37th London Critics Circle Film Awards, where she picked up the award British/Irish Actress of the Year for her role in Love & Friendship. Photos are below:
“Hairspray” and “Rock of Ages” director Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Kate Beckinsale in an adaptation of Ashley Prentice Norton’s novel “The Chocolate Money.”
The coming-of-age film, which Beckinsale will also produce, stars the actress as a rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her relationship with precocious young daughter, Bettina.
Beckinsale is producing together with Mar-Key Pictures’ President Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier and Kelly E. Ashton. Emma Forrest wrote the screenplay.
The film will go into production this spring in New York.
Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the European Film Market in February with UTA overseeing the U.S. sales.
The story is set in 1980s New York, where young Bettina fantasizes about a normal family life despite her free-wheeling mother’s rock-star lifestyle.
She also develops a huge crush on Mack, her mother’s married lover — which leads to catastrophic results — until she is shipped off to an elite boarding school. There, she recasts herself as a poor scholarship student — a ruse that works until Mack’s teenage son unexpectedly shows up on campus.
“Emma Forrest wrote a profoundly witty and moving script with a role that could easily become Kate Beckinsale‘s most brilliant and memorable,” Urdang said. “Adam Shankman‘s emotional accessibility and his gorgeous style will create a world we will not be able to resist.”
Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder from Cornerstone also commented, “Adam Shankman and Kate Beckinsale are perfectly matched to this funny, audacious and profoundly moving story about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship that will resonate with buyers across the world looking for a female-driven movie with a big heart.”
Earlier today, Kate was on the Build Series show, talking about Underworld: Blood Wars, here are 3 clips and photos from the event.
Kate is in New York promoting Underworld: Blood Wars, and here are some candids of her arriving at the studios of Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Build Series and Z100 Radio Station.
Kate Beckinsale and Theo James in an interview for ComingSoon.net:
Kate Beckinsale’s badass vampire Selene is back in Underworld: Blood Wars when the latest installment of the vampires vs. werewolves franchise hits U.S. theaters on Friday, January 6.
In Blood Wars, Selene is fending off both the Lycan clan and the vampire faction that betrayed her. Among the cast that’s joined the franchise with the new movie is Tobias Menzies (Outlander), as new Lycan leader Marius, and Lara Pulver (Sherlock), who plays power-thirsty and fashion-forward vampire Semira.
It’s been over 13 years since Beckinsale first played Selene in Underworld — watch our video interview below to hear why she decided to bring the heroine to the screen for a fifth time and why co-star Theo James contends that Beckinsale is “the core of the franchise,” though previous reports suggested James’ character David would be taking the reins as the center of a fifth film. The two actors also talk about how director Anna Foerster brought a Gothic aesthetic back to the franchise, and James discusses how Underworld and Divergent fans compare.
Kate gave an interview to Collider.com. Watch it below:
— Collider (@Collider) 4 de janeiro de 2017