Matthew McConaughey will also star.
Henry Golding, Kate Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey are set to star in Guy Ritchie’s new feature Toff Guys.
Ritchie and Marn Davies wrote the script that explores the collision between European “old money” and the modern marijuana industry. It follows a British drug lord attempting to cash out on his highly profitable empire by selling it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.
The movie will see Ritchie returning to his grittier roots (a la Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) after a foray into family filmmaking with Disney’s live-action Aladdin.
Miramax picked up the project at Cannes for $30 million after the company secured a five-year, multi-bank revolving credit facility of $300 million.
Production is set to start this fall in England.
Golding, repped by Paradigm, Megan Silverman and Stone Genow, has had a breakout summer with the release of Crazy Rich Asians and Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor. He is also set for Feig’s next feature, Universal’s Last Christmas.
Beckinsale, who recently signed on for Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto, is with UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
McConaughey, who will next be seen in Harmony Korine’s Beach Bum, is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.
The first trailer for The Only Living Boy in New York is out. The movie is set to open on August 11th.
Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey. Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman (Kate Beckinsale). Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father’s mistress, launching a chain of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family.
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.