Tatiana Maslany, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Vying for Lead Role in Will Smith’s ‘Gemini Man’

Ang Lee is directing the unique action movie.

Tatiana Maslany and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are the frontrunners for the female lead in Gemini Man, an action movie to star Will Smith.

Ang Lee is directing the movie, which hails from Skydance and Paramount.

Smith is playing two roles in the unique actioner. One is that of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business but finds himself in a battle with the ultimate opponent: his clone, who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities.

Clive Owen, meanwhile, is in talks to play the head of the cloning program, one of the villains of the movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Maslany and Winstead have read and are testing for the role of Danny, an operative who works for the same company as Henry and is tasked to surveil him. However, she soon teams up with him. Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is also in the running for the female lead.

A decision for the part will be made soon as the movie is eying a February start with an international shoot that would include locations ranging from Savannah, Georgia to Budapest, Hungary.

Maslany is the award-winning actress who starred in her own clone project, Orphan Black. She starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in the drama Stronger.

Winstead is coming off a turn in season three of FX’s acclaimed Fargo.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Common To Star In ‘All About Nina’ From Eva Vives

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Oscar-winner Common are set to star in the semi-autobiographical dark comedy, All About Nina, the directorial debut film from screenwriter Eva Vives (Raising Victor Vargas).

The story follows Nina Geld (Winstead), a bracingly funny and blisteringly provocative stand-up comedian whose career is taking off, but whose personal life is a near-complete disaster. To escape a difficult ex and to prepare for a prospectively life-changing audition, Nina flees to Los Angeles where she meets Rafe (Common), who challenges almost every preconception she has — including those around her own deeply troubled past.

Beau Bridges, Kate Del Castillo, Chace Crawford, Clea DuVall, Jay Mohr, Melonie Diaz, Camryn Manheim, Mindy Sterling and Angelique Cabral co-star in the film.

Vives is a producer on the project, which hails from the 2016 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs, along with Natalie Qasabian, Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian of Diablo Entertainment. Exec producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Joshua Astrachan.

CAA is overseeing domestic sales for All About Nina.

Winstead, repped by WME, starred on the third season of the FX series, Fargo, and her recent film credits include Paramount’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and Swiss Army Man from A24. Common, a newly minted Emmy-winner, was recently seen on the big screen in John Wick: Chapter 2 and Megan Leavey with Kate Mara. He’s a client of CAA.

Vives, whose 2000 short film Five Feet High And Rising, won prizes at both Sundance and Cannes, is repped by CAA.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Mary Elizabeth Winstead On The Nine Lives Of Nikki Swango In ‘Fargo’ – Emmys Q&A

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of Fargo‘s Season 3 finale.

After turning heads and winning praise for her turn as a struggling alcoholic in the indie film Smashed, Mary Elizabeth Winstead raises her game as a damsel who absolutely refuses to be in distress in the third season of FX’s Fargo. During FX’s TCA session in January, a Fargo sizzle reel played set to the tune of the David Bowie-narrated Peter and the Wolf. Winstead’s character, ex-con Nikki Swango, was described as the cat, and you can say she always landed on her feet no matter what odds she faced: Whether it was picking herself up from a fight, escaping a overturned prison bus, to annihilating the nefarious V.M. Varga’s men (David Thewlis) and sending the bastard on the run. Says Fargo series creator Noah Hawley about selecting Winstead for the role of Swango: “She’s very funny, you saw that in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She played this elusive, beautiful woman, but she also had a sense of humor. I needed someone who could fit in this world, who at the end of the day could fire a gun and throw a grenade through a window and be physically capable; who you could believe was smart enough to outsmart the mastermind.”

How did Fargo come your way? Did you have to read for the role? Your attachment seemed to happen fast in the wake of CBS’ BrainDead.
I sat down with Noah (Hawley) about the first season. That’s when I first met him when they were looking for someone. I don’t think it would have been the right fit at the time. We hit it off and both wanted to work with each other. They called me about a second season cameo, but that didn’t work out. I wanted to be on the show after seeing the first season. I was like ‘Wow, this could be cool.’ At first, I didn’t know it was going to be so great and I was in awe of what he did, and how great the performances were. By the time he called about season 3, I was like ‘Oh, yes, put me in, however many lines.’ I was fully on board before I knew the role which turned out to be unexpected and a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t the type of character I was expecting to play.

Which role were you in talks to play for season one?
Molly Solverson, who Allison Tolman wound up playing. It all worked out. Allison was so perfect for the part. I never expected to play Nikki Swango. It’s suited for me after all. I thought I’d be playing a part similar to Carrie Coon’s role [police officer Gloria Burgle], but Nikki came out of left field.

It’s as though Noah played both Nikki and Gloria off as doppelgangers. That was the feeling at the onset of the season when the two of you passed each other in the diner. It almost felt like you were related.
I do think Nikki and Gloria were on parallel paths, the inverse of one another. That’s been really interesting to watch through the season. Even though Gloria is on the hunt for Nikki, there’s a kindredness between them, this understanding. It’s not like Gloria has it out for Nikki, there’s just something she understands about her fundamentally before they actually connect.

Even though Fargo has always focused on the power of women, it felt like that theme was more prevalent this season than others. There’s that side-by-side shot, which speaks volumes, of your character in the cell and Gloria’s.
You get a double dose of that theme this season where the really smart women are being underestimated constantly by the men around them. Gloria and Nikki are up against that all the time and it reveals itself in different ways. That’s where they have this unspoken connection. They’re both so smart, so good at what they do individually that they’re underestimated by how they look. In Gloria’s case she’s diminutive and makes the men think she’s not as strong as she is.

And then there’s your great silent moment where Nikki is being grilled by Shea Whigham’s police chief Moe Dammick. He thinks he’s cornered Nikki, but from the look on your face, it’s obvious, you have the upper hand.
Nikki knows these people, she knows these types. She’s been around the block to know what happens in this type of situation. She knows these types of men and how they operate. The writing on the show is so clear. It’s not overly descriptive. Noah has his hand in everything, and gives thoughts and ideas. These scenes were so easy to understand on a deep fundamental level. I’ve been playing Nikki for a while, and I know what her silence means. It was a knowing kind of silence and that was a fun thing to get to play.

Why was Nikki the type of character you weren’t expecting to play?
Because initially after reading the first episode, I wasn’t sure if she was the femme fatale. It wasn’t clear if she was someone you would root against or was a villainous character. I wasn’t really sure of what to make of her. I was used to Fargo and I’ve often played nice, polite people, and thought that’s why Noah wanted me for the show. It was sort of a turn for me to play this person with her sexuality, her confidence, her brashness and boldness. I’ve played this before in subtle ways, but never ever to this extent. I was like ‘Wow, I didn’t think many people would think of me for this.’ That’s what makes Noah great at what he does: He spots the right people for the right roles, which are so subversive and never cliché. They’re always going to be complex. By the second reading, I saw that Nikki wasn’t the femme fatale. She’s inspiring, sweet, not hardened. Once I felt she wasn’t this hardened criminal, then I was able to open up and bring a real lightness to her, something that was very suited to me and I created a character that I was comfortable with.

Were the stunts on Fargo more intense than your previous roles? I mean, you flip over in a bus.
On the sound stage, we did a real flip. Everything was real and I was chained to Russell Harvard [Mr. Wrench] for weeks on end. We were really chained. I was covered in bruises head to toe. It was so much fun, and these were the most challenging stunts I’ve ever done and I’ve done a lot of stunts before in movies. There was this incredibly ambitious schedule with various elements to the shots. But it was such a cool sequence and completely rewarding. It felt a little bit like 10 Cloverfield Lane. That was physical and low budget and we had to do things on the fly. Nikki is very different character from Michelle in that movie, but they’re similar in their resilience and their will to survive. We had one stunt rehearsal for Fargo, a couple of hours on a Sunday to block out what was going to go down. We just went in there and did it, bruised, soaking wet from the snow, just trying to get through it. That’s what our characters were doing. Nikki was just surviving, clawing, scratching her way out.

For years you starred in such horror movies as Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, and The Thing. Was it a challenge to change casting directors’ perceptions that your talent could lend itself to other genres?
I like the horror movies I was part of. There was never really a stigma that sort of deprived me in the sense where ‘Oh, we don’t want to see her for this interesting artsy movie because she’s a horror movie actress.’ I just did what I liked to do. I did want to stretch and grow as an actor and not do the same thing. I sought out a movie like Smashed. It took a little while for my career to be impacted by that movie, but it did overall change everything. I can say that everything in my career stems from somebody seeing me in that movie.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

‘Fargo’ Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead on Mr. Wrench and Wednesday’s Surreal Moment

The actress, whose character Nikki Swango has taken a beating in recent weeks, discusses Nikki’s ice bath and why she’s sure Nikki truly loved Ray.

[This interview contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of FX’s Fargo.]

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has had quite the odd year on the small screen.

Last summer she tried to stop brain bugs from taking over Washington. Then she spent a few months on PBS practicing medicine during the Civil War.

On Wednesday’s installment of FX’s Fargo, Winstead had the peculiar acting challenge of doing a scene, while suffering serious wounds, in a bowling alley meant to represent something a bit like limbo, talking to a kitten that was really her reincarnated fiancé and a wandering, Hebrew-speaking stranger played by Ray Wise. That was after she and a deaf hit man (Russell Harvard’s Mr. Wrench) escaped from a prison bus and decapitated a mask-wearing stranger.

It’s also been a rough couple episodes for Winstead’s Nikki Swango: She got beat up by V.M. Varga’s (David Thewlis) henchmen, said beloved fiancé was killed by a wayward shard of glass and then she was thrown in jail as a suspect in his murder. That’s a lot for a bridge-loving ex-con to handle.

Winstead got on the phone with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the purity of Nikki’s love for Ray, the truth behind her emotional ice bath scene and why “cat wrangler” could be a new line on her CV. The actress also explains what she’s learned from her TV experiences over the past few years.

You’re standing in a bowling alley acting with a kitten, as Ray Wise recites Hebrew next to you. What’s going through your mind?
(Laughs) It’s quite surreal, I think. As surreal, almost, as the scene itself. But it was so great. I was so looking forward to doing that scene ever since I read it the first time. I just thought, “This is going to be such an incredible moment.” Ray Wise is so wonderful to watch that I was just completely mesmerized by him as he was saying those words, which I think Nikki was as well, so it was quite easy to play off of him in those moments as well.

And how was the kitten to work with?
There were two kittens. One of them was quite a bit better than the other one. One of them was a bit feisty and clawing at me and not quite as loving as you would think Ray the Cat would be toward Nikki, so we tried to use the calm cat as much as possible, but they were so frickin’ cute. I enjoyed myself very much. It was nice. I was playing the scene, but I was also cat wrangler at the same time and trying to keep the cats calm and it was an interesting challenge to try and do a scene and contain a cat’s emotions at the same time.

How much do you think Nikki is able to process what’s happening in that scene?
I think she’s so exhausted and drained and confused and I don’t think she’s fully processing it, but I think she knows something really important is happening to her in that moment and so she’s trying really hard to take it in and to process it as much as possible, but I don’t think it really hits her until later, probably when she’s driving in that little Bug that they pull away in. That’s where it all starts to dawn on her what’s just happened. It’s all too strange and surreal for it to really hit in that moment what’s going on.

This is a character who, as much as possible, has been really quick on her feet all season. Is this the first time that she’s at a loss to some degree?
I think so. I think there’s been flickers of it throughout the season. I think when she goes and meets Sy [Michael Stuhlbarg] in the parking lot, for example, I think she’s a little bit feeling like she might be in over her depth, but she pushes past it, because that’s the type of person she is. She keeps pushing through, but I think there were glimmers in that episode of, “Am I doing the right thing?” and “Am I going to get out of this OK?” and then she pushed past it. This just takes it to a whole new level like, “Sure, she’s a small-time criminal, but she’s never decapitated anyone in a forest before.” So I think she’s never really imagined herself in the position she winds up in, so it certainly does push her back on her heels a little bit, at least in the pure exhaustion of it, but like everything else she pushes through it and she figures out how to get through it and on to the next phase of her mission. She’s resilient, to say the least.

How much of severing D.J. Qualls’ head did you guys get to do as practical effects on-set?
We actually did have a moment where it got a little bit scary. Every time we would be doing it, D.J. would be holding the chain with his hands to protect his neck a little bit, so it was a little bit fake. We were in snow and it’s wet and it’s cold and there are all these elements and his hands slipped and so he actually, at one point, he basically went into a panic attack because he thought we were really going to choke him and he just stood up and it was a really scary moment there for all of us, because we didn’t know what was going to happen. We were shooting that whole sequence so fast and so there was definitely an element of insanity going on through that whole thing. Thankfully he was fine and it was just a scare, but it was a terrifying moment. I don’t want to choke D.J. Qualls. I certainly don’t want to decapitate him. That would not be nice. Thankfully, everything turned out OK.

Compare the relative discomfort of full days shooting outside in the Calgary winter to the day shooting that single-take shot in the ice bath.
The only discomfort of the ice bath, because it wasn’t real ice, it was plastic ice — I hate having to admit that, because it sounds much cooler to say that I was sitting there in ice all day — the only real discomfort in that scene was how small the tub was versus how large my body is. [Showrunner] Noah [Hawley] was there that day and he basically said, “We’re gonna rehearse it and see if we can do it this way, because I’m not sure if we can fit your enormous body into that tub.” That was the quote of the day and has continued to be; I refer to myself and my “enormous body” all the time now. But we managed to do it and I was very, very proud of myself for folding my limbs into that thing.

Now I need you to know that when I talked to director Dearbhla Walsh, she kept that secret and talked about what a trooper you were!
(Laughs) Hey, I think I could still be called a trooper! There was lot of plastic in that bathtub. It was pretty tough.

Going back to last week’s episode, how big a fan of the first season were you and what was your reaction to seeing who Nikki would be sitting next to on that prison bus?
I was a huge fan of the first season and I was incredibly excited. I heard about it before I read it. Noah had mentioned that I was going to be paired up with Mr. Wrench at some point later on in the season, and I just thought that was going to be so cool and I was so excited about it. Then seeing how it was gonna end up in subsequent episodes, I just went, “I can’t believe I can go on this epic action journey with this actor, it’s gonna be so much fun.” Then when we met and started working together, it was incredible. He’s just the loveliest and sweetest and we were chained to each other for weeks on end, and it was an incredibly bonding experience for us and I will love him always.

What was the dynamic you guys established as you got to go all The Defiant Ones out there, given that the characters can only actually communicate to a limited degree?
That bond, what was happening onscreen, was happening in real life, because Russell is actually a deaf actor and he mostly reads lips, but all of that stuff was night shoots, so even the reading lips part was very difficult because of that. Everything was in the dark. He would have this buzzer that was meant to be used so that he would know when they were saying “Action!” and “Cut!” and things, but half the time it doesn’t work, so we really just relied on each other. We’d have all these signals for “Action!” and “Cut!” and different ways that I would touch him or squeeze his arm. Just by the end of it, I don’t know sign language, but I picked up a few things and ultimately we just ended up having this easy, wordless communication with each other. We could communicate with each other in a way that other people couldn’t and by the end of it, it felt like this special bond that I really enjoyed.

Nikki’s taken a hell of a beating in the last couple episodes. What are the challenges of still projecting the qualities that attracted you to the character, while also projecting the weakness or maybe vulnerability that she’s now experienced?
That was something I had to keep in mind. I didn’t want to lose her personality in all of the struggle that she’s going through in these episodes. Gosh, she’s really being taken through the wringer, and the reality of that is that you would kinda lose your spark as a person if all these things were happening to you. You would be exhausted. Your energy would be totally drained. But Nikki is all spark and energy. That’s what makes her who she is! So I was a little bit worried about losing the character in all of the action and messiness of everything, so I guess I just felt like, as long as I have an awareness of it and I’m still trying to bring her spirit underneath all of this, that I just hoped it would still shine through. But that was absolutely on my mind the whole time.

How hard is it to keep track of all of the individual places and ways she’s been hurt? How do you remember, “I’m limping on this leg, but I got kicked on this side and I fell on this ankle” in the moment?
In those moments, at least for me, I really rely a lot on the director and the script supervisor and I ask questions and I check and see, “OK, where I am I at this point?” That’s something that has to be somewhat collaborative, because a lot of time none of us are really sure and we all have to take a second to go, “OK, let’s look at the script and let’s think about this. How much pain would you be in right now?” In the speed of how fast TV shoots, especially, it’s really easy to lose sight of those kinds of things, so that was definitely something that I wanted to make sure we stopped and thought about and discussed. There were a lot of different levels that I felt like I wanted to be on the same page with everybody on that, because that was just a delicate balance to be showing too much or too little of those things.

Going back to the beginning, when you got those first few scripts, how much convincing did you need from Noah or just internally regarding the genuineness of Nikki’s feelings for Ray? As we’ve gone forward, it’s become increasingly clear that she did love him, but that’s not something that was instantly clear.
Noah, from the very beginning, that was my first question for him before we ever started shooting and he answered it so clearly and simply and just said, “Yes, she really loves him and yes it’s real love and they’re a real couple.” That was all I needed to hear. There really weren’t any other questions about that afterwards. That’s pretty clear and stated definitively. It doesn’t change. It doesn’t go away. If anything, it just grows, especially after episode six when everything changes for her and this love that she has for him turns into her new mission in life. Yeah, that was always very clear from the beginning and something I held onto for the entire show and was very, very important for the show in every scene and every aspect.

And you never needed to have any middle-of-the-scene “Wait, why does she love him?” reminders?
No! It was always so clear. I feel like Noah and all the writers certainly know how to keep a heartbeat going through a season and a storyline and I think that heartbeat really jumped off the page all the time for me, so I never questioned it.

Nikki’s bridge playing was one of the very first things we learned about her, and it hasn’t really been the ongoing detail I kind of suspected it would be, but when you get a detail like that, is it still the sort of thing that informs how you play the character throughout?
Yeah, I mean, I’m really thankful that we didn’t see that much more of her bridge playing, because I would not have been very good at it. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be all about bridge, or I thought the character was going to be all about bridge! So was I, like, “I’ll take lessons! I’m gonna learn this thing. I’m gonna be an expert.” And I very quickly learned that I was absolutely terrible at it and I was never gonna really understand it. So I’m glad that it went away in that aspect, but the great thing about that being such a big part of her character is that it says so much about who she is. Especially after I got some vague understanding of what bridge is, I went, “OK. This girl is smart. She is strategic. She is savvy. You can’t get good at this game and not have all those qualities about you.” So it certainly crystallized that, for me at least, that’s just who she is in every way in her life. It was good for telling me a little bit about who Nikki is.

Do you know or have some sense of the pivot in her life that led her from promising young woman to her life of crime, as it were?
I don’t know. Her backstory wasn’t something that I carved out really carefully or anything, because she was so alive from the second I started playing her that I didn’t have a lot of those questions. I definitely talked to Noah about why she went to prison initially and what she was involved in and where she came from, a little bit of stuff like that. I feel like she’s always been this girl. I feel like she’s always been really smart and probably smarter than all the other kids in her class, but she also probably got into some real bad shit, even as a kid. I don’t ever feel like she was a good girl. I don’t think she was a good, smart girl gone wrong. I think she always had all of these qualities mixed up in her, that she’s been stirring the pot probably her whole life.

In recent years, you’ve done a TV buffet: a little cable, a little network, a little PBS, a little anthology. Have you learned anything about what works for you and what you want to avoid going forward?
I have! I’ve had a great couple years’ experiences. Everything has been wonderful and the people have been wonderful, and I feel like with each one I learn a little bit more about how the current TV sphere is working and how I want to choose my projects. I think, especially with Fargo, really seeing how a showrunner like Noah Hawley works and how he’s able to really have his hand in everything, but delegate to other people, it’s been a learning process for me coming from film into TV, because I’m used to everything being so director-driven. Now, understanding the showrunner role and how that works, this is something that is really just now coming into focus for me and thinking about what kind of showrunners I want to work with and what material I want to work with, who the writers are. Obviously directors are incredibly important, too, but that’s not the singular drive the way that it often is in film. I’m starting to understand all the machinery of it and how that impacts everything. Ultimately, like anything else, it’s material-driven at the end of the day.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX

FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.

Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.

The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps that’s not what happens at all. And so I think, visually and aesthetically, you’ll see Noah commenting on a world Carrie [where] has a scene where she’s going to be on a plane, and she notices everyone around her has their heads down and their face in their phone, and no one is communicating. No one is talking, and I think, from her perspective, that seems rather strange. That seems very alien. So Noah is going to have a lot of fun, I think, commenting on and embracing the world as it is almost today.”

“Fargo” won three Primetime Emmy Awards in its first season and two in its second season. The series is executive produced by Hawley, the Coen brothers, Littlefield, and John Cameron. It is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

Source: Variety

‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names

TCA: The cast and producer of the FX limited series, which just began production last week, reveal what they can about the return of the “fake true crime” drama.

‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon on Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names
TCA: The cast and producer of the FX limited series, which just began production last week, reveal what they can about the return of the “fake true crime” drama.

While “Fargo” Chapter 3 will blow “kisses” to past installments, expect a totally new story when Noah Hawley’s Coen-inspired series returns in April.

Stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg have only been shooting the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning limited series for a week, but they, along with executive producer Warren Littlefield, still took the time to come by the TCA Winter Press Tour and reveal a little bit of information about what we can expect from this newest iteration.

Set in 2010, the show promises to take on issues like social media in the modern world, as Littlefield explained. (Hawley was scheduled to appear on the panel, but bowed out due to illness.) “Carrie has a scene where she’s on a plane and she looks around and everyone has their heads down,” he said. “No one’s talking, no one’s communicating. Noah’s going to have fun embracing the world as it is almost today.”

Littlefield confirmed to IndieWire that directors signed on for Year 3 include John Cameron, Dearbhla Walsh, Mike Parker, Keith Gordon and Michael Uppendahl, with Hawley himself directing the first episode.

Of the cast, only Thewlis had seen the previous seasons before getting approached to appear in Year 3 — Coon in fact stated that she was one of many who first heard that “Fargo” was being adapted and thought it was a terrible idea. (She came around on it, of course.) She compared her character, Sheriff Gloria Burgle, to Frances McDormand’s iconic role in the original “Fargo” film, though in the series, recently divorced single mom Gloria’s personal life is “kind of eroding.”

Gloria still represents decency and ethics within the world of the show — “Don’t we need that more than ever?” Coon added — though “How successful she is is what the show is asking this season.”

Coon said that the show’s depiction of Midwesterners felt very familiar to her, as someone from an equally rural area. “I recognize my people in it — my people are not fully expressed, they’re people who are not good at expressing their emotions. But they are good at handling the unexpected,” she said.

Without much to go on in terms of plot, journalists made much of the show’s character names, which Coon described as “writerly.” For example, McGregor plays twins Emmit and Ray Stussy, while Stuhlbarg plays a man named “Sy Feltz.”

As Winstead laughed, regarding her own moniker, “‘Nikki Swango’ says it all — I had no questions after that.”

McGregor did note, though, that some of the names were very tough to pronounce, like “Ehrmantraut.” In fact, he didn’t didn’t make light of how tricky the specific accent demanded by the series’ Minnesota location can be. “I wish I was coming at it from an American accent and not a Scottish accent,” he said.

Not only that, but because he’s playing two different roles, there’s the issue of finding two different character voices within that accent. Fortunately, he had some past experience with playing dual roles, after playing a clone and his original in Michael Bay’s “The Island” and Jesus and the Devil in Rodrigo García’s “Last Days in the Desert.”

“Some of my great heroes, like Alec Guinness, are known for playing multiple roles,” he said, before adding (inevitably), “I’m very good at playing with myself.”

McGregor expressed his general excitement for getting involved with the show, saying that what he looked forward to was “less time in my trailer.” In fact, Littlefield revealed that McGregor even showed up on the first day of shooting (a particularly cold and miserable Calgary day) despite not being needed.

“I didn’t want it to start without me!” McGregor said with a laugh, before admitting that also, “The dialogue coach was there, and I really needed to work with him.”

“Fargo” Year 3 is tentatively set to premiere this April.

Source: IndieWire

Deadpool 2: Domino Role

Deadpool 2: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lizzy Caplan And More In Contention For Domino Role

So much of the casting rumors swirling around Deadpool 2 have focused on Cable that few have stopped to ask the question, what about Domino?

One actress that effectively ruled herself out of the equation during the summer months was Mackenzie Davis (Halt And Catch Fire), and since then, casting tidbits have been few and far between. Bringing an end to that admittedly brief radio silence today is Collider.

Citing a trusted source close to 20th Century Fox, the outlet has unearthed a report claiming that the current persons of interest include Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond), Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), and Sylvia Hoeks (Overspel).

Domino, a skilled mercenary and mutant much like the Merc With a Mouth, is one of the big new additions going into Deadpool 2. Her arc neatly dovetails with that of Cable’s, and the fact that Collider reports that testing is underway for Domino leads us to believe that Fox and director Tim Miller have already settled on their Cable. Don’t Breathe actor Stephen Lang emerged as the frontrunner some weeks ago, but until we catch wind of an official announcement, take that one with a pinch of salt.

Deadpool 2 is still without a firm release date at this time, but rest assured development is moving forward. Tim Miller will be back to direct Ryan Reynolds as the Merc With a Mouth, and we’ll be keeping close tabs on the sequel’s casting cycle as this story develops, so stay tuned.

Source: We Got This Covered & Collider

Bad Robot’s God Particle Revealed as Next Cloverfield Movie

Bad Robot’s God Particle revealed as next Cloverfield movie

Earlier this year, Bad Robot pulled the old switcheroo on film fans by revealing a “spiritual sequel” to 2008’s Cloverfield with 10 Cloverfield Lane and producer J.J. Abrams revealed plans for a long-lasting theatrical anthology series. Following that reveal, many speculated that the upcoming God Particle from Bad Robot would be the next Cloverfield movie, and now TheWrap reports that is in fact the case.

The outlet goes on to report that Abrams and Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the franchise with plans to release one every year. It remains to be seen, however, if the film will be retitled “Cloverfield Particle” or another branded name upon release.

The plot for God Particle is said to revolve around an American space station that, after an accident with a particle accelerator, suddenly finds that Earth has vanished altogether. Things get stranger when they then pick up traces of another space station nearby. It stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Krasinski (13 Hours, “The Office”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager,” The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights),Chris O’Dowd (“The IT Crowd,” “Moone Boy,” Thor: The Dark World), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).

In physics, the “God Particle” is a nickname given to the hypothetical Higgs boson, a particle upon which much of our understanding of quantum physics is based. The world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, was built in Geneva, Switzerland in an attempt to prove the Higgs boson’s existence.

God Particle will be directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was since rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung. The film is set for a February 24, 2017 release.

10 Cloverfield Lane starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. and managed to bring in $108 million at the global box office, while the original Cloverfield brought in over $170 million upon release.

Source: Coming Soon

Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Fargo Season 3

Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In ‘Fargo’ Season 3

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been tapped as a lead opposite Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning anthology series Fargo.

Winstead will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.

Winstead most recently toplined CBS’s summer series BrainDead from the creators of The Good Wife, which is considered unlikely to return for a second season. Still, the CBS TV Studios drama has the actress in first position while clearing her to do Fargo.

The first installment of Fargo was headlined by Billy Bob Thornton; the second one starred Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst.

Fargo’s second installment is heading into Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a total of 18 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. It scored two Emmy wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts ceremonies: Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.

Fargo hails from creator Noah Hawley, who executive produces with Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron for MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.

Winstead recently starred in J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane. She is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.

Source: Deadline Hollywood