Shailene Woodley starring in serial killer thriller ‘Misanthrope’

Shailene Woodley starring in serial killer thriller ‘Misanthrope’
Variety – Shailene Woodley will star in “Misanthrope,” an upcoming serial killer thriller, Variety has learned. The film will center on a talented but troubled cop who is recruited by the FBI to help profile and track down a murderer. FilmNation Entertainment will be presenting the film to buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to Woodley, the star of “Big Little Lies” and the “Divergent” franchise, key talent includes director Damián Szifron, who previously oversaw the Oscar-nominated “Wild Tales.” Szifron wrote the screenplay with Jonathan Wakeham. It is based on an original story by the director. Filming will take place in Atlanta this year and additional casting is currently underway.

“Screenplays like ‘Misanthrope,’ that are this well executed both in theme and tone, are rare to come by with a director like Damian behind the wheel,” said Woodley. “I have complete trust we will create something that will have a profound impact on cinema and will resonate with audiences, especially given the times we are living in right now. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this team.”

FilmNation’s credits include “Arrival,” “The Big Sick,” and “Late Night,” the upcoming Mindy Kaling comedy that scored a record-breaking deal at Sundance, selling to Amazon. The company will finance and oversee worldwide sales for “Misanthrope.” FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder, Stuart Manashil and Woodley will produce. At Cannes, FilmNation will host a presentation to buyers that will include Szifron and Woodley.

“I’m privileged to be working with an actress as talented and inspiring as Shailene Woodley, this incredible producing team, and the support of FilmNation,” said Szifron. “‘Misanthrope’ will deliver the kind of cinematic experience that made me a filmmaker and I can’t wait to share it with audiences all over the world.”

“The minute this project came to us, we knew it was something timely and special that we had to make,” said FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner. “Damian is a rare talent, and we have no doubt he will create a decade defining film.”

Woodley produced and starred in 2018’s “Adrift” and returns in the second season of HBO’s buzzy “Big Little Lies,” which will premiere on June 9. She just wrapped production on the independent film for director Drake Doremus entitled “No No No, Yes.”

Szifron is represented by WME, Stuart Manashil and Bloom Hergott. Woodley is represented by Hyperion, Management 360 and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson and Abramson.

Shailene Woodley for InStyle Magazine

Shailene Woodley for InStyle Magazine

We’ve added photos of Shailene Woodley’s photoshoot for InStyle Magazine. You can check them by clicking on the thumbnails below:

InStyle – For our June cover, InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown sat down with the five stars of Big Little Lies to hear what they had to say about their hit series, their lives, and their relationships with each other. Each interview, like the show itself, touches on love, friendship, struggle, and ambition — which these women have in spades.

LAURA BROWN: Would you characterize yourself as an ambitious person?

SHAILENE WOODLEY: The word “ambition” has so many negative connotations for me because I feel like it can be cruel in a lot of ways. I think of people using other people. Oftentimes ambition can easily be “Get out of my way because I have a goal, and anything standing in front of me is going to be completely eradicated.” But every word has a polarity, and we can all define things differently. People always talk about ambition in terms of dreams and goals and success, but ambition can also be humble.

LB: Yeah, you can be ambitious to love someone, to effect a change. So how driven were you when you were young?

SW: I’ve always been driven. But I’ve been driven by … Listen, I have to be careful about the words I choose because it’s easy for people to call me a hippie. [laughs]

LB: You’re fine. You said you had a burger the other night. That’s, you know, not eating lentils.

SW: For sure. [laughs] I truly feel like I’ve been driven by something greater than myself. The great unknown is figuring out which direction to go in and which path will have the least resistance for not only my journey but for doing something to leave things a little nicer than they were before.

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Shailene Woodley’s Extreme Diet for “Adrift”

Shailene Woodley’s Extreme Diet for “Adrift”

Seeing as how Shailene Woodley’s character in “Adrift” gets lost at sea for well over a month, diet and exercise played a critical part in her preparation for the role.

And while the regimen was effective in preparing her for the role, she does admit it was “a lesson in resiliency and not something I would ever do recreationally.”

We caught up with Woodley and talked everything from her rigorous workouts and mental health, to how she practices self-care. And lucky for us, she was game to share it all!

Shailene Woodley on “Adrift,” the responsibility of portraying a real person

Shailene Woodley’s new movie, “Adrift,” is based on the true story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft, who endured Hurricane Raymond in the Pacific Ocean in 1983. Woodley, who portrays Tami and is also a producer of the film, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss what it was like to shoot the majority of the film in the open sea and the role love played in Ashcraft’s survival.

“I threw up… TWICE!” Adrift’s Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin on seasickness and tactical chunders

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin talk to BBC Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb about new movie Adrift, and the perils of shooting a film at sea. Warning: contains lots of references to puke!

Art of Elysium’s 11th Annual Celebration

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Happy New Year to everyone.
Shailene attented the Art of Elysium’s 11th Annual Celebration in Santa Monica, California on December 6th.
She was stunning at this event.

Big Little Lies officially renewed for season 2

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Good news, we’ll finally have a season 2 of Big Little Lies!

Whether you’re on board for the return to Monterey or not, it’s happening with Big Little Lies season two. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are back to star and executive produce the HBO series, but right now they’re the only cast signed on.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”

“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” Kidman said in a statement. “What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

THE NEW DIRECTOR
Andrea Arnold will direct all seven episodes. Oh yeah, the season will be seven episodes. Arnold won an Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action in 2005 for Wasp. She’s helmed episodes of I Love Dick and Transparent, in addition to Wuthering Heights.

SAME WRITER
David E. Kelley wrote all the scripts for the new season. Kelley, who was nominated for an Emmy for writing Big Little Lies season one and won one as executive producer on the then-limited series, wrote the new season from a novella done by Big Little Lies book scribe Liane Moriarty.

“We went to Liane [Moriarty, author of the original novel] and asked, ‘Do you see any more life in these characters? You wrote the book — do you see them having life beyond what you wrote?’ She came up with a novella, which was key. David took it and thought, ‘Is there something I can do with it?’ Reese and Nicole were involved, and they felt that there was more life in the characters. Everybody approached it from a place of love and care [for] these characters and this property, and again, with a little dose of skepticism along the way,” HBO‘s president of programming, Carter Ploys, told Vulture.

SAME CAST
Most of the cast is expected to return. When HBO announced the new season, the cable channel noted the most of the of season one, which included Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, was still in negotiations to return.

NEW CHARACTERS
There are new characters coming to create drama for the returning characters. According to Vulture, HBO is seeking actors to take on new roles including Michael Perkins, a new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who pisses off Renata (Dern) when his global warming lessons give Amabella a panic attack. Then there’s a new employee at the school who befriends Jane (Woodley), with the two eventually sharing secrets. Also expect to meet Bonnie’s (Kravitz) parents.

A LONG WAIT
Season two won’t premiere until 2019. “It would be impossible to get on in 2018,” Ploys told Vulture.

THE NEW STORY
As for the plot, aside from the bits and pieces we’ve heard about Bonnie and new characters, this is how HBO describes the new season: “The subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

Big Little Lies dominates Golden Globes Nominations

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HBO’s wildly addicting “Big Little Lies” dominated the Golden Globe nominations on Monday morning, earning the most of any TV show, with six nods. It’s the likely front-runner for best TV movie/limited series, and five of its stars (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard) earned acting nominations.

Incidentally, as “Big Little Lies” could sweep all of the TV movie/limited series categories, HBO announced on Friday that it is officially confirmed for a second season. In other words, not so “limited” anymore, and now joins the pantheon of shows that should definitely be considered a drama — but it’s practically a cliche to even debate that anymore.

Either way, the huge award show success of the star-studded “Big Little Lies” (it won big at the Emmys, too) certainly helps explain why HBO was so eager to continue a show that was originally conceived as one season. But as the seven episodes started airing in February, word of mouth spread, and millions of viewers tuned in each week to see the drama between the wealthy families in the ritzy seaside community of Monterey, Calif. Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling 2014 novel, the series explores the complicated backstories of four different women and their children, and also turns into a mystery about which character dies in the end.

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Golden Globes Nominations for Shailene Woodley and Big Little Lies

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Shailene Woodley received one nomination at the 75th annual Golden Globes. She’s against her co-working-actress Laura Dern in the show Big Little Lies.

Best actress in a second role:

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Note that Big Little Lies is also nominated in other categories such as follow:

Best actor in a second role:

David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best actress in a mini-serie:

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best mini-serie:

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake : China Girl

Best actor in a mini-serie

David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo

Hope the show and the actors will bring home some Golden Globes this year again!

Big Little Lies – Season 2

Big Little Lies – Season 2

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Here’s an article dealing with the second season of Big Little Lies, so it’s not really clear if it has been confirmed but these are informations.

It’s amazing how a crate full of Emmys can hasten the development process. Case in point: A second season of Big Little Lies is poised to become a reality (much) sooner than later.
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that HBO is eyeing a Spring 2018 production start for the female-driven phenom, which snagged eight Emmy statues in September, including for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Nicole Kidman. As recently as two weeks ago, Big Little Lies EP/writer David E. Kelley strongly intimated to TVLine that a second season was nearing the scheduling stage.
Emmys 2017: Best and Worst Moments
Emmys 2017 Launch Gallery
“We’re kicking around ideas and trying to lasso the talent [and] get the band back together,” he shared. “It’s just a lot of logistical things. But I’m optimistic because everyone wants to do it. We feel we still have storytelling to do. No decision has been made yet, but we’re hopeful. Where we left it, I felt like it did open the opportunity for a lot more storytelling.”

An HBO rep declined to confirm anything about a potential second season.
Even before Big Little Lies triumphed at the Emmys, HBO asked Liane Moriarty — whose novel the miniseries was based on — to “take a crack at” coming with with a story for a potential second season. Kidman and fellow leading lady/EP Reese Witherspoon both expressed interest in keeping the franchise going, and director Jean-Marc Vallée — who initially balked at doing a sequel — now wants in. “It’d be great to reunite the team and to do it,” Vallée said backstage at the Emmys. “Are we going to be able to do it, altogether? I wish. We’ll see.” [UPDATE: Vallée will not be directing the show’s second season.]

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