Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Holly Hunter Set For 'Still I Rise, Looking To Do 'Romeo and Juliet'

The Playlist By Catherine Scott | The Playlist May 21, 2011 at 1:19AM

'Rise' Co-Star Maggie Gyllenhaal Also Takes On 'Voice From The Stone'We've had a hard time keeping up with all the news as Cannes has been pretty exciting this week with Von Trier Mania and the rest of those now-overshadowed films. It's been a great festival, and numerous interesting projects just keep on coming out of the woodwork. In addition, there have been quite a few juicy tidbits about high-profile roles for some of Hollywood's leading actresses.
0

'Rise' Co-Star Maggie Gyllenhaal Also Takes On 'Voice From The Stone'



We've had a hard time keeping up with all the news as Cannes has been pretty exciting this week with Von Trier Mania and the rest of those now-overshadowed films. It's been a great festival, and numerous interesting projects just keep on coming out of the woodwork. In addition, there have been quite a few juicy tidbits about high-profile roles for some of Hollywood's leading actresses.

Deadline announced a couple of feature film projects for Holly Hunter, who has focused her energy on the TNT television show "Saving Grace" in the past few years. She's landed a role in "Still I Rise" with Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film, directed Daniel Barnz, follows a teacher and a mother as they try to reform the quality of education in an inner-city Pittsburgh public school. The script was originally written by Brin Hill, but Barnz just did a rewrite in preparation for shooting; Barnz most recently directed the awful "Beastly," but we're hoping that was just a stepping stone to better things.

Hunter is also in talks to star alongside Hailee Steinfeld in "Romeo and Juliet," penned by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei. Carlei isn't well-known stateside, but Fellowes has written great fare like "Gosford Park" (we'll forget for now that he just wrote "The Tourist.") What Hunter's role would be here is still up in the air, but as of right now, the project looks to be pulling together a decent cast. Mark Johnson is producing "Still I Rise" through Gran Via Productions with 20th Century Fox distributing domestically. Fellowes will produce "Romeo and Juliet" alongside Gabriele Muccino, Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky.

Meanwhile, and speaking of one of these actresses, Variety reported that Hunter's soon-to-be costar Gyllenhaal has found a new role with "Voice From the Stone," a supernatural thriller directed by Eric Howell. The film is based on a novel by Silvio Raffo titled "Le Voce della pietra." Gyllenhaal will play a nurse trying to help a boy stuck in a haunted country house. On top of shooting "Still I Rise," she's also set to shoot the rom-com "Hysteria" with Hugh Dancy, directed by Tanya Wexler. K5 International has been selling the film at Cannes, where they've also sold "Toast" starring Helena Bonham Carter and "Vehicle 19" with Paul Walker.

This article is related to: Films, Actresses, Still I Rise, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates