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In the Works: Kelly Reilly On Board Washington's Flight; Farmiga, Arkin & MacLaine; Nolte & Waits

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 12, 2011 at 6:55AM

Denzel Washington has a leading lady for Robert Zemeckis' Flight. It's Kelly Reilly, who we suggested to play Daisy Buchanan before Carey Mulligan snagged the role in Baz Luhrmann's 3-D The Great Gatsby. You'll recognize the British Reilly from Sherlock Holmes (the first and upcoming sequel, as Jude Law's lady love) and Pride & Prejudice (Caroline Bingley). She deserves to be showcased, and this should be a meaty role. Here are Flight plot details.
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Denzel Washington has a leading lady for Robert Zemeckis' Flight. It's Kelly Reilly, who we suggested to play Daisy Buchanan before Carey Mulligan snagged the role in Baz Luhrmann's 3-D The Great Gatsby. You'll recognize the British Reilly from Sherlock Holmes (the first and upcoming sequel, as Jude Law's lady love) and Pride & Prejudice (Caroline Bingley). She deserves to be showcased, and this should be a meaty role. Here are Flight plot details.

Writer-director Sue Kramer (Grey Matters) will helm The Locals, with Shirley MacLaine and--should negotiations go through--Alan Arkin and Vera Farmiga. The Locals is a Romeo & Juliet with a Jewish-Italian twist, and will shoot in the Bronx later this fall. Says Kramer; “These two cultures have so much in common: Love of gab, love of food, they talk with their hands, and they feed you with guilt.”

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Martha Marcy May Marlene backer, Maybach Cunningham, hopes to bring two new projects to festival fame, Sean Baker's (Prince of Broadway) Starlet with Dree Hemingway and Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George with Isaach De Bankole, but their next film, says ThePlaylist, will be directed by co-founder Chris Maybach from a Richard Kessler script. Offers are out to Nick Nolte, hot off a killer comeback in Warrior, and musician-actor Tom Waits. ThePlaylist has the synopsis, which follows two men on the brink of losing their farm.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, IN THE WORKS, Independents, Drama, Action, Denzel Washington


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.