Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller I Am Mother
Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.
Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.
Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.
“I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.
“I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at WETA Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.
The movie is produced by Southern Light Films’ Timothy White and the Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro. Anna Vincent and Michael Lloyd Green co-produce. Executive producers are Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti from Rhea Films (“American Made”) along with Bryce Menzies, Philip Wade, John Wade and Sputore.
“It is a privilege to welcome Hilary Swank to our film,” Sputore said. “She is a remarkable performer who always brings tremendous commitment and honesty to the screen. I’m excited about the journey ahead with Hilary and the talented Clara Rugaard.”
Swank’s credits include Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman,” “Freedom Writers,” “P.S. I Love You” and Steven Soderbergh’s comedy “Logan Lucky.” She will next be seen in Danny Boyle’s television series “Trust,” starring as Gail Getty, the mother of kidnapped heir John Paul Getty III.
“I Am Mother” is an Australian production financed by Hercules Film Investments with major investment from Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation in association with Adelaide Film Festival, Screenwest, Lotterywest, Fin VFX, Blockhead and Kojo.
Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales, with WME Global’s Graham Taylor overseeing U.S. sales. Studiocanal is handling distribution in Australia and New Zealand. Swank is repped by WME.
55 Steps at TIFF
55 Steps will have world premiere at TIFF.
Hilary Swank, Helena Bonham Carter, and Jeffrey Tambor star in this fact-based drama about a mentally ill woman fighting the powerful psychiatric establishment for greater self-control, and the lawyer who becomes her champion and friend.
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and the festival schedule will be released on August 22nd.
Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’
Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.
The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving LA,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”
Swank will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky“ opposite Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and “55 Steps” with Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor. She is repped by WME and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein.
The first installment of the series is set to debut on FX in January 2018. Swank joins a cast that includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, the great oil man and founder of the Getty family dynasty.
The 10-episode first installment of “Trust” is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. The series charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. His grandfather is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. Only his mother Gail is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers.
The series is being executive produced by Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Written by Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, the first installment will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.
Production will begin in June in London and Rome.
Hollywood stars coming to Canton to film TV series
A downtown developer says a star-studded cast is preparing to film a TV series in Northeast Ohio and that Stark County will be a “major player” in the production.
Steve Coon, who refurbished the Historic Onesto Hotel and Event Center and is finishing the neighboring Bliss Lofts, said Hilary Swank and Ed Harris are among the actors involved and that filming will be in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton regions, with downtown Canton having a significant role.
“They’re going to be here and it’s going to be a big deal,” he said.
The production team has selected locations and will begin filming “right away,” he said.
Coon, who owns high-end housing facilities across the state of Ohio, declined comment on how he knows about the filming and his relationship to the situation.
Swank and Harris are slated to appear in a TV series called “The One Percent,” according to articles from several national entertainment websites. The show was picked up by the Starz network for 10 episodes and will feature Swank as the wife of actor Ed Helms, who is struggling to save the family farm.
Hilary Latest To Board Steven Soderbergh Heist Film ‘Logan Lucky’
Hilary Swank is joining what has shaped up to be fun and interesting cast for Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky — a story about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, NC. Swank joins Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough (Magic Mike, The Girlfriend Experience). The film is being produced by Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin.
Swank has earned two Best Actress Oscars for her work in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry. More recently, she starred in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The One Percent for Starz opposite Ed Helms and Ed Harris and is filming Billie August’s 55 Steps with Helena Bonham Carter playing a lawyer who defends a schizophrenic woman’s right against invasive medical procedures.
Swank is repped by WME and Jeff Bernstein at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Hilary will be receiving a Bambi Awards
Two Oscars and two Golden Globes: Hilary Swank has won Hollywood’s most important awards. During this year’s BAMBI award ceremony in Berlin on 12 November she will be receiving the BAMBI for “International Actress”.
Her award-winning roles in “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby” showcased her immense talent and led to her major breakthrough as a highly respected actress. The women played by Hilary Swank often have a kind of supernatural energy. They are born fighters like the main character in “You’re Not You”, her latest movie. Swank plays a woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.), who struggles to be treated as an ordinary woman despite her condition. The progressive ailment, that affects nerve cells in the brain, attracted the attention of the German public when the painter Jörg Immendorff, who suffered from A.L.S., died in 2007.
The BAMBI-jury explains: „Hilary Swank’s biggest talent is her transparency; she grants insight into the souls of the women she plays. In the movie ‘You’re Not You’ Swank plays a gifted concert pianist who is hit by a fateful blow, an incurable illness. Like in an open book, Swank allows us to read her feelings, torn between resignation and rebellion. She is dependent on aid, but does not like to be helped. Eventually, she develops a wonderful friendship with her unconventional caregiver, played by Emmy Rossum. As usual, Hilary Swank plays a very delicate woman with a strong will who is a determined fighter. She has the ability to make us laugh and cry the very next moment. Hilary Swank knows how to express strong feelings without overacting.”
BAMBI, Germany’s most important media award and one of the biggest social events of the year, takes place in Berlin on 12 November 2015. Television channel “Das Erste” will broadcast the show live from the Theater am Potsdamer Platz at 20:15.
Hilary Swank Moves To WME
Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has joined WME. This is a big get for the agency, with the versatile actress capable of moving between multiple genres and ready to return to the heights of a career that saw her win two Best Actress Oscars by the age of 30. Swank joins from CAA. Her most recent film, The Homesman in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep premiered at Cannes last year.
wank memorably earned her two Best Actress Oscars for her work in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Kimberly Peirce’s ahead-of-its-time transgender drama Boys Don’t Cry. Other credits include New Year’s Eve, P.S. I Love You and Freedom Writers.
She will next star in MRC and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The One Percent for Starz opposite Ed Helms and Ed Harris. Swank continues to be repped by attorney Jeff Bernstein.
Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon Join Animated ‘Spark’
Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon have taken voice roles in the 3D animated comedy “Spark,” joining Jessica Biel and Jace Norman.
“Spark” is directed by Aaron Woodley for ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co. and Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed on “The Nut Job.”
It’s the first time Swank has been cast for her voice in an animated feature. She’ll voice a noble queen, and Sarandon will voice a nanny robot.
The story follows a teenage monkey, Spark; a battle-ready fox; and a tech-savvy warthog as they embark on a mission to take back their planet from a power-mad general. The film is currently in production with plans for a 2016 release.
The film is produced by ToonBox and Redrover, in association with Gulfstream Pictures, which is handling U.S. sales. Executive producers are Hong Kim, Jay HJ Ahn and Daniel Woo and Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
Redrover is fully financing.
San Diego Film Critics Nomination
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Hilary Swank, “The Homesman”
Mia Wasikowska, “Tracks”
Starz Picks Up Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s TV Drama ‘One Percent’
The premium cable network will air 10 episodes of the Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris starrer.
Starz is adding to its scripted roster, giving a straight-to-series pickup for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s TV drama The One Percent.
The premium cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the drama starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
One Percent is set in the world of organic farming. Helms will play Alfred Murphy, a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play Helms’ wife, Laura Murphy, while Harris will play the family patriarch Nathaniel Cobb.
Inarritu (Babel) created the drama and will direct the first two episodes of the entry, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo. They previously collaborated on Inarritu’s latest film Birdman, with One Percent reuniting the Oscar nominee with Babel’s MRC.
The One Percent marks MRC’s third straight-to-series order — and second at Starz — joining Seth MacFarlane comedy Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart. The banner also has drama pilot Knifeman in the works at AMC.
The drama was first announced in November, with additional casting underway for MRC, the studio behind Netflix’s House of Cards. Starz will retain all domestic multiplatform rights, including television, home entertainment and digital.