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Hilary Swank Thriller ‘Fatale’ Snapped Up By Lionsgate

Lionsgate has acquired North American and key foreign territories to Deon Taylor’s psychological thriller Fatale starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, and Tyrin Turner.

Fatale centers on a married man who finds himself living a nightmare as he is relentlessly compromised, out-witted and morally manipulated by a mysterious woman with whom he had a wild one-night stand. How far will he go to save his marriage from his mistake?

Written and produced by David Loughery (The Intruder, Lakeview Terrace, Obsessed), the film is produced by Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylor and is executive produced by partner Robert F. Smith. Time-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential, Heat) served as DP, marking his third collaboration with Taylor on Fatale. Deadline exclusively announced Fatale last August.

Taylor was behind this past summer’s The Intruder, which grossed $37M WW off an $8M net cost before P&A.

“We previously acquired Deon’s thriller Traffik, and when Damon Wolf came to Lionsgate on the heels of working with Deon, he mentioned we should keep our eye on Fatale,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “He could not have been more right. We are all big fans of Deon and are thrilled to have him back at Lionsgate. This film has the heat and erotic appeal of relationship-gone-wrong thrillers like Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction or Basic Insinct. Deon Taylor has delivered a morally complex and outstanding character-driven thriller with riveting performances by Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy.”

Said Taylor: “Damon and I had the chance to work together on The Intruder, and like a character from this new movie, he became almost obsessed with this project. I can feel that energy and passion with the Lionsgate team, and I’m excited to be working with Joe, and to be reunited with Damon, Jason and Eda and the whole entire Lionsgate film group.”

Source: https://deadline.com

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Hilary Swank Says Desire to Tell Stories Same, ‘No Matter Who President Is’

One day after President Donald Trump launched an attack against “racist” Hollywood – a tirade that appeared to be inspired by the upcoming film “The Hunt,” starring Hilary Swank – the actress told reporters at the Locarno Film Festival that it’s “important to celebrate our differences” and that the president’s divisive politics haven’t changed her intent to tell meaningful stories.

“My desire to tell certain stories has always been the same, no matter who the president is,” she said. “The choices that I’ve made pretty much inform who I am as a person, and that’s not going to change no matter what’s happening.”

Swank co-stars in the upcoming Blumhouse film about a group of strangers who wake up in a forest, only to discover they’re being hunted for sport by rich vacationers. Universal suspended its marketing campaign for “The Hunt” in the wake of last week’s shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, while Fox News and other conservative outlets have criticized the film ahead of its Sep. 27 release.

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Freedom Talent Leopard Club Award – Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank, this award is given to you by the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of your career achievement. Your story is indeed a model of how to achieve the dream of becoming an actress. From a trailer park, via sports, to Hollywood, where it only took you a few years to win two Academy Awards. How important is tenacity in successfully expressing your talent?

I appreciate that it seems so quick! But it actually took much more than a few years. I started acting at age fifteen. Ten years later I won my first Academy Award for Boys Don’t Cry (1999). Five years after that I received the Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (2004), so I was actually a “10-year overnight success”. Regardless, no matter what your dreams or goals in art, commerce or life, I believe only tenacity, hard work, grit, determination and perseverance can get you across the finish line. Of course you also need a healthy dose of good luck and a support team to finish in style.

Let’s go back to those two Oscar-winning roles. Starting with Boys Don’t Cry, the story of a trans man which must have presented a significant challenge for your performance. How did you set about portraying the inner drama of a person whose body and identity are somehow different?

It all started with me zeroing in on something that had nothing to do with gender: the desire to love and be loved. That is something we can all connect to and is not limited by any identity, race, gender or creed. That’s where we started Brandon Tina’s journey, and in the end, that’s what it’s really all about. It’s incredibly tragic and horrific that anyone, anywhere is murdered because of how they choose to live their life, express themselves, or find and give love.

Five years later came another big challenge, again requiring you to transform your body. You put on nineteen pounds of muscle to play boxer Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood. What can you tell us about the experience?

It actually was 23 pounds! I know this as every single one of them was hard fought! Pushing your body to the limits is one of the best ways you can learn about yourself. What I learned training and competing in sports in my past and in preparing for that role is that our mind is our biggest obstacle. It’s such a cliché but it’s undeniably true. WE are the only thing standing in the way of our own success. Once we learn how to ignore or not believe our self-doubt and negative thinking, our potential skyrockets.

Taken together, the roles you have played make up an impressive gallery of unconventional female figures. What are the crucial criteria for you in accepting or rejecting a part?

I actually see them as conventional females. We are all in some way underdogs, wrestling with our own demons and trying to find and pursue our dreams, whatever they may be. We just don’t always see these types of women in movies. Thankfully that’s changing! To me these are women who overcome or learn to benefit from their perceived or real limitations and step into new identities of who they are and what they are capable of. To me, this is the exciting journey each of us makes in life.

When you started out as an actress, was there anyone in particular you admired or wanted to emulate?

As far as the skill of acting, everyone says this, but they say it for a reason: Meryl Streep. But I’ve also greatly admired Ingrid Bergman, Debra Winger, as well as actors like Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Penn.

Apart from the two titles already mentioned, is there any other film – perhaps one which didn’t get the success it deserved – to which you feel particularly attached?

Yes, Freedom Writers (2007) and Conviction (2010). Both are true stories about incredibly inspiring and compassionate women who saved lives through their belief in themselves and others.

The movies have given you a lot, but you also showed a great deal of courage when you took a long time away from your career to look after your sick father. A decision which once again shows great character. What are the human qualities that you risk losing, once aboard the Hollywood rollercoaster?

The same that anyone can if they lose sight of what’s really important in life and choose to let success go to their head.

Source: https://www.locarnofestival.ch

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Why Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank Agreed To Fight A Robot On Netflix

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank is known best for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry, but she’s taken to wearing a few somewhat surprising hats in the last few years. She tried on indie, madcap comedy in 2017’s Logan Lucky; in 2018, she graced the small screen as one of the Gettys in FX’s Trust. Next, she is trying dystopian sci-fi on for size in a thriller that Netflix scooped up at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival.

I Am Mother, on Netflix June 7, attempts to figure out what would happen if someone pressed the reset button on humanity and tried to start from scratch. Oh, and in this scenario, that someone is a master race of robots convinced that they can genetically engineer the perfect human and, through that perfect person, start a better version of the human race. Also Swank fights a robot voiced by Rose Byrne. Just a simple, light summer movie, for a casual Friday afternoon Netflix session, right?

Of course, fans of Swank’s work have come to expect tough, thought-provoking projects from the actor, so — robot fight and all — this new role is sort of a return to form. Swank plays the lone survivor of the original human race, Woman (she and the other two characters, Clara Rugaard’s Daughter and Byrne’s Mother have no names in the film). She finds her way to robot overlord Mother’s human hatchery, where she attempts to convince Mother’s child-created-in-a-lab, Daughter, that her robot parent isn’t telling her the whole truth.
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Hilary Swank on Her Humble Beginnings, Loving Dogs and ‘Wiping Out the Human Race to Start Over’

The first time Hilary Swank walked onto the set of her new sci-fi thriller she recalls that she was floored by the authenticity and attention to detail of the futuristic bunker where much of the action takes place.

Swank, a two-time Oscar winner best known for Million Dollar Baby and Boy’s Don’t Cry, clearly delves into her role of “Woman” in the futuristic and thought-provoking Netflix film, I Am Mother.

The movie, written by Michael Lloyd Green and directed by Green and Grant Sputore, is about alienation, technology and family relationships. The collaborators wondered what it would be like to be raised without parents, to actually be brought up by technology. They pondered the questions, “What would Artificial Intelligence prioritize? “And what would be important?”

In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl “Daughter” (Clara Rugaard) is raised by a robot called “Mother” (voiced by Rose Byrne), designed to repopulate the earth.

Their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger (Swank) arrives with some alarming news that calls into question everything “Daughter” has been told about the outside world and her mother’s intentions. Continue reading Hilary Swank on Her Humble Beginnings, Loving Dogs and ‘Wiping Out the Human Race to Start Over’