Casting Net: Nicolas Cage to star in parental thriller Mom and Dad
Harry Potter alum David Thewlis has written and will star in Croak, a darkly comedic heist film to be directed by Kevin Thomas. Also joining the cast are Juliette Lewis, Zoe Kazan, Julia Garner, and Craig Roberts. The movie is based on the short film Sunday Roast and follows on a young actor who meets a twisted mortician.
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Taylor Richardson Will Step in for Julia Garner in Upcoming Smokefall Off-Broadway
Broadway alum Taylor Richardson will now enter the womb where it happens off-Broadway. The Annie alum has joined the cast of Smokefall, replacing Julia Garner, whose schedule has shifted on two projects to which she has been long-committed. Performances will still begin on February 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with opening night set for February 22. The MCC production stars Zachary Quinto, Robin Tunney, Brian Hutchison and Jon DeVries.
Richardson made her Broadway debut as Duffy in the 2012 revival of Annie and later took on the title role. Her additional credits include A Christmas Memory off-Broadway and A Most Violent Year, Annie and the upcoming Easy Living and Jack of the Red Hearts on screen.
Written by Noah Haidle, Smokefall combines magical realism and vaudeville while introducing audiences to two prenatal philosophy-swapping Twins, a dirt-eating Beauty (Richardson), a Father and Footnote (Quinto), who acts as the show’s guide.
Watch: Uzo Aduba, Abigail Breslin and Julia Garner Beat the Boys in These Iconic Male Roles
Hannibal Lecter. Daniel Plainview. Tyler Durden. These macho men of the movies have been hailed not just for their fascinating characterizations but for their strong portrayals in the hands of actors like Daniel Day Lewis, Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt.
But what if women were given a crack at some of cinema’s favorite tough guys? In Glamour’s new series Role Reversal, we get to see just that as Abigail Breslin, Julia Garner and Golden Globe nominee Uzo Aduba take on some of the movie’s most iconic male roles.
“In a time when women actors complain of the absence of meaty roles to sink their teeth into—and women make up only 30 percent of characters who even get to speak in top-grossing films—Glamour is proud to showcase some of this generation’s most talented young women taking on these memorable roles,” said Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive.
Watch Uzo Aduba slay as the dastardly Hannibal Lecter in the video above, and click through to catch Abigail Breslin and Julia Garner deliver seminal monologues of their own.
Actress Julia Garner on ‘Grandma’ and walking for Balenciaga.
In her new film Grandma, Julia Garner plays a teenager whose life has taken a wrong turn. Her character, 18-year-old Sage, needs $600 to have an abortion, after getting pregnant by her dope-smoking, knucklehead boyfriend. Sage’s mother, an uptight commercial lawyer who multitasks on a treadmill and desktop PC, wouldn’t understand. The boyfriend, as we’ve established, is a douchebag. So she turns to the grandma of the title, Elle, a lesbian poet and academic still reeling from the death of her life partner, to help her out. But the Bank of Granny has run dry – Elle merrily shows Sage the nice wind chimes she’s made out of her cut-up credit cards – so the unlikely pair head out on a road trip for Elle to collect debts due to raise the money for Sage’s abortion. The film is feminist, funny and touching, powered by the veteran comic Lily Tomlin’s turn as the beatnik Elle, and with some wonderful support from the likes of Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox.
It also marks a breakout point for Garner, who makes the tricky task of playing opposite Tomlin look effortless. Was she intimidated about working with such a legendary comic? “I didn’t become nervous until I was packing my suitcase to go do the film,” says the Bronx-born actress. “I was like, ‘Oh shoot, I’m going to be in a movie with Lily Tomlin.'” But at 21, Garner is already an old hand at acting. She started taking classes when she was 15 to combat her shyness and at 17 she made an impression in her film debut as a cult follower in Martha Marcy May Marlene. A film buff since she was a kid – she cites Bette Davis as an influence – Garner hasn’t really taken a wrong turn in her career choices, with engaging roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Are What We Are and a recurring part in the television series The Americans. Next up is a country noir film, from the pen of Winter’s Bone novelist Daniel Woodrell, called Tomato Red. The title is a reference to Garner’s hair color in the film, which she says still hasn’t quite washed out. “It was so red and I’m gradually going back to blonde but for a while it’s been this weird champagne color,” she explains. “I have to make an appointment.” Garner lost her signature blonde curls for another performance this year – walking in the Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week in October. It was, she says, a daunting experience and perhaps the only time professionally she has taken a wrong turn. “I walk fine in heels, usually, but thank god we were all in flats,” Garner says, laughing. “We had to walk at a fast pace and the models with their long legs were walking so fast in front of me and behind me. In rehearsal on the runway I had a Derek Zoolander moment where I couldn’t turn left. I did the whole blue steel thing when I couldn’t turn left!”