Thursday, June 30, 2016

Halle Berry Teams With Daniel Craig For L.A. Riots Drama 'Kings'

Halle Berry is on a roll... After booking the 'Kingsman' sequel and 'Silence' opposite Michael Douglas, the Academy Award winner has signed on for the English-language debut from 'Mustang' director Deniz Gamze Erguven. Read details via Deadline beneath:

Daniel Craig is in talks to star opposite Halle Berry in Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s anticipated English-language debut pic Kings. The project is set against a backdrop of rising tensions in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 1992. Craig will play Ollie, a loner who lives in South Central — one of its only white residents — who befriends Berry’s character, a tough, protective mother who looks after a group of kids. When the riots explode in the city, Craig’s character helps Berry, who is secretly in love with him, try and track down the kids from the worst of the violence. Kings will have the same mix of lightness and tough emotion that made Mustang such a standout.

Vincent Maraval’s Insiders is putting the film together and selling it with CAA handling domestic. Charles Gillibert, who produced Mustang, is lead producing.

The riots spread across L.A. and lasted six days, leading to 55 deaths in the wake of the acquittal of the policemen who beat King. The footage of that beating was infamously captured on home video and would become a symbol of police brutality.

This has been Erguven’s dream project ever since graduating from the prestigious French Fémis film school. She first presented it to the Cannes L’Atélier co-production market in 2011 before deciding to make Mustang her directorial debut. That pic, set in a remote Turkish village and depicting the life of five young orphaned sisters and their challenges growing up as girls in a conservative society, has wowed critics and viewers. It was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film and was a box office smash in France, earning almost half a million admissions in the country alone.

While Craig’s association with James Bond appears to be coming to an end, the actor is gearing up his non-007 projects. Deadline broke the news that he was in talks to join Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky opposite Channing Tatum, Riley Keogh and Adam Driver. The actor has also signed to star in the 20-episode Showtime series Purity for producer Scott Rudin and writer-director Todd Field. The series based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen is about young female activist named Purity (or Pip) who begins a worldwide search for her Dad.

Craig is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group. Berry and Erguven are repped by CAA and Management 360.

Halle Berry To Star With Michael Douglas In 'Silence'

Halle Berry will star opposite Michael Douglas in Adrian Lyne's forthcoming film 'Silence', which was recently shopped at Cannes and is set in Chicago during a snow-covered Christmas in the 1960s. Read more details about the project via Deadline beneath:

Lotus Entertainment has come aboard to sell international rights at the Cannes film market to Adrian Lyne’s Silence. This is separate from the Lyne and Nicole Kidman project Silent Wife the pair are working on that was introduced at the last American Film Market. For this new pic, Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas and Halle Berry have come aboard to star in a package that has come together via CAA, which also arranged financing and is repping domestic distribution rights on the Croisette.

The story set in Chicago during a snow-covered Christmas in the 1960s, when for John Carpenter, the holiday spirit is broken by violence throughout the city, and an unlikely stranger named Silence saves his life during a deadly riot. It leaves you questioning how far you would go to protect the ones you love.

Will Packer is producing Silence via his Will Packer Productions banner with Will Packer Productions head of motion pictures James Lopez, along with Lyne. Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson, Ara Keshishian and Angus Sutherland of Lotus are serving as executive producers.

Lyne, Berry, and Packer are repped by CAA. Berry is also repped by Management 360 and Packer by Ziffren Brittenham. Douglas is represented by UTA.

Halle Berry Signs Two-Picture Deal For 'Kingsman' Sequels

Halle Berry signed a two-picture deal over our hiatus to star in the upcoming 'Kingsman' sequel, 'Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle', where she is slated to play Ginger , the head of the CIA. She has already completed a portion of the filming in London and it is currently unclear whether she has more filming to do for the film, which hits theaters on June 16th.

Read the initial details of her casting via an exclusive Deadline report beneath:

Halle Berry is in talks to join Kingsman 2, the Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel to the 2015 hit that launched Taron Egerton and grossed over $415 million globally for Fox. Berry is in talks to play the head of the CIA, and the discussion is for a two-picture deal, I’m told. This returns Berry to the Fox fold, where she played Storm in four X-Men films. Berry most recently starred in the Luis Prieto-directed thriller Kidnap, which is scheduled for May release by Relativity.

Vaughn and Jane Goldman wrote the script for the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, and reports have Julianne Moore also in the film. Kingsman 2 is set for release on June 16, 2017. Berry is repped by CAA and Management 360.

The star-studded cast also includes Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Vinnie Jones and Elton John.

Ultimate Halle Berry Returns From Two-Year Hiatus

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With it being such an exciting time in the professional and personal life of Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, we felt there was no better time to end Ultimate Halle Berry's 2+ year hiatus and once again began providing with the latest news about the actress.