Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali have signed on to join Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones. The plot is based on the true story of Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Southern farmer who fell in love with a slave named Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). This relationship lead him to rebel against the Confederate Army.
Actress Keri Russell is set to play Newton's wife Serena, while Mahershala Ali is portraying Moses Washington, an escaped slave who becomes Newton's ally in his fight to secede from the Confederacy. Production is already under way in Louisiana, although no other cast members have been confirmed at this time.Read More
Napoleon Dynamite co-writer Jerusha Hess makes her directorial debut with Austenland, a romantic comedy that takes a look at the fans of Jane Austen. The first trailer has been released, featuring Keri Russell as Jane Hayes, a young woman obsessed with the author's work, who goes to a resort catered specifically to the writer's fans. Take a look at the latest footage from this upcoming romantic comedy, also starring JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bret McKenzie.
Austenland was released August 16th, 2013.Read More
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently shooting in Canada, and today we get our first look at the set of this anticipated sequel from Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis joins a group of actors performing as an army of motion capture apes in the woods, while human stars Jason Clarke and Keri Russell march on through the damp forest. The story follows a group of scientists struggling to make it alone in a world dominated by Ceaser and his ape army. What do you think so far? Will this Apes rule them all?
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Dark Skies star Keri Russell has signed on to portray the female lead in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for 20th Century Fox.
No immediate details were given regarding the actress' character, but she joins a growing cast that already includes Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Gary Oldman. Andy Serkis returns to portray the ape Caesar through motion capture technology. The story will take place 15 years after the events portrayed in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, following a group of San Francisco scientists trying to survive in a brave new world run by the apes. The story will also show how Caesar is starting to lose control of the animals he reigns over.Read More
Scott Stewart, the visionary director behind Legion and Priest, returns with his third directorial effort, the sci-fi supernatural thriller Dark Skies. In this terrifying new movie, the close-knit Barret family finds their peaceful suburban life rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events. They soon come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. Keri Russell stars as Lacy Barrett, the loving mom who suddenly finds her son Jesse being tormented by an evil entity beyond her control. Justine Browning recently caught up with the actress to find out just how scary Dark Skies gets. Watch in fear as one mother stands up to a malfeasance more powerful than she can possibly imagine!
Dark Skies was released February 22nd, 2013.Read More
Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie, and JJ Feild have all signed on to star in Austenland, which will serve as the directorial debut of Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite).
The story is based on the novel by Shannon Hale, who co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Jerusha Hess. Austenland centers on a thirtysomething woman who is obsessed with the Mr. Darcy character in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, particularly Colin Firth's portrayal of the character in the 1995 BBC mini-series adaptation. Her life is in the doldrums because she cannot find a real man who matches up to Mr. Darcy. When she takes a trip to a resort which caters to those obsessed with Jane Austen's work, she realizes her fantasy of meeting a regal man just may come true.Read More
Red Crown Productions, Elliptical Films, and Sandia Media announced today that David Duchovny, Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, Keri Russell, Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver and Will Arnett will join the cast of the comedy feature Goats. Graham Phillips (Evan Almighty) and Ty Burrell were previously announced. The film will mark Christopher Neil's directorial debut. Red Crown Productions' Daniela Taplin Lundberg (The Kids Are All Right), will produce along with Eric Kopeloff (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Shannon Lail. Richard Arlook, of the Arlook Group, will executive produce, as will Daniel Crown and Riva Marker for Red Crown Productions. Peter Touche of Sandia Media will partially finance and executive produce as well. Echo Bridge Entertainment will handle international sales and is presenting the film to buyers at the upcoming Berlinale. Goats begins filming February 2011.
Based on the Mark Poirier (Smart People) novel of the same title, the coming of age story follows 15 year-old, Ellis (Phillips) as he moves from Wendy, his flakey, new age mother's (Farmiga) South-Western home to an East Coast prep school where his estranged father Frank (Burrell) was once a star student. For Ellis, this means leaving behind the only real dad he has ever known, Goat Man (Duchovny), his pot-smoking, goat herding mentor, and ultimately needing to evaluate his new prep school lifestyle that's in stark contrast to his stoner upbringing. Rounding out the cast are Keri Russell as Frank's new wife, Minnie Driver as Wendy's best friend and yogic advisor Johanna, and Will Arnett as Wendy's boyfriend Bennett.Read More