Toronto: Naomi Watts To Star In Errol Morris-Helmed ‘Holland, Michigan’
Naomi Watts is in talks to star in Holland, Michigan, a thriller that will be directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris from a script by first time screenwriter Andrew Sodroski. The script is described as a suburban thriller with pitch black humor. Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing and Sean Murphy will be co-producer. Production will start in April.
Watts will be seen next as Princess Diana in the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed biopic Diana. She just wrapped the Ted Melfi-directed St. Vincent De Van Nuys with Bill Murray and the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Birdman, the latter of which Lesher produced.
Morris is at Toronto to unveil his latest documentary, The Unknown Known and his past work includes The Thin Blue Line, Tabloid and the Oscar-winning The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara. Morris served as executive producer on Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act Of Killing.
Lesher is currently in pre-production on the David Ayer-helmed WWII film Fury with Brad Pitt. He produced Blood Ties, Guillaume Canet’s English language debut which premiered at Cannes, and was acquired by Lionsgate. Watts is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Naomi promotes the release of Adore in US cinemas and iTunes before a new clip from the film.
Adore is released in US cinemas and on iTunes today!
Naomi Watts On Why She Initially Had Reservations About Playing Princess Diana
Dressed in a white Versace gown, Naomi Watts strode down the red carpet in London on Thursday night at the premiere of her new film, “Diana,” about the late Princess of Wales.
“It’s a nerve wracking evening because any time that you finally get to the point where you’re presenting a film to people is scary, but it’s out of my control,” she told Access Hollywood guest correspondent Tim Vincent in London.
Naomi famously turned down the role a number of times before finally agreeing to star in the movie, and she explained why she initially had reservations.
“All the reasons I was afraid of doing it were about the fact that she’s the most famous woman of our time and everyone remembers her so well and loved her so much and would I be able to deal with those — with the comparisons and everybody’s opinion if I got it right or not,” Naomi told Tim.
“So that was a scary challenge, but ultimately, I felt that it was an opportunity. This was a fascinating character and it’s quite hard to find complex, rich, interesting women. And, of course, the sensitivity of it was something that was a concern as well,” she said.
The actress said she worked long and hard to get the voice and mannerisms of Diana just right.
“It took a good six to eight weeks to get the voice down and I was sure I couldn’t do it,” she said. “I found it very, very hard, because it’s one thing getting the voice, but you have to stay relaxed.”
“Diana” will open in U.S. theaters on November 1.
“Everyone feels they know her so well” Naomi Watts on playing the people’s princess
Sixteen years after she died in a car crash, the life of Princess Diana is being depicted on the big screen for the first time.
The film tells the story of the last two years of her life.
The BBC’s entertainment correspondent, Lizo Mzimba has been speaking to Naomi Watts, who plays the leading role, about why she believes the film should have been made.
Diana is in cinemas across the UK on Friday 20th September.
Oscar Race for Best Actress Already Overcrowded
Women often complain that there aren’t enough good movie roles for actresses, and they’re right.
This year, the meaty roles may not be plentiful, but they’re impressive: It’s only September and the best-actress race is already overloaded with contenders.
The Venice Film Festival, which kicked off Aug. 28, offered two strong possibilities: Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” and Judi Dench in “Philomena,” two very different but very impressive tour de force performances.
In May, Cannes offerings included “Blue is the Warmest Color,” in which Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos starred in the Palme d’Or-winning film, while the fest’s actress prize went to Berenice Bejo in “The Past.” Also winning big praise was “The Immigrant,” with Marion Cotillard. That’s six possibilities already.
Then you can add Cate Blanchett, in “Blue Jasmine,” a performance that’s getting a lot of heat, and several current indie films that feature terrific work by their lead actresses, including Brie Larson in “Short Term 12,” and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.”
Venice also screened “Tracks,” in which Mia Wasikowska in onscreen the whole time in a role 180 degrees from recent work like “Stoker” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Among the titles to be screened at Toronto, which launches Sept. 5, are “August: Osage County,” with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; “Devil’s Knot,” with Reese Witherspoon; and “Labor Day,” with Kate Winslet. Those are question-marks until they’re seen, but they sure sound like possibilities.
Toronto also offers other questions, such as “Railway Man,” with Nicole Kidman: Is that a lead or supporting role?
And speaking of Kidman, don’t forget films set for later this year including her “Grace of Monaco”; Naomi Watts as another princess, “Diana”; Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr. Banks”; and a bunch of other possibilities that are likely to pop up.
Naomi took part in the press day for Diana in London yesterday, and below are the first batch of released interviews, including some for the Australian media.
She also appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning, and taped an appearance for 98FM which will air sometime in the coming weeks.
Naomi talks to Australian Channel Ten