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Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, with Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann.

Haley Lu Richardson, one of the stars of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, has joined the mission of Operation Finale, MGM’s story of the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Oscar Isaac is leading the cast of the thriller, with Ben Kingsley playing Eichmann and Joe Alwyn playing Eichmann’s son.

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, which is said to echo thrillers such as Argo and Munich. Matthew Orton wrote the original screenplay.

Eichmann was considered one of the architects of the Holocaust and oversaw the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. After World War II, he fled to Argentina, where he lived in hiding. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, eventually discovered Eichmann’s whereabouts, and in a tense operation captured him and smuggled him out of the country.

Richardson will play Sylvia Herman, the sweet-faced girlfriend of Klaus Eichmann (Alwyn) who was fiercely in love and did not want to hear her father’s warning about him and his family. She eventually turns over Klaus and his family to Mossad intelligence.

Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent and Nick Kroll are also on the call sheet.

Production begins Oct. 1 in Argentina.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are producing the project along with Isaac and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire.

Richardson, who also appeared in The Edge of Seventeen, can currently be seen in Columbus, the Sundance indie that also stars John Cho and is earning strong reviews. In the can is the period drama The Chaperone, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

She is repped by Gersh, Arts Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Elizabeth McGovern’s PBS Movie ‘The Chaperone’

“Split” star Haley Lu Richardson has joined Elizabeth McGovern in on the period drama “The Chaperone” — the first film from PBS Masterpiece.

Principal photography has started, producers announced Tuesday. “The Chaperone,” based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, is scripted by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

McGovern, who is also a producer, optioned the novel and worked with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen. McGovern portrays a woman whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young and soon to be famous Louise Brooks — played by Richardson — to New York in the early 1920s.

Brooks, an icon of the 1920s for popularizing the bob haircut, would go on to star in 25 films, including “Pandora’s Box,” “Diary of a Lost Girl,” and “Miss Europe” before retiring in 1938.

Other cast members include Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott (“House of Cards”), Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner and Miranda Otto. The film is produced by PBS Masterpiece in association with Rose Pictures, Hamilton Entertainment and Anonymous Content.

The project was unveiled in May just prior to the start of the Cannes Film Festival, where Arclight Films launched international sales.

Besides McGovern, producers on the project are Victoria Hill, Greg Clark, Luca Scalisi, Rose Ganguzza, Kelly Carmichael, and Gary Hamilton. Executive producers include Rebecca Eaton, Andrew Mann, Ying Ye, Mike Gabrawy, Ruzanna Keyegan, Simon Curtis, Eli Selden, Adam Shulman and Julian Fellowes.

Richardson also starred in “The Edge of Seventeen” with Hailee Steinfeld. McGovern played Lady Grantham in the six seasons of “Downton Abbey,” and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. The series aired on PBS in the U.S.

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Regina Hall & Haley Lu Richardson Topline Andrew Bujalski’s Indie ‘Support The Girls’

Regina Hall and Split co-star Haley Lu Richardson will star along with James Le Gros, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer and Brooklyn Decker in Support The Girls, a new indie comedy from writer-director Andrew Bujalski. Shooting is underway in Austin.

Sam Slater will produce for Burn Later Productions alongside Houston King of Houston King Productions, reteaming with Bujalski after they produced his 2015 Sundance pic Results starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan. Jonathan Fryd, Scott Carmel and David Bernon are executive producers.

The plot centers on Lisa Conroy (Hall) who may not love managing the restaurant Double Whammies, but she loves her employees more than anything, not only Danyelle (McHale), and Maci (Richardson) her closest friends, but also her extended family. Unfortunately, the cheap, curmudgeonly owner Ben Cubby (Le Gros) doesn’t care nearly as much, and confronts Lisa when he learns that she’s using the restaurant to raise money for Shaina (Kramer), an employee in legal trouble related to an abusive boyfriend. To get even, the girls decide to sabotage the restaurant on the night of a major mixed martial arts fight.

Hall is repped by ICM Partners and Principato-Young Entertainment, and Richardson by Gersh, 3 Arts Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group. LeGros is with Innovative Artists and Industry Entertainment, AJ Michalka by Gersh and Primary Wave Entertainment. Gelula is represented by CAA and Management 360. McHayle is represented by Kathryn Kenealy and ICM Partners. DeLaria is represented by The Katz Company. Jana Kramer is repped by Primary Wave and WME, and Decker is with Gersh and Authentic Management.

Bujalski is represented by CAA.

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‘Haley Lu Richardson Joins Leslie Mann, John Cena Virginity Comedy ‘The Pact’

Haley Lu Richardson will play Mann’s daughter in the Universal comedy.

Split actress Haley Lu Richardson has joined The Pact, the Universal-Good Universe comedy that marks the directorial debut of Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon.

Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena are starring in the project, which tells of three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom and launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

Richardson will play Mann’s daughter. Universal has set an April 20, 2018 release.

The comedy will be produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner, alongside Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton.

The script was written by brothers Brian and Jim Kehoe, Hurwitz, Schlossberg and Eben Russell.

Richardson starred with Hailee Steinfeld in the acclaimed teen drama The Edge of Seventeen and appeared with James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy in Universal’s hit horror movie Split. The M. Night Shyamalan movie has grossed over $115 million domestically.

Richardson is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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New project: “Columbus”

John Cho, Parker Posey, Haley Lu Richardson, Michelle Forbes, and Rory Culkin are starring the Indiana-set drama “Columbus.”

“Columbus” marks the feature directorial debut of Kogonada, who has been noted for his visual work and film criticism commissioned by the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound.

The movie is being produced by Superlative Films and Depth of Field in association with Nonetheless Productions. Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Ki Jin Kim, and Giulia Caruso serve as producers. Superlative Films is financing the pic.

The film is currently shooting in Columbus, Ind., which the director said inspired him due to its modern architecture.

“After visiting the town, I felt an immediate sense for a film that would take place there, which would implicitly explore the promise of modernism (an ongoing quest for me),” he said. “The story revolves around a man and young woman from opposite sides of the world, each mourning the potential loss of a parent.”

Cho plays the estranged son of a prominent architectural critic. Richardson is the daughter of a recovering addict, who finds solace in the architecture that surrounds her. Forbes portrays her mother. Posey plays a former student who’s dating Cho’s character’s father.

“I initially fell in love with ::kogonada’s work through the exquisite montages he did for Criterion and the BFI,” Weitz said. “He was clearly a filmmaker with exacting taste and an impeccable vision.”

Cho stars in “Star Trek Beyond” and Posey is in “Cafe Society.” Richardson appears in “The Edge of Seventeen” and Forbes stars in “Orphan Black.”

Renfrew Behrens launched Superlative Film in January as an equity fund and strategic partner for independent films and documentaries. Its other titles include: “Lucky,” starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch, “Humor Me,” with Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement, and “The House of Tomorrow,” toplined by Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff. and Maude Apatow.

Depth of Field was founded in 1999 following brothers Chris and Paul Weitz’s breakout directorial debut, “American Pie.” Their credits include “About a Boy,” “In Good Company,” “A Single Man,” “Grandma,” and Judy Greer’s directorial debut, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions,” currently in post-production.

Cho is represented by UTA and 3 Arts; Richardson and Posey are represented by Gersh; Forbes is represented by UTA; and Culkin is represented by Paradigm.

Source Variety

M. Night Shyamalan Thriller Starring James McAvoy Adds Four

Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson have joined James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s next thriller.

Joy and Buckley are signing on for lead roles opposite McAvoy, while Sula and Richardson will round out the cast in supporting roles.

Shyamalan will write, direct and produce along with Jason Blum.

As with any Shyamalan project, plot details are under lock and key, but the film will likely include elements of the supernatural. Given Blum’s involvement, the movie’s budget will be relatively small, which would be more on par with Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” which overperformed at the box office, bringing in $83.1 million worldwide.

Marc Bienstock will also produce, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. Production is expected to start this November in Philadelphia. The film is not currently set up at a studio.

Taylor-Joy’s break-out performance in “The Witch” earned her rave reviews at Sundance and this would mark her first major role following the film’s premiere earlier this year. She also is set to star opposite Shea Whigham in “Hunstville” and will co-star with Kate Mara in “Morgan.” She is repped by Troika.

Buckley had previously worked with Shyamalan on “The Happening” and past credits include “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Leftovers” and “Five Time Champion.” She is repped by Stewart Talent and Parseghian Planco.

The pic will mark Sula’s first starring role in a feature film having previously starred in the British TV show “Skins.” She is repped by Gersh and Waring and McKenna.

Richardson caught the eye of many execs following her scene-stealing role in the Sundance dramedy “The Bronze.” She is repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Coast to Coast Talent.

source Variety