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“After Yang” selected at the Cannes Film Festival

Good news! Kogonada’s drama-sci-fi ‘After Yang‘ will debut in Un Certain Regard at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

From the Press Kit

[…] Rounding out the main cast of characters is mysterious Ada, bleached-blonde and Kohl-eyed. First seen sneaking around Jake’s empty house when the family is out, Ada also appears in some of Yang’s stored memories, a cipher. She has a connection to Yang that’s best left for audiences to discover.
For this pivotal role, a Kogonada addition to the short story, he had only one actor in mind: Haley Lu Richardson, the magnetic young actress who was a co-lead in Columbus and had key supporting turns in The Edge of Seventeen and Split.
“His vibe is purely creative, collaborative and peaceful,” says Richardson. “I literally love him and I want to be in anything he ever makes.”

“Haley Lu means so much to me” says the director, grateful for their collaboration. “I have a lot of trust in her. I put Columbus on her shoulders, and she carried it with such grace and determination. There was no place to hide in that film, not a lot of plot or coverage. She had to be present at all times, and she was more than that. Haley Lu attunes you to the moment and to unspoken layers of emotion.”

Richardson admits to becoming obsessed with the idea of playing Ada, taking cues from the script but also the makeup and hairstyling. “I was really transformed by those departments, which helped me find Ada even more,” she says. “She has a desperation to find herself as her own person.”

She also has come to appreciate the rarity of an artist like Kogonada. “I knew about the concept of ‘less is more’ but I didn’t understand fully how that correlates with acting and moviemaking until Columbus,” Richardson says.
“He just completely opened my mind to how much more powerful it can be when you use restraint and get people thinking about things instead of forcing a bunch of answers down their throat.” […]

Ben Hardy, Dexter Fletcher Join Romance From ‘To All the Boys’ Producers

Rob Delaney, Sally Phillips and Jameela Jamil have also joined ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,’ starring Haley Lu Richardson.

Romance feature The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight has rounded out its cast with Ben Hardy set to play the romantic lead opposite Haley Lu Richardson.

The movie, which will be produced by To All the Boys shingle ACE Entertainment, takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Hadley (Richardson) and Oliver (Hardy), who begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. But, as the logline reads, “is it misfortune or fate that separates them when they land? The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love — and London — may have a way of defying the odds.”

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has also joined the cast as Hadley’s father, who moved to London after his divorce. Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher will play Val, Oliver’s eccentric Shakespeare-loving father, and Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Sally Phillips will play Oliver’s mom. The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil will act as the story’s narrator.

Katie Lovejoy, who worked with ACE on To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, penned the screenplay, which is based on a book of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. (ACE is now in post on an adaption of another novel by Smith,  Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.)

Vanessa Caswill, who was behind PBS’ Little Women miniseries, is directing the feature, which is currently in production in London.

Matt Kaplan will produce via ACE. Max Siemers, Matthew Janzen and Aubrey Bendix will oversee the project for ACE.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

New Project : Montana Story

Scott McGehee & David Siegel Quietly Shot Drama ‘Montana Story’ Through Pandemic

Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew, The Deep End) just wrapped production this week on Montana Story after six weeks of shooting their script in and around the Paradise Valley south of Livingston, MT.

Montana Story follows two estranged siblings, played by Haley Lu Richardson (Unpregnant, Five Feet Apart and the upcoming After Yang) and Owen Teague (The Stand, Mrs. Fletcher), as they return home to the sprawling ranch they once knew and loved. Against a Western landscape both mythical and uncertain, they’re forced to confront a bitter family legacy and forge a new path forward. The fates of their ailing, unscrupulous father and a beloved old horse hang in the balance.

Film also stars Kimberly Guerrero (The Glorias) and Eugene Brave Rock (Wonder Woman).

Siegel and McGehee wrote, directed and produced, along with producing partner Jennifer Roth (Black Swan, Mudbound). Pic was shot on 35mm anamorphic film by Giles Nuttgens (Hell or High Water, Enola Holmes) and designed by Kelly McGehee (American Honey, The Affair), both longtime collaborators of the directing duo. Filling out the creative team are costume designer Catherine George (Okja, Snowpiercer) and editor Isaac Hagy (Waves, Atlanta).

Montana Story was filmed under a low-budget SAG and DGA contract, following all the necessary Covid-19 protocols.

Siegel and McGehee are represented by ICM Partners. Richardson is represented by Gersh, 3 Arts and Sloane Offer; Teague is represented by CAA, manager Nils Larsen at Integral Artists and attorney Steve Younger at Myman Greenspan.

SOURCE DEADLINE

Haley Lu Richardson to Lead Romance Adaptation From ‘To All the Boys’ Producers

She will also executive produce the feature adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith’s book ‘The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight.’

Haley Lu Richardson and the filmmakers behind the To All the Boys franchise are teaming for a feature adaptation of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight.

Matt Kaplan and his ACE Entertainment banner will produce the feature, which is set to shoot in London. Along with starring, Richardson is set to executive produce.

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, from author Jennifer E. Smith, is set over a 24-hour period and follows Hadley and Oliver, who begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. But, as the logline reads, “is it misfortune or fate that separates them when they land? The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love — and London — may have a way of defying the odds.”

Katie Lovejoy penned the screenplay, after working with Ace on To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Laura Jean. Vanessa Caswill, who was behind the PBS’ Little Women miniseries, is on board to direct.

ACE is currently working on another adaptation of a Smith novel with Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, set to star Jordan Fisher.

Max Siemers, Matthew Janzen and Aubrey Bendix will oversee the project for ACE.

Richardson, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Sloane Offer. can currently be seen in UnPregnant, the first original feature for HBO Max, and recently wrapped production on Kogonada’s After Yang, starring opposite Colin Farrell.. Her other feature credits include Support the Girls, CBS Films’ Five Feet Apart and Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone.

Caswill is repped by CAA and the U.K.’s 42. Lovejoy is repped by Kaplan/Perrone and Myman Greenspan. Smith is repped by ICM Partners.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Sarah Ramos & Haley Lu Richardson recreate an iconic scene from “The OC”

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