Variety : Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join James Franco in “JT LeRoy,” a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the literary hoax.
Justin Kelly, who directed Franco in “I Am Michael,” will direct the film from his own script, based on the memoir and life rights of Savannah Kroop, who was identified in 2006 as the person who portrayed JT LeRoy — a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.
LBI Entertainment, Aquarius and Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions are producing, while Aquarius is providing equity financing. International rights are being sold at the Berlin Film Festival by Fortitude International.
Producers are planning on starting to shoot this summer.
Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart will help tell the tale of Lizzie Borden.
Pieter Van Hees, who helmed the 2014 film Waste Land, will direct the new untitled psychological thriller about the grisly murders of the Borden family. Bryce Kass will write the script.
Sevigny will play Borden, the strange and fragile woman who was infamously tried and acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892. The film will explore the events that led up to that night.
Stewart, who is in early negotiations, will play the Bordens’ live-in maid, Bridget Sullivan. Sullivan was a witness to the family tension, and may have been in the home when the murders were committed. She testified at the trial.
Sitting in the director’s chair, Karl Lagerfeld wrapped the two-day shoot at Luc Besson’s studio in Paris last month, and conceived the intriguing storyline: A fictional, behind-the-scenes look at a yet-to-be-made biopic about founder Gabrielle Chanel.
Stewart is to portray an actress slated to impersonate the designer as a young woman, while Geraldine Chaplin, who has portrayed a middle-aged Chanel in previous films by Lagerfeld, is in the frame, too.
Lagerfeld said Stewart, best known for the “Twilight” series and her recent turn in “Still Alice,” relished the role, and played it to the hilt. “She played it really, really mean,” he said. “You only see her in tests and she’s complaining about everything. She’s mean with the director; mean with the producer.”
Much of the movie takes place in the office of the would-be film’s producer, and a corridor. Lagerfeld conceived the plot, dialogue, costumes and casting, also roping in Harper’s Bazaar editor Laura Brown to portray an American journalist. “They make so many movies about Chanel, why can’t I make one?” he shrugged.
Hello! As announced a few weeks ago, Kristen will be starring in the new Woody Allen’s movie beside Black Lively and Bruce Willis. During a press conference today, Wooday said a bit more about his upcoming project. Otherwise, we don’t have any information about Kristen’s character! See bellow all the informations we got.
“Woody Allen says his next film takes place in the 1930’s, is about a few families, and has a bit of organized crime in it.
“Kristen Stewart still in Woody Allen’s next film. There are more roles to cast though, starts filming August 17.“
– Joey Madgidson and Charles Thorp on Twitter
Assayas (“Clean,””Carlos”) previously directed Stewart in “Sils Maria” which world premiered in competition at Cannes and earned Stewart a best actress Cesar (France’s Oscar equivalent), becoming the first Cesar-winning American thesp ever.
Reichardt previously directed Night Moves, Meek’s Cutoff and Wendy And Lucy. Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino and Anish Savjani of filmscience are producing. Todd Haynes and Larry Fessenden are the exec producers.
Dumfries and Galloway is to be the setting for the Battle of Culloden for the new £6.5 million film and the prince’s subsequent flight to Skye.