VARIETY – “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke has signed with CAA.
Cooke’s breakout role came last year with the Sundance film “Me and Earl,” which follows two friends who connect with a girl dying of cancer, while make a film revolving around her life. The movie went on to win the festival’s grand jury and audience awards, and quickly turned Cooke into one of Hollywood’s hottest new stars.
After testing dozens of young actors and actresses, Cooke was tapped to star in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” which begins filming this fall and also stars Tye Sheridan and Ben Mendelsohn.
She is currently shooting the indie “Thoroughbred” opposite Anya Taylor-Joy. She will next be seen in “Katie Says Goodbye,” in which she plays the title character, and “The Limehouse Golem” with Bill Nighy.
She is managed by Josh Glick of Grandview and by Christina Shepherd of Shepherd Management in the U.K. Her attorney is Gretchen Rush of Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush and Kaller.
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DEADLINE – June Pictures and B Story are saddling up for a May start on Thoroughbred, a psychological thriller that marks the directorial debut of playwright-screenwriter Cory Finley. Olivia Cooke, who stars later this year in Ready Player One, stars with Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Green Room‘s Anton Yelchin. Financed by June Pictures, the film focuses on a volatile friendship between two suburban teenage girls who discover that a murder might solve both of their problems.
June’s Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan are producing with B Story’s Kevin J. Walsh, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. B Story’s Ryan Stowell will executive produce. The picture will shoot on the East Coast.
June Pictures, which Duncan and Saks launched as a portfolio company of IGX LLC, previously set a summer start date for The Florida Project, which marks Tangerine helmer Sean Baker’s next film; the company’s first film is Operator, which premiered at SXSW. The recently completed Dude is in postproduction.
B Story’s Faxon and Rash, who most recently wrote and directed The Way Way Back, won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Alexander Payne for The Descendants. Walsh’s latest, the Kenneth Lonergan-directed Manchester By The Sea, was acquired in a splashy Sundance deal by Amazon and Roadside Attractions and releases November 18.
Cooke is repped by Grandview, Gersh, Shepherd Management and attorney Gretchen Rush; Taylor-Joy by CAA, Troika and Felker Toczek; Yelchin is CAA and attorney David Weber and Finley is repped by ICM Partners. ICM Partners will rep domestic rights to the film.