‘Ouija’ Star Olivia Cooke May Play Jack Huston’s Sister in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake
Timur Bekmambetov is directing the epic period picture for Paramount and MGM
“Ouija” star Olivia Cooke is circling a key role alongside Jack Huston in the “Ben-Hur” remake that Timur Bekmambetov is directing for Paramount and MGM, TheWrap has learned.
“Boardwalk Empire” alum Huston stars as the titular Jewish prince who is forced into slavery by his former friend Messala (Toby Kebbell).
Cooke has the offer for Tirzah, Ben-Hur’s sister, who in the original 1959 film was imprisoned by Messala along with her mother, to be played in this version by “Man of Steel” actress Ayelet Zurer. Formal negotiations have not yet begun, however, as Cooke is being considered for several other high-profile movies that are taking shape around town.
Cathy O’Donnell played Tirzah in her brother-in-law William Wyler’s classic movie, which proved to be her final film role.
Morgan Freeman and Pedro Pascal will co-star in the epic period picture, which will employ today’s cutting-edge technology to reimagine the original film’s classic chariot race.
Gal Gadot had been in talks to play the female lead of Esther, Ben-Hur’s true love. The Israeli actress was forced to bow out of the project due to her commitment as Wonder Woman in WB’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” as TheWrap first reported.
Keith Clarke and John Ridley wrote the script, which is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
Mark Burnett is producing with Sean Daniel and Joni Levin, while Roma Downey is executive producing with Clarke, Ridley and Jason Brown. Production will begin early next year in Europe in advance of a February 2016 release.
Cooke helped power the low-budget horror movie “Ouija” to a $58 million worldwide gross to date. The young British actress stars on “Bates Motel” and recently wrapped Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” with Thomas Mann, Jon Bernthal and Nick Offerman.
Cooke, whose recent feature credits include the genre films “The Signal” and “The Quiet Ones,” is represented by the Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Shepherd Management.
(source The Wrap)
Box Office: ‘Ouija’ Spooks Keanu Reeves’ ‘John Wick’ With $20M Debut
Pre-Halloween horror pic Ouija debuted to No. 1 at the North American box office with $20 million from 2,858 locations, while Keanu Reeves scored a solid showing with action pic John Wick.
Ouija, costing under $20 million to make and based on the classic Hasbro board game, summoned up another victory for Blumhouse Pictures, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Universal following the microbudgeted Purge franchise. Rated PG-13, the female-fueled, teen-friendly title was produced in tandem with Hasbro. It’s not a surprise Ouija received a C CinemaScore; horror films often do.
Directed by Stiles White, Ouija stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos, and follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
(source Hollywood Reporter)
‘Ouija’ Stars Sit In on Spooky Seance – Watch the Video!
Ouija will be scaring audiences everywhere this weekend and you can prep for seeing the movie by watching this video of the cast participating in a spooky seance in real life!
JustJared.com hosted a special screening of the film earlier this month. The cast – Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Shelley Hennig, and Bianca Santos – and some of their celeb friends were in attendance to sit in on a seance together following the movie.
You’ve got to watch the video to see what happens when The Walking Dead‘s Emily Kinney asks the Ouija board “Where’s Beth?” and so much more. We’ll give you a hint… it definitely seems like there were spirits in the room!
Ouija is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears, as they attempt to make contact with the other side and unleash an evil that that they may never be able to stop. When Laine’s (Olivia Cooke) childhood best friend Debbie (Shelley Hennig) suddenly dies, she discovers an antique Ouija board that she thinks can be used to say goodbye to her friend, but instead it quickly turns into a dangerous game where they might all meet the same fate as their friend.
At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, actress Olivia Cooke spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she wanted to be a part of this project, how she related to her character, just how much the story changed and evolved, re-shooting 50% of the film, who she’d want to contact with a Ouija board, the most challenging aspect of the shoot, having so much fun with this cast, and why she doesn’t think she’d return for a sequel.
She also talked about shooting Me & Earl & the Dying Girl for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the experience of shaving her head for the role and how close they’re sticking to the book that it’s adapted from, as well as what fans can expect from Season 3 of her A&E TV series Bates Motel. Hit the jump for the interview.
From ‘Bates Motel’ to ‘Ouija,’ Olivia Cooke finds breakout in horror
(Reuters) – Sitting in a palm-tree lined cemetery in Hollywood promoting her latest film, “Bates Motel” actress Olivia Cooke says the impact of working in the horror genre has left her emotions on edge.
“Recently I did a scene on ‘Bates’ where I just cried, and the director was able to tap into something where my emotions just came flooding out,” the British actress said in her native Manchester accent.
“My emotions are very readily available, which is weird. I’ve never had that, but that means I can cry at anything now. I’ll cry at toilet paper.”
Cooke, 20, may be best known for her role as Emma, a teen cystic fibrosis sufferer in A&E television’s hit horror drama “Bates Motel,” but she’s capping off 2014 with her third horror movie, “Ouija,” in theaters on Friday, just ahead of Halloween festivities on Oct. 31.
Cooke plays teenager Laine, who decides to seek answers from the spirit world with the help of an Ouija board after her best friend dies mysteriously, but Laine summons up something far more sinister in the process.
“Ouija,” co-produced and distributed by Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, was made for $5 million, according to IMDB.com. It is also produced by Hasbro Inc, the makers of the Ouija board game.
The film is expected to top the U.S. box office this weekend with $28 million, according to Boxoffice.com.
The film follows Cooke’s roles in “The Quiet Ones,” where she played a disturbed young woman haunted by a demon, and sci-fi horror “The Signal,” where a group of friends are abducted on a road trip.
“It’s just really strong female characters that I’m drawn to, it doesn’t really matter what the genre is,” Cooke said.
“I don’t think I have taken horror to rise up the ranks of Hollywood, but I know people do – when I think of girls trying to rise up the ranks with horror, I always think of the hot naked girl that gets slashed first.”
As Emma on “Bates Motel,” Cooke said she has managed to showcase her acting range in the gritty drama that serves as a prequel inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”
“It’s quite psychological,” she said. “I just get to challenge myself and stretch my emotions. Emma, she’s not necessarily a psychotic or evil character, she’s very light.”
For her next role, Cooke found herself moving away from horror to explore a more intimate story, playing a cancer patient in the coming-of-age film “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”
The actress said she found herself facing an unexpected challenge after shaving off her long auburn locks for the role.
“Ever since I’ve cut my hair, it’s harder going into auditions. It’s really bizarre, and I didn’t realize how much it relied on the way I looked,” she said.
“But I realized that it’s more about looks, and that’s quite a hard thing to deal with.”
Stiles White, Olivia Cooke & Ana Coto Chat OUIJA – AMC Movie News
AMC’s Amirose Eisenbach talks “OUIJA” With Stiles White, Olivia Cooke & Ana Coto. This horrifying film opens in AMC Theatres October 24, grab your tickets!
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