Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 24, 2021

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERThe SFFILM’s hybrid event will show 103 films online and at physical drive-in screenings.

The San Francisco Film Festival will kick off its 2021 edition with a world premiere of director Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity, which stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard and Ed Skrein.

On April 9, the film that stars Boyega as an impassioned public defender who stumbles into a drug heist while his reality collapses all around him will stream online and at a drive-in theater. And SFFILM’s hybrid edition this year will close on April 18 with an online and drive-in screening of Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, a documentary that chronicles the origins of the legendary childrens’ TV show Sesame Street and which bowed at Sundance.

San Francisco’s Centerpiece film this year will be Bo McGuire’s Socks on Fire, with a North American premiere for the doc by director McGuire that explores old family wounds between a homophobic aunt and a drag queen uncle. The April 10 drive-in screening will include a drag show featuring local performers and emceed by director McGuire.

The festival also booked a world premiere for Teppo Airaksinen’s Supercool comedy and Tasha Van Zandt’s After Antarctica, which recalls an expedition across the frigid continent. And the SFFILM’s 64th edition has North American bows for Lee Ran-hee’s A Leave; Michal Wnuk’s Overclockers aviation drama; Chloe Mazlo’s Skies of Lebanon, a romancer set against that country’s civil war; The Whaler Boy, by director Phillipp Yuryev; and Captains of Zaatari, a documentary by Egyptian director Ali El-Arabi.

The festival’s pandemic-era lineup includes 42 feature films and 56 short films from 41 countries. In all, 57 percent of the films were directed by female filmmakers and 57 percent were helmed by BIPOC filmmakers.

The San Francisco Film Festival is set to run April 9-18.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 08, 2021

DEADLINENaomi Scott (Aladdin), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), and Bel Powley (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) are starring in and executive-producing dark-comedy thriller podcast series Soft Voice.

The story follows a young woman (Scott) with a voice in her head that tells her what to do, leading to her extraordinary success. One day, the voice disappears — and a new one takes over.

Heralding from LA-based audio studio QCode, the 10-episode series is created by actor James Bloor (Barkskins). The drama will launch from March 17 on most major pod platforms.

Also exec-producing are Jordan Spence, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Rob Herting, and David Henning. Scott and Jordan Spence are producing the project under their New Name banner.

QCode was recently nominated for nine Ambie Awards including Podcast of the Year for drama Dirty Diana with Demi Moore. The company is also starting to turn a number of its audio series into TV and films.

Olivia Cooke is represented by CAA, Grandview, Artist Partnership and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. Naomi Scott is represented by WME, M88, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Bel Powley is represented by UTA, Curtis Brown Group, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Bloor is repped by CAA, Grandview, 42 and attorney Huy Nguyen.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   December 14, 2020

DEADLINEApple TV+’s Gary Oldman spy drama Slow Horses has rounded out its cast, with Ready Player One star Olivia Cooke and The Two Popes actor Jonathan Pryce joining a lineup that also includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Jack Lowden.

See-Saw Films’ adaptation of Mick Herron’s espionage novels is currently shooting in the UK following a delay due to the coronavirus production shutdown, and sources tell Deadline that 12 episodes are being filmed, which will likely constitute two seasons of the drama.

Oscar winner Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, a brilliant but irascible leader of a group of spies who end up in MI5’s Slough House, having been exiled from the mainstream for their mistakes.

Scott Thomas features as Diana Taverner, a formidable high-ranker at MI5, while Lowden is on board as River Cartwright, a talented agent who is desperate to claw his way up and out of Slough House. Apple confirmed Scott Thomas and Lowden’s casting after the Daily Mail first reported that they had signed for the series.

Pryce, the Oscar nominee who recently was cast as Prince Philip in The Crown, will play David Cartwright, River’s grandfather and a retired MI5 agent. Finally, Cooke is Sid Baker, a sharp agent and River’s officemate. It caps a good few days for Cooke, who was confirmed last week as a lead in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel House Of Dragon.

Deadline understands that casting is not confirmed for the second season, though it’s safe to assume Oldman will return as he is the central character in Herron’s series, which spans seven books, including the upcoming Slough House.

Slow Horses is adapted by Will Smith, who executive produces with Graham Yost, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gail Mutrux, and Douglas Urbanski. James Hawes (Black Mirror, Snowpiercer) is directing the first six episodes, while Deadline hears that interviews are underway for a director of Season 2.

The series was commissioned for Apple TV+ by London-based Jay Hunt, Apple’s creative director for Europe worldwide video, alongside heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.

Cooke is repped by The Artist Partnership (in the UK), Grandview and Viewpoint. Attorneys are Gretchen Rusch and Huy Nguyen. Pryce is represented by Julian Belfrage Associates and Anonymous Content. Scott Thomas’ reps are Independent Talent Group and CAA, while Lowden’s are Conway Van Gelder Grant (in the UK) and UTA.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   December 11, 2020

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERHBO’s Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is beginning to take shape.

Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Wanderlust) and Matt Smith (The Crown, Dr. Who) have been tapped to star in the straight-to-series drama. Additionally, Greg Yaitanes (Banshee) has boarded as a director and co-exec producer, with Clare Kilner (Snowpiercer) and Geeta V. Patel (The Witcher) also set to helm episodes of the fantasy series.

Based on Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is set 300 years before the events of the recently concluded fantasy drama and tells the story of House Targaryen.

Cooke will play Alicent Hightower, who is described by HBO as “the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”

D’Arcy is set as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, described as “the king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything … but she was not born a man.”

Smith will portray Prince Daemon Targaryen, who is the “younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air.”

Cooke, D’Arcy and Smith join the previously cast Paddy Considine (The Outsider) as King Viserys Targaryen, who, per HBO, was “chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”

Picked up straight to series in October 2019, the 10-episode series is co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal (USA Network’s Colony). Condal will pen the script alongside Sara Lee Hess and serve as co-showrunner alongside Game of Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik. The latter will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Exec producers include Martin, Condal, Sapochnik, Vince Gerardis, Ron Schmidt and Hess. Yaitanes is a co-EP.

Cooke’s credits include Amazon’s Sound of Metal and in the upcoming feature Pixie. She also has IFC’s Little Fish due in 2021. After breaking out in A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel, her credits have included The Quiet Ones, The Signal, Ouija, Me Earl and the Dying Girl and Ready Player One. She’s repped by CAA, Grandview, the Artists Partnership and attorneys Gretchen Rusch and Huy Nguyen.

D’Arcy’s credits include Amazon’s Truth Seekers and Hannah II, BBC/Netflix’s Wanderlust and they recently completed shooting on the feature take on Mothering Sunday, opposite Olivia Coleman and Colin Firth. They are repped by Vacca Management and Schreck Rose.

Smith earned an Emmy for his role as Prince Philip in The Crown and counts time as the 11th Doctor in Dr. Who. He next will be seen in Marvel’s Morbius and Edgar Wright’s Last in Soho. He’s with UTA, B-Side Management and attorneys Darren Trattner and Karl Austen.

Kilner is with Paradigm and Ragna Nervik Management; Patel is with UTA and Mosaic; and Yaitanes is with CAA.

A premiere timeframe for House of the Dragon has not yet been determined.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 10, 2020

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERCooke will voice the lead in the original animated feature about a young girl in 1920s New York who aspires to be the world’s first firefighter.

Olivia Cooke, Laurie Holden, Kenneth Branagh, and William Shatner have joined the voice cast of Fireheart, a musical animated feature about a young girl who aspires to be a firefighter in New York in the 1920s.

Cooke (Ready Player One) will voice the lead, sixteen-year-old Georgia Nolan, who dreams of being the world’s first-ever firefighter. When a mysterious arsonist starts burning down Broadway, New York’s firemen begin vanishing. Georgia’s father, Shawn (Kenneth Branagh), is called out of retirement by the Mayor of New York (William Shatner) to lead the investigation into the disappearances. Desperate to help her father and save her city, Georgia disguises herself as a young man called “Joe” and joins a small group of misfit firefighters trying to stop the arsonist.

Mara Junot, Wilex Ly, and Ryan W. Garcia are also part of the voice cast of the film. The film’s soundtrack will include re-orchestrated 1920’s style covers of modern pop songs.

Main Journey (Ballerina aka Leap!), Anton (Paddington) and Caramel Films are producing Fireheart. The film, currently in production at the L’Atelier Animation studios in Montreal, is set for delivery in 2021. Anton has already sold out Fireheart internationally, with distribution partners including eOne (for the U.K., Germany, Spain, Australia, Benelux, and Canada), M6 (France) Peak Films (China), IDC (Latin America) and Leone (Italy).

Anton and CAA Media Finance are jointly selling domestic rights to the project at the virtual American Film Market, where they will debut the first footage to U.S. buyers this week.

Laurent Zeitoun, producer of French mega-hit The Intouchables and 2017 animated feature Ballerina (aka Leap!) is directing Fireheart together with Ted Ty, an animator on How to Train Your Dragon 2 and animation director on Ballerina. Zeitoun wrote the script, based on his original idea, together with Daphne Ballon and Jennica Harper. He is also producing Fireheart together with Yann Zenou for their Main Journey shingle.