Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 11, 2016

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – What’s it like to audition for one of Hollywood’s preeminent filmmakers? Olivia Cooke found out first hand, after going through the process to star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

“I auditioned in New York for the casting director, then was flown over to L.A. to read with Spielberg, and mix and match with a bunch of boys over two days there. Then I was flown [back] to New York,” Cooke said at the PEOPLE / EW / InStyle Portrait Studio during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where she was promoting the films Katie Says Goodbye and The Limehouse Golem.

The actress, who broke out in last year’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, said the audition was covered in a “veil of secrecy.” She was later given the script to read at the casting director’s office. “She said, ‘It’s looking good for you, that’s the reason why I wanted you to read the script. Do you like it?’ I’m like, ‘Of course I do!’”

Cooke found out she scored the role three days later, she said, while doing laundry. “I’m just like, ‘What is my life?’ It’s bizarre.”

Due out on March 30, 2018, Ready Player One tells the futuristic story of a virtual universe created in a world crumbling because of economic and environmental trauma. Cooke stars alongside Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, and Simon Pegg, among others. It’s set to be Spielberg’s next film, following this year’s The BFG.

“I think what I’ve learned with Ready Player One is patience and being durable and being prepared for anything,” Cooke said. “Because when you’ve got a tiny, tiny movie, your schedule is set. That you have to make these scenes on that day, we can’t go over. There’s no money to go over. On this big studio movie, there could be five units going on at once.”

Watch the full interview with Cooke above.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   September 09, 2016

DEADLINEThe Limehouse Golem, from Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen’s Number 9 Films, has its world premiere on Saturday as a Special Presentation in Toronto. The gothic murder mystery is written by Jane Goldman based on Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 novel Dan Leno And The Limeshouse Golem.

It’s set in an atmospheric 1880 London when a series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times — the mythical Golem — must be responsible. Woolley has said the film comes with a twist “more sensational” than The Crying Game. Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) directs. Check out an exclusive clip above that sets the scene inside one of the boisterous music halls of the time.

The crime thriller uses London’s seedy Limehouse district as its backdrop. Police inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy) is brought in to solve the mystery and calm the panicked population. He is talked through the past of Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke), a music hall performer accused of poisoning her husband, as he seeks clues that might help his investigation and is soon hot on the trail of the deranged killer. The story incorporates fictionalized versions of historical figures while an essence of Jack the Ripper looms. Eddie Marsan also stars.

The period piece has been described as being in the style of David Fincher’s Seven and James Watkins’ The Woman In Black. It was adapted by the versatile and in-demand Goldman who also penned Woman In Black. Her other credits include the X-Men and Kingsman franchises and Tim Burton’s upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Toronto is her first film festival with one of her pictures.

Goldman says she first discovered Ackroyd’s novel before she was a screenwriter “and thought it would make a movie I would love to see. I looked it up and saw Stephen was attached and thought, ‘Oh, good, someone is making it’.” Fast-forward several years and during a stint on an awards jury with Woolley, she asked what had happened to the project. An earlier option had lapsed, but had just become available again and Woolley called her a few days later to say, “I got you the rights.”

She was drawn to the material because there is “a wonderful twist… I’m very, very, very happy to be tricked and caught off guard. I also love the world that it’s set in: Victorian period vaudeville theater.” And, she adds, “all English people have a fascination with Jack the Ripper. I don’t know why because it’s so dreadful, but such a strange endearing part of our culture. Morbid fascination sums it up.”

The cast was set back in April 2015 with Alan Rickman due to star as Kildare. When he became ill, he reluctantly pulled out and subsequently passed away in January this year. His mark, however, remains on the part of the intrepid Kildare. Goldman tells me she had incorporated some changes which came from Rickman’s own notes and thoughts on the character. “It’s lovely to feel his spirit in there.”

Lionsgate quickly acquired UK rights and Hanway is selling The Limehouse Golem internationally with WME on domestic. Goldman says, “I know how much I adored the book and have given it to friends. When I say I just adapted it, people are very excited. I hope the film finds its audience and captivates in the same way as the book.”

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