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 24, 2020

Opening in theaters and on demand February 5

Director: Chad Hartigan
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Soko

As a memory loss virus runs rampant, one couple fights to hold their relationship together before the disease can erase all memory of their love in this sweeping sci-fi romance.

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.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 10, 2020

SQUAREMILEOlivia Cooke has established herself as a star of film and TV on both sides of the Atlantic – and she’s still only 26. With two new films out this winter, the Oldham actress sits down with Max Williams to talk politics, lockdown and hangovers

Olivia Cooke in the laundry when Steven Spielberg called. An actual launderette – she was living in New York City at the time, 21 years old, starring in the TV series Bates Motel. And her phone went off and the most famous director in the world – history? – was on the other end.

‘Hi Olivia, Steven here…’

“It’s just mad,” recalls Cooke. “You’re just doing the most normal stuff and then you get a call that could potentially change your life. It’s never the environment that you imagine it to be in. It’s so exciting and so surprising, but also quite mundane as well.”

Spielberg was calling to tell Cooke that she had landed a lead role in his giddy love letter to 1980s’ pop culture Ready Player One, a CGI extravaganza that would gross nearly $600m worldwide. The film came out in 2018, the same year Cooke won plaudits for her Becky Sharp in ITV’s much-ballyhooed adaptation of Vanity Fair. Roll out the red carpet? Not quite.

“My life didn’t really change,” says Cooke, cheerfully. “It helped me get other jobs and things but it was quite humbling in a way as well. You’re still out there, you’re still auditioning for things. Your life doesn’t suddenly change because you’ve been in a Steven Spielberg movie. You’ve still gotta prove yourself. To teach me that at a young age was probably quite good.”

She’s been proving herself ever since she caught the acting bug after school at Oldham Theatre Workshop north east of Manchester.

She later dropped out of sixth form to play Christopher Eccleston’s daughter in the 2012 drama Blackout, landed the Bates Motel role a year later, and has racked up a string of critically acclaimed films including Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), The Limehouse Golem (2016), and Thoroughbreds (2017), Oh, and that one with Steven what’s-his-face. Put colloquially, she’s been smashing it from day dot. Aged 26, there’s plenty of smashing still to come.

Short term, Cooke has two films out in consecutive months: October’s comic-thriller Pixie followed by December’s Sound of Metal. The former sees Cooke’s titular protagonist pursued by gun-toting priests across the Irish countryside; she describes it as “a fun bit of escapism. It’s a bit of a ride”, and if you haven’t yearned for some escapism these past months then congratulations on your new home on the moon.

Sound of Metal is a darker affair. Cooke plays Lou, the partner of Riz Ahmed’s tormented heavy metal drummer, a former drug addict in the process of losing his hearing. (Fewer gun-toting priests in this one, an omission generally to the detriment of any narrative but Sound of Metal pulls it off.) Both fantastic for different reasons, the two films serve as a perfect one-two demonstration of Cooke’s versatility and ever-increasing star wattage.

And make no mistake, Olivia Cooke is a star, although she certainly wouldn’t consider herself one. “I know my career’s successful and stuff, but I don’t hang around in those circles,” she says at one point. ‘Those circles’ being the glossy haired, gleaming toothed denizens of the Hollywood Hills. “I very much live in reality. Apart from my job, my life is very normal.” Read More

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 10, 2020

In the latest issue of Heroine Magazine (Issue #13 with Dakota Fanning on the cover) : “Olivia Cooke has swerved conventional pathways for lived experience, portraying almost a decade’s worth of characters by the age of 26, whether lusting after Norman Bates as wide-eyed Emma Decody in Bates Motel, or gallivanting through a virtual universe in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. For this issue she is in conversation with friend and fellow actor Paapa Esidou (who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012 and received rave reviews for 2020’s BBC series I May Destroy You).”