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).”

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 10, 2020

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Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   November 09, 2020

VARIETY – Going through the festival circuit has been part of the awards strategy for Amazon Studios’ “Sound of Metal,” which began its journey at Sundance back in January. As its awards prospects continue to grow for star Riz Ahmed in best actor, Variety has learned exclusively his co-star, Olivia Cooke, has been confirmed to campaign for best supporting actress for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year English actress has been building her acting resume for the last few years with standout performances in 2015’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and A&E’s “Bates Motel.” As distributor, Amazon Studios continues to mount a campaign for the film.

Following strong receptions out of Toronto, Middleburg and AFI Film festivals, Cooke could find some room to break through a seemingly thinner best supporting actress race, which has yet to reveal a traditional “frontrunner.” Although her performance is beautifully orchestrated, Cooke will have steep competition including Olivia Colman (“The Father”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”), Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) and Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”).

Aside from Ahmed and Cooke’s emotional and powerful turns, the film looks to be competitive for a nomination in categories such as best original screenplay (Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance), sound (Nicolas Becker), editing (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen) and original score (Abraham Marder).

“Sound of Metal” tells the story of a heavy-metal drummer named Ruben (played by Riz Ahmed), who’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. Cooke plays Lou, Ruben’s girlfriend.

The film is directed by Darius Marder, in his feature debut. Other stars include Paul Raci, Mathieu Amalric, Shaheem Sanchez and Chelsea Lee.

“Sound of Metal” will be released in select theaters on Nov. 20 and will be available on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 4.