For the first time ever, this year’s 30-page portfolio—featuring no fewer than 44 Blighty icons, from Eddie Redmayne to Dame Judi Dench—comes accompanied by a short film, directed by Bell and viewable right here on VF.com. The film, told in three parts, depicts the Brits “Preparing for War”, then “Coming to America” to infiltrate the film industry. Given the number of British actors nominated for Academy Awards this year, the title of the third film should come as no surprise: “Victory Is Assured.”
After a series of hush-hush readings and tests, Lucasfilm and Disney have zeroed in on Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones for the female lead in the “Star Wars” stand-alone film.
Jones is now in talks to star in the project, which Gareth Edwards is directing and Chris Weitz — who was just hired last week — is writing. Weitz is replacing Gary Whitta, who penned the first draft.
Actresses were meeting, reading and testing last week in Los Angeles for the role, with Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara among those in the mix.
The secrecy surrounding the project is thicker than the mists of Dagobah, and it is even unclear which character the stand-alone is focusing on. Sources say that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are on the interest list for the male lead.
Disney had no comment.
The movie has a release date of Dec. 16, 2016.
Jones is currently making the awards season rounds for “The Theory of Everything”, for which she snagged a best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jane Hawking, the first wife of physicist Stephen Hawking.
“True Story”, in which she stars with James Franco and Jonah Hill, just premiered at Sundance, and she is also shooting “A Monster Calls”, a family fantasy directed by J.A. Bayona that also stars Liam Neeson and Toby Kebbell.
Felicity Jones is among the celebrities covering the annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. The cover lineup features Amy Adams, Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller, Miles Teller, and Oscar Isaac.
Annie Leibovitz has photographed all but three of the Hollywood Issue covers since the first edition debuted, in 1995, and she describes this year’s shoot as “hair-rising” in its intimacy: “Usually you shoot from fairly far away, but we wanted to get really close to the actors. We made an effort to create a feeling of intimacy. I pushed into them, shooting to the left and then the right, coming in as tight as I could.”
The full issue is available February 5 in the digital editions and on national news stands.
The gallery has now been updated with 153 HQ images of Felicity Jones from the AARP 14th Annual “Movies For Grownups” Awards Gala which she attended last night (Feb 02). Also, on a quick side-note, you can now access the site via the domain felicity-jones.com.
The gallery has just been updated with 70 HQ images of Felicity Jones from the first of her two public appearances from yesterday (Feb. 2) where the attended the 87th Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon.
Last night (Jan. 31), Felicity Jones attended the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards. Over 200 HQ images have now been added to the gallery.
Last night Felicity Jones was at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival to receive the ‘Cinema Vanguard’ award, along with her co-star Eddie Redmayne for their work in “The Theory of Everything.” Over 120 HQ images have now been added to the gallery.