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11 February 2021

Karen Gillan to Star in Pandemic-Inspired Comedy “The Bubble”

THR – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm breakout Maria Bakalova, Guardian of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan and The Mandalorian headliner Pedro Pascal are among the bold-faced names that are starring in Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, The Bubble.

Also in Bubble are Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann and Peter Serafinowicz.

The feature project, which gets underway next week, is a meta-comedy will be about a group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempting to complete a studio franchise film.

Sources tell THR the project takes inspiration from the real-life making of Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth installment in the Jurassic franchise, which saw its cast stuck in the United Kingdom for months during the pandemic lockdown, with production stopping and restarting several times due to positive COVID-19 tests.

While many of the details are being kept in the hotel safe, it is known that Gillan and Pascal will play the made-up franchise’s stars while Mann and Duchovny will play a once-married acting duo now forced to quarantine under one roof.

Netflix insiders, however, say the movie has no connection to Dominion.

28 May 2020

Awkwafina and Karen Gillan Reteam For ‘Shelly’

Deadline – Even though production hasn’t started back up, packages are being gobbled up quickly, and here’s one that ought to sell fast. Jumanji: The Next Level‘s Awkwafina and Karen Gillan are attached to reteam in Shelly, an action-comedy script by Michael Doneger and Liz Storm that is out to the town today through Ian Bryce Productions. Jude Weng is directing.

The story takes place a decade after an embarrassing prom prank ran Shelly Wheeler (Awkwafina) out of town and so hardened her heart that she became an ice-cold hit-woman. Revenge threatens to be sweet when she learns her next target is her former high school tormentor, Dianna Park (Gillan). But when Dianna unexpectedly befriends Shelly, the assassin finds herself in with the cool crowd, protecting her old nemesis against another hit crew hired to kill them both. The tone is Mean Girls meets Barry.

[…] Co-writer Michael Doneger wrote the story, and Ian Bryce (6 Underground) is producing, with Will McCance executive producing and Katie Malott co-producing.

UTA is packaging this and arranging the financing, and the agency reps everyone in the package but Weng, who is at CAA, and Storm, who is with Franfurt Kurnit.

28 April 2020

Karen Gillan to Star In Sci-Fi Feature ‘Dual’

THRKaren Gillan is set to lead the cast of sci-fi thriller Dual, with Aaron Paul, Beulah Koale, Martha Kelly and Jesse Eisenberg also set to appear in the movie.

The movie from Riley Stearns (The Art of Self Defense) will follow a terminally ill woman (Gillan) who opts for a cloning procedure to ease her loss on her friends and family. When she makes a miraculous recovery, her attempts to have her clone (also played by Gillan) decommissioned fail and lead to a court-mandated duel to the death.

Stearns wrote the script and will produce alongside XYZ Films.

XYZ will handle global sales and co-represent the U.S. with CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group. The project, which is hoping to shoot this summer, is expected to be for sale at the agency-led virtual Cannes market.

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