Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (EXCLUSIVE)

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“The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby is swapping British royalty for outer space after signing on for “StarDream,” the upcoming sci-fi movie from “The Wife” helmer Bjorn Runge. Kirby takes the lead role of Andreya in the Silver Reel and Bigscope Films-produc…

‘Hobbs and Shaw’: Production Wraps on Dwayne Johnson ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff (Photo)

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“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” has wrapped production, prompting Dwayne Johnson to give his co-star Jason Statham a shout out as one “tough bastard” who he’d remember making “laugh so f—ing hard during the [sic] our takes he couldn’t even talk.”

“HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped,” Johnson said on his Instagram account posted along with a photo of him, Statham and a helicopter rigged off the ground.

“Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in,” Johnson wrote, adding that it is also shaping up to be his most rewarding film. He then gave kudos to Statham, giving him a “HUGE bald and brotherly MAHALO” for trusting him and their chemistry, and who “‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans.”

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Read Johnson’s complete message to fans below.

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Last men standing. HOBBS & SHAW is officially wrapped. Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped “break the internet” reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding. A HUGE bald and brotherly MAHALO to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and “pushed all his chips in” to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham. He’s one legit talented and tough bastard and the pure joy I got from making him laugh so fucking hard during the our takes he couldn’t even talk, I will always remember with evil ???? glee. Finally, one of the best heli pilots in the world @fred_north demonstrating here our extreme commitment we all had to deliver the goods to our worldwide audience. #ThatsAWrap #LastMenStanding #AllChipsIn #HOBBSANDSHAW AUGUST 2nd @sevenbucksprod

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When we last saw Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in “The Fate of the Furious,” the two bitter enemies had reconciled after joining forces to defeat Cipher. Now the two are taking a break from Dominic Toretto’s family to stop an international terrorist played by Idris Elba.

Action director David Leitch (“John Wick,” “Deadpool 2”) directed the film, which was written by longtime “Fast and Furious” screenwriter Chris Morgan.

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The film also stars Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, and Johnson’s cousin and WWE wrestler Roman Reigns, who filmed his scenes while recovering from a leukemia diagnosis that put his wrestling career on hold.

“Hobbs and Shaw” arrives in theaters Aug. 2.

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Vanessa Kirby is going from Princess Margaret to “badass MI6 operative” in “Hobbs & Shaw,” the “Fast & Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. And in this first image of Kirby shared by Johnson on Instagram, she certainly looks the part.

In the film directed by David Leitch (“Deadpool 2,” “Atomic Blonde”), Kirby plays Hattie Shaw, friends to Johnson’s Hobbs, but also the sister to Statham’s Deckard Shaw, a detail that “tortures” Shaw as the two battle as rivals.

“Hattie loves the following,” Johnson said in an Instagram post accompanying the photo. “Longs walks on the beach. Being a bad ass MI6 Operative. Drinking tequila with Hobbs. And not in that order.”

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Johnson added that he’s thrilled to be working with Kirby, who previously starred as The White Widow in the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film, this year’s “MI6: Fallout.”

“His pain makes me very happy,” Johnson said about Statham’s character. “But what makes me happier is welcoming this crazy talented actress and cool chick to our movie. Havin’ a blast together. Building out the franchise step by step.”

See the picture below via The Rock. “Hobbs & Shaw” opens on Aug. 2, 2019.

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Building out our Fast & Furious franchise step by step. In our spin-off, HOBBS & SHAW, I have a nice new friend. Meet “Hattie Shaw” played by my homegirl, @vanessa__kirby. Hattie loves the following/ Longs walks on the beach. Being a bad ass MI6 Operative. Drinking tequila with Hobbs. And not in that order. Hattie also happens to be the sister of Deckard Shaw, who’s played by @jasonstatham. It tortures him that his sister Hattie is kickin’ it with Hobbs. His pain ???? makes me very happy. But what makes me happier is welcoming this crazy talented actress and cool chick to our movie. Havin’ a blast together. Building out the franchise step by step. #HattieShaw #MI6BadAss #TequilaDrinkerWithHobbs HOBBS & SHAW ????

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Here’s Exactly What You Missed in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

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“Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” the sixth (and best) entry in Tom Cruise’s action franchise, is 147 minutes of relentless action, convoluted and shocking twists and lots of Tom Cruise running.

Between the stunning fights, chases and helicopter shootouts, you can be forgiven for losing track of the plot, which doesn’t really matter anyway. That’s because “Fallout” opens with a giant exposition dump that encourages you to just sit back and have fun; don’t bother trying to make sense of it all.

So that you don’t have to sweat the small stuff, we’re here to help fill in the blanks.


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Two years after Ethan Hunt (Cruise) captured Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the baddie from “Rogue Nation,” Lane’s agents, now known as The Apostles, are running rampant. They’re in pursuit of three plutonium cores to use within portable nuclear devices. Already these stakes are delightfully absurd.

Ethan plans to purchase and intercept the plutonium himself, but he loses it when he’s forced to choose between it and the life of his friend and teammate Luther (Ving Rhames).

The terrorists are working with an agent known only by the alias John Lark, who will rendezvous with a broker called the White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) to obtain the plutonium and arm the nuclear bombs. Fun Easter Egg: When we first meet the White Widow, she refers to her mom “Max,” who was the arms dealer played by Vanessa Redgrave in the very first “Mission: Impossible” film.

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If there’s one thread that’s been common among all the “Mission: Impossible” movies, it’s that Ethan and the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) are always in need of supervision and oversight from the CIA. In this case, CIA chief Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett) blames Ethan and the IMF for losing the plutonium in the first place, and assigns agent August Walker (a mustachioed Henry Cavill) to tag along with Ethan.

The two of them HALO jump out of a plane to sneak into a rave in Paris where Lark and the White Widow plan to meet. Ethan and Walker get in a wall-busting fist fight with the person they suspect could be Lark, leading Ethan to pose as Lark and meet with the White Widow himself. She informs him that in exchange for the plutonium, they need to break Lane out of holding as he’s being moved through Paris.

But after Ethan meets with the Widow, Walker and Sloan have a private meeting in which Walker accuses Ethan of truly being Lark. The man they killed in Paris was actually a decoy, and Ethan, burned by his government one too many times, might be secretly operating under the IMF’s nose.

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Here’s where things get really complicated, resulting in one of the franchise’s best exchanges of double-crossing and face mask trickery yet.

After capturing Lane, IMF chief Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) shares with Ethan the CIA’s accusation against him and that the White Widow has been an undercover CIA agent the whole time. And Walker is no babysitter, but an assassin tasked with killing Ethan should he go rogue.

With Ethan now under the microscope, he subdues Hunley and then proceeds to disguise Benji (Simon Pegg) as Lane, planning to hand him over to the terrorists in exchange for the plutonium, leaving Walker alone with the real Lane. It’s here where we learn that Walker, not Ethan, is the real John Lark. (gasp!)

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Walker starts conspiring with Lane, saying Lane is more interested in getting revenge on Ethan than in setting their plan in motion. But in a bizarre double switch, Walker realizes he’s been duped and realizes it was Benji in a Lane mask the whole time. Rather than just bring in Walker, Sloan double-crosses Hunley and the IMF, and sicks a CIA SWAT team to bring the whole lot of them in. Walker escapes with Lane — and soon the plutonium — in the mayhem, and Hunley is killed.

After a lengthy foot chase in which Cruise broke his foot performing a stunt, Walker lays a photo of his ex-wife Julia in front of Ethan and explains that he’s her “guardian angel.” “If I see you again, she’s dead.” Ethan and Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) then manage to trace Lane and Walker to a medical camp in a remote part of Kashmir where they plan to set off the bombs, only to find that Julia and her new husband (Wes Bentley, weirdly) are stationed there.

A helicopter chase, a cliff-side brawl and 14 minutes and 59 seconds later, the IMF manage to defuse the bombs, Earth is saved, and everything is right in the world again.

Got all that? Now let’s talk about that bananas skydiving sequence, shall we?

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Vanessa Kirby Joins ‘Fast & Furious’ Spinoff ‘Hobbs and Shaw’

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Hot off her BAFTA-winning performance as Princess Margaret in “The Crown,” Vanessa Kirby is taking her career in a very different direction as she enters final negotiations to join Universal’s “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs and Shaw.”

David Leitch (“Deadpool 2”) is set to direct the new movie with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their roles as former rivals turned unlikely allies Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw.

Longtime “F&F” writer Chris Morgan returns as writer and producer on the project, marking his sixth go-around in the series.

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Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz will produce alongside Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, Jason Statham, and Chris Morgan for his eponymous production company. Kelly McCormick, Steve Chasman, Amanda Lewis, Ainsley Davies and Ethan Smith executive produce.

“The Fate of the Furious” grossed $1.2 billion worldwide, bringing the franchise’s all-time box office total to $5.1 billion since the first film’s release in 2001.

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Leitch and Statham have worked together on four previous projects, including “The Mechanic” — on which Leitch served as fight designer and second unit director — and “Parker.”

Kirby will next be seen opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” She won a BAFTA for her role as the troubled sibling to Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s “The Crown.” She is currently on stage performing in National Theatre’s “Julie” in London.

Kirby is repped by WME, Hamilton Hodell and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Variety first reported the news.

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‘The Crown’: Jason Watkins Cast as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson

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“The Crown” has elected its latest prime minister, and officially confirmed its new edition to the royal family for Season 3.

BAFTA-winning actor Jason Watkins has been cast as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter will be taking over as Princess Margaret for Vanessa Kirby, Netflix announced Thursday.

In another bit of news that might force fans to have a stiff upper lip, the streaming service also revealed that Season 3 will not premiere until 2019.

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This third installment will pick up in 1964 and follow Wilson’s two terms as the British prime minister, from 1964 to 1979 and again from 1974 to 1976.

Because of the time jump from Season 2, new actors like Carter are being brought in to replace the core cast as their older counterparts. Tobias Menzies will take Matt Smith’s place as Prince Philip, with Olivia Colman filling Claire Foy’s shoes as Queen Elizabeth II.

“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret,” Carter said in a statement. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter (than Vanessa).”

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“I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show,” Watkins added. “And so thrilled to be working once again with Peter Morgan. Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. And excited to be working so closely with Olivia; and the whole team.”

“The Crown” Season 3 will launch in 2019 on Netflix.

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Move over, Matt Smith. There’s a new prince in town.

Tobias Menzies has been cast as the older version of Prince Philip in Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Crown,” an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

Menzies will take over for Smith, who starred in the first two seasons alongside Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth. Olivia Colman was previously confirmed as the new Elizabeth II, with Helena Bonham Carter set to replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

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Menzies brings some royal pedigree to the role, after playing Brutus on HBO’s “Rome” and Edmure Tully on “Game of Thrones.” He is best known for the dual roles of Frank Randall and Black Jack Randall on “Outlander” and is currently starring in AMC’s new series from Ridley Scott, “The Terror.”

The series will see a time jump for Seasons 3 and 4, which is why the re-crowning — err, recasting — is happening. So don’t worry, this plan was already in place before producers recently apologized to stars Foy and Smith for what Left Bank Pictures called the “media storm” the duo found themselves in the middle of over their pay discrepancy.

Season 2 of “The Crown” dropped on Netflix on Dec. 8. No officially premiere date is set for the next installment.

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James Norton, Vanessa Kirby Join Agnieszka Holland’s Stalin-Era Movie ‘Gareth Jones’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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James Norton, star of “War and Peace” and “McMafia,” and Vanessa Kirby, who portrayed Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of “The Crown,” will play intrepid journalists in Agnieszka Holland’s politically charged new film “Gareth Jones.” WestEnd Films is handling international sales. Norton is being talked about as a potential next James Bond off […]

‘The Crown’: Vanessa Kirby All But Confirms Helena Bonham-Carter’s Casting

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“Honoured.” With that one word, Vanessa Kirby has essentially confirmed what has long been speculated: Helena Bonham-Carter is set to step into her role as Princess Margaret on the critically acclaimed Netflix drama “The Crown.” Kirby’s Instagram post shows her side-by-side with Bonham-Carter, with the caption “Honoured.”   Kirby has played the role of the […]

‘The Crown’: Helena Bonham Carter Gears Up to Play Princess Margaret

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“The Crown” is looking to add another member to its royal family. Helena Bonham Carter is circling a deal with Netflix to play Princess Margaret in the critically-acclaimed series, according to multiple media reports.

Carter would take over the role which has been played by Vanessa Kirby, for the first two seasons.

“The Crown”s second season dropped on the streaming service on Dec. 8. By the close of the season, Margaret had married Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon (played by Matthew Goode) and was carrying a bun in her oven.

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The series stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, and Jeremy Northam as Antony Eden, along with newcomers Goode and Michael C. Hall.

However, the show will be making a time jump, so Netflix is recasting for storylines about the later years of the royal family’s lives. Olivia Colman will be taking over for Foy for the series’ (yet-to-be-officially confirmed) third and fourth seasons. Smith is also on his way out, though a replacement for him has yet to be announced.

When TheWrap reached out about the deal, Netflix declined to comment.

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If the first season of “The Crown” probed the sibling rivalry between Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and her sister Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), the second season takes the gloves off. The two women are driven even further apart as the ever-more headstrong Margaret continues her ill-fated search for love. Yet Kirby says the more she’s […]

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Netflix’s Emmy-nominated drama The Crown returns this Friday, December 8, with its second season, which will bring the reign of Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth II into the ‘60s, ending with the Profumo affair scandal, and the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan. In the video above, stars Matt Smith and…

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