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Catherine the Great Drama Starring Elle Fanning & Nicholas Hoult Nears Hulu Pilot Order

I’ve learned that Hulu is finalizing deals for a pilot order to The Great, a drama/limited series starring and executive produced by Elle Fanning and also starring Nicholas Hoult. The project hails from MRC (Ozark, House of Cards).

Written/executive produced by Tony McNamara, the series details the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Fanning) and her explosive relationship with husband Peter (Hoult), the emperor of Russia.

I hear Fanning was very involved in getting the project together and pitching it to Hulu. She and McNamara executive produce with Marian Macgowan, Echo Lake and Thruline.

The Great reunites Hoult with McNamara, who co-wrote the upcoming Yorgos Lanthimos feature The Favourite. Hoult stars opposite Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in the film, which is getting awards season release.

Catherine II, born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, was the daughter of a Prussian general, who was introduced to the prospective tsar Peter of Holstein-Gottorp when she was only 10 as part of European Royal families’ use of marriages as a tool for strengthening (and weakening) political ties between countries. Though she admitted to finding him detestable at first, the two eventually married after she had turned 16.

Their union was tumultuous, with both rumored to have extramarital affairs, and Peter’s temper becoming unbearable. Only six months into him ascending to the Russian throne, Catherine organized his opponents to overthrow him to start her successful 34-year rule. He was assassinated.

HBO and Sky have a ‘Catherine the Great’ four-part series coming up about the Empress’ later years on the throne with Helen Mirren in the title role.

McNamara is repped by UTA, Thruline Entertainment, HLA Management in Australia and Frankfurt Kurnit. Fanning, who will next be seen in Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now and in Maleficent 2, is repped by WME and Echo Lake. Hoult also next is starring in X Men: Dark Phoenix and Tolkien. He is repped by 42 Management, UTA, Relevant and Felker Toczek Gelman Suddleson.

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Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller Frontrunners for Big ‘Top Gun 2’ Role

Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller are the frontrunners for a key role in Top Gun 2.

The long-awaited sequel to the seminal 1980s movie once again stars Tom Cruise, reprising his role as the hot-shot pilot with the call sign Maverick.

Joseph Kosinski, who directed Cruise in sci-fi thriller Oblivion, is directing the movie, which is also bringing back Val Kilmer’s rival pilot code-named Iceman.

But the highly coveted role for the young men of Hollywood this time around is the son of Maverick’s wingman and best pal, Goose. Played by Anthony Edwards in the Tony Scott-directed original, the character provided an emotional spine to the movie when he is killed by accident and Maverick blames himself.

The original featured Goose’s son as a young boy, with Meg Ryan playing his mother.

Producers — who include Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer and Skydance’s David Ellison — have been testing actors for several weeks, winnowing the list down to Hoult, Powell and Teller. Dylan O’Brien and Austin Butler were among those in the mix in a previous stage.

Insiders say some of the final round of testing took place earlier this week in Clearwater, Fla., where Cruise lives and is prepping to launch his press tour for Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Clearwater is also a Scientology headquarters.

Hoult plays the blue-furred Beast in the X-Men movies and counts Mad Max: Fury Road and Rebel in the Rye amongst his credits.

Powell currently stars in Set It Up, Netflix’s surprise hit romantic comedy that also stars Zoey Deutch. He played astronaut John Glenn in Hidden Figures and appeared in Fox’s Scream Queens.

Teller starred in the big-screen dramas Thank You for Your Service and Only the Brave. His big breakout film was 2014’s Whiplash.

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Rebel in the Rye Trailer

It’s been almost two years since it was announced that X-Men‘s Nicholas Hoult would play famed writer J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye, and finally there’s a trailer to show for it.

Rather than a full biopic, however, the new film will focus on Salinger’s formative years, as he struggled to make it as a short story writer and finally met mentor Whit Burnett (Kevin Spacey), who encouraged him to write his masterpiece Catcher in the Rye.

It’s no easy task making the act of writing look dramatic, given how it’s mostly a case of an individual sitting staring blankly at a page. But this trailer uses every trick in the book.

First there’s WWII, which provides the backdrop to Salinger’s development as a writer, and then there’s the love affair with Oona O’Neill, played by Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy, Why Him?). Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson) also does her best to steer Salinger towards more commercial fare as his agent Dorothy Olding.

And then there’s the clacking sound of a typewriter, plus shots of a scribbling Salinger, and repeated references to “Holden Caulfield,” the hero of his most famous book.

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Sand Castle trailer: Watch Henry Cavill, Nicholas Hoult and Glen Powell in Netflix’s new war film

From Will Smith’s Bright to Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Netflix is pumping out high-budget movies quicker than ever before.

The latest addition to their already glistening roster is Sand Castle – starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman), and Logan Marshall-Green (Snowden) – the trailer for which is debuting above on The Independent. Enjoy!

Written by Chris Roessner, who was inspired by his own experiences in Iraq, Sand Castle is an ‘honest and candid depiction’ of the Second Gulf War as told from the perspective of American soldiers.

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IFC Films Buys J. D. Salinger Drama ‘Rebel in the Rye’ Starring Nicholas Hoult

IFC Films has nabbed North American distribution rights to the J. D. Salinger drama “Rebel in the Rye,” Variety has learned.

The movie, starring Nicholas Hoult as the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.

Danny Strong wrote and directed the movie, which focuses on the early years of Salinger’s writing career as he struggles to find his voice. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as a Columbia University professor, Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s first literary agent, and Zoey Deutch as the starlet Oona O’Neill, who dated Salinger before marrying Charlie Chaplin in 1943.

The pic was produced by Strong, Bruce Cohen, Black Label Media, and Jason Shuman. It was financed by Black Label Media and West Madison Entertainment.

The deal was negotiated by CAA and Arianna Bocco from IFC films.

This year’s Sundance offered a healthy market for filmmakers. But in a drastic change from past years, many of biggest titles went to deep-pocketed streaming players Amazon Studios and Netflix, which spent $12.5 million on the period drama “Mudbound.”

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Nicholas Hoult Joins Emma Stone And Rachel Weisz In ‘The Favourite

Nicholas Hoult has been cast in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film — a period drama The Favourite that stars the already reported Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Hoult recently wrapped production on The Current War playing Nikola Tesla opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He also plays J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye which will be distributed through IFC this fall.

In The Favourite, Hoult will play “Harley,” the Tory party leader during the reign of Queen Anne at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century. The story was written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Scarlet Films’ Ceci Dempsey and Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday — who produced The Lobster — will produce The Favourite. Element’s Andrew Lowe is exec producing.

Hoult, who audiences can see currently in Collide (bowed this past weekend), is repped by UTA, management company 42 and law firm Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

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Nicholas Hoult joins WWF in Nepal to learn about rhino conservation

It’s mid-afternoon in the small, but mighty Himalayan country of Nepal, and actor Nicholas Hoult gets a wet kiss from an orphaned, baby rhino. Nepal’s National Trust for Nature Conservation found the stray, who is now in their care. Hoult recently traveled to Chitwan National Park in Nepal to learn about Nepal’s and WWF’s conservation efforts to protect little “Mayure” and the other greater one-horned rhinos that are threatened by poaching and habitat loss, among other dangers.

“Wildlife conservation is so important,” said Hoult. “A lot of these animals are being poached illegally, their numbers are dwindling, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Rhinos in particular I’ve adored since I was three years old and was lucky enough to go on holiday to Africa. I didn’t see a rhino at that age, but I was given a little wooden carving of a rhino which I still own to this day, I’ve loved rhinos ever since that moment. To come out here and see them in their natural habitat is such a great pleasure and I can’t thank WWF enough for the wonderful work they do in helping this park and the Nepal government develop their programs and keep rhinos in the wild.”

While in Nepal, Hoult met with community members of Amaltari, the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park, to learn about their lives and their relationship with the wildlife surrounding them. Ecotourism in the area provides great conservation incentives to the Amaltari community, who maintain a voluntary anti-poaching unit in which members undertake regular patrols of their community forest to keep a check on poaching and illegal wildlife crime.

With the support of WWF Nepal’s maiden Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Amaltari community is focused on the key pillars of sustainability and conservation – self-sufficient livelihoods, alternate energy, health and education – which has delivered scalable impact for the local people and their natural environment.

Hoult’s visit to Chitwan comes at a momentous time where they are celebrating nearly 1,000 days of zero poaching in the area. This exceptional success is due to high-level political will, an impressive Nepali army committed to tracking poachers and the active involvement of conservation communities. More than 645 one-horned rhinos now live in Nepal.

“This is a positive story for me in terms of the wildlife and just keeping the world as it should be for future generations,” Hoult said. “To track rhinos, to see them in their natural habitat has just been unbelievable and to see everyone care so much about that and people doing such incredible work, it’s remarkable.”

The robust efforts to protect rhinos and support the local Nepali communities and government are paying off: Earlier this year, we celebrated a fourth 365 day period of zero poaching in Nepal.

As part of his work with WWF, Hoult and his two childhood friends, Carlos Adams and Nick Atkins, will team up for a rigorous rickshaw run adventure in India in early 2017 to raise funds for rhino conservation along with supporting Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Nicholas Hoult Takes on Unique Driving Challenge in New Jaguar XF All-Wheel Drive

British actor Nicholas Hoult, known for his roles in blockbuster films including Mad Max and the X-Men series, has become the second Jaguar ambassador to tackle the ‘Smart Cone challenge’ after F1 driver Romain Grosjean set the score to beat earlier this year.

It comes as Nicholas’ brand new film Collide, which also features Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, hits cinemas across Europe. The film features Nicholas behind the wheel of a Jaguar XF, as well as the Jaguar F-TYPE as the ride of choice for Ben Kingsley’s character.

For the unique ‘Smart Cone’ challenge, Nicholas put the Jaguar XF AWD R-Sport through its paces around a course situated in the beautiful backdrop of rural Sardinia, where the Art of Performance Tour visited in August. The course was built on a low-grip sandy surface, pushing both Nicholas and the AWD capability of the XF to the limit.

The Smart Cone course uses wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time. With millions of different potential options taking place in real time, the technology provides a unique test of driving skill, precision and reactions.

The challenge is part of the Art of Performance Tour – a worldwide tour for Jaguar fans that provides the opportunity to drive the latest Jaguar products. To get behind the wheel and challenge Nicholas’ score of 42000 and Romain’s score of 49032 points, sign up here – www.jaguar.com/experience

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Nicholas Hoult Talks Close Bond With Kristen Stewart

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They might play characters forbidden from expressing human emotions in Drake Doremus’ new romantic sci-fi Equals, but the real-life friendship between Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart couldn’t be further from their fictional selves.

In an interview with AZ Central, the actor praised the ELLE September Issue cover star for her relentless curiosity for acting.

‘That’s something that’s obviously part of our lives. Part of the thing that makes us similar is the fact that we’re not really in the classical world of acting and trained particularly,” he said.

‘We’re both very curious people, and she’s incredibly smart and in touch with her emotions,’ he added.

Describing the 26-year-old Twilight actress skill in front of the camera, Hoult admitted that he often felt inspired of her raw and relatable performances on set.

‘She’s very passionate and cares wholeheartedly about film and telling stories, and also that moment right there. So it’s wonderful to be in scenes with her, because the smallest flick of an eye or quiver of her voice, you pick up on so little.’

Equals (which is yet to be given a UK release date) centres on the eradication of human emotions (otherwise known as ‘Switched on Syndrome’) from society where physical contact, sex and love is forbidden.

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