Variety is reporting that a mysterious Chinese buyer has picked up North American distribution rights to “Colossal,” an offbeat monster movie starring Anne Hathaway that opened at the festival over the weekend. No word yet on the identity of the company that put up the money, but it will be revealed in coming weeks when the backers announce an investment in a U.S. distributor. It will get a theatrical release in 2017.
“Colossal” was one of the festival’s hotter targets because it stars Anne Hathaway in a showy role as an alcoholic New Yorker and earned solid notices when it debuted. The film drew interest from other buyers, including indie label A24.
In the movie, written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo (“Open Windows”), Hathaway plays a character who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, discovers that she can control a creature in Seoul.
Anne was interviewed by MTV’s Josh Horowitz during TIFF, and during the interview he asked if she prefers to sing Rihanna or Beyoncé songs in the shower. Anne didn’t bat an eyelash before answering:
“Why choose?! We live in a world where we don’t have to!”
If Hathaway had to play favorites, though, it’s safe to say she’d go with RiRi thanks to their upcoming film together. While dishing about Colossal — her new sci-fi thriller in which she’s psychically connected to a giant, city-demolishing beast — she mentioned that she’s happy about reconnecting with Ri on the set of Ocean’s 8.
“It’s a great opportunity to spend more time with her,” she said of Ri. “We got along really well when I hosted SNL and she was the musical guest. I’m looking forward to seeing her again.”
Ocean’s 8 is firming up its cast, but in addition to Annie and Ri, it’s got some serious talent on its all-female roster with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina were all in final talks for casting. Hurry up and nail down those details, production, ’cause we need this to get filming fast.
Anne attended the annual HFPA & InStyle’s Celebration held during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel last night. According to InStyle Anne showed up after putting her baby to bed (that might explain the lack of pretty pics of her!).
Check in our gallery pictures of the event.
Added HQ images from the photo session Anne did yesterday during the Variety Studio, thanks to my friend from Cate-Blanchett.com
Anne was joined by co-stars Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson and director Nacho Vigalondo yesterday at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of her new film Colossal. Later they attended an after party in celebration.
During the premiere Anne wore a Rodarte dress and Francesco Russo saldals, and at the after party she was rocking in Givenchy. Check pictures in our gallery:
Earlier today Anne was part of a live chat with Variety to promote Colossal. While on that, she was asked about playing Catwoman on screen again. Of course all we have now is headlines about “Anne is up for playing Catwoman again” and lots of people being against the idea.
So let’s take a moment to actually WATCH what she said on the said interview:
— Variety (@Variety) September 9, 2016
We all know she enjoyed the part. Also we all know the Nolan universe is now wrapped and they reboot the Batman story. End of story.
Annie is on TIFF today, since Colossal is premiering tonight. Variety made a live Q&A with her, Jason Sudekis and director Nacho Vigalondo to talk about the film, and you can watch it below: