Last year, news broke that Anne Hathaway had signed on to star in Colossal, a mysterious project from Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo described as a cross between classic kaiju monster flicks and quirky small-town drama.
Now, Colossal is ready to make its premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and even now, Vigalondo says he’s not always sure how to best explain the concept to people.
“The movie’s coming from my obvious love towards monster movies, and I was always intrigued by the possibility of setting a monster movie story in a human scale,” he tells EW. “This is a monster movie that collides with a small indie drama, which is an interesting collision.”
Fantastic Fest’s final wave of programming has been announced, and the closing night film is a doozy, being Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal. Starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens, the film revolves around Hathaway’s character discovering she has an improbable connection with a giant monster destroying South Korea.
Fantastic Fest runs from September 22 to 29, taking place in Austin, Texas, and you can follow full details on the official website.
A few days ago it was announced that Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights to “Live Fast Die Hot,” a New York Times bestseller which was published by Doubleday in June, and Anne is set to star it.
“Live Fast Die Hot” is a follow-up to Jenny Mollen’s 2014 bestseller “I Like You Just the Way I Am.” The new book focuses on Mollen, who’s also an actress and is married to actor Jason Biggs, dealing with issues of motherhood, and her travels to Morocco and Peru.
The project will be overseen by Warner Bros. executive Chantal Nong as part of an effort by the studio to recruit female filmmakers and talent.
Warner Bros has firmed an October start date in New York for Ocean’s Eight, the female-driven caper spinoff directed by Gary Ross, and the studio is closing with its principal cast. Aside from the previously identified Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, deals are close with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. The latter is the hip-hop moniker of Asian-American rapper and actress Nora Lum, who most recently had a role in Neighbors 2.
The picture is still casting — the firmed roster so far falls one shy of the title — and there is every possibility for cameos from the stars of the original trilogy, which grossed a collective $1.12 billion worldwide. Village Roadshow Pictures is co-financing and co-producing with Warner Bros.
The film will be produced by Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh, and Ross wrote the script with Olivia Milch. Ross and Soderbergh are longtime informal collaborators, serving as second unit director on each other’s films and as sounding board on scripts and projects.
Anne just made a beautiful and heartfelt post on her Facebook page a few minutes ago, about Garry Marshall. “The Princess Diaries” legendary director has died yesterday, at age 81. Read it:
Legendary director and producer Garry Marshall died on Tuesday from complications of pneumonia, ET can confirm. He was 81. The news of his passing was first reported on the webpage of the Falcon Theatre, which he founded.
Mr. Marshall created the hit sitcoms Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, as well as directing 18 films including, our beloved “The Princess Diaries”.
Anne is yet to comment on his death, but Julie Andrews talked to ET Online about him.
“I am devastated to hear of Garry’s passing. He was a dear friend and colleague….generous to a fault. My heart goes out to [his wife] Barbara and the entire family. We shall miss him.”
Actor Hector Elizondo, which also co-starred in Princess Diaries, briefly commented on the possibility of a Princess Diaries 3, which both Anne Hathaway and Marshall had regularly discussed.
“[Anne] was talking to Garry about doing a Princess Diaries 3. He was looking forward to being involved in that one way or another. He had another movie, our eighteenth. He said Hector we’re gonna do our 18th.”
R.I.P Mr Marshall.
Anne has been announced as the Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, where she’ll help spotlight the issue of gender equality.
“The appointment of Anne is timely because this year, U.N. Women is driving hard to foster more positive mindsets and practical arrangements around workplaces that build and support equality for women,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women, said in a statement provided to Refinery29. “The ‘motherhood penalty’ — which means that when they become mothers, women’s pay and opportunities at work suffer — is a particularly insidious demonstration of gender inequality in the workplace.”
Mlambo-Ngcuka explained in the statement that Hathaway is an “advocate” who understands the connection between gender equality and issues like parental leave and child care. Hathaway has previously worked to spread awareness about child marriage, and she narrated the 2013 documentary, Girl Rising, about girls’ education.
Hathaway will work with U.N. women to raise awareness about “the unequal burden of care work in the home,” according to the agency’s press release. U.N. Women is working to increase access to shared parental leave and affordable child care across the globe.
— UN Women (@UN_Women) June 15, 2016
Watch below a behind-the-scenes video of Anne recording At the Balled alongside Barbra Streisand and Daisy Ridley.
Anne is taking part of the project “At the Ballet”, alongside Barbra Streisand and Daily Ridley. The audio was revealed earlier today, and you can listen it below.