Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali, who plays Remy Danton on Netflix’s House of Cards, have nabbed a key roles in The Free State of Jones, the Matthew McConaughey historical drama being directed by Gary Ross.
Robert Simonds’ newly launched film and television studio STX Entertainment is co-financing the project and will distribute. Route One/ Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing, with IM Global overseeing international distribution.
The film is currently in pre-production in Louisiana.
McConaughey is portraying Newton Knight, a soldier for the Confederacy during the Civil War who became disillusioned with the South’s cause, fled the battlefield, rallied supporters, and declared a safe haven in Jones County, an area of southeastern Mississippi in opposition to the Confederacy.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is already on board set as a slave who became Knight’s common-law wife.
Russell will play will Knight’s wife who leaves him. When she sees him next, he is married to a slave.
Ali will play a runaway slave whom Knight treats as an equal and who tries to rally black people to register for voting.
Ali, repped by WME, is also inhabiting the character of Boggs in two parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
Russell is genereating praise for her TV work on The Americans and last appeared on the big-screen with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. She is also repped by WME.
Vote for The Americans as favourite cable TV drama here and favourite cable TV drama actress here.
The award show will air live from Nokia Theatre L.A. on Wednesday, January 8th at 9:00PM EST on CBS.
Keri Russell, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Cher and Kerry Washington are among the nominees for this year’s WIN Awards (Women’s Image Awards) — which recognize women in film, television and music for special outstanding achievement — announced by WIN founder Phyllis Stuart.
The Women’s Image Network (WIN) is a nonprofit charity that encourages positive portrayals of girls and women in film, television, gaming and advertising. It has produced the WIN awards since 1993 to honor outstanding individuals in politics, business, music and the media who promote gender parity through their creativity and leadership. The awards ceremony, in its 15th year, will take place Dec. 11 at the Hollywood Palladium.
Actress TV Drama Series:
Keri Russell The Americans
Connie Britton Nashville
Katey Sagal Sons of Anarchy
Katee Sackhoff Longmire
Kerry Washington Scandal
Vera Farmiga Bates Motel
Congratulations to Keri who has been nominated to 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards for her role Elizabeth in The Americans. Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich also got nomiantions.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Claire Danes (Homeland) – Showtime
• Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) – A&E
• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America
• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) – AMC
• Keri Russell (The Americans) – FX
BEST DRAMA SERIES
• The Americans – FX
• Breaking Bad – AMC
• Downton Abbey – PBS
• Game of Thrones – HBO
• The Good Wife – CBS
• Homeland – Showtime
The third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards ceremony will be held on Monday evening June 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“The Americans,” FX’s new 1980s-set spy drama starring Keri Russell, will debut in January.
Beginning January 30, “The Americans” will join the FX lineup in the Wednesday 10 p.m. EST timeslot, which is currently occupied by “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
“The Americans” follows two married KGB spies posing as Americans in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Matthew Rhys and Russell star as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, the married spies and parents of two. Things get more complicated when Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent, moves in next door. Joe Weisberg created the series and will executive produce the drama alongside Joel Fields and Graham Yost.
Keri Russell has her co-star for the FX drama pilot The Americans. Matthew Rhys of Brothers and Sisters has signed up to play Russell’s on-screen wife in the Cold War era project that follows the arranged marriage of two KGB spies living in the US and running a network of spies and informants.
Deadline reports that Rhys has been brought onto the project in the role of Phillip Jennings, whose marriage to Elizabeth Jennings, played by Russell, is a front for a Russian spy operation. The couple struggles with the discovery that their feelings for each other are growing into a real relationship while they attempt to run a secure undercover spy operation. Keri Russell of Felicity picked up the female lead just over a week ago in another attempt to regain her status as a TV star.
Rhys, who played Kevin Walker on the five seasons of Brothers and Sisters has a few movie credits and other minor TV credits to his name including Love and Other Disasters. This would be a return to what seems to work best for him: TV drama. As for the project itself, it’s described as a period drama, and I have already lamented the fact that the 1980s can now qualify as “period”, so I will try to let that go. The pilot takes place in Washington D.C. as the Cold War escalates. It will be interesting to see how the project manages to turn KGB spies, once feared and hated, into sympathetic characters. Certainly if this one is successful it will be a testament to how far we’ve come since the Cold War.