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.
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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.
After lengthy negotiations, Keri Russell has reached an agreement to star in FX‘s period drama pilot The Americans. Created/executive produced by Joe Weisberg, executive produced by Justified showrunner Graham Yost and directed by Gavin O’Connor, the project centers on two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, DC in the early 1980s. The arranged marriage of Phillip Jennings and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. The Americans is produced by Fox TV Studios and FX Prods. DreamWorks TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, who started the development process on the project, are executive producing.
The Americans marks a return to drama series for Russell, who became a household name playing the title role on the WB drama series Felicity. She recently starred in the Fox comedy Running Wilde. Russell, repped by WME, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Robert Offer, will next be seen in the features Goats and Austenland.
Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie, and JJ Feild have all signed on to star in Austenland, which will serve as the directorial debut of Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite).
The story is based on the novel by Shannon Hale, who co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Jerusha Hess. Austenland centers on a thirtysomething woman who is obsessed with the Mr. Darcy character in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, particularly Colin Firth’s portrayal of the character in the 1995 BBC mini-series adaptation. Her life is in the doldrums because she cannot find a real man who matches up to Mr. Darcy. When she takes a trip to a resort which caters to those obsessed with Jane Austen’s work, she realizes her fantasy of meeting a regal man just may come true.
Keri Russell is playing the single woman, while JJ Feild is playing a Mr. Darcy actor at this Austenland resort. The cast also includes Jennifer Coolidge portraying a cruel vacationer, along with Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart, and James Callis.
Production begins this week in the United Kingdom.
Fox announced ,that the network has also picked up Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s Wilde Kingdom, in which Arnett (who also co-wrote the pilot) will play a rich “Beverly Hills jackass” who falls for a “charitable tree-hugging woman,” played by Keri Russell.
Keri Russell is mulling a return to television. The “Felicity” star is in negotiations to star opposite Will Arnett in Fox’s comedy “Wilde Kingdom.”
“Wilde,” from Lionsgate and Tantamount, stars Arnett as a Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman (Russell) who can’t stand his lifestyle or values.
“Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz is directing the single-camera pilot, which he co-penned with Arnett and “Development” writer-producer Jim Vallely. Lionsgate and Tantamount are producing.
After her star-making turn as the lead on J.J. Abrams’ series “Felicity” at WB Network, Russell was heavily pursued for pilots but focused on features, including roles in Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible III” and the indie “Waitress.”
She showed her comedic chops in 2007 during a two-episode stint on “Scrubs.”
Russell, repped by WME, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Robert Offer, most recently co-starred in the feature drama “Extraordinary Measures.”