WEEK IN WOMEN: Letitia Wright Cast in DEATH ON THE NILE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright has been cast in a key role of Fox’s adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Death on the Nile. The African-American performer will play Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the story, who follows Poirot as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on vacation in Egypt.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Cardellini’s Star Turn in LA LLORONA – Brandy McDonnell reports

In her more than two-decade acting career, Linda Cardellini has earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, co-starred in Oscar-winning films, earned cult TV status and played a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the underrated performer didn’t get the chance to play a leading role in a studio movie until the new horror movie The Curse of La Llorona.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Camila Cabello to Star in CINDERELLA – Brandy McDonnell reports

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello will make her feature acting debut in a new movie version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. Cabello will not only star in the project, set up at Sony’s Columbia label, but also will be integrally involved in the music for the film. Sony is putting the project on the fast track.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lucy Liu’s UNSUNG HEROES to Spotlight Overlooked Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lucy Liu’s Unsung Heroes, a scripted series currently in development at her Moonvision Entertainment, will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have affected history.

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Gurinder Chadha to direct animated PASHMINA for Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Netflix has teamed with Bend It Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha, to adapt Nidhi Chanani’s bestselling graphic novel Pashmina into an original computer-animated musical centered around Priyanka, a first-generation American of Indian descent, as she explores her family history with the help of a magical pashmina..

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Colangelo to Direct Keaton and Tucci in 9/11 Biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

Sara Colangelo will direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in What Is Life Worth, a biopic about Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington, D.C., lawyer in charge of the 9/11 Fund. Working pro bono work, Feinberg battled cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering funds to victim’s families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mulligan to Star in Fennell’s First Feature – Brandy McDonnell reports

Carey Mulligan is set to star in Promising Young Woman, a timely thriller to be helmed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell in her feature film directorial debut. Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes a particular type of revenge on predatory men who cross her path. Fennell also is penning the screenplay. Production is set to begin in spring.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Can Parity at Sundance Up End #OscarsSoMale? – Brandy McDonnell reports

While the 2019 Oscar nominees in non-acting categories are again embarrassingly and annoyingly #OscarsSoMale, for the first time in Sundance Festival history, more than half the films in this year’s prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition boasted a female director. Will this make for greater gender parity in the future for Oscars’ non-acting nominees?

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