WEEK IN WOMEN: Gia Coppola’s Sophomore Directorial Project is MAINSTREAM – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Gia Coppola will follow her acclaimed directorial debut, the 2013 drama Palo Alto, with Mainstream, a drama which she is slated to direct and co-write (with Tom Stuart). Mainstream, expected to begin filming by the end of the year, will star Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff and Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Naomi Watts to Star in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Prequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Naomi Watts is the first performer been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash Game of Thrones. The two-time Oscar nominated actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the prequel scripted bu Jane Goldmam and George R.R. Martin. The project is expected to begin filming in early 2019.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Halle Berry to direct mixed martial arts drama BRUISED – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry will work with the team that does the fight choreography for the “John Wick” franchise, . Production will start March.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s THE ETERNALS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Chloe Zhao will direct Marvel’s next potential franchise, The Eternals, about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Reportedly, the director search for The Eternals narrowed in the last few week, with the short list including Nicole Kassell, Travis Knight, and Colombian directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.

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