Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

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Cate Blanchett arrives at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. [Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC]

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blachett has inked a first-look feature film production deal for her Dirty Films production company with New Republic Pictures, Variety reports.

New Republic Pictures is headed by Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer. Oliver, who received a Best Picture Academy Award nod in 2011 for “Black Swan,” formed New Republic in 2017. The company was big in the mix in this year’s Oscars, having backed the films “1917” and “Rocketman” last year.

Blanchett and Fischer previously worked together on “The House With a Clock in its Walls” and “Truth.”

“I’ve known Cate and Andrew for almost 10 years now and have had the great privilege of working with Cate on two films,” Fischer said in a statement, per Variety. “While it is well-settled that she is among the greatest screen and stage actresses of our time, Cate also happens to have a fierce entrepreneurial vision and instinct for finding, developing, packaging and producing the kind of poignant and transportive film events that are at the heart of what Brian and I are building at New Republic.”

Dirty Films, founded by Blanchett and Andrew Upton, recently executive produced the acclaimed period miniseries “Mrs. America” for FX on Hulu. In the show, Blanchett starred as the late conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

The shingle also co-created and executive produced the limited series “Stateless,” which will be released on Netflix in July. Four strangers — a woman on the run, a brave refugee, a driven bureaucrat and a struggling dad — intersect at an Australian desert immigration detention center in “Stateless,” which stars Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney and Fayssal Bazzi.

According to Variety, producer Coco Francini, who executive produced “Mrs. America,” has joined Dirty Films as a partner. Francini was an associate producer of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and a co-producer on  Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was There.” She’s worked in executive positions at Activision Blizzard Studios and Stacey Sher’s Shiny Penny.

Recently, Blanchett closed a deal to star at Lionsgate in helmer Eli Roth’s film adaptation of the video game “Borderlands.” She also is set to star in director James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” and Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up.”

Blanchett won Academy Awards for her performances in “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine” and earned nods for “Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “Notes on a Scandal” and “I’m Not There.”

-BAM

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