Monday, 21 December 2015

Helen Mirren in talks to join Will Smith in Collateral Beauty

With David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) having taken up the directing job, one of Will Smith's (I Am Legend) new films can finally start building its cast. News arrives via Variety that Helen Mirren (The Queen) is in talks to join Collateral Beauty.

The drama finds Smith as a New York advertising executive who suffers a massive personal tragedy. Shocked at how quickly his life is going into a tailspin, his colleagues hatch an unorthodox plan to help him, only to see it backfire in unexpected ways. Variety's report offers no details on who Mirren would play, and since she is only in early talks, there is no guarantee that she will join the film.

Still, her casting would certainly help boost a drama that finally seems to be on a more solid track after some actor and director changes. Once boasting Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) and Rooney Mara  (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) in the cast with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) directing, the film now has Frankel and Smith attached, preparing to work from Allan Loeb's script. The cameras should be rolling early next year in the Big Apple, but it has yet to lock in an exact release date.

Mirren will be back on our screens in Trumbo which arrives on 5 February, and follows that with drone thriller Eye In The Sky on 8 April.

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