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Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby mcv on Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:43 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside Hedges, with 30WEST and Black Bear fully financing the picture. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the film, will represent U.S. right, and Sierra/Affinity will be handling international rights for a film that immediately becomes the hot package at upcoming American Film Market.

Production begins December in New York. Roberts, who won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich, next stars in Wonder, the Stephen Chbosky-directed adaptation of the R.J. Palacio bestseller, which Lionsgate releases November 17. She will star in Ben Is Back, and then commence work on the Amazon Studios drama series Homecoming.

Coming off his breakout turn in Manchester By the Sea, Hedges next stars in the Oscar-season films Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, both of which received rave reviews out of Telluride and Toronto. Hedges is currently in production on the Joel Edgerton-directed Boy Erased starring opposite Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Edgerton.

Color Force, coming off the Emmy-winning FX series The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, is currently in production on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and has upcoming the films The Goldfinch and Crazy Rich Asians. Schwarzman’s Black Bear has the Dee Rees-directed Mudbound and the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon upcoming, with the Casey Affleck-directed Light of My Life in post. 30WEST, founded by Dan Friedkin and Micah Green with former Black Bear exec Dan Steinman a partner, arranged financing for the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed All the Money in the World, and is teamed with Neon on the domestic release of the Craig Gillespie-directed I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie.

Peter Hedges and Julia Roberts are represented by CAA, and Lucas Hedges by CAA and Anonymous Content.

http://deadline.com/2017/10/julia-rober ... 202192880/
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby swamer on Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:08 pm

Hedges is on fire. I loved him in Manchester By The Sea. I smell oscars :)

I also love how Julia will from now on pick projects with "24 hours" plots. lol.
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby mcv on Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:16 pm

yeah
she probably does not like wardrobe changes lol
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby berlioz on Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:46 pm

so, just when we were sure she was finally going to doing a leading role in the homecoming serie... it's announced her next project will be a supporting mum role. LOL

filming starts in december, so this should be ready for next year.
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby swamer on Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:58 pm

Her role doesn't sound supporting at this stage. And it is said right after this movie, Homecoming is the next project. I mean if she can shoot a movie in a few weeks than can be ready next year; well that'd be two projects to look forward to by 2018.
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby Yanzi on Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:41 am

Julia's role should be meaty, Peter Hedges has always been a decent writer. On the other hand, he is only a slightly above-averge director... Dying for Julia to work a new auteur soon... like Sebastián Lelio who gets the best out of an actress.

I'll be so happy if this film turns out to be half as good as "Rachel Getting Married" or even "Home for the Holidays".
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby mcv on Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:03 am

i hope this isn't a supporting role and more of a leading one a'la patricia clarkson in pieces of april, a deceptive supporting role which is a lead.

i hope it's a real dramatic piece. i'm glad this has a shooting schedule set and we don't have to speculate when it will happen.

i think today will be different will happen before homecoming.
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby mcv on Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:42 pm

http://deadline.com/2017/11/kathryn-new ... 202207518/

‘Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges In ‘Ben Is Back’

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EXCLUSIVE: Kathryn Newton, who recently starred as Reese Witherspoon’s rebellious daughter in HBO’s multiple Emmy-winning series Big Little Lies, has just been cast along side Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea’s Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director. Hedges is also the father of Lucas.

RelatedJulia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed 'Ben Is Back'
The drama follows a charming, yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges) who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall. Newton will play Ivy Burns, the 17 year old sister, described as a beautiful singer, who loves her brother, but does not trust that he can be better. Ivy doesn’t like what he has done to her family, but can tell how much he means to Holly, and how important it is that they try and help him get better.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside Hedges, with 30WEST; Black Bear is fully financing the picture. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the film, will represent U.S. rights, and Sierra/Affinity will be handling international rights. Production will start next months in New York.

Newton can currently be seen in A24’s Lady Bird directed by Greta Gerwig as well as Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboard’s Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She will next star in the BBC/PBS adaptation of Little Women, the Universal comedy Blockers for Point Grey Pictures this April 2018, and recently filmed the CW/WB Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters.

She is repped by Management 360 and Innovative Artists.
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby mcv on Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:50 pm

can someone make a thread for this movie on awardswatch haha
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby spanish wild on Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:45 pm

Casting Call.

http://www.projectcasting.com/casting-calls-acting-auditions/julia-roberts-ben-back-open-casting-call-babies

Seeking 18-month-old Caucasian child to play the baby of a drug-addicted mother for feature film BEN IS BACK, starring Julia Roberts. Filming Jan. 9, 2018.
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Re: Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For ‘Ben Is Back’

Postby mcv on Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:35 pm

the film seems to be gritty.

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