Freeze frame: Priyanka Chopra, Margot Kidder, John Krasinski, Charlize Theron, Dan Stevens
The curtains are drawn on any more seasons of Quantico, the Priyanka Chopra show, but the actress clearly has nothing to worry about. Not only does she have Hollywood films in her kitty, she has just a film offer from Kal Penn too. The Hollywood actor, whose Designated Survivor is also among the cancelled shows, tweeted “Hey @priyankachopra let’s do a movie.” to a post by Entertainment Weekly sharing news of the cancellations. PeeCee replied: “Done n done @kalpenn” ending it with a heart emoticon. She is working on Salman Khan’s Bharat next, making a Hindi film after four years.
Margot Kidder, who portrayed the role of Lois Lane in Superman, died aged 69 on Sunday. The cause of her death is not yet known. Kidder rose to fame after starring alongside Christopher Reeve in four Superman films in the 1970s and 1980s. She also starred in horror classics Black Christmas and The Amityville Horror. Kidder suffered from mental health problems, which resulted in her high-profile disappearance for several days in 1996. Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane in the 1990s TV show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, tweeted that it was “a privilege” to step into Kidder’s shoes.
John Krasinski, who directed and acted with wife Emily Blunt in the surprise horror hit A Quiet Place, is planning a follow-up to the film with a sci-fi thriller. The 38-year-old filmmaker will reunite with the producers — Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller — for Life on Mars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot will adapt a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled We Have Always Lived on Mars that revolves around a woman who is among the very few descendants of a Martian colony long-abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm. The woman finds she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.
Charlize Theron credits her success to being an immigrant in the US, as it encouraged her to work extra hard to make it big. The Oscar-winning actor says as a young girl in Hollywood she was aware about the fact that missing out on even a single opportunity can be harmful for her career. “My dream was to pay my bills and not have to get a second job. I loved having the opportunities I got in acting, and I worked hard knowing that those opportunities could be fleeting. I could be on a flight back to South Africa. I didn’t have a family in the US; I didn’t have a support system here. That drove me — I was responsible for myself, and I could not take anything for granted,” Theron told Total Film magazine.
Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens is the latest star to join the cast of Natalie Portam-starrer Pale Blue Dot. The actor will play Portman’s husband in the film, which will be directed by Legion creator Noah Hawley from a script by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, wrote The Hollywood Reporter. Jon Hamm will essay the role of Portman’s fellow astronaut while Atlanta star Zazie Beetz will play an astronaut trainee. The story, inspired by true events, follows a married astronaut (Portman) who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut (Hamm).
Portman joined the project after Reese Witherspoon left it due to scheduling conflicts.