Julia Stiles joins Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins in ‘Beyond Deceit’ Thriller

Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to Beyond Deceit, the legal thriller that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Shintaro Shimosawa.

The movie, currently in production in New Orleans, features a cast led by Josh Duhamel that also includes Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman, Alice Eve, Julia Stiles and Byung-hun Lee.

Release plans were not revealed, but a potential first-quarter 2016 opening is being eyed.

Deceit tells of an ambitious young lawyer (Duhamel) who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company (Hopkins), only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (The Hangman) wrote the original draft of screenplay, which was originally set up at Skydance Productions. Shimosawa did a rewrite.

The film is being produced by Ellen S. Wander with William DeLaney co-producing. Scott Willmann will serve as the line producer.

Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb and Chris Brown are the executive producers, and Ryan Black is the co-executive producer.

The project was brought into the studio by Brooker and Wertlieb.

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Julia in the UK

Julia recently visited London where she spoke to Cosmo UK and headed to the ITV studios …

It’s been a whole SIXTEEN YEARS since 10 Things I Hate About Youburst onto our screens and thrust a long-haired Heath Ledger singing on the school bleachers into our lives. Sigh.

We loved watching Julia Stiles play angsty, non-comformist Kat Stratford – and as she was in London to promote her new series Blue, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask her aaaaalll about it…

How do you feel looking back on ‘10 Things…’ today?
I’m so grateful to have been in that movie. It was my first big break, and such a fun part. I have so many good memories from filming, but I don’t really like to watch it back. They’re still talking about it so many years later, that’s really lucky and I’m fortunate to be a part of it.

Er, why?
If you could imagine a home video of your seventeen-year-old self, broadcast for all the world to see, you might feel slightly uncomfortable, too. I was such a baby.

What were the most enjoyable parts of filming?
Just being teenagers away from home, making a movie over the summer, it was ridiculous. It was such a special experience because it was so raw, and we were so unfiltered, all of us in the cast. There was something innocent and pure about that time.

We’ve heard the tears at the end of your ’10 Things I Hate About You’ reading were real – were they?
They were not intentional. On some level I knew that I was supposed to be somewhat emotional, because when we did the table read I remember I just said the poem, and I could have been reciting the phone book.

But [when it came to filming] I never expected that I was going to start crying. I don’t know why I did, whether it connected to something going on at the time, or if I was just overwhelmed by the whole experience of making my first big movie.

You must be proud of how far your co-stars have come since that film?
I’m so proud of so many. Joseph Gordon Levitt is an amazing musician and what he’s done with Hitrecord is really, really interesting. David Krumholtz [who played Michael] is on a successful TV show, and Larisa Oleynik [Bianca] has blossomed into a lovely young woman. The only caveat to that is, obviously, it’s really sad what happened to Heath Ledger. It’s a little bittersweet.

You’re a proud feminist – how was it playing a character who was, in many ways, the first fictional feminist in the genre?
Kat was really angst ridden too. [Nowadays] I feel like, on the one hand obviously there’s so much to be grateful for; women can vote, can have jobs, be self-reliant. But sometimes I wonder how far we’ve come – I could wax political forever but I know I’ll get in trouble for it.

In your new project, Blue, you play a mum to a pre-teen son, who works as an accountant by day but an escort by night…
Yeah – It was a challenge for me, but a welcome challenge. As much as there’s a dark humour with the way that we show her life, it’s also really sad what she’s dealing with. Yeah, so sometimes you take that home with you.

You can watch Julia in ‘Blue’ on Lifetime TV (Freeview channel 238, Virgin Media channel 242, and Sky channel 156) from Monday 2nd March at 10pm.

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WIGS to air on Skewing

Lifetime UK is turning to a web series for their next acquisition. The female skewing channel has snapped up the exclusive UK rights to the WIGS series Blue starring Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum) for their Spring schedule, TVWise has learned.

Blue stars Stiles as the title character, who works as an accountant by day, but as an escort by night. As she leads two lives she struggles to keep these worlds apart. Ultimately, Blue is threatened with exposure and becomes desperate to shield her son from the truth, forcing her to descend deeper in to a world of deception. William Peterson, Eric Stoltz, James Morrison and Uriah Shelton also star.

The series is produced for WIGS, the YouTube channel launched in 2012 by Jon Avnet and Blue creator Rodrigo Garcia with a decided focus on scripted drama, and has aired three seasons. As part of their deal with Fox, Blue and other WIGS series have also aired longer-form, TV-length episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

BlueLifetime UK’s deal for Blue covers the content produced for the first two seasons, which originally unspooled on YouTube as close to 40 webisodes. For its run on Lifetime, those webisodes have been re-cut into 10 hour-long episodes, which will begin airing on the channel on Monday March 2nd at 10pm.

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“Constellations” Broadway Opening Night

Julia attended the Broadway opening night of Constellations last night (Jan 13th) she posed for a few photos in front of the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, where other celebrities such as Kirstie Alley, Josh Hamilton and Jason Biggs were also sighted.

Constellations stars Jake Gyllenhaal who makes his Broadway debut, although he has performed in an off-Broadway production before alongside Ruth Wilson, who won a Golden Globe for her performance in Showtime’s The Affair, plays his romantic interest.

The thought-provoking play by Nick Payne centers around one relationship and the ways it could evolve across parallel universes.

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Out of the Dark in Cinemas February 27th 2015

Last month JoBlo brought us the effectively creepy international trailer for Lluís Quílez’s supernatural thriller OUT OF THE DARK, which stars Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, and today we have word on when you finally expect to check it out in theaters as well as a look at the film’s poster.

Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.

As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.

OUT OF THE DARK arrives in theaters February 27 from Vertical Entertanment. Vertical’s Rich Goldberg says that “Out of the Dark is much more than it seems on the surface. We think it will surprise genre fans with its ability to reach beyond just the scares and great storytelling and have a thought-provoking motif that will stay with them well after they see it.” Sounds good to me! In the meantime check out the new poster, here.

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Out of the Dark Trailer

Back in August, Vertical Entertainment snatched up the U.S. rights to Lluís Quílez’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and now we’ve got the film’s first international trailer to share with you. While the trailer is a bit rough around the edges, the film itself looks pretty damn creepy. Check it out below and a few screengrabs here in the gallery.

“Out of the Dark is much more than it seems on the surface. We think it will surprise genre fans with its ability to reach beyond just the scares and great storytelling and have a thought-provoking motif that will stay with them well after they see it,” says Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg.

Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.

As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter

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