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News: Gugu Joins “An Untamed State” and ‘God Particle’

01 April 2016
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An Untamed State

Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star inAn Untamed State, an adaptation of Roxane Gay‘s debut novel that the director will co-write with the author for Fox Searchlight.

The novel tells the powerful, unflinching story of a Haitian-American woman kidnapped for ransom in front of her husband and child. The novel explores the privilege that made her a target and the strength she must draw on to survive and reclaim her life. Prince-Bythewood is best known for directing Beyond the Lights, and The Secret Life of Bees, and with husband Reggie Rock she is exec producing the 10-hour event series Shots Fired for Fox, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema. Mbatha-Raw most recently starred in Concussion and Belle, and she teamed with Prince-Bythewood on Beyond the Lights. [source]

God Particle

David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are teaming up to star in Julius Onah’s sci-fi thriller “God Particle” for Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Onah will direct the modestly budgeted movie originally written by Oren Uziel, though as TheWrap first reported, Bad Robot hired its “Star Trek Beyond” scribe Doug Jung to rewrite the script last fall.

Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk will produce “God Particle,” which follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship, with disastrous results. [source]

News: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins New Netflix Series

15 March 2016
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“Mumblecore” master Joe Swanberg is headed for Netflix.

The filmmaker behind micro-indie films including Kissing on the Mouth, Hannah Takes the Stairs and Uncle Kent has scored an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for comedy Easy.

The half-hour single-camera comedy series will, in mumblecore fashion, write, direct and exec produce the series. Easy is described as an anthology that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. 

The series will feature appearances from Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Burress and more.

Easy bears similar themes as former web series-turned-IFC entry Young American Bodies, which Swanberg writes, stars, exec produces and directs. [Source]

Photos: 2016 NAACP Image Awards

09 February 2016
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I’ve updated the gallery with 100 photos of Gugu attending the 2016 NAACP Image Awards.


Video: Gugu on Her Legacy

01 February 2016
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News: Hollywood’s Fiercest Women

01 February 2016
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Gugu & some of Hollywood’s best actresses landed the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood issue.

Check out the small feature written below:

“Gugu” is short for “Gugulethu,” which is Zulu for “Our Pride,” and if, as some Jungian analysts believe, destiny and identity are kerneled in one’s name, well, here you go—what more proof is needed? Pride defines the aura of her performances, an observant bearing that occupies its own quiet place, even in the frantic thick of a phantasmagoria such as the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Born in Oxford, England, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Mbatha-Raw began her climb on popular series such asMI-5 and Doctor Who, achieving first-class status on the movie screen with starring roles in Belle, a drama set in the 18th century about the mixed-race daughter of an admiral in the Royal Navy and her anomalous place in the drawing rooms of the wigged aristocracy, and Beyond the Lights, a pop-music romance about a superstar for whom success is a gilded cage. She also teamed with Will Smith inConcussion, the sports procedural and moral inquiry into the spate of brain injuries in the N.F.L. produced by heavy-impact helmet-to-helmet head butts and the league’s effort to look the other way. There’s no looking the other way when she’s on-screen. [Source]

News: Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Talks to Join Gun-Control Drama ‘Miss Sloane’

26 January 2016
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who stars opposite Will Smith in Concussion, is in final negotiations to join Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane, the gun-control drama being made by FilmNation and EuropaCorp.

The project, which is being directed by John Madden, is in casting mode and just added Michael Stuhlbarg on Friday. Alison Pill is also on the call sheet.

The script, penned by Jonathan Perera, tells of Elizabeth Sloane, a political fixer with an abused and abusive past who takes on Washington’s well-oiled gun lobby to pass gun legislation. The story is set in motion when new legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership gains traction in Congress. Sloane is approached to spearhead the campaign, quickly finding herself pit against the formidable power of her political opponents. Deploying her notorious skills, and driven by a desire to win at all costs, she jeopardizes those closest to her, and puts her own career at risk.

Mbatha-Raw will play a gun-control lobbyist with a secret. [source]

Gallery Update: Lost in Austen (2008)

08 January 2016
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I’ve updated the gallery with stills & screencaptures of Gugu’s appearance in the 2008 mini series “Lost in Austen”.


Television Projects > Lost In Austen (2008) > Production Stills 
Television Projects > Lost In Austen (2008) > 1.01 Screencaptures 
Television Projects > Lost In Austen (2008) > 1.04 Screencaptures

Photos: 8 January – EE BAFTA Nominations Announcement

08 January 2016
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Happy new year everyone! I’ve updated the gallery with Gugu’s first appearance this year when she announced the 2016 EE BAFTA Nominations with Stephen Fry this morning. +150 photos have been uploaded to the gallery: