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News: Gugu Joins ‘Beauty and the Beast’

13 April 2015
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“Beyond the Lights” star Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been tapped to play the feather duster Plumette in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gadd (LeFou), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) also star. Bill Condon is directing from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing.

Production begun for a Mar. 17, 2017 release.

Photos: 8th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

20 February 2015
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I’ve uploaded over 80 pictures of Gugu, who attended the 8th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon yesterday. You can check them out by clicking on preview below:


Photos: Alfre Woodard’s Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree

19 February 2015
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I’ve uploaded 9 photos of Gugu during Alfre Woodard’s Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree. You can check them out by clicking on the preview below:


News: Gugu Joins “Free State Of Jones”

14 February 2015
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English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (‘Jupiter Ascending,’ ‘Belle,’ ‘Odd Thomas’), Keri Russell (‘The Americans,’ ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’), and Mahershala Ali (‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’) are set to join Matthew McConaughey on the cast of the historical drama ‘Free State of Jones,’ says TheWrap.

Gary Ross is attached to write and direct the drama, which tracks the relationship between Newton Knight (McConaughey) and a slave (Mbatha-Raw), exploring the impact the relationship had Knight’s life and the Civil War-set rebellion he led against the Confederacy.

The site has Russell stepping in to play Knight’s wife, Serena, and Ali playing Moses Washington, an escaped slave who becomes an integral ally of Knight’s rebellion.

Filming is underway in Louisiana with Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik co-producing the drama with Ross. [source]

Gallery Update: BAFTA & Other 2015 Appearances

12 February 2015
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I’ve uploaded +500 photos of Gugu attending the BAFTAs & other events in the last couple of months. You can check them out by clicking on the thumbnails below:


News: “Concussion” Sets Release Date

28 January 2015
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Sony’s NFL concussion drama has been titled “Concussion” and has been scheduled for Christmas Day, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday.

Peter Landesman wrote and directed the film which stars Will Smith,Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. The factual drama is based in part on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

The story follows the David-vs.-Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu’s quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports, but also by those who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of sports. [source]

News: Gugu to Be Honored in ESSENCE 8th Annual Black Women In Hollywood

15 January 2015
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ESSENCE today announced the 8th Annual “Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon honorees at an event hosted by “Access Hollywood” correspondent Shaun Robinson and ESSENCE’s Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca.

The 2015 “Black Women in Hollywood Award” will go to: Adrienne C. Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, and Vicky Jeudy of the Emmy Award-winning series “Orange Is The New Black” (Vanguard Award); actress/director Regina King (Fierce & Fearless Award); actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Lincoln Breakthrough of the Year Award); and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter (Visionary Award).

The “Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 19, 2015, to recognize the extraordinary achievements of trailblazing women in film and television. [source]

News: Belle Leads Britain’s National Film Awards Nominations

13 January 2015
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s period drama BELLE looks set to lead Britain’s National Film Awards (NFAs) after landing six nominations.

The film, about the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Captain, has won nods in the Best Drama and Best Screenplay categories while Mbatha-Raw is up for Best Newcomer and Best Breakthrough Performance, her co-star Tom Felton for Best Actor and Amma Asante for Best Director.

Mbatha-Raw is also in the running for the Best Actress prize her drama Beyond the Lights.

Belle will compete against movies including The Fault in Our Stars, Pride and Mr. Turner in the Best Drama category, while Mbatha-Raw will battle it out with Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars), Jamie Foxx (Annie), Michael Fassbender (Frank) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), among others, for the Best Breakthrough Performance prize.

Nominees for Best International Film include Boyhood, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, Selma, Wild, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

Ben Affleck has landed a Best Actor nod for his role in Gone Girl, while other nominees include David Oyelowo (Selma), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jack O’Connell (’71) and Outkast’s Andre Benjamin for Jimi: All Is By My Side.

Shailene Woodley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will go head-to-head once more for the Best Actress prize, alongside Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie), Imelda Stauton (Pride), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) and Thandie Newton (Half a Yellow Sun), among others.

Dame Judi Dench will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her 50-year career on stage and screen.

The winners, as voted by the public, will be announced in London on 31 March (15). [source]

News: Gugu is up for BAFTA Rising Star Award

07 January 2015
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The winner will be announced at the Bafta Film Awards on 8 February.

The award, which is decided by a public vote, is not just for newcomers and can go to actors who have already appeared in a number of films.

Mbatha-Raw, whose fact-based role in Belle saw her play a Caribbean slave’s daughter raised as an aristocrat in 18th Century England, said she was “delighted… to be recognized for a growing body of work”. [more at source]

News: Gugu joins the cast of “Free State of Jones”

07 January 2015
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Based on a true story, “Free State of Jones” will star McConaughey as Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw as Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Mbatha-Raw is poised for stardom on the heels of back-to-back critical hits “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights,” both of which were directed by women. The British actress will soon be seen in the Wachowski’s sci-fi movie “Jupiter Ascending” and the Keanu Reeves courtroom drama “The Whole Truth,” and she’s currently filming Sony’s Untitled NFL Concussion Drama with Will Smith.

Mbatha-Raw is represented by CAA, Curtis Brown Group and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. [more at source]