Sasha Lane (American Honey) is set to lead the cast of Utopia, Amazon’s adaptation of the British series, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.
Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.
Lane will play Jessica Hyde. Tough and feral after a life on the run from a mysterious and dangerous group, Jessica believes all the answers about her perplexing life story may be hidden in the graphic novel ‘Utopia’.
“As I’ve been writing Utopia and trying to imagine the actor who could possibly embody Jessica Hyde, Sasha Lane has constantly kicked her way into my mind,” said creator, executive producer and showrunner Flynn. “She has the shape-shifting ability to feel at once raw, unpredictable and a little unnerving while also making you want to wrap your arms around her. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her play this utterly unique character.”
In the original Utopia series Jessica Hyde was played by Fiona O’Shaughnessy. The show, created by Dennis Kelly and produced by Endemol Shine Group’s UK production studio Kudos, premiered on Channel 4 in 2013 and ran for two seasons. It was praised for its style and visuals while also raising concerns for its violence that included a school shooting.
The Amazon adaptation is a co-production between Endemol Shine North America/Kudos and Amazon Studios. Executive producing alongside Flynn are Jessica Rhoades, Kelly, Kudos’ Karen Wilson and Diederick Santer as well as Sharon Hall. Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America, oversees production for Endemol Shine.
Lane burst into the scene with her breakthrough first role in Andrea Arnold’s 2016 Cannes-winning American Honey. She will next be seen in Lionsgate’s Hellboy and Weetzie Bat. She is repped byWME, The Long Run’s Amy BonFleur and attorney André Des Rochers.
The new extended trailer for Hellboy has been released. It looks so good. Check it out.
UPDATE: Lionsgate/Summit’s Hellboy is no longer going in the busy post-holiday frame of Jan. 11 next year, rather will open on April 12. The first Hellboy from Guillermo del Toro was an April release 14 years ago opening to $23.1M at the domestic B.O. and ending its run at $59.6M.
Hellboy moves away from Fox’s Ad Astra, STX’s wide expansion of The Upside and Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home to a weekend where it’s up against Universal’s family pic The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Fox’s drama Breakthrough and Aviron’s After. Essentially Hellboy being away from older-guy sci-fi pic Ad Astra is the plus here.
PREVIOUS, Nov. 30, 2017: Lionsgate/Summit’s reboot of Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy will hit cinemas on Jan. 11, 2019.
David Harbour steps into the devil’s suit with Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim starring. Neil Marshall directs a story in which Hellboy is caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. Hellboy will battle Paramount’s What Men Want starring Taraji P. Henson at the box office as well as Fox’s James Gray sci-fi thriller Ad Astra on that date.
Lionsgate also dated Kin, the crime thriller from directors Jonathan and Josh Baker for Aug. 31 next year. Unlike last year when the distributors sat out of Labor Day weekend, this is the second title to be dated on summer’s final weekend after Focus Features’ The Little Stranger. Pic’s logline is couched as “crime thriller with a sci-fi twist” in which a vengeful criminal (James Franco), the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con (Jack Reynor) and his teenage brother (Myles Truitt) are on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.
Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, and Hannah Marks will star in Daniel Isn’t Real, a film from SpectreVision, the production behind the Sundance thriller, Mandy, and ACE Pictures. Adam Egypt Mortimer is directing the film, which is based on the novel In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mortimer
The plot follows troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) who suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.
Production is currently underway. SpectreVision producers are Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen, and Elijah Wood. Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong will executive produce for ACE Pictures, while Stacy Jorgensen will executive produce for SpectreVision.
Schwarzenegger most recently starred opposite Bella Thorne in Midnight Sun and the National Geographic miniseries The Long Road Home. Robbins starred in Universal’s Blockers and will be seen in the upcoming Halloween installment.
Lane, best known for her breakout performance in American Honey, co-stars in the soon-to-be-released The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Marks co-starred opposite Wood in BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and recently sold her SXSW film, After Everything (formally titled Shotgun) to Good Deed Entertainment.
Schwarzenegger is repped by UTA and Management 360; Robbins by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management; Lane by WME, The Long Run, and Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers; Marks by UTA, Untitled, and Bloom Hergott Diemer.
Mortimer is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and ICM Partners.
Anya Taylor-Joy, who broke onto the scene with her lauded performance in A24’s The Witch, has been tapped as the title character in Weetzie Bat, the film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s cult favorite 1980s novel that Justin Kelly is directing. Love, Simon star Nick Robinson, American Honey standout Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin (Boy Erased) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Love, Simon, The Flash) also will star in the pic, which is described as a neon-lit fairy tale.
Weetzie (Taylor-Joy) is an ethereal pixie living in 1980s Los Angeles, where she grew up the child of an alcoholic starlet mother and a junkie screenwriter father. She teams up with her Mohawked best friend Dirk (Pellerin) to find love, leading her to mysterious trenchcoat-wearing filmmaker Max (Robinson) and platinum-haired surfer Duck (Lonsdale). But when their bliss is threatened by deaths, breakups and Max’s witchy and bitter ex-girlfriend Vixanne (Lane), Weetzie must take off her pink harlequin sunglasses in order to confront life’s darkness and find happiness in a city known as much for the glamour of fame and fortune as the darkness of cults and crime.
Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly, and Joshua Thurston are the producers on Weetzie Bat.
Block, who also penned the screenplay for the film, has authored more than 25 books spanning fiction, nonfiction, short stories and poetry. Repped by Intellectual Property Group, she has written scripts for Fox Searchlight and MTV and is currently developing other screenplays based on her work.
Taylor-Joy, recently seen in M. Night Shyalaman’s Split and Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, next stars in Fox’s X-Men: The New Mutants and the next film in Shyalaman’s Unbreakable series, Glass. She’s repped by CAA and Troika.
Robinson, who just wrapped on A24’s Native Son, is repped by UTA, Savage Agency, Management 360 and Felker Toczek. Lane, soon to be seen in Desiree Akhavan’s coming-of-age Sundance film The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Neil Marshall’s upcoming Hellboy reboot, is repped by WME, the Long Run and attorney André Des Rochers.
Kelly, repped by Thirty Three Management and CAA, recently wrapped on the biopic JT Leroy starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Diane Kruger.
Sasha is featured in the new issue of Elle (UK). It was a really great read so I highly recommend you check it out. I’ve added scans from her feature as well as some photo sessions and some photos from The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Enjoy!
Sasha Lane is opening up in Elle UK‘s August 2018 issue, out Wednesday (July 4).
Here’s what the 22-year-old American Honey actress had to say…
On struggling with mental illness: “I have bipolar disorder, and the more intense my life gets, the more intense my head gets. It’s hard to act like you’re not hearing voices all day when you’re trying to say your lines… But someone else is struggling with this. I want people to know that just because I have designer bags and I’ve traveled the world, I’m still having a breakdown every other f–king day.”
On staying true to herself: “I’m pretty good at sticking to my guns. I don’t care how much money they’re offering, or how big the role, or how cool the party is. I just don’t take s–t from people. I’ve been asked, ‘Will you switch your hair?’ F–k, no. What for?”
On racial diversity and avoiding token roles: “There are a handful I get [offered] that I know are specifically for a white person; the whole family dynamic is geared towards a white person. I don’t have those experiences. My mother is Maori, from New Zealand, and my father is black. I grew up with a lot of black people. You thought [offering me this role] was diverse, so you could say you have someone of colour in your film, but I’m light-skinned enough that it doesn’t throw white people off. As much as I’m glad to represent people, don’t use me as your token.”
2018: Photo Session #018
2017: Garage – additions
The Miseducation of Cameron Post: Posters & Art – additions
The Miseducation of Cameron Post: Promotional Images – additions
Chloë Grace Moretz is offering a few lessons on morality and acceptance in the new trailer for her stunning Sundance drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
The first full-length trailer for the festival hit debuted Tuesday, previewing the Desiree Akhavan-directed film’s emotionally wrought story revolving around a young lesbian’s (Moretz in the titular role) road to self-acceptance amid her journey through the evils of religiously-backed gay conversion therapy in 1993 America.
After her boyfriend catches her having sex with her high school’s prom queen, Cameron’s mother exiles her to a rural treatment center. Though she struggles to cope with her new environment at first, Cameron doesn’t face the conflict alone: American Honey breakout Sasha Lane plays another gay teen who quickly bonds with Moretz’s character at the facility, which is run by the domineering Dr. Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her docile brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.). But things don’t go according to plan, and Cameron’s bout with conversion therapy instead affirms her identity as opposed to erasing it.
“Cameron, your sin is with the struggle of same-sex attraction. You’re facing the consequences of your actions, and it’s ugly… The first step is for you to stop thinking of yourself as a homosexual,” Dr. Marsh tells Cameron, who responds: “I don’t think of myself as a homosexual. I don’t really think of myself as anything… F— this place.”
Following the success of Appropriate Behavior — Akhavan’s debut feature as a writer-director — Cameron Post marked the filmmaker’s second consecutive feature to premiere at Sundance, where the film ultimately won the annual event’s 2018 Grand Jury Prize in January. It has since traveled to festivals around the world (including the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival), where it has been met with positive reviews from movie critics.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post enters limited release on Aug. 3. Watch the film’s first full-length trailer above.
Sasha Lane is the 22-years-old actress who starred in the Hollywood movie; American Honey. She speaks honestly about being herself in the recent issue of Elle Magazine.
Hollywood is a highly competitive industry and most often than not people change who they are and how they look just to fit in. But not Lane (her father is black and mum is from New Zeland); “I’ve been asked; will you switch your hair? Fuck no! What for,” she states as she points to her dreadlocks.
Staying true has paid off! Since starring alongside actor Shia LaBeouf in the 2016 movie American Honey, work has become steady. Next year, she has some major movies lined up for release including Hell Boy and Hearts Beat Loud.
The fashion industry has also welcomed her fearless attitude with open arms. She has been the face of Louis Vuitton, part of Coach’s Class of 2018, been cover girl for Wonderland, Dazed and Teen Vogue.
“It’s kind of cool for me that the girl with the locs and tattoos can wear this (clothing) and still feel comfortable. People can think; ‘Oh she looks like me, which means so I can wear that stuff too. That I can be beautiful.’”
She also talks openly about her struggle with mental health issues. “I have bipolar disorder, and the more intense my life gets, the more intense my head gets,” she tells Elle.
“It’s hard to act like you’re not hearing voices all day when you’re trying to say your lines…But someone else is struggling with this. I want people to know that just because I have designer handbags and I’ve traveled the world, I’m still having to break down every other fucking day.”
Sasha Lane, who starred in Andrea Arnold’s 2016 Cannes-winning pic American Honey in her first feature role, has signed with WME. The part earned her a Best Actress British Independent Film Award.
Lane currently appears in a pair of Sundance 2018 films: Hearts Beat Loud opposite Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in theaters now, and grand prize winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post starring Chloë Grace Moretz. The latter pic bows August 3 via FilmRise.
Most recently, Lane starred in the SXSW film Shotgun, and she’s next up in Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot opposite David Harbour and Milla Jovovich which hits screens January 11.
Lane, who had been based at Gersh, remains repped by The Long Run’s Amy BonFleur and attorney André Des Rochers.