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.
I’ve added missing photos of Sasha from her two most recent appearances as well as a new still of her from After Everything. I have many more photos of Sasha to add so be sure to check back. Enjoy!
Sasha was in attendance today at the 2018 New York Comic Con to promote Hellboy. She looked awesome and I’m hearing good things about the trailer (it hasn’t been released yet online). I’ve added a bunch of photos of Sasha from the event. I’ve also added missing photos from her most recent events to the gallery. Enjoy!
October 6 – New York Comic Con: Panel
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Sasha is featured in the new commercial campaign for Mutiny, a new fragrance.
Mutiny stands against conformity and for new self-expressions, defying archaic ideas of identity, deconstructing normative values. It is a symbol of courage in the revelation of our true identitity. A manifesto to diversity.
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.
The new trailer for After Everything (formerly called Shotgun) was released this week. It looks soooo good! Check it out.
Sasha was in attendance this past week at The Miseducation of Cameron Post New York screening. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to add these sooner. She and the cast looked lovely at the screening. The film looks awesome. I can’t wait to see it. Enjoy the photos.