DEADLINE – Rising star Lily James (Cinderella) is set to star opposite Christopher Plummer in The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. Five-time Tony Award-nominated theatre director David Leveaux will make his feature debut with the spy thriller set in the early years of World War 2 set in the aftemath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. Living there is former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm, living in exile since 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the Dutch resistance work covertly with Winston Churchill to insert an agent into the Kaiser’s household. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with devastating consequences as the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent behind the potentially disastrous defection of their former Emperor to England.

“It’s about loyalty, duty and a forgotten pocket of history,” producer Judy Tossell tells Deadline. “It’s also a really exciting spy thriller with a love story running through the middle of it.”

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss is an Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises production. Judy Tossell and Lou Pitt are producing and Bill Haber and Phil Geier are executive producing. Lotus Entertainment will introduce the project to foreign buyers starting at Cannes.

The film will shoot this fall somewhere in Europe. That puts it ahead of James’ other project, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver for Brit production powerhouse Working Title. The success of Disney’s Cinderella, with a worldwide cume of $513 million and counting, has propelled the 26-year-old James to the top of many a casting list. She also has a number of high profile projects in the pipeline, including Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the Weinstein Company’s epic TV series War and Peace.

James is repped by Tavistock Wood Management and UTA. Plummer is represented by Markham, Froggatt, Irwin, ICM Partners and The Pitt Group. Leveaux is repped by CAA.

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss is the latest addition to the Film House Germany / Egoli Tossell Film slate which includes Mandela’s Children by Kweku Mandela and Kemal Akhtar; Jalmari Helander’s Big Game; and Jon Baird’s Ivanhoe. Lotus Entertainment’s Cannes slate includes Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks; Scott Hicks’ Fallen; Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort and Tanya Wexler’s Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.

VARIETY – “Cinderella” star Lily James has found her next big role, landing the female lead in Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver.”

Negotiations are ongoing, but if a deal closes, she would join Ansel Elgort in the TriStar film.

The story concerns a young, talented getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Wright will write and direct “Baby Driver,” with Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions.

“Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between MRC and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.

James was in the spotlight thanks to her part in “Downton Abbey,” but her “Cinderella” role made her leading lady material, with the Disney live-action film having recently crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.

She is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management.

During her stay in Japan to promote ‘Cinderella’, Lily did some pretty photoshoots that you can now find in our gallery. Make sure to check them out!


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I have updated the gallery with new portraits sessions of Lily when she was in Japan to promote ‘Cinderella’.


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Thanks to Tiffany, I have added one scan from Who magazine (April 13).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Tolstoy’s War and Peace is a mammoth novel—so it’s no surprise to learn that its TV adaptation is too large for a single network to handle. The epic miniseries will air across three separate channels at once: Lifetime, A&E, and History. The three networks will employ a similar strategy for their recently announced Roots remake.

Produced by BBC and the Weinstein Company, and starring Lily James as Natasha Rostova and Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, the six-part adaptation of the classic Russian novel has been described as “one of the most ambitious” BBC projects ever. Set in early 19th-century Russia, the epic covers the stories of five aristocratic families from the reign of Alexander I to the French invasion of Russia in 1812.

Penned by writer Andrew Davies, whose previous credits include Sense & Sensibility, Brideshead Revisited, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, the series also stars Gillian Anderson, James Norton, and Jim Broadbent.

War and Peace is expected to premiere later this year.

Lily is on the cover of Ocean Drive Venezuela magazine for April/May 2015. Scans have been added to the gallery!

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DAILY DEAD – Revealed at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.

In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”

Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, and Matt Smith star in the horror comedy. James plays Elizabeth Bennett, Riley portrays Mr. Darcy, Heathcote shall play Elizabeth’s sister, and Smith takes on the role of Mr. Collins. Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey, meanwhile, round out the core cast. Among the producers is Natalie Portman, who was once in line to star before departing the project.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, 17 Again) from a screenplay he wrote with David O. Russell. Along with Craig Gillespie and Mike White, Russell was once attached to direct the adaptation of the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith horror comedy novel of the same name, itself a parody of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic work of literature, Pride and Prejudice.