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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Brie Larson is moving to the director’s chair.

The actress, who won an Oscar this year for her leading performance in Room, is set to make her helming debut with the quirky independent comedy Unicorn Store.

Larson also will star in the movie and produce it with David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer via their banner The District. Also producing are Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas through their Rhea Films, with their Hercules Film Fund providing the financing.

Based on an original screenplay by Samantha McIntyre, the story tells of a woman named Kit who, after moving back in with her parents, receives a mysterious invitation to a store that will test her idea of what it really means to grow up.

The project was at one point to have been directed by Miguel Arteta and to have starred Rebel Wilson, but timing never worked out. Bernad and Fleischer continued to develop the project and brought it to Larson before she won her Academy Award. Larson is not coming into the project green; she previously co-wrote and co-directed the short film The Arm, which won the jury prize at Sundance in 2012.

The next step was to secure financing.

Hercules Film Fund also co-financed the upcoming Tom Cruise movie American Made (previously known as Mena) as well as Maika Monroe’s Tau, which is is currently filming. Kasidokostas-Latsis and Dougas’ other production banner, 1821 Media, produced Paul Weitz’s acclaimed dramedy Grandma for Sony Classics, which scored Lily Tomlin a Golden Globe nomination, and Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun, the Western that starred Natalie Portman.

The deals are freshly inked and the filmmaking team is now prepping for an October production start. WME Global is repping the project and handling sales.

Jean-Luc De Fanti is executive producing Unicorn Store, as is Anne Woodward.

Larson is the newest member of the Marvel Studios family, having become attached to star in the company’s first female-centric film project, the high-profile Captain Marvel movie. She next stars in Legendary’s big-budget creature feature Kong: Skull Island, which impressed the Comic-Con crowd with its footage, and reteams with her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton for Lionsgate’s coming-of-age drama The Glass Castle. The actress also leads the cast of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley’s crime thriller being released by A24.

Larson is repped by WME, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and attorney Robert Offer.

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VARIETY – Ben Wheatley’s action-thriller “Free Fire,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese, will be the closing-night film of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. The film’s director and cast, led by Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer, will be on the red carpet for the European premiere on Oct. 16 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square.

The pic’s stars are red hot: Larson won an Oscar this year for “Room” and is set to topline in “Captain Marvel”; Murphy leads the cast in cult TV show “Peaky Blinders” and appears next year in Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic “Dunkirk”; and Hammer features in Nate Parker’s soon-to-be-released “The Birth of a Nation.” Other cast members include Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor and Babou Ceesay.

“Free Fire” is set in Boston in the late ‘70s. Justine (Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Copley) and Ord (Hammer), who are selling them a stash of guns. “When shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues,” according to the press statement.

The movie is produced by Andrew Starke for Rook Films, and is backed by Film4 and the British Film Institute. The screenplay is by Amy Jump and Wheatley.

BFI London Film Festival’s director, Clare Stewart, said in a statement: “Ben Wheatley’s ascent as one of the U.K.’s most dazzling cinematic talents continues with this ballsy actioner. Dripping with blood, sweat and irony, ‘Free Fire’s’ bravura filmmaking pays knowing tribute to the films of Sam Peckinpah and features a terrific cast, who clearly relish bringing Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump’s vivid characters to the screen.”

“Free Fire” is Wheatley’s third film to be presented at the festival, following “Sightseers” in 2012 and “High-Rise” last year.

This year’s festival, which runs Oct. 5-16, opens with Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom,” as previously announced. The full program will be unveiled Sept. 1. The attendance of last year’s festival totaled 164,000, across 568 screenings.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Beloved mega-ape King Kong has a cinematic history stretching back 83 years. But director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who’s helming next year’s reboot Kong: Skull Island, promises bigger things ahead for the character. In an exclusive image from the film shared with EW, stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson find themselves in a boneyard, standing amidst the ruins of a massive creature.

“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore,” says Vogt-Roberts. “Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.”

Vogt-Roberts has studied the earlier films closely. When asked for clarification, he starts listing size estimates. “In terms of actual size, our Kong is by far the biggest Kong,” he explains. “Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them.”

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With huge thanks to my friend Lora, I have added photos of Brie’s memorable debut hosting of Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Although SNL is often hit-and-miss (at least in my opinion), Brie did a great job with the material and hopefully this will open some doors for her to do more comedic roles, which we already knew she could nail long before this past Saturday night. I’ll be adding screen captures of her appearance later in the week, and also hope to have some new layouts up very soon. For now, enjoy the photos!

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SCREENDAILY – AMBI Distribution has come on to represent international rights in Cannes to the musical starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson.

Basmati Blues will gets its market debut screening on the Croisette and also stars Cannes competition juror Donald Sutherland, Scott Bakula and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Paradigm handles US rights.

The film centres on a starry-eyed scientist who teams up with a local farmer and uncovers corporate wrongdoing when she is sent to India to sell genetically modified rice.

Tyne Daly, Saahil Segal, Dalip Tahil, Bugs Bhargava and Lakshmi Manchu round out the cast.

Dan Baron directed Basmati Blues from a screenplay he wrote with Jeff Dorchen.

Monique Caulfield and Jeffrey Soros produce and Ruedi Gerber, Jeff Kleeman, Elliott Lester and Randy Paul serve as executive producers.

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I hope this turns out to be true, and given the source, it seems likely. Sarah is a fantastic up-and-coming actress, and I think she’ll be a great on-screen presence alongside Brie.

DEADLINE – The Beautiful Lie star Sarah Snook is in negotiations to appear in Lionsgate’s The Glass Castle, the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls.

Like the book, the film will chart Wall’s dysfunctional, impoverished upbringing in the American Southwest and its impact on her later writing career; the deal isn’t done yet, but Snook would play Walls’ sister opposite Brie Larson as glasscastleWalls, with Naomi Watt and Woody Harrelson as their parents. Cretton is writing the script with Andrew Lanham and Marti Noxon; Erik Feig and Gil Netter are producing. The Glass Castle is another potential hit for Lionsgate that’s based on successful IP – the book spent 261 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list and went on to sell nearly 3 million copies.

Snook recently starred in the Old Vic production of The Master Builder alongside Ralph Feinnes, and held the lead role in ABC’s 6-part miniseries The Beautiful Lie. Other credits include Steve Jobs, The Dressmaker opposite Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, Holding The Man with Guy Pierce and Geoffrey Rush, the ABC pilot Clementine, and the Robert Heinlein adaptation Predestination with Ethan Hawke and Noah Taylor. She’s repped by UTA, Jenny Rawlings, and Shanahan Management.

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