VARIETY – Billie Lourd, Colin Hanks and Aisling Bea have boarded the transatlantic comedy “And Mrs,” which is set to start shooting in east London this fall.
The British feature centers on Gemma, a woman living in London (Bea), whose American fiancé Nathan (Hanks) dies shortly before their wedding day. When, with some encouragement from her sister-in-law, she decides to go ahead and marry him anyway, she has to overcome public opinion, the law of the land and even her own family’s objections.
Lourd, who landed her breakout turn in Olivia Wilde’s feature directorial debut “Booksmart” and is due to star alongside Julia Roberts and George Clooney in Working Title’s comedy “Ticket to Paradise,” plays Nathan’s chaotic but well-meaning sister, Audrey.
The feature will be directed by Australian director Daniel Reisinger, whose YouTube Originals series “Sideswiped,” starring Rosana Arquette, Peter Gallagher, Carly Craig and Jason Sudeikis, garnered more than 55 million views.
The film marks the second feature for comedy producer Dan Hine’s London label, Who’s on First. Hine will be producing alongside U.S. producing and financing partners, FirstGen Content. Executive producers for FirstGen include Michael D’Alto, Chris Triana, Claude Amadeo and Randal Sandler.
Reisinger said: “‘And Mrs’ is the comedy we need after the last couple of years, one which helps us laugh through the tears. We’re lucky to have a cast gifted enough to nail the unique tone and who really embody their characters.”
Hine added: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with these three actors, who all share a deep personal connection to the material. It feels like this story has really found its moment post-pandemic — we cannot wait to bring it to life.”
‘And Mrs’ is written by up and coming playwright Melissa Bubnic, whose play “Boys Will Be Boys” will transfer worldwide from Sydney to London, New York and Italy. Bubnic is currently writing episodes of “Nautilus” for Disney+, and “A Town Called Malice” and “Stan’s Two Hands” for Sky Max.
Lourd is repped by Alex Mebed at CAA.
Billie attended the Ticket to Paradise world premiere in London, England on Wednesday (September 7). Billie was joined by her husband, Austen Rydell, and revealed that they are expecting their second baby! Congrats to the happy couple.
DEADLINE – During FX’s TCA executive session last week, chairman John Landgraf revealed that the upcoming Season 11 of the venerable anthology horror series will premiere this fall. This was the first piece of real information the network has provided about the new installment, the first of three picked up in 2020.
That is because of the mystery AHS mastermind Ryan Murphy likes to surround each season with, releasing carefully orchestrated clues to build anticipation.
According to sources, those returning for Season 11 include a number of familiar faces, including AHS alums Zachary Quinto (who appeared on the show from 2011-2013), Billie Lourd (2017-2021) Isaac Powell (2021) and Patti LuPone (2013). Also part of the cast of the new installment are Sandra Bernhard, who appeared on another Murphy-produced FX series, Pose, another Murphy regular, Joe Mantello, who was in two Murphy projects, Netflix’s Hollywood and HBO’s The Normal Heart, as well as Charlie Carver who was in Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched. Reps for FX and the studio behind AHS, 20th Television, declined comment.
Powell, Lourd, Carver and Bernhard were snapped by photographers this week as the new season filmed scenes on the streets of Manhattan’s West Village.
The plot of the new installment also has been kept under wraps; based on the costumes and exteriors, it appears to be set in the 1970s-80s. FX last summer announced development on Studio 54: American Crime Story, which also takes place in Manhattan during the same time period.
American Horror Story MVP, Sarah Paulson, who has starred in most seasons to day, has indicated in recent interviews that she may be done with the horror franchise — at least for now.
For better or for worse. George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in #TicketToParadise. In Theaters this October.