The purpose of this weekly news roundup is to highlight and celebrate films/TV from and about women. The news collected in this weeks roundup was announced between July 1 to July 7. As there is an abundance of news, some stories may slip through the cracks. In the event of this happening, please reply below with any news or release information about films/TV made or about women that should be shared.

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation!

Women Behind the Camera


Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey) will write a new screenplay for Warner Bros.’ long-awaited solo Flash movie; Andy Muschetti (Mama, It) is in talks to direct. (Source: THR)

Principal photography has begun for Ana Lily Amirpour’s (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon starring Jun Jong-Seo (Burning) in her first English-language film. (Source: Deadline)


Casting News


Halle Bailey (Grown-ish) will play our beloved Princess Ariel in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid; she joins the previously announced Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Awkwafina (Scuttle), and Jacob Tremblay. (Flounder) (Source: Variety)

Susan Wokoma joins the cast of the Millie Bobby Brown-led Enola Holmes adaptation from Legendary. (Source: Deadline)

The original creator of The Mask, Mike Richardson, would like to see a woman play the central character if another film is made. (Source: Forbes)

Jillian Bell joins the cast of Bill & Ted Face the Music as a therapist for the title characters’ families. (Source: Variety)

DeWanda Wise joins the cast of Sony’s comedy-drama Fatherhood, an adaptation of Matthew Lgelin’s novel Two Kisses for Maddy. (Source: Deadline)


TV News


Wynonna Earp will return for a fourth season; production to commence later this year and is set for a Summer 2020 premiere on Syfy in the US and Space in Canada. (Source: TV Insider)

Amazon is finalizing a deal to renew the Stana Katic-led thriller Absentia. (Source: Deadline)

Disney+ is developing a comedy series titled Life and Deaf starring Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin; Lizzy Weiss will script the show. (Source: Deadline)

Gwyneth Hughes (Vanity Fair) is developing a TV adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. (Source: Deadline)

Hallmark’s The Good Witch will return for a sixth season but without Bailee Madison, who will exit after the season 5 finale. (Source: Deadline)


New Releases


*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • Vita and Virginia directed by Chanya Button and written by Eileen Atkins – limited UK release; opens July 19 in Canada
  • The Farewell directed and written by Lulu Wang


  • Netflix
    • Stranger Things, season 3: Uta Briesewitz directed episode 5 and 6.
    • Family Reunion created by Meg DeLoatch – July 10
  • HBO
    • Divorce, season 3 created by Sharon Horgan
    • I Love You, Now Die, Part 1 & 2 (documentary) directed by Erin Lee Carr – July 9 & 10
  • Hulu
    • Into the Dark: Culture Shock directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero

VOD/Home Video:

  • Ophelia directed by Claire McCarthy
  • Little directed by Tina Gordon
  • After directed by Jenny Gage
  • Darlin‘ directed by Pollyanna McIntosh


New Trailer Alert

Disney released the first teaser trailer for their live-action Mulan, directed by Niki Caro. Caro is the first woman to direct a live-action Disney princess movie.


by Ferdosa Abdi

Ferdosa Abdi is a lifelong film student and aspiring film festival programmer. Her favourite genres are science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her favourite director is Guillermo del Toro. She is madly in love with Eva Green and believes she should be cast in everything. You can follow Ferdosa on Twitter @atomicwick

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