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 8 to July 14. 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.

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Women Behind the Camera

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Oscar-winner Regina King to direct adaptation of Kemp Powers’ play One Night in Miami for the big screen. (Source: Deadline)

Amazon has given a 10-episode order for a Tracey Oliver and Amy Poehler scripted comedy; the untitled series follows four Black college women as they navigate life at NYU. (Source: THR)

Lulu Wang (The Farewell) to direct science fiction feature Children of the New World, an adaptation of Alexander Weinstein’s collection of short stories. (Source: THR)

Gandja Monteiro (Vida) will direct Talent Show for Universal; the latest version of the script was penned by Lena Waithe. (Source: Variety)

Nicole Kidman will executive produce drama series Crime Farm for WarnerMedia Streaming. (Source: Variety)


Casting News


Mindy Kaling’s Netflix comedy casts newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Poorna Jagannathan as series regulars. (Source: Deadline)

Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation) cast as the lead in supernatural thriller The Uncanny from directors Abel Vang and Burlee Vang (Source: Deadline)

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren to reprise their roles in Fast & Furious 9. (Source: Deadline)

Ryan Destiny cast in season 3 of Grown-ish in a recurring role; she will play an exchange student from an HBCU. (Source: Deadline)

Felicity Jones cast opposite George Clooney in the film adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix. (Source: Deadline)

Sarah Paulson will not star in American Horror Story 1984; will reunite with Ryan Murphy for Netflix’s Ratched. (Source: Variety)


TV News

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Euphoria starring Zendaya has been renewed for a second season by HBO. (Source: Deadline)

The CW partners with Canadian broadcaster CBC on a new short-form samurai drama Warigami starring Emily Piggford (The Girlfriend Experience). (Source: Deadline)

Stephany Folson to pen Amazon’s adaptation of Paper Girls, which has been green-lit for a full series. (Source: Deadline)

Maggie Friedman will showrun, write, and executive produce the series adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel Firefly Lane; Katherine Heigl attached to star and executive produce too. (Source: Variety)


New Releases


*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • The Farewell directed and written by Lulu Wang – limited release
  • The Sweet Requiem co-directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam – limited release
  • Vita and Virginia directed by Chanya Button and written by Eileen Atkins – limited UK release; opens July 19 in Canada


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

VOD/Home Video:

  • Miss Arizona directed and written by Autumn McAlpin
  • Firecrackers directed by Jasmin Mozaffari
  • Sword of Trust directed and written by Lynn Shelton – limited theatrical release, available on VOD July 19
  • Breakthrough directed by Roxann Dawson
  • Ophelia directed by Claire McCarthy
  • Little directed by Tina Gordon
  • After directed by Jenny Gage
  • Darlin‘ directed by Pollyanna McIntosh



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Production has commenced on Jessica Chastain produced spy thriller 355 starring Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger, and Chastain. (Source: Variety)

Disney delays the release of Amy Adams’ led thriller Woman in the Window; the film is to be reworked after negative test screening responses. (Source: THR)

UK distribution company Republic acquires Brittany Runs a Marathon and For Sama for UK distribution. (Source: Screendaily)


Trailer of the Week

The official trailer for Alice Waddington’s directorial debut Paradise Hills has been released.


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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