GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: October 28 – November 3

The purpose of this weekly news roundup is to highlight and celebrate films/TV from and about women. The news collected in this week’s roundup was announced between October 28 to November 3. 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

Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) to play the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in Bert & Bertie’s A Special Relationship. Source: Deadline

Netflix acquired worldwide rights to Augustine Frizzell’s romantic drama The Last Letter From Your Lover starring Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) and Felicity Jones (Rogue One). Source: Variety

Anna Faris (Mom) to produce and star in comedy Summer Madness. Source: Deadline

Casting News

Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) cast as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s untitled film about the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Source: Deadline

Danielle Macdonald (Unbelievable) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) cast as the leads in Ben Lawin’s Falling For Figaro. Source: Deadline

Liza Lapira (Unbelievable) cast in Dante Basco’s directorial debut The Fabulous Filipino Brothers. Source: Deadline

TV News

ABC to develop new legal drama Reasonable Doubt from Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Productions and Larry Wilmore’s Wilmore Films. Raamla Mohamed to write and produce the series. Source: Deadline

Corbin Reid (Valor) and Andrea Bordeaux (NCIS: Los Angeles) cast opposite Amber Stevens West (The Carmichael Show) and Bresha Webb (Marlon) in Starz’s half-hour comedy, Run the World. Source: Deadline

Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap) cast as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. Source: Deadline

Patrice Covington (The Color Purple), Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Vice Principals), Rebecca Naomi Jones (The Big Sick) and Sanai Victoria (Black-ish) cast opposite Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) in National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha. Source: Deadline

Tiya Sircar (Good Sam) cast in Quibi’s The Fugitive, a reimagining of the 1993 film of the same name. Source: Deadline

New Releases

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • Harriet written and directed by Kasi Lemmons
  • Tales From the Lodge written and directed by Abigail Blackmore (Limited release in the UK)
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil written by Linda Woolverton
  • The Elephant Queen (Documentary) co-directed by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble (Limited release)
  • Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace (Documentary) written and directed by April Wright (Limited release)


  • Dickinson created by Alena Smith (Apple TV+)
  • Hache created Verónica Fernández (Netflix)
  • Jenny Slate: Stage Fright directed by Gillian Robespierre and written by Jenny Slate (Netflix)
  • Sid & Judy (Documentary) written by Claire Didier (Showtime) 

VOD/Home Video:

  • Paradise Hills directed by Alice Waddington
  • The Farewell written and directed by Lulu Wang
  • Wonder Woman: Bloodlines written by Mairghread Scott
  • Satanic Panic directed by Chelsea Stardust
  • The Kitchen written and directed by Andrea Berloff
  • Blue directed by Gabriela Ledesma; written by Ledesma and Callie Schuttera
  • Angel of Mine directed by Kim Farrant
  • Miss Virginia written by Erin O’Connor
  • Greener Grass written and directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe
  • Netizens (Documentary) written and directed by Cynthia Lowen


Allison Reid’s documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes gets US theatrical deal. Source: Deadline

Trailer of the Week

by Ferdosa Abdi

Ferdosa Abdi is a lifelong film student and aspiring film festival programmer. Her favourite genres are science-fiction, fantasy, and horror and 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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