GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: November 11 to November 17

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 November 11 to November 17. 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

Regina Hall (Support the Girls) to executive produce and star in Mariama Diallo’s occult drama Master. Source: Deadline

Noc Noc Cinema will back Natalia Garcia Agraz’s feature debut, Extraños Que Se Besan. Source: Variety

Filmax acquires international sales rights to Avelina Prat’s feature debut Vasil. Source: Variety

Dana Currier and Ashley McCollum will serve as senior vice presidents for Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith’s media venture Westbrook Media. Source: Variety

Producer Elizabeth Gabler’s 3000 Pictures wins the screen rights to Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here. Source: Deadline

Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) to script movie adaptation of Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen’s Cheshire Crossing. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Molly C. Quinn (Castle) to executive produce and star in horror Agnes; the second film project from Quinn’s QWGmire shingle. Source: Deadline

Casting News

Ryan Destiny (Star) to star as Claressa “T-Rex” Shields in cinematographer Rachel Morrison’s directorial debut Flint Strong about the Olympic boxer. Source: Variety

Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) to play the titular role in DEA drama Girl Named Sue. Source: Deadline

Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) to star as Oscar-winner Patricia Neal in a feature film about the actress and her husband Roald Dahl. Source: Variety

Maggie Q (Nikita) to star in dramatic thriller Cutman written by Tiffany Heath (Cut Her Out). Source: Variety

Grace Van Patten (Tramps) to lead Karen Cinorre’s feature debut Mayday: a fantastical female-driven action film. Source: Deadline

Jordan Brewster (Fast & Furious) cast as the female lead in Screen Gems’ feature adaptation to James Herbert’s horror novel Shrine. Source: Deadline

Sophia Di Martino (Yesterday) cast in an undisclosed role in Disney+ and Marvel’s Loki limited series. Source: Variety

Rosa Salazaar (Alita: Battle Angel) to lead eight-episode horror-thriller Brand New Cherry Flavor for Netflix. Source: Deadline

Kimberly Elise (Ad Astra) to star in Apple’s Mosquito Coast. Source: Deadline

Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Academy Awards. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

TV News

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich’s The Witcher series green-lit for a second season ahead of the series premiere on December 20. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Auli’l Cravalho (Moana) to star opposite Leslie Mann (Blockers) in Amazon’s series adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s The Power. Source: Deadline

Sarah Treem (The Affair) has signed a multi-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Andra Gordon (The Other Half) and Sarena Khan (Adult Interference) to develop Stevie Phillips’ book Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me for television. Source: Deadline

British comedian London Hughes and Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore will co-write and executive produce a single-camera project for NBC. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

CBS to develop crime drama Borrowed Time from Amanda Green and Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels). Source: Deadline

Julie Anne Robinson (I Feel Bad) sets up five TV projects through her production company CannyLads production company. Source: Deadline

Tamara Podemski (Coroner) to co-star opposite Merritt Wever (Unbelievable) and Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in HBO’s romantic comedic thriller Run. Source: Deadline

Kelly McCormack (Killjoys) and Priscilla Delgado (Julieta) to co-star in Amazon’s A League Of Their Own. Source: Deadline

New Releases

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • Atlantics written and directed by Mati Diop (Limited theatrical release)
  • The Warrior Queen of Jhansi written and directed by Swati Bhise
  • Charlie’s Angels written and directed by Elizabeth Banks
  • Last Christmas written by Emma Thompson
  • Mickey and the Bear written and directed by Annabelle Attansio (Limited theatrical release)
  • Honey Boy directed by Alma Har’el


  • The Knight Before Christmas directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara J. Russell (Netflix on November 21)
  • Dollface created by Jordan Weiss (Hulu)
  • The Club written and directed by Camila Ibarra (Netflix)
  • Good Girls Get High written and directed by Laura Terruso (DirectTV)
  • Let It Snow written by Victoria Strouse (Netflix)
  • Lady and the Tramp written by Kari Granlund (Disney+)
  • Dublin Murders created by Sarah Phelps (Starz)

VOD/Home Video:

  • Blinded by the Light written and directed by Gurinder Chadha
  • The Fare written by Brianna Kelly
  • Queen of Hearts written and directed by May el-Toukhly
  • The Weekend written and directed by Stella Meghie
  • The Farewell written and directed by Lulu Wang


Production has begun on Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut Passing; starring Tessa Thompson (Little Woods) and Ruth Negga (Loving). Source: Deadline

Dark Star Pictures has acquired North American rights to Sacha Polak’s Dirty God. Source: Deadline

Reel Suspects has acquired international sales rights to Laura Casabé’s Argentine horror Los Que Vuelven. Source: Deadline

Netflix to launch Michelle Wolf’s comic special Michelle Wolf: Joke Show on December 10. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Bert & Bertie’s Troop Zero to be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in January 2020. Source: Deadline

Trailer of the Week

Watch the international trailer for Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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