GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: November 18 to November 24

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 date to date. 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

Credit: Photo by Michael Buckner/Deadline/REX/Shutterstock

Reed Morano (The Rhythm Section) teams with Zoe Saldana (Avatar) for Sabaya, a thriller based on the 2015 U.S. Special Forces raid on ISIS. Source: Deadline

Lionsgate to produce K-Pop comedy Seoul Girls written and produced by Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect). Source: Deadline

Robin Thede and Christa Gatewood (A Black Lady Sketch Show) will pen and executive produce new HBO Max comedy Fashionably Black with Michael B. Jordan (Just Mercy). Source: Deadline

Casting News

Credit: Photo by Jenny Anderson

Niamh Algar (Calm With Horses) cast as the female lead opposite Jason Statham (Hobbs and Shaw) in Guy Ritchie’s lastest action thriller. Source: Deadline

Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) cast in Universal’s romantic drama All My Life. Source: Playbill

Pom Klementiff (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins the cast of the seventh and eighth entries to the Mission Impossible series. Source: Variety

TV News

Credit: Photo by Gillian Garcia

Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time) signs overall deal with Amazon Studios to create and develop TV series and film through her production company, GloNation. Source: Deadline

ABC developing half-hour autobigraphical comedy from writer Naomi Ekperigin (Mrs. Fletcher). Source: Deadline

Sierra Teller (Rutherford Falls) signs overall deal with Universal TV to develop new TV projects. Source: Deadline

Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim) has signed a first-look deal with FX Production to develop new content for FX Networks. Source: Deadline

Vanessa Bayer (SNL) will executive produce and star in half-hour comedy pilot at Showtime. Source: Variety

Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) will star as the titular character in Amazon’s original series Daisy Jones & The Six. Source: Deadline

Larysa Kpndracki (Picnic At Hanging Rock) to executive produce Amazon’s horror series Them: Covenant. Source: Deadline

Denée Benton (Hamilton), Louisa Jacobson (Gone Hollywood), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and more join HBO’s drama series The Gilded Age. Source: Deadline

Juliette Lewis (Ma) and Christina Ricci (Z: The Beginning of Everything) join the cast of Showtime’s drama pilot Yellowjackets as series regulars. Source: Deadline

Kelly Clarkson’s talk show renewed for season 2 by NBCUniversal. Source: Variety

New Releases

Credit: Disney

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • Frozen II written by Jennifer Lee and Allison Schroeder; directed by Lee and Chris Buck
  • Hala written and directed by Minhal Baig (Limited theatrical release)
  • Judy & Punch written and directed by Mirrah Foulkes (UK and Australia)
  • Ophelia written by Semi Chellas and directed by Claire McCarthy (UK)
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood directed by Marielle Heller
  • 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 Body Remembers When the World Broke Open written and directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn (Netflix November 27)
  • The Knight Before Christmas directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara J. Russell (Netflix)
  • 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:

  • Hustlers written and directed by Lorene Scafaria
  • 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


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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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