GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: February 10 to February 16

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 February 10 to February 16. 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

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Tony-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) set to make feature film debut with English language remake of Juanfer Andres-Esteban Roel’s Shrew’s Nest. Source: Deadline

Ava DuVernay (Cherish the Day) to direct feature-length documentary about the late Nipsey Hussle for Netflix. Source: Deadline

Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great) tapped to script Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Source: Variety

Anna Waterhouse (Seberg) and screenwriting partner Joe Shrapnel set to script adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And There Were None for the studio formally known as 20th Century Fox. Source: Deadline

Dee Rees (Mudbound) to write and direct movie adaptation of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for MGM and Winkler. Source: Deadline

Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) to direct Kerri Strug biopic Perfect based on Strug memoir Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams. Source: Deadline

Writer-director Nathalie Biancheri (Nocturnal) to direct George MacKay in genre film Wolf. Source: Deadline

HanWay Films in the process of selling Jasmine McGlade’s (Maria My Love) Olympic drama Fencer starring Zoe Saldana as aspiring Olympic fencer. Source: Deadline

Women On-Screen

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Olivia Coleman (The Crown), Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose), and Dakota Johnson (Suspiria) join Maggie Gyllenhaal’s (The Kindergarten Teacher) directorial debut The Lost Daughter. Source: Deadline

Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey) cast opposite Christian Bale (Ford V Ferrari) in David O. Russell’s upcoming film. Source: Variety

Diana Silvers (Booksmart) and Kristine Froseth (The Assistant) to star in Sarah Adina Smith’s ballet drama Birds of Paradise for Amazon Studios. Source: Variety

Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher) joins Keira Knightley (Misbehaviour) in Camille Griffin’s directorial feature Christmas comedy Silent Night. Source: Deadline

Awkwafina (The Farewell) to star in The Baccarat Machine about the most successful female gambler, Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, for SK Global. Source: Deadline

Charlotte Rampling (Euphoria) to star in dark comedy Juniper. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to star in Franck Khalfoun’s thriller O2. Source: Deadline

TV News

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Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23 creator and star Nahnatchka Khan and Krysten Ritter reunite for a dark comedy about a female serial killer, played by Ritter. Source: Deadline

Amazon buys North American rights to Emily Blunt-led Western from BBC. Source: Variety

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Misbehaviour) joins Disney+’s Loki in a prominent role. Source: Deadline

Riann Steele (Holby City) cast as the female lead in NBC’s sci-fi drama Debris. Source: Deadline

Chanté Adams (Bad Hair) and Roberta Colindrez (Vida) cast as series regulars in Amazon’s A League Of Their Own series adaptation. Source: Deadline

Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Diane Kruger (355) to lead contemporary retelling of George Huang’s Swimming With Sharks for Quibi. Source: Deadline

Laura Chinn (Florida Girls) signs overall deal with Lionsgate TV. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Hunter King (Life in Pieces) set to lead ABC’s western Prospect from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Source: Deadline

Nathalie Emmanuel (F9) joins Kevin Hart’s Quibi series Die Hart. Source: Deadline

Odetta Annable (Tell Me a Story) to lead ABS’s pilot thritysomething(else). Source: Deadline

BBc Two’s The Luminaries starring Eva Green (Proxima) has initiated global roll-out. Source: Variety

Sky has released the first trailer for Billie Piper-led drama I Hate Suze from Lucy Prebble (Succession). Source: Deadline

Netflix to produce docuseries about young tennis star Naomi Osaka. Source: Deadline

Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) set to star in Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks. Source: Deadline

Elisabeth Shue (The Boys) to star opposite Julie Delpy’s On The Verge. Source: Deadline


The Glorias Photo credit: Sundance

Neon picks up North American rights to Shirley from director Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline) and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins (I Love Dick). Source: Deadline

LD Entertainment and Roadside acquire Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias. Source: Deadline

Production has wrapped on Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls). Source: Deadline

FilmNation board Jessica Chastain-led serial killer drama The Good Nurse. Source: Deadline

Non-Movie & TV News

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Skye Borgman’s Netflix documentary Abducted in Plain Sight gets a podcast spin-off Obsessed With: Abducted In Plain Sight hosted by Borgman.Source: Deadline

Cynthia Erivo-led podcast Carrier to be adapted to film by Amblin Partners. Source: Deadline

New Releases

The Photograph Photo credit: Universal Pictures

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • The Photograph written and directed by Stella Meghie
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire written and directed by Céline Sciamma
  • Buffaloed directed by Tanya Wexler
  • Fantasy Island co-written by Jillian Jacobs
  • Ride Your Wave written by Reiko Yoshida (Select theatres on February 19 only)
  • Ordinary Love directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Limited release)
  • The Rhythm Section directed by Reed Morano
  • The Assistant written and directed by Kitty Green
  • The Turning directed by Floria Sigismondi
  • Color Out of Space written by Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley


  • To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love written by Sofia Alvarez
  • High Fidelity (Series) created by Sarah Kucerka and Veronica West (Hulu)
  • Miss Americana (Documentary) directed by Lana Wilson (Netflix)
  • 37 Seconds written and directed by Hikari (Netflix)
  • Jezebel written and directed by Numa Perrier
  • Luna Nera (Series) created by Francesca Manieri, Laura Paolucci, and Tiziana Triana (Netflix)
  • Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour (Concert Documentary) (HBO Latino)
  • Close Enemies written by Jeanne Aptekman and David Oelhoffen (Netflix on January 29)
  • Shrill created by Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, and Lindy West (Hulu on January 24)
  • Troop Zero directed by Bert & Bertie and written by Lucy Alibar (Amazon Prime)

VOD/Home Video:

  • The Rest of Us written by Alanna Francis and directed by Aisling Chin-Yee
  • The Kindness of Strangers written and directed by Lone Scherfig
  • Olympic Dreams co-written by Alexi Pappas
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood directed by Marielle Heller
  • Queen & Slim written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas

Trailer of the Week

Netflix released an official trailer for season 2 of Altered Carbon created by showrunner Laeta Kalogridis and co-showrunner Alison Schapker.

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