GIRLS ON FILM NEWS ROUNDUP: February 17 to February 23

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 17 to February 23. 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

Zarna Garg. Photo Credit: Zarna Garg

Mikki Daughtry and Rachel Lippincott’s YA novel All This Time to be adapted by Lionsgate; Daughtry and writing partner Tobias Iaconis will script and executive produce. Source: Deadline

Screenwriter Zarna Garg’s coming-of-age romantic comedy Rearranged to be produced by Attic Lights Films. Source: Deadline

A24 buys North American rights to Claire Denis’ next film The Stars At Noon. Source: Deadline

Gaby Dellal (3 Generations) set to direct shark attack thriller Something in the Water. Source: Deadline

Megan Park (What If) to write and direct high school drama The Fallout starring Jenna Ortega (Stuck in the Middle). Source: Deadline

Nia Long (The Banker) to executive produce and star in astronaut drama Dreams of the Moon. Source: Deadline

Women On-Screen

Abbi Jacobson. Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Morena Baccarin (Deadpool) to star in survival thriller Beast. Source: Variety

Shannyn Sossamon (Sinister 2) to star in Specter Pictures’ supernatural horror The Undertaker’s Wife. Source: Deadline

Dichen Lachman (Altered Carbon) joins the cast of Jurassic World 3. Source: Deadline

Ruth Wilson (The Little Stranger) to star in AIDS activism drama The Book of Ruth. Source: Deadline

Abbi Jacobson (Disenchantment) to voice Katie Mitchell in Sony Pictures Animations The Mitchells Vs The Machines. Source: Deadline

Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) to play 1980’s guru and convicted bioterrorist Ma Anand Sheela in Sheela for Amazon Studios. Source: Deadline

British singer Yola to play Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. Source: Variety

Ellen Wong (GLOW) and Elodie Yung (Daredevil) join the cast of Cambodian-set thriller Hunters in the Dark. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Cleopatra Coleman (In The Shadow of the Moon) cast opposite Y’lan Noel (The Photograph) in Mo McRae’s directorial debut A Lot of Nothing. Source: Deadline

TV News

Priah Ferguson as Erica in Stranger Things. Photo Credit: Netflix

Tamala Jones (Castle) to star opposite Katey Sagal in ABC’s Rebel. Source: Deadline

Janet McTeer (Jessica Jones) cast opposite David Oyelowo (Come Away) in Showtime’s The President Is Missing. Source: Deadline

Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) to lead ABC comedy pilot from Emily Kapnek and Dean Holland. Source: Deadline

Priah Ferguson has been promoted to series regular in Stranger Things season 4. Source: Variety

Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) cast as the lead in AMC’s dark comedy Kevin Can F*** Himself. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) to executive produce and star in six-part dramedy The Chair for Netflix. Source: Deadline


Jessica Chastain. Photo Credit: Marco Grob/Variety

Netflix closes in on acquiring Jessica Chastain-led drama The Good Nurse. Source: Deadline

Searchlight leads bidding war to acquire Olivia Wilde-directed Olympic drama Perfect. Source: Deadline

New Releases

Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma in Emma. Photo Credit: Focus Features

*releases may vary depending on region*

In theatres:

  • Emma written by Eleanor Catton and directed by Autumn de Wilde
  • Premature written by Zora Howard (Limited release)
  • 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


  • The Last Thing He Wanted written and directed by Dee Rees (Netflix)
  • Gentefied (series) created by Linda Yvette Chávez and Marvin Lemus (Netflix)
  • I Am Not Okay With This (series) created by Christy Hall and Jonathan Entwisle (Netflix) – February 26
  • 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)

VOD/Home Video:

  • Queen & Slim directed by Melina Matsoukas
  • Top End Wedding written Miranda Tapsell
  • Frozen II written and directed by Jennifer Lee

by Ferdosa Abdi

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