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Cate Blanchett Will ‘Dig’ For Susanne Bier, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Reunite For ‘The Nest,’ and More

Written by on April 8, 2014 

While she’s currently off filming the highly-anticipated Carol for Toddy Haynes, Cate Blanchett has found time to attach herself to another project. According to Screen Daily, she has entered talks to star in an upcoming film from Susanne Bier (In a Better World) titled The Dig. Scripted by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Byzantium), the story follows the late 1930’s excavation of Sutton Hoo in the UK.

The archaeological find resulted in the discovery of many riches, including a ship and the burial of  King Raedwald of East Anglia. Described in the vein of The Remains of the Day, it would follow the many involved in the dig, including Blancett as amateur archaeologist Edith Pretty. Aiming for a late 2014 shoot, it seems like another strong role for Blanchett and hopefully we’ll see Bier’s forthcoming Serena before then.

Next up, best friends forever Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are set to reunite for an upcoming comedy. First announced over a year ago, the former was the first on board for Universal’s The Nest, the next film from Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore. Now word has come in from Showbiz411 that the Parks & Recreations star has boarded the project.

The comedy of sibling love and rivalry centered on two sisters who arrive at their parents’ home together, only to find that its been sold off. Presented with no other real option, the pair of women spend a last wild weekend together, bonding and feuding and finally growing up. Scripted by Paula Pell, Fey and Poehler will not only star, but produce alongside Jay Roach. Shooting kicks off this June in New York for a likely 2015 release.

Lastly, coming off of last fall’s Escape Plan, director Mikael Hafstrom has set up his next thriller and already found a leading lady. Deadline reports that Noomi Rapace will lead Unlocked, coming from Peter O’Brien‘s Black List script. The Prometheus actress would take the role of a CIA interrogator who is “duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side,” and by doing so, London is threatened with a biological attack. There’s no word yet on when it will shoot, but the project is no longer at Warner Bros., rather being financed through independent sources.

Which of the above projects are you most looking forward to?


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