Disney’s big-screen adaptation of The Nutcracker may have found its Mother Ginger. Helen Mirren is in negotiations to play the fairy-tale matriarch typically accompanied by a brood of clown children in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, EW has confirmed. The acclaimed English actress would join a cast that includes Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, and Misty Copeland as a ballerina. Chocolat helmer Lasse Hallstrom is directing from a script by Ashleigh Powell, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 short story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Made famous by the music of Tchaikovsky, the classic holiday tale centers on a girl whose nutcracker magically springs to life on Christmas Eve. The film is one of several live-action fairy tales on the horizon from Disney, including Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent 2, and a Tinker Bell movie. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Thanks to Claudia for the heads-up.


Helen Mirren is in talks to star alongside Colin Firth in an adaptation of Charles Cumming’s Thomas Kell spy novels as the head of MI6. A source told The Sun newspaper: “Helen is interested in playing the role as it’s a key character that just doesn’t sit around in an office. “The books are great and Colin has been interested in them for years since he read the first one. The Oscar-winning actress is in talks to star opposite Colin Firth in a television adaptation of Charles Cumming’s Thomas Kell spy novels. “Since The Night Manager TV bosses have been desperate to get their hands on the next big British spy drama because it was so successful around the world. “Getting such a high profile and well-loved actress like Helen on board is a real coup.” The series would see Helen’s character, Amelia Levene, cause panic when she goes missing, with disgraced veteran spy Kell – who will be played by Colin – drafted in to track her across Europe. The King’s Speech actor will also produce the series, having bought the TV rights to the books, while novelist Cumming is penning a pilot for the six-part series, which is due to air next year. ITV are said to be hoping to buy the rights to the saga.


As production on “Fast and Furious 8” continues, a new behind-the-scenes picture featuring Helen Mirren has surfaced online. Though her role in the upcoming film is still kept under wraps, the 71-year-old actress is featured alongside her co-star Vin Diesel in the new set photo. The Dominic Toretto depicter took to his Instagram account on Tuesday, August 2 to show fans a first look at Helen’s character in the eighth movie. She can be seen wearing a white shirt and seriously listening to what Vin is whispering in her ear. The caption read, “Such a joy and an honor working with Helen Mirren… Happy Toretto Thursday!” The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Elsa Pataky, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Lucas Black will also reprise his role as Sean Boswell from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Directed by F. Gary Gray, “Fast and Furious 8” is filmed in several countries, including Cuba and Iceland. The eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” movie series will race into U.S. theaters on April 14, 2017. It will be followed by a ninth film which is due out April 19, 2019 and a tenth film slated for an April 2, 2021 release.


I’ve been kept away from updating the site for a couple of weeks, so let’s get the photo gallery up to date with some additional pictures of Helen Mirren’s various appearances in Jerusalem last month. Also, pictures from the Art Recovery Hearing have been added as well. Thanks to Helen’s Girl for contributing some unseen images. To view all last added pictures, click any of the previews below.



Make sure to grab your DVD or Blu-Ray copy of “Eye in the Sky”, as it has been released in the USA today. The film and Helen Mirren’s lead performance have received rave Reviews from the critics back when it theatrically released in February – but as almost always with war films, the box office numbers have been underwhelming, to say modest at least. Blu-Ray screencaptures from the film as well as its making of have been added to the photo pallery.



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