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Two stills of Rebecca in the upcoming holiday comedy, Holmes & Watson have been added to the gallery. Based on the trailers, it’s hard to get an idea of how significant her role will be in the film, though we can hope she at least gets to display some of her comedic ability.

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Christmas has come early, Rebecca fans–we at last have some lovely new photos of her attending the Holmes & Watson photocall in Los Angeles. In recent months, we’ve had lots of exciting news about her career and upcoming projects, but her presence has been missed – especially since many of her Instagram posts are now gone. Back in January, she announced she was expecting her first child with husband Morgan Spector – so this would of course explain why she’s been a lot quieter recently. We wish Rebecca and her family the very best, not just for the holiday season, but for the year ahead. I have a feeling it will be a great one!

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This certainly came as a surprise (to me at least!) – Rebecca is appearing in Max Minghella’s directorial debut, Teen Spirit, alongside Elle Fanning. The teaser trailer was released today, and the film is set to premiere at TIFF (which runs Sep 7-17). I can’t wait to see more!

Violet is a shy teenager living in the Isle of Wight who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her small town and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.

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Such great news!

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga will co-star in race drama Passing, the directorial debut of actor Rebecca Hall.

Based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel of the same name, the story deals with “racial passing,” which refers to a member of one racial group being accepted by another racial group. Set in Harlem, the story follows two childhood friends, played by Thompson and Negga.

Margot Hand and Oren Moverman are producing, with Angela Robinson executive producing.

Hall, whose credits include The Gift and The Dinner, will next be seen in the Will Ferrell comedy Holmes and Watson.

Thompson is currently in theaters with Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and will next be seen in Creed 2 and the Men in Black spinoff movie. Negga, who received an Oscar nom for her role in Loving, is set for Fox and New Regency’s sci-fi feature Ad Astra.

Negga is repped by ICM, Principal Entertainment and the U.K.’s Markham Froggatt; Thompson is repped by Greene & Associates and Mosaic; Hall is repped by WME.

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VARIETY – Ralph Fiennes is in talks to star alongside Rebecca Hall, Mark Strong and Saïd Taghmaoui in John Michael McDonagh’s “The Forgiven.”

Elizabeth Eves will produce alongside McDonagh through their production company House of Un-American Activities. CAA, which arranged financing, is representing the US rights, with IMR International handling the foreign rights and introducing the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week.

“The Forgiven” is an adaptation of the novel by Lawrence Osborne that deals with the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of an English couple, their friends and local Moroccans who all converge on a luxurious desert villa during a decadent weekend-long party. Production is slated to commence early next year in Morocco.

Fiennes is known for his roles in the Harry Potter series, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Schindler’s List” and “The English Patient.” He will star in Etan Cohen’s “Holmes and Watson” for Columbia Pictures and just wrapped production on “The White Crow” for BBC Films, which he directed.

Hall will also star in “Holmes and Watson.” Strong can currently be seen starring as Max Easton on the Fox series “Deep State.” Taghmaoui starred in “Wonder Woman.”

Fiennes is represented by CAA and Dalzell and Beresford; Hall is repped by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates; Strong is repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and WME; and Taghmaoui is repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and Agents Associés. The news was first reported by Deadline.

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DEADLINE – “Never been with anyone else your entire lives – that so crazy,” the couple’s friend says. “Our sex life is really, really great,” she replies. “Compared to what?” another pal chimes in. “The two of you are so perfect and constant and inevitable and boring — aren’t you curious? You must be.”

So sets up Permission, a romantic dramedy starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens as said perfect yet boring pair. Anna and Will have shared so many firsts: kiss, love and only relationship. The aforementioned conversation takes place 10 years into their coupling, at Anna’s 30th birthday party – as Will is about to propose. But the thought of what might have been and could be lingers. So Anna proposes that they try opening their relationship – as a sexual experiment – and they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries.

Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, Morgan Spector, David Joseph Craig and Jason Sudeikis co-star in writer-director Brian Crano’s film, which premiered at Tribeca. Hall, Margot Hand, Giri Tharan and Joshua Thurston produced it. Good Deed Entertainment got Permission in January and will release it in theaters on February 9.

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THE NEW YORKER – Rebecca Hall made her New York stage début, in 2005, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, playing Rosalind in “As You Like It,” and if you were lucky enough to see her in the role it is unlikely that you have forgotten the experience. Hall, who was twenty-three at the time, exquisitely conveyed the sometimes tremulous combination of knowingness and naïveté that characterizes Rosalind, Shakespeare’s most winning comic heroine. Hall’s performance felt perfectly naturalistic—her Rosalind was absolutely real and present—and, at the same time, her delivery showed an adept grasp of Shakespearean verse: if you knew and loved Rosalind’s lines, it was thrilling to hear the subtlety with which Hall delivered them. It also did not hurt that Hall looked perfect for the part: like Rosalind, Hall is “more than common tall,” which meant that she was able to stand eye to eye and equal to equal with Orlando, her eventual beloved, played by a promising newcomer named Dan Stevens.

The production also showed the mastery of its director, Sir Peter Hall, the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the former head of London’s National Theatre, and Rebecca Hall’s father. Given Shakespeare’s dramatic fascination with the relations between fathers and their offspring, and with the complicated questions of lineage and inheritance, the casting choice looked less like nepotism and more like a fruitful artistic convergence. “My father was a real Shakespearean fascist, in that he had a view about how it should be done, in terms of how you speak the verse,” Hall recalled recently. “But, at the same time, he taught me that, instead of being restrictive, understanding how to play the verse gives up the meaning. Like, if you have a breath at the end of a line and the sentence isn’t complete, then you’ve got to find a reason why there’s a pause for thought there. And your reason is what gives you interpretation. So within those parameters, he gave me complete freedom.” Hall’s key to unlocking the character of Rosalind was in identifying the character’s trepidation—the fear experienced by someone who is cognizant of the demands entailed by the complexity of adult love, and finds herself on the brink of it for the first time. “Isn’t that, on some level, the experience of first love, and isn’t that what the whole play is about—how terrifying it all is?” Hall said.

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PLAYBILL – The New York premiere of Clare Lizzimore’s play Animal begins performances May 24 at Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway. Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs a cast led Machinal star and Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall.

Animal will officially open June 6, and is scheduled to play through June 25 at Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street, New York.

In Lizzimore’s dark comedy, Hall plays Rachel, a woman who has it all: marriage, a house, and her career. Until she suddenly has a creeping feeling, and then the visions begin. Animal is about “the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival,” read production notes from the Atlantic.

Rounding out the cast are Kristin Griffith (Bottom of the World), Greg Keller (Our Mother’s Brief Affair), David Pegram (War Horse), Morgan Spector (A View from the Bridge), and Fina Strazza (Matilda the Musical).

Playwright Lizzimore’s first play Mint was produced at the Royal Court in London and long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize. As a director, her production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull at The Young Vic received the 2015 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, and transferred Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters.

Animal features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Stowe Nelson, original music by Daniel Kluger, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting: David Caparelliotis, CSA and Lauren Port, CSA and Joseph Gery.

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