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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon and Ben Foster are set to star in the mystery State Like Sleep, written by and to be helmed by visual artist/director Meredith Danluck (North of South, West of East).

Eddie Vaisman (Big Sur, In a World …) is producing the film, which will start shooting in July.

Fortitude International is introducing the project to foreign buyers at the Cannes film market. ICM Partners, which represents Danluck, packaged the film and will handle domestic rights.

When her celebrity husband commits suicide, a woman (Hall) struggles with the truth to unanswered questions surrounding his double life.

“Meredith has written a powerful and mesmerizing script, filled with rich and complex characters and Eddie has brought together an impressive all-star cast to bring this story alive. We are elated to share this project with our buyers,” Fortitude International co-founder Nadine de Barros said.

De Barros will be shopping the project with her sales team, which includes vp international Katie Irwin and director international sales and marketing Samantha Peel. The company already has a full Cannes slate, with such titles as the soccer-themed Robin Friday; the Nicolas Cage starrer The Runner; the Penelope Cruz-Diane Kruger vehicle This Man, This Woman; and Barton & Charlie, which will be directed by and star Rupert Friend.

Hall, whose credits include Ben Affleck’s The Town, Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon and Iron Man 3, is about to begin shooting Steven Spielberg’s The BFG.

Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter) was an Oscar nominee for his supporting role in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road.

Foster, who tackles fallen sports hero Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic Icon, also has appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, The Messenger and Lone Survivor.

Hall is repped by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates in the U.K. Shannon is handled by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and attorney David Krintzman of Morris Yorn. UTA represents Foster.

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THEWRAP – Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall are starring in director Antonio Campos’ indie drama “Christine,” which chronicles the true story of the final months of a depressed news broadcaster who infamously committed suicide on live television, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Tracy Letts (“Homeland”), J. Smith-Cameron (“Rectify”) and Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-star in “Christine,” which Campos has been filming under the radar for the past couple weeks.

“Iron Man 3” actress Hall stars as 29-year-old WXLT-TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself on the air in Florida. Chubbuck carefully planned her suicide and even wrote a script for her program that included a third-person account of the shooting to be read by whichever staff member took over the broadcast after the incident. 14 hours after she was taken to the same hospital she predicted, she was pronounced dead.

“Dexter” alum Hall co-stars as George, a fellow news anchor on whom she harbors a crush. That character is based on Chubbuck’s real-life crush George Peter Ryan.

Letts will play Christine’s boss and Smith-Cameron will play her mother, while Dizzia will play Jean Reed, a network camerawoman who works with Christine on many news segments.

Campos, who produced “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and previously directed “Afterschool” and “Simon Killer,” is working off a script by Craig Shilowich, who’s also producing the film Melody C. Roscher.

Campos’ Borderline Films partners Josh Mond and Sean Durkin will executive produce. Roscher worked with Borderline on Mond’s directorial debut “James White,” which was recently acquired by The Film Arcade following its Sundance debut.

Rebecca Hall, who will soon be seen opposite Jason Bateman in STX Entertainment’s first release “The Gift,” recently joined the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s ‘The BFG”) She is represented by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates.

Michael C. Hall’s recent feature credits include the Sundance entries “Cold in July” and “Kill Your Darlings.” He’s repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Peikoff Mahan.

Dizzia, who previously worked with Campos on “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” can currently be seen alongside James Franco in “True Story.” She’s repped by Perennial Entertainment, attorney Marcy Morris and the Gersh Agency, the latter of which also reps Smith-Cameron.

Letts is currently filming Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short” and will soon be seen in “Elvis & Nixon.” He’s repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Stan Coleman.

Campos is represented by UTA, Washington Square Films and attorney Peter Nelson of Nelson Davis.

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I’ve added three stunning new portraits of Rebecca taken at the Tribeca Film Festival–where she’s currently promoting her latest film, Tumbledown. Enjoy!

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INDIEWIRE – It’s never explicitly stated that Hunter Miles is a member of the 27 Club, but that hasn’t stopped the folk musician (“folk” in terms of both his hero status and his particular brand of strummy rock) from getting grouped with other musicians who left this world too soon. The character at the heart of Sean Mewshaw’s “Tumbledown” is already dead and buried by the time the film opens – in fact, we visit his grave quite frequently, much like his many fans – but his specter looms over the entire feature, as does his cut-short legacy. A moody (maybe? or is that simply how a rocker of his ilk is perceived by the public?) singer/songwriter in the vein of Bon Iver and Elliott Smith, Hunter crafted exactly one solo album (one “perfect” album, as one character observes) before dying in an apparently freak hiking accident. He also left behind exactly one widow (Rebecca Hall) who, quite understandably, hasn’t quite gotten over losing her husband.

Hannah’s grief is already years old by the time we first meet her, but she remains steeped in it by trade: she’s trying to write Hunter’s biography. The process is trying, terrible, and not exactly fruitful, but Hannah is determined to get it done, both out of love and maybe a little bit of obligation. There’s one other problem, though, a big, bearded one, because someone else wants to write about Hunter, too, and he just might be better suited to the task.

As scholar/writer/professor Andrew McCabe, Jason Sudeikis subtly mutes his charm – he’s still occasionally smooth and genuinely engaging, but it’s all turned down a touch. What works best about Sudeikis’s work in “Tumbledown” is his easy spirit, his ability to calm a continually riled up Hannah, and to sell it with a smile. Hannah is initially wary of Andrew – fine, she’s totally terrified of him and massively rude at just about every turn – but despite those early misgivings, Andrew isn’t a creep, and when he tells Hannah, “I want to make your husband immortal,” you cannot help but believe him.

Sudeikis’ ascension to romantic leading man is just starting to ratchet up, thanks to turns in smaller features like both “Tumbledown” and the raunchy Sundance charmer “Sleeping With Other People,” but it’s pulling some solid, sensitive work out of the typically comedic actor, the kind of stuff that works necessary magic on big screen romances. Hall’s work here is less transcendent, but she shades Hannah and her copious emotions with skill, and even during Hannah’s worst moments – and, in between her lying, stealing, and occasionally dirty mouth, she’s got plenty – she emerges as a sympathetic and complex woman who refuses to conform to traditional expectations of either grief or womanhood.

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Courtesy of Deadline, I’ve added two new portraits of Rebecca promoting Tumbledown at the Tribeca Film Festival to the gallery. Enjoy!

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – In Tumbledown, Rebecca Hall plays a young woman struggling to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer.

On the surface, the film doesn’t appear to be the most lighthearted fare, but Hall read it as a welcome relief. “I had just done a very heavy theatrical piece that involved me getting in the electric chair seven nights a week,” she told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet before the film’s world premiere during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. “I was looking for something funny.”

Which isn’t to say that Tumbledown is afraid to explore darker subjects, she continued. “I’m a grieving widow. It’s not a straightforward comedy at all. But it’s more comedy than anything else.”

Jason Sudeikis, the romantic lead opposite Hall, plays a college professor of American studies with a “deep interest and passion in Rebecca’s deceased husband — he’s attempting to learn his life story through her eyes,” he told THR. The pair are tasked with writing his biography together, as romantic feelings slowly take root.

The project stewed on the back burner for years until, suddenly, all the pieces fell into place. “Jason was the first one who really committed and stuck with us for a couple years while he went on his Horrible Bosses train,” producer Kristin Hahn told THR. “Rose Byrne was onboard for a while, but we couldn’t make the schedules work. Jason finally had a window where he was like, ‘I can do it now before I have a baby. If we wrap on a certain day, I will do the movie.’ We had to go fast.”

For first-time director Sean Mewshaw and his wife, first-time screenwriter Desi Van Til, working on the film has spanned the entire length of their relationship. “Did we bring drafts of the script on our honeymoon?” Van Til asked her husband on the red carpet. “We’ve been married for eight years — we’ve been working on this for a long time.” Joked Mewshaw: “It’s lucky that we have kids, so now that the movie is over, we still have something to talk about!”

While Tumbledown is very much a rom-com, it takes a fresh approach on an old dynamic. “In a weird way, I thought of the movie as a love triangle between two people who are alive and one who is dead,” Mewshaw said onstage after the screening. “They both love the same man, and I was interested in trying to find a way that that brought them together.”

The fest has proved an action-packed marathon for Sudeikis, who recently shot an AT&T spot for the fest and attended the premiere of fiancee Olivia Wilde’s film Meadowlands the night before. Wilde, in turn, was on hand to support Sudeikis and the film, alongside fellow castmember Dianna Agron and guests Josh Lucas and Maggie Castle.

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I’ve updated the gallery with over 100 photos of Rebecca looking strikingly beautiful at yesterday’s premiere of Tumbledown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where she was joined on the red carpet by co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Dianna Agron.

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