The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has confirmed the first films for its 2021 program, unveiling on Tuesday that The Nest starring Jude Law will close the 55th edition of KVIFF on Aug. 28.

Law stars as Rory, a once high-flying commodities broker in 1980s Reagan’s America who returns home after a career setback to live in an English country manor and has to decide what price he is prepared to pay to climb up in society. Carrie Coon and Oona Roche co-star in the drama from director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

The 55th KVIFF will kick off with a special concert featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar on the stage in front of the Hotel Thermal in Karlovy Vary, performed by the cast from the musical’s run at Prague’s Spirála Theatre. The performance will be performed by the Vary Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Ota Balage. The concert will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Jesus Christ Superstar‘s Broadway debut on June 12, 1971.

In another special presentation, the 2021 KVIFF will screen Dreams of Stray Cats, director David Sís’s documentary about his world-famous brother, the illustrator and children’s writer Petr Sís, (The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain). The documentary will be accompanied by an exhibition, Petr Sís: Through Story, in the Moser Lounge on the first floor of the Hotel Thermal which will run during the entire festival Aug. 20-28.

Karlovy Vary on Tuesday also unveiled new COVID regulations that will involve a series of color-coded wristbands showing visitors’ COVID status — either fully vaccinated, recovered or tested — to grant access to cinemas and festival venues.

Oscar-winning Czech director Jan Sverak (Kolja) will be honored at the KVIFF 2021 with the festival’s President’s Award. Sverak will receive the award on August 26 ahead of a special screening of his drama The Ride, which won Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe for best film at the 30th KVIFF in 1995.

Karlovy Vary also announced the members of this year’s competition jury, which will include Danish documentary filmmaker Eva Mulvad (The Good Life), Polish actor Marta Nieradkiewicz (United States of Love, Netflix’s Ultraviolet), Greek director Christos Nikou (Apples), and German film critic and festival director Christoph Terhechte, the artistic and managing director of documentary film festival DOK Leipzig.

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HBO has set a new premiere date for Jude Law and Naomie Harris’ interactive drama The Third Day.

The limited series will launch on Monday September 14. It was originally set to start airing on Monday May 11 but was pushed back due to the Coronavirus production shutdown.

Deadline understands that production on the show wrapped back in the winter but the show was not finished in post-production as COVID-19 hit and the extra time allowed the team time to finish.

The six-part series, which is a co-production with British pay-TV broadcaster Sky, was created by Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson and Paddy Considine.

The series will tell three, stand-alone but interconnected stories. Two of them will form part of the show’s six-episode run, while the third will take place in the UK as a live event.

The first part is “Summer,” written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden. Told over three episodes, “Summer” follows the story of Sam (Law), a man who is drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost.

The Third Day concludes with “Winter”: told over a further three episodes. Written by Kit de Waal, Dean O’Loughlin and Dennis Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, it follows Helen (Harris), a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate.

The Third Day is a co-production between HBO and Sky. It is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, in partnership with Plan B Entertainment and Punchdrunk International. Kelly executive produces with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B, Barrett for Punchdrunk International, Munden and Lowthorpe. Adrian Sturges serves as producer. Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin also are writers for the series.

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Jude Law is in talks to play the classic Disney villain, Captain Hook, in the studio’s live-action Peter Pan film “Peter Pan & Wendy,” sources tell Variety.

“Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery is on board to direct the project. Lowery co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks, and Jim Whitaker is producing.

Disney’s 1953 animated classic is still the most successful adaptation of the J.M. Barrie novel about Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t age and the children whom he whisks away to the magical world of Neverland. Many other studios have made their own versions on the big and small screens, including Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” starring Robin Williams and Joe Wright’s “Pan,” both of which disappointed at the box office.

If the deal closes, Law would follow in the footsteps of Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs and, most recently, Hugh Jackman as actors who have played the iconic pirate antagonist in previous retellings of the story.

Though there were rumors of the film ending up on Disney Plus, like the “Lady and the Tramp” live-action adaptation, sources say the release is expected to be theatrical.

Disney is coming off a very strong year of live-action adaptations with both “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” grossing $1 billion at the global box office. Disney was so happy with its “Aladdin” live-action film that it has already begun developing a sequel to the film.

Law is coming off of HBO’s “The New Pope.” He was also recently seen in Paramount’s “Rhythm Section.”

He is repped by CAA.

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“The Nest,” a drama about a family’s disastrous decision to relocate to England, will debut exclusively in theaters on Sept. 18, 2020.

The announcement is a sign that IFC Films, which purchased the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has awards ambitions for the picture and for the performances of its stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon. It also signals that studios are gaining greater confidence that exhibitors will be back on line in the coming months after cinemas closed in March due to coronavirus.

“The Nest” is writer and director Sean Durkin’s follow-up to “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The film follows Rory, a charismatic businessman played by Law, as he decides to move his family to his native England in order to cash in on the booming 1980’s London. Things do not go as planned. Not only does Rory struggle to establish himself, but he sticks his wife and kids in a run-down mansion they can’t afford to furnish and keep up. The isolation and mounting financial issues began to take a toll on their family bonds.

Variety’s Peter Debruge noted that the film benefit from creating a spooky atmosphere. “The real point of comparison between ‘The Nest’ and a movie like ‘The Shining’ lies in the psychological toll that a selfish father can have on his family,” he wrote. “In a sense, it has more in common with ‘Marriage Story’ or ‘The Souvenir’ — films about destructive male ego told, at least in part, from a female point of view. Rory may be the first character we meet, but the movie ultimately favors Allison (Coon), the screw-turning wife seemingly conjured from one of those ghostly classics where sinister things happen when a family relocates to freaky new digs.”

“We’re looking forward to releasing ‘The Nest’ in theaters this fall as Sean Durkin continues to prove what a masterful filmmaker he is, delivering career best performances from Jude Law and Carrie Coon.” said Arianna Bocco, executive VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films, in a statement.

“The Nest” was produced by Durkin, as well as by Ed Guiney, Derrin Schlesinger, Rose Garnett, Amy Jackson, and Christina Piovesan. It was executive produced by Andrew Lowe, Polly Stokes, Jude Law, Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, and Milan Popelka, with co-producers Kasia Malipan and Noah Segal. The picture was developed with BBC Films, which financed it with FilmNation Entertainment. Telefilm Canada provided further backing. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

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Showtime has confirmed development of half-hour series The Auteur, starring Jude Law (The Young Pope) and directed by newly minted Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit), who will also write with Peter Warren (Ghost Team). Signaling its intention to pick up the project to series, the network has ordered multiple scripts of The Auteur, produced by Showtime and Legendary with Endeavor Content serving as studio
Based on the graphic novel by Rick Spears, James Callahan and Luigi Anderson, The Auteur is described as a gonzo horror-comedy, a twisted romance and a glamorous, high wire act of biting satire. In it, desperate to make a great horror movie after a massive bomb, a film producer accidentally traps his production on a backlot with a serial killer.

“The Auteur unites the wildly imaginative filmmaker Taika Waititi and the barbed wit of Peter Warren with the undeniable Jude Law in a bloody love letter to the movies that will make you simultaneously die laughing and want to run for your life,” said Amy Israel, Showtime’s EVP, Scripted Programming.

The Auteur is executive produced by Taika Waititi, Peter Warren, Jude Law, Eric Gitter, Rick Spears, James Callahan and Dan Halsted. Waititi is set to direct the pilot episode. Directing followup episodes would be subject to availability due to his hectic feature schedule.
Law received Oscar nominations for his performances in Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, along with a Golden Globe nom for HBO’s The Young Pope. He is set to reprise his starring roles in the Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic Beasts threequels.

Waititi wrote, directed, produced and starred in Jojo Rabbit, which won him an Oscar, a BAFTA and WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay and PGA and DGA nominations, as well as, an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok, as well as wrote and directed, the feature films Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows and Boy. He serves as executive producer, co-writer, and director of FX’s TV series adaptation of What We Do in the Shadows, and directed the season finale of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, while also voicing the character IG-11.

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Disney’s “Captain Marvel” is the newest member of the billion-dollar club.

The superhero tentpole starring Brie Larson officially surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, reaffirming the long-known notion that female superheroes can hold their own at the box office. The blockbuster has generated $358 million in North America, along with $645 million overseas.

“Captain Marvel” is the seventh pic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach this milestone, joining the ranks of “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Iron Man 3.” It also marks the 18th Disney movie to gross over $1 billion. The 21 films in the MCU have collectively hauled $18.5 billion to date.

“Captain Marvel” has been lauded as Marvel’s first blockbuster that centers on a female superhero. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the star-studded cast also includes Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Annette Bening.

“Wonder Woman,” DC’s first female-led superhero film, paved the way, showing Hollywood that all kinds of audiences can get behind a little female empowerment. That tentpole — starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins — generated a massive $841 million globally.

Larson’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) will make her Avengers debut in “Avengers: Endgame,” which hits the big screen on April 26. Post-credits scenes in both “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” teased the Kree warrior as the universe’s last, best hope after Thanos turned half of life in the galaxy to dust.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are set to reunite for the threequel, which now opens in theaters on Dec. 22, 2021.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are partnering on the film, which is set to once again feature Downey as the iconic British detective, while Law will play his famous sidekick, Dr. Watson.

From a script by Chris Brancato, Sherlock Holmes 3 will hit theaters 10 years after the first sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, debuted in December 2011 on its way to earning $545.4 million at the worldwide box office.

Sherlock Holmes, which was released Dec. 25, 2009, earned $524 million globally. Guy Ritchie directed the first two films.

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