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SCREENDAILY – Oscar-winner Judi Dench and rising talent Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will lead Red Joan for director Trevor Nunn.

Lindsay Shapiro has penned the script, an adaptation of Jennie Rooney’s eponymous 2014 novel which itself took its inspiration from the true story of Melita Norwood, a woman unmasked at age 87 as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

The story follows Dench’s Joan, a retired physicist whose tranquil life is interrupted in 2000 by a visit from British secret service MI5. Cookson will play Joan in her younger days as a student at Cambridge University who falls in love with a committed communist and, later, finds her loyalty to her country tested while employed in the UK’s secret nuclear programme.

UK-based sales outfit Embankment Films is launching sales on the project this week in Toronto. Trademark Films duo David Parfitt (Shakespeare In Love) and Ivan Mactaggart (Loving Vincent) are producer and executive producer respectively. Principal photography is scheduled for October 2017 with the film shooting on location in the UK.

Tim Haslam, co-founder of Embankment Films, commented: “Stories like Red Joan can only be based on true events because it’s is so unimaginable and utterly compelling: tense, emotional, revealing and unexpected. We’ve been aiming to work David and Ivan of Trademark since we started the company five years ago.”

Producer David Parfitt commented: “Ivan and I have been inspired by this story since Trevor brought Jennie’s book to Trademark three years ago. Lindsay’s writing is so nuanced, insightful and emotive and we’re thrilled that Judi and Sophie have chosen to make this exciting film with us.”

Embankment has four titles screening at this year’s TIFF, include Submergence starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy and Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Clare Foy.

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We were waiting for it and we finally got an official poster featuring Sophie as Roxy – also known as Agent Lancelot – in the ‘Kingsman’ sequel. Click the thumbnail below to see it in high quality!

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DEADLINE – Netflix’s drama series Gypsy will not be returning for a second season. I have learned that the Internet TV network has opted not to proceed with a second installment of the psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts. Netflix declined comment.

The development is somewhat surprising because Netflix had been in conversations with the producers about a second season and the cancellation decision comes after a writers room had been up and running for four weeks, working on storylines and scripts for Season 2.

Gypsy, which marked two-time Oscar nominee Watts’ first starring TV series role, hailed from Universal Television, Working Title and writer Lisa Rubin. It debuted on June 30 to mixed reviews. Gypsy‘s cancellation comes just as Netflix renewed another new series that launched at the same time as Gypsy, women’s wrestling comedy GLOW. The streaming network also has renewed the other new drama series to launch in the first half of 2017, Marvel’s Iron Fist and 13 Reasons Why.

Gypsy centered on Jean Holloway (Watts), a Manhattan therapist with a seemingly picturesque life who begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. As the borders of Jean’s professional life and personal fantasies become blurred, she descends into a world where the forces of desire and reality are disastrously at odds. The cast also included Billy Crudup as Jean’s husband and Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton and Karl Glusman as three of her patients. Liza Chasin, Rubin, Watts and Rudd Simmons executive produced.

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Sophie is still promoting her new show ‘Gypsy’ and earlier today she attended the AOL BUILD Speaker Series in London.

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Public Appearances > 2017 > AOL BUILD Speaker Series LDN: ‘Gypsy’

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Sophie attended a special screening of ‘Gypsy’ alongisde her co-star Naomi Watts on July 3, 2017 in London.

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The Last Magazine published their interview with Sophie, including yet another photoshoot! She mostly talks about her new show ‘Gypsy’, her character and music. Enjoy!

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THE LAST MAGAZINE – Sophie Cookson is a maverick, a jack-of-all-trades, and, in Gypsy, a girl with no back story. Debuting on Netflix tomorrow, the show finds Cookson playing Sydney, an enigmatic barista who is seemingly haunted by her past, unfriendly and disengaged from the superficial actions of her day-to-day life. We are given just a glimpse of her existence in the first episode as she interacts with Diane, a psychologist in New York around whom the show centers.

A shockingly subtle psychological thriller, Gypsy sets Cookson up as the love interest of Naomi Watts, whose married Diane delves dangerously into the personal lives of her patients, including Sydney’s ex-boyfriend, played by Karl Glusman. From their first encounter, there is a palpable fixation between the two characters, a blatant tension. Sydney appears driven and in control, while Diane is nervous—startled even by her own growing interest.

The role is, Cookson notes, transformative, different, and, in some ways, more challenging than most of those she’s had before, a character who appears to be powered by sensuality and manipulation. “I really had to get into her head, discover her drive, her emotion,” she notes, “even down to the music she likes.”

That process of gradual discovery mirrors somewhat our own introduction to Sydney. In the first few episodes, we know so little about her. She’s a barista at a coffee shop-by-day-bar-by-night venue on a seemingly typical New York City street. She’s not unfriendly, but certainly not chatty. She’d be the dark-spirited cool girl, if cool hadn’t become a cliché. Sydney wants you to wonder who she is and what’s behind her eyeliner-rimmed eyes and dark clothes, but she’s not going to tell you when you ask. “She is hardened by something,” Cookson explains. “While she’s driven and highly sexual, she’s also very fragile.” This balance is where the actress thrives, mastering a subtle yet powerful emotion vividly alive within her character, holding onto her words and remaining convinced of their truth. “I didn’t want her to appear evil or unlikeable,” she continues. “In fact, she’s the opposite—she’s intriguing, exciting even.”

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