When celebrities hang out with Bustle writers, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, Replicas star Alice Eve is leaving her mark in the Bustle Booth.
Alice Eve isn’t afraid of the future, even though her new film, out in theaters now, could reasonably give a person cause for concern. The actor, who also played Carol Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness, Typhoid Mary in Iron Fist Season 2, and starred opposite Chris Evans in his directorial debut Away We Go, essentially plays two characters in Replicas: Mona, a doctor and mother who’s supportive of her husband Will’s (Keanu Reeves) research into a new form of life extension and the “replicated” version of Mona that Will creates after she and their children die in a car accident. It’s an unsettling notion, the idea of being brought back to life in a lab. But Eve, who believes that “the only thing that will avoid our extinction is thinking forward,” isn’t so sure that an advancement like that would fundamentally change humanity.
“This is often the case with evolution. It might not be as big a change as we think. We might suddenly move into replication and be like, ‘Yeah, Grandma’s back,'” she reasons, laughing. “We can kind of adapt. We’re so adaptable as a species.”
Though her credits also include West End and Broadway stage productions, romantic comedies, and period TV dramas, Eve keeps returning to science fiction for this very reason. The questions that films like Replicas raise about “playing god,” cloning, and “the ethics of these things” are personally interesting to her. “I like to think ahead,” she says, rightfully pointing out that the scientific community is already wrestling with these ideas.And, like any self-respecting science fiction buff, Eve is a huge fan of her most recent costar, legendary in the genre for his work on the Matrix films. Working with Reeves is the first draw to Replicas that she mentions, though she had to put some work in when it came to forging a personal relationship with the famously reserved actor.
“He’s a super private guy, and he’s definitely hard to get to know. But also very polite, so it’s not like he’s unpleasant in any way,” she says. “So, it definitely began where we wouldn’t talk, and then I just decided, ‘I’m just gonna tell him everything about my life, because otherwise we’re not gonna be friends.’ And then he became a confidante of sorts, and he was able to express his interests and his questions about romance and his questions about his dating life.”
The young actors who play the couple’s children, meanwhile, were mostly interested in “what Keanu did on his motorbikes and how he did these rides that gave him these scars,” Eve remembers.
On the professional side, the actor recalls adding her input to ensure that Mona didn’t seem to be “serving her genius husband,” but rather was seen as an equal intellect, who advises him from her own position of expertise. Having Mona be a physician wasn’t a point of contention, it seems, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t some healthy discussion on the set between her and Reeves, who’s also a producer on the film. “I would say, ‘I don’t want to do it like that,’ and he would say, ‘I think you should,’ and maybe we would get heated but we never fell out,” she says. “But I definitely held my corner, and I felt that he was supportive.”
Particularly, Eve questioned the way that post-replication Mona responds to hearing what happened to her — she seems to take it in stride. “I feel like I personally would have held more of a grudge and found it harder to forgive, but at the same time, if somebody brought you back from the dead, you’d be a bit like, ‘Damn, you love me,'” she says. In a strange, twisted way, Eve thinks it’s “kind of the most romantic thing you can do.”
“And compromises can be made,” she adds. “If you did bring someone back, and they weren’t completely the person they were or the person you hoped they would be, maybe you might learn to love that person anyway.”
From the heightened near future of Replicas, Eve will be seen next playing someone from our politically and socially heightened present. In Jay Roach’s Fair and Balanced, she plays Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt. And though the actor hasn’t met her real-life counterpart, she did, during her research, “fully immerse” herself in the channel, the behind-the-scenes of which the movie dramatizes. Taking in that much cable news sent Eve, who also recently swapped her iPhone for a “little Nokia” (she only misses Uber and her GPS, she tells me), back to written news, which she finds more inclusive of conflicting viewpoints.
“The news all feels like a movie to me now, even CNN,” she says. “I just feel that it’s bombastic, and so I just watched it like I watch… E News!” The movie will explore not only the fervor that Fox News has stoked in its viewers, but also the company culture under Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO who died in 2017, not long after he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct — and of cultivating a misogynistic working environment — by several women who’d been employed by the network. (He denied all allegations.) The biopic is not a movie for just conservatives or just liberals, however. If viewers are interested in “the people inside” the news behemoth, they’ll find something in Fair and Balanced, Eve predicts, “regardless of how they think healthcare should be run.”
Still, cable news isn’t Eve’s thing. But her Bustle Booth answers reveal what she is into, including Matthew McConaughey movies and random Bill Murray encounters.
ITV has set the core cast for Belgravia. Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Friday Night Dinner), Philip Glenister (Mad Dogs, Living The Dream), Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK, The Crown) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, She’s Out Of My League) have all signed on to star in the six episode adaptation of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ novel.
Belgravia is a story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful evening of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.
Rounding out the cast of the series is Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children), Richard Goulding (The Windsors), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Adam James (Band of Brothers), Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner) and Saskia Reeves (Luther).
The drama series, which is based on the 2016 novel of the same name, is set up at Downton indie Carnival Films. Fellowes himself is adapting the novel for television and he will also serve as an executive producer alongside Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Liz Trubridge.
Epix is co-producing and will air the series state-side. Filming will take place at a range of stunning Victorian locations in London and the home counties, Edinburgh, Bath and Northumberland. Sense & Sensibility helmer John Alexander is attached to direct. NBCUniversal International Distribution will handle global sales. Colin Wratten (Killing Eve) is the series producer.
Replicas stars Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix, Speed) and Alice Eve (Marvel’s Iron Fist, Before We Go, Star Trek Into Darkness), directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. After a car accident kills his family, a daring synthetic biologist (Reeves) will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science. Replicas also stars Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook). Replicas hits theaters on January 11, 2019.
Mark Duplass and Alice Eve are boarding Jay Roach’s untitled Roger Ailes movie which Lionsgate is currently closing to distribute and BRON Studios is producing and co-financing.
Duplass will play the husband of Megyn Kelly, who is being played by Charlize Theron. Eve will play Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt.
The feature, which was passed on by Annapurna before going into production, centers around the women at Fox News Channel who were sexually harassed by network chief Ailes, and who took him on.
Duplass received his first Emmy award in September for the acclaimed Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country. Last May, Duplass along with his brother Jay published their first book Like Brothers (Ballantine Books), which examined their personal and professional partnership. Mark will star next year in an untitled film for Netflix, directed by Alex Lehmann and produced by the Duplass Brothers. Opposite Ray Romano, the film is a bittersweet bromance about friendship, mortality, and made-up sports. Duplass is repped by ICM and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Eve, who starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness and the Netflix/Marvel series Iron Fist as Mary Walker, also appeared in the streaming service’s anthology series Black Mirror. She can be seen in Entertainment Studios’ upcoming Keanu Reeves movie Replicas on Dec. 7. Eve is repped by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Independent Talent.
Roach’s Ailes project is written by The Big Short Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph. Also starring are John Lithgow as Ailes, Malcolm McDowell as News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, Margot Robbie as FNC news producer Kayla Pospisil, and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, the FNC anchor who sued Ailes for sexual harassment. Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon also star.
Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness) is joining Lana Condor, James D’Arcy, Laura Harrier, Charlotte Le Bon, Mena Massoud, Alex Pettyfer and Benedict Samuel in anthology sci-fi movie Warning.The series of interweaving short stories follows different characters in a future Earth. Agata Alexander will make her feature debut on the project based on an original screenplay she wrote with Rob Michaelson and Jason Kaye. Cybill Lui is producing through her banner Anova Pictures. The film is in pre-production.
The Exchange has international sales rights and is presenting to buyers at AFM. ICM Partners is handling North America.
“We are so excited to have the beautiful and talented Alice join us,” said Lui. “This project is a rarity as it is
high-concept, thought-provoking, funny, grounded sci-fi material envisioned by a female filmmaker supported by a really cool and diverse cast.”
Eve is represented by CAA, Untitled Management and Independent Talent Group.
The long-in-development science fiction film ‘Replicas’ is finally slated to come out. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve, will go wide on January 11, 2019, a time when it is not likely to have much competition. Reeves plays Will Foster, a “daring neuroscientist” (I said it was “science fiction!”) working in the field of Alzheimer’s research, who attempts to replicate the brains of his family after they are killed in a car accident, “even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.”
Reeves was first signed to star in this picture in 2014, with Tanya Wexler attached to direct, but after some delays, Jeffrey Nachmanoff took over. ‘Replicas’ comes courtesy of Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures, and Entertainment Studios, who bought the distribution rights for $4 million at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Chad St. John penned the screenplay, based on a story by Stephen Hamel. The film also stars Emjay Anthony, Aria Lyric Leabu, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch, and John Ortiz.
A new woman. Alice Eve revealed the changes she went through following her divorce.
“I think that after divorce, I took my life a little bit more seriously, because you have to face endings in a way that you maybe never — death in one thing, but an ending in your own chapter. It’s so clearly placed there for you with divorce,” the 36-year-old actress told Us Weekly exclusively at the 2018 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award Recipient event on Tuesday, June 12. “So after that, things that I thought were frivolous or dismissed, like, ‘My hair is my hair,’ I was like, ‘Let’s look at the hair. What should it be? I can choose it.’ So yeah, there’s a bit more choice and ownership after divorce, I think.”
Eve detailed which parts of her life she paid more attention to after her split from Alex Cowper-Smith. “You look at relationships, friendships, things you spend your time on. In a way you want to be. I looked forward suddenly and was like, ‘Where do I want to be at 45? What do I want to have in my life or not have in my life?’” she said. “Because actually, I know that life has its own twists and turns, but you can try and make some plans, and some of them do come to fruition.”
She added: “You can kind of streamline a little bit. I think I valued my family a lot more and didn’t take it for granted. Yeah, it was a rebirth.” (The high school sweethearts wed in December 2014 and split two years later.)
Eve’s role in the upcoming film Replicas, which is set to be released in August, helped her cope with the changes in her own world because her character experienced something similar. “It was interesting, because I had just gone through a divorce, and so after divorce, you have to be reborn, or God help you,” she explained. “Yes, so there was a lot of conversation on set about the rebirth of my character. … And it was nice to be reborn.” The Brit stars alongside Keanu Reeves in the movie about a man who tries to bring his family members back to life after an accident.
The Star Trek: Into Darkness actress told Us she found romance again, but it took going outside the U.S. “Leave. Leave if you’re single,” she quipped. “I have a boyfriend in New Zealand. That’s my answer.”
Kew Media has set a July 2 VOD release in North America and the U.K. for the dark comedy “Bees Make Honey” from writer-director Jack Eve, starring his sister Alice Eve and father Trevor Eve, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film, set in 1935, also stars Hermione Corfield, Joséphine de La Baume, Wilf Scolding, Joshua McGuire, Anatole Taubman and Ivanno Jeremiah. Alice Eve plays a character desperately attempting to solve the murder of her husband by recreating the exact circumstances a year later.
“Bees Make Honey” is the debut feature film from Jack Eve, whose short film “Lithgow Saint” premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Curzon Cinemas in the UK.
“Bees Make Honey” is an Xploseve Production in association with Flexibon Films, produced by Jack Eve and AJ Riach. Steve Clark-Hall, Jonathan Feuer, David Moores, Babatunde Soyoye, Rodney Dukes, Jeremy Davidson, Alice Eve and Paul J Morrissey serve as executive producers
It literally took me all day to read the three scripts… so from the off I was hooked.
How would you describe Gwenda?
The first word that springs to mind to describe Gwenda is ‘desperate’, I don’t think Gwenda is desperate herself but she is in desperate circumstances. It might be ruthless to think that she wouldn’t find love. I don’t know how tough the times were in the 50s but from what I’ve seen, read and heard it was a different time for women so maybe this was her only chance and if it is her only chance then it’s not an ideal situation.
What really drew you to taking on this role?
I respected Sarah from the outset because it literally took me all day to read the three scripts, as there was so much detail in the stage directions. So from the off I was hooked. In the last scene there was a comedic element to Gwenda’s tragedy that was exactly to my taste. What line am I walking ‘am I a joke or am I tragic?’.
What is Gwenda’s relationship like with Rachel?
Rachel is the boss originally, a tough taskmaster and from a very privileged position and doesn’t identify with Gwenda, who is from a lower class than Rachel. Rachel looks down on Gwenda, is quite disdainful of her and maybe thinks she’s common but Gwenda doesn’t give a toss and says, “I’m going to have your husband and she does.” She gets her man but only through a series of quite severe events.
Does she genuinely have feelings for Leo?
She absolutely loves Leo. I think it is a genuine love affair between them because there are so many hurdles along the way. Gwenda is a complete human I couldn’t see a way in which this could work if she didn’t love the man. Certainly having all the stepchildren she is set to have (and none of them like her), she couldn’t enter into that relationship based on anything other than love.
What is her relationship like with Leo’s adopted children?
She definitely likes Tina and they’ve not had any difficult interactions; nor has she had any challenging interactions with Mickey so there’s no history there to worry about but Mary hates her. In that respect she has to deal with Mary but I don’t think it really matters to Gwenda – it’s just irksome. Hester is young and there’s indifference there as well, but there’s a jealousy from everyone because Leo’s such a magnanimous creature who has so much power and is the keeper of the love in the family. In that respect there’s a difficulty for anyone joining a family where there is an established way of doing things and children involved so it is particularly difficult for Gwenda.
What is Gwenda’s reaction to Arthur Calgary’s arrival?
When he first arrives she thinks he is there to help with the wedding, which is quite a funny scene. Then for Gwenda it becomes so much less about Arthur and what he is there to tell them than it is about her impending wedding which his presence can potentially ruin. It becomes very alarming and dangerous for her. He is an obstacle to be removed. He is also odd which jars with Gwenda who is very straight down the line in her life. She is a practical woman who sees Calgary as a very complicated character and she wants Leo to listen to her opinions of him.
What is it like to work with Bill Nighy and what does he bring to the character of Leo?
Bill brings everything to the role, he is a real charmer and as an elegant man himself he brought elegance to Leo.
Describe the era as reflected in the costumes you wear and how it helps you build the character?
Trisha (Biggar) has put such care and attention into the detail of the costumes. That period is such fun for me to play because I’m curvy. So she really fitted everything to my frame, which was incredibly helpful because I really wanted to have a relationship with the costumes and wear them as much as they wear you. I had a bikini scene that was such fun and very colourful and certainly the bikinis in the 50s were far more flattering for a figure like mine than they are now; much less revealing. The costumes were a real highlight and delight for me. With regards to my makeup and hair look it was fun to be a red head, quite freeing. I’ve been dark and blond but never red which has an otherness that I really enjoyed and helped me become Gwenda. She’s a fiery creature so it all helps.
Was everything on the page already in Sarah’s script or did you have to do any additional research for the part?
I always start with the script in the first instance but the most important relationship I have is the one with the director (Sandra Goldbacher). I definitely got into very detailed conversations with Sandra about where Gwenda had been and how she ended up in a room like this with very little income and all of the back story that brings her to the place that she finds herself in now. That’s all part of putting the story together.
Rising stars Charlie Plummer, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Jacob Latimore will star in Gully, the feature film directorial debut of music video and commercial director Nabil Elderkin. Alice Eve and Jonathan Majors round out the cast.
With a script by Marcus Guillory, the film is set in a slightly dystopian vision of LA. It follows three disaffected teenagers, all victims of extreme childhoods, who are running a hedonistic riot as they try to work out a way in life.
The project is produced by Brad Feinstein of Romulus Entertainment along with Tom Butterfield, Ben Pugh, Corey Smyth and Alex Georgiou. It’s executive produced by Joseph F. Ingrassia, Gabriela Revilla Lugo and Kweku Mandela. Romulus Entertainment is fully financing the project. Endeavor Content is representing domestic rights on the film, and Christopher Tricarico f Tricarico Chavez, LLC. is doing production legal.
“We could not be more excited to work with our amazing cast and give Nabil the opportunity to shoot his first feature,” said Feinstein. “With such a successful body of work as a commercial and video director, he is ready to take the next step forward and make this incredible film that will be on the cutting edge of youth culture.”
The script has gone through the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program on both the writer and director tracks. Adds Feinstein: “The support of Sundance labs has helped shape this into a special piece of material that will take on the many unspoken issues that are dealt with by inner city youth while pushing social boundaries in the wake of the current Time’s Up movement.”
Elderkin is a photographer and music video director. Among the many artists he’s worked with are Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Seal, Nicki Minaj and John Legend. He also made the documentary Bouncing Cats about teaching breakdancing to Ugandan youth.
Plummer was most recently seen in All the Money in the World opposite the Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer. His next movie, Lean on Pete, will be released by A24 on April 8 (after playing at SXSW). His upcoming projects include Pippa Bianco’s upcoming untitled A24 film (which is in post) and Spontaneous, which will be released by Awesomeness and also stars Katherine Langford. He’s repped by CAA, Primary Wave Entertainment, Zoom Talent Management, Peikoff/Mahan.
Harrison was seen in several films at Sundance: Monster, Assassination Nation and Monsters and Men. His recent credits including Dee Rees’ Mudbound and horror film It Comes At Night. He has several films in post, including JT Leroy with Kristen Stewart and Diane Kruger. He’s repped by WME and Del, Shaw.
Latimore currently stars on The Chi on Showtime, and was previously seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit. His upcoming films include William H. Macy’s directorial effort Krystal. He’s repped by CAA, Geffen Management Group and Ziffren Brittenham.