Variety's Kris Tapley tweeted late Sunday evening that both Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots and James Gray's Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga and Tommy Lee Jones will be test screening this week:
I have avoided talking/thinking about Ad Astra all summer as it has been dated as a 2019 release. However, I have seen some mention that if 20th Century Fox thought the film had a strong play that they might move the release to compete in this season's awards melee.
This sounds as if that process is on-going. The other 20th Century Fox player is Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born.
Could it play at The SHOW? Still very unlikely but the fact that it's testing this week suggests that it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility.
Similarly, Tapley later added that Backseat (the Dick Cheney film with Christian Bale) is also testing. The film is being distributed by Annapurna which I am morally certain will be at TFF with If Beale Street Could Talk. I could see them bringing a second film and they have a deep bench of other possible films: Backseat, Destroyer, The Sisters Brothers.
Jordan Ruimy's World of Reel posted "Venice Certainties" on Sunday night. Ruimy says he's (as I mentioned yesterday) that he's hearing the same Venice rumor about The Other Side of the Wind opening that fest.
He also says he's heard four films are locks for Venice:
Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria
Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers
Alfonso Cuaron's Roma
and Francois Ozon's Alexandre.
The inclusion of the films from Audiard and Cuaron would not surprise nor would they preclude a double play at Telluride. Frankly, I doubt that we'll see Suspiria. However, the Ozon is another matter. That popped up from nowhere. Alexandre is dated for 2019 according to IMDb.
It's worth noting that Ozon's Frantz played at TFF in 2015.
TRAILER FOR ON THE BASIS OF SEX
We got word last week that the trailer for Mimi Leder's Ruth Bader Grinsburg flick starring Felicity Jones as the young but eventual Supreme Court justice would be dropping soon. "Soon" was yesterday.
Here's the trailer via YouTube:
On the Basis of Sex is set to open on Dec. 25th.
I have linked coverage of the trailer release from:
BTW: rumors are swirling that trailers for Biy Earsed and Bohemian Rhapsody will appear tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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