Stars descend on Montreal to make movies

Pop Goes The News — The stars will be out in Montreal this fall as cameras roll on several feature films.

As first reported by Pop Goes The News on June 8, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) are in Montreal this month to start work on the sci-fi movie Chaos Walking, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), along with Mads Mikkelsen and Demián Bichir.

Chaos Walking is based on a trilogy of novels by Patrick Ness published between 2008 and 2010. Charlie Kaufman (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and John Lee Hancock (Snow White and the Huntsman) wrote the screenplay.

Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland

The movie follows Todd Hewitt (Holland) in Prentisstown on the planet New World, which is populated only by men following a war with the indigenous Spackle. He discovers a woman named Viola Eade (Ridley) who crash-landed on the planet.

The two set out to warn incoming settlers about a plan hatched by Mayor Prentiss (Mikkelsen).

Also working in Montreal right now are the stars of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, including Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. The latest in the X-Men franchise is being directed by Simon Kinberg until October.

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Charlize Theron and Canada’s Seth Rogen will be in the city to shoot the comedy Flarsky, directed by Jonathan Levine (Snatched).

Rogen plays an unemployed journalist who sets out to woo his former babysitter and childhood crush, played by Theron.

Felicity Jones

Levine, who directed 2013’s Warm Bodies in Montreal, previously worked with Rogen on 2011’s 50/50.

Also shooting this fall in Montreal is Mimi Leder’s On The Basis of Sex.

As Pop Goes The News reported on July 11, Felicity Jones will play a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she takes on the first cases in which discrimination on the basis of sex was declared unconstitutional in the U.S.

The film, written by Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepelman, was originally set to be made in Toronto.

Josh Hartnett will return to Montreal, where he made 2006’s Lucky Number Slevin, to play real-life Canadian journalist Victor Malarek in Gut Instinct. The drama is being directed by Daniel Roby.