Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, and sisters Jemima Kirke and Lola Kirke are starring in the independent dramedy “Untogether.”
Dornan, the star of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will portray a successful writer who has an affair with Jemima Kirke’s character, a former teen prodigy and heroin addict trying to become a writer. Lola Kirke will play her younger sister who has an older boyfriend — played by Mendelsohn — and is drawn to an even older charismatic Rabbi.
Emma Forrest will direct from her own screenplay in her feature directorial debut. It’s also the first feature in which the Kirke sisters will appear together.
Producers are Scott LaStaiti, Luke Daniels, and Brandon K. Hogan. Executive producers are Jeff Rice, Jeff Elliott, and Chad Moore. Production begins on Oct. 17.
Elliott and Moore’s sales company, Green-Light International, will be selling “Untogether” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Dornan is starring in the sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.” He also toplined “Anthropoid” with Cillian Murphy and will appear in the Netflix film “The Siege of Jadotville,” due to be released in October.
Jemima Kirke stars on HBO’s “Girls,” and her film credits include “Tiny Furniture” and the upcoming “The Little Hours.” Lola Kirke’s credits include “Gone Girl,” the upcoming Tom Cruise movie “American Made,” and the series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Mendelsohn stars in Netflix series “Bloodline” with Kyle Chandler and will be seen in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.”
Dornan is repped by UTA, Troika in the U.K., and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern. Jemima Kirke is repped by CAA, MGMT Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams. Lola Kirke is repped by ICM Partners and One Entertainment. Mendelsohn is repped by CAA, United Management, and Fred Toczek. Forrest is repped by CAA, and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.
Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz and John Cho have signed on to star in Aaron Katz’s Los Angeles-set thriller “Gemini.”
Producers are Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy and Adele Romanski with Rough House Pictures executive producing. Principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles.
The cast includes Ricki Lake, Greta Lee (“Girls”), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Nelson Franklin (“Veep”), Reeve Carney (“Penny Dreadful”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“Black Sails”) and James Ransone (“Tangerine”). Plot details are under wraps.
“Gemini” is Katz’s fifth feature as a writer-director. He previously co-wrote and co-directed “Land Ho!” with Martha Stephens, which premiered at Sundance 2014, was released by Sony Pictures Classics and won the 2015 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Katz also directed “Cold Weather,” “Quiet City” and “Dance Party, USA.”
Kirke stars in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” with feature credits on “Mistress America” and “Gone Girl.” Kravitz’s credits include the “Divergent” movies, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Dope” and “Big Little Lies.” Cho will be seen next in “Star Trek Beyond.”
Kirke is repped at ICM Partners and One Entertainment, Kravitz is repped at Paradigm and Untitled, Cho is repped at UTA and 3 Arts and Katz is repped at CAA.
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On a day when many youth in the LGBT community take a vow of silence to raise awareness about discrimination, the movie “AWOL” is adding a new story to the conversation. The movie, directed by Deb Shoval, was initially filmed as a short. After winning awards at Sundance in 2011, it was developed into a feature film starring Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool and is now returning to the festival circuit, this time premiering at TriBeCa Film Festival.
“The movie is born out of the LGBT community,” said Kirke, sitting in the coffee shop at Standard East Village on Friday with Wool a few hours before the film’s worldwide premiere. “I think that’s really important — it’s not a film made by a straight man, or a straight woman for that matter,” Wool continued. She starred in the original short as well. “It’s a political story absolutely, but it’s a love story number-one.”
Kirke portrays Joey, a young woman from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., who falls in love with Rayna (played by Wool), a married woman who lives in a trailer deep in the woods outside of town. With few options ahead of her, Joey enlists in the Army — but before being deployed to Afghanistan, she decides to run away to Canada to try and start a new life with Rayna.
“It was one of the first scripts I read when I started actively pursuing this type of work right after college,” said Kirke. “What really drew me to the movie is the fact that it is a love story in a landscape of socioeconomic questions and concerns,” she continued. “What are the options here? How do I become a member of society? How do I leave this society that’s very static and elevate myself in the world? The military is the most viable option for the character I play.”
The female-driven film was shot on-location in Wilkes-Barre and nearby Kingston over an extended time period. “Everyone was really excited for us to be there. Except one time when we shot in a Goodwill parking lot, we got chased out,” said Kirke.
“There are a lot of places in this movie that are very off the grid,” Wool reiterated. “I think there’s also a topic that Deb explores in the film of the luxury of being LGBT as somewhat reserved for the wealthy. The difference between economically deprived areas in the United States and what that LGBT community looks like in contrast to a well-articulated, educated group of feminist theorists and LGBT voices as opposed to people who don’t have that same dialogue. This film is about people who don’t necessarily have a language.”
Not that the movie aims to be didactic. It’s simply giving voice to stories that haven’t been told. Kirke perhaps summed it up best: “To exist in a world where what you feel isn’t being compromised by the legislation around you is a major f—ing privilege.”