Cara Delevingne has signed on to co-star alongside Orlando Bloom in the upcoming Amazon drama series “Carnival Row,” Variety has learned.
“Carnival Row” is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The investigation of a string of unsolved murders begins to eat away at whatever peace still exists.
Delevingne will play Vignette Stonemoss, a faerish refugee who flees homeland to come to the Burgue, where she must contend not only with rampant human prejudice against her kind, but with the secrets that have followed her to this new place.
The series marks both Delevingne and Bloom’s first regular roles in a television series. She first came to international prominence as a fashion model before beginning her acting career in 2012, appearing opposite Keira Knightley in “Anna Karenina.” She went on to star in films such as “Paper Towns,” “Suicide Squad,” and most recently “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” She is repped by WME and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern LLP.
“Carnival Row,” which has been ordered for an eight-episode first season, will be written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria. Paul McGuigan is set to direct and also executive produce. Travis Beacham will serve as executive producer and wrote the original feature script, “A Killing on Carnival Row,” which appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. Legendary Television will produce. The series is scheduled to begin filming this fall for a 2019 release.
New Project for Cara:
Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne are set to topline Overbrook Entertainment’s upcoming romantic drama Life In A Year, with European director Mitja Okorn attached to helm. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews penned the script for the film, which will being production spring of this year in Toronto.
The pic follows a 17-year-old boy who, after learning his girlfriend is dying, sets out to give her their entire life together, in the year she has left.
Overbrook is producing along with Marc Bienstock.
Delevingne will next be seen in Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure pic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, which will bow in theaters July 21. Her forthcoming film slate includes The Weinstein Company’s Tulip Fever and Fever Hart opposite Alexander Skarsgard. She’s repped by WME, United Agents in the UK, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Smith’s last feature turn was in the 2013 sci-fi actioner After Earth, which he co-starred in with his dad Will Smith, and also starred in The Karate Kid reboot with Jackie Chan. Currently, he appears in the Netflix hip-hop musical drama The Get Down, set to debut part 2 in April. Smith is repped by WME, Westbrook Entertainment, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Okorn, whose directing credits include Polish romantic comedy Letters To Santa and Planet Single, is repped by Gersh, Conspiracy Media, Donata Rojewska, and Bloom Hergott. Addiss and Matthews are also with Gersh.
New project for Cara!
Ben Briand will direct the action-thriller, which Fortitude will introduce to buyers at AFM.
Alexander Skarsgard and Cara Delevingne are hitting the road to star in the gothic thriller Fever Heart, which will be directed by Ben Briand.
The road movie follows an amnesiac (Skarsgard) who teams up with a quick-witted circus sharp shooter (Delevingne) to uncover his lost memories. With a charming and malevolent tracker named Blood Lieberman in violent pursuit, the pair needs to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive this strange land stained with mysticism.
The project, which was co-written by Briand and Kevin W. Koehler, is being produced by Picture Films’ Margot Hand and Matt Dooley, with Michele Bennett and Nadine de Barros executive producing. The pic is slated to begin shooting in 2017.
Fortitude International is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at AFM. WME Global and CAA are co-repping North American rights.
“I’m a huge fan of Ben’s work. I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to work with him,” said Fortitude’s de Barros. “Ben and Kevin’s script had me on the edge of my seat, and Alexander and Cara are the perfect match for this material.”
Skarsgard, known for starring on HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, was most recently seen swinging through the jungle in Warner Bros.’ Tarzan. He’ll soon be seen in the HBO series Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon, and he’s filming the Netflix feature Mute with Paul Rudd. Skarsgard is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson.
Delevingne most recently starred as Enchantress in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad with Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. She’ll next be seen in Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Delevingne is repped by WME and and United Agents in the U.K.
Briand’s short films Blood Pulls a Gun and Apricot both received notable festival acclaim. Fever Heart will be his feature film debut. He is repped by WME.
Cara wrote an open letter to Time.com’s Motto:
I started modeling when I was 16. The odds were against me. At 5’8″, I was shorter than most girls in the business. Still, I gave it a shot, and like with most things in my life, I never gave up.
It took a while before I had stability in the business. I worked hard to be accepted by the fashion community in ways beyond my physical appearance. In no time, though, I found myself surrendering to the industry’s approval process. I felt like I needed validation from everyone. As a result, I lost sight of myself and what it meant to be happy, what it meant to be successful. I think it all stemmed from a deep-down feeling of wanting people to like me and love me.
When you do everything you can to make people happy with your work but there are still people who aren’t happy, you start to think, “Well, I’ve worked my a** off. I’ve done everything. I’ve pushed myself into the ground.” You just feel like you’re constantly disappointing others, and there’s this moment when you’re like, “Wait, what am I trying to do? Who am I doing this for?”
Over time, I came to realize that work and getting others’ approval isn’t the most important thing. Yes, your career is very important—but it’s not the most important. Of course I was proud of my accomplishments, but I wasn’t genuinely happy.
I was nearly 20 and had been modeling for several years. My vantage point had changed…and I had changed. I knew I had to reevaluate my life and my goals for my future. I didn’t want to resent fashion or my success. The process didn’t happen overnight, but it was imperative for me to preserve my integrity.
It’s taken time, but now I realize that work isn’t everything and success comes in many forms. I’ve opened my mind, and now I embrace new things with a childlike curiosity. I’m spending more time doing the stuff I love. And I’ve been able to do better work because of it.
When you’re coming from a place of living just to work, it’s never as good as you want it to be. It’s never as authentic. When you have balance in your life, work becomes an entirely different experience. There is a passion that moves you to a whole new level of fulfillment and gratitude and that’s when you can do your best…for yourself and for others.
I still have so much to learn, but I have realized that beating myself up, feeling guilty and regretting past mistakes will only hold me back.
After all, no matter how many people like you and your work, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like yourself.
Cara Delevingne is a model and actress.
Despite parting ways with Storm Models agency and roles in ‘Paper Towns’ and six upcoming features (including ‘Suicide Squad’), the current “It” girl swears she’s not done with her first career.
When Cara Delevingne parted ways with the modeling agency that launched her enviable career, London-based Storm Models, it was rumored that the “It” girl — she stars in John Green’s Paper Towns and has six films upcoming including the anticipated Suicide Squad — was ditching modeling for Hollywood full time.
Delevingne says not true, though she does add that she’s done with the catwalk and will no longer participate in any fashion week presentations.
Read more ‘Paper Towns’ Star Cara Delevingne on Meeting John Green, Being Inspired By Meryl Steep and Embarrassing Auditions
“I’m not stopping modeling, I’m not retiring. I’m just doing film for the time being,” the 22-year-old tells THR. “Careers change and you develop and get older. I still have very close relationships with the people I used to work with. Maybe I’ll do fashion sometimes, but at the moment I have no time to do anything.”
One of those she’s close to is Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld. So what does the icon think of his muse’s move to the big screen? “He’s always known that I’ve wanted to act. He was very nice to put me in his fashion film,” she says, referencing the short she did alongside Pharrell Williams. “And he knew I wanted to do music so he let me do that as well. He’s been nothing but supportive.”
There’s a lot to support. Up next on the release schedule for Delevingne are Tulip Fever, London Fields, Kids in Love, Pan, Suicide Squad and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Paper Towns review from Variety.
The title of “Paper Towns” refers to a trick that cartographers use to keep their maps from being copied by competitors. But it also describes, in a less literal sense, that brand of suburban disillusionment where everything and everyone in life seems phony, stifling and two-dimensional — a condition to which some sensitive teenagers can be especially susceptible. If it’s authenticity these young adults seek, they could do far worse than this second film drawn from a John Green bestseller (after last year’s hit “The Fault in Our Stars”): It may not subvert every cliche of the high-school romance genre, but director Jake Schreier’s coming-of-age dramedy nonetheless pulses with moving and melancholy moments as it follows a 17-year-old boy who spends an unforgettable night with the girl of his dreams, then decides to pursue her when she suddenly leaves town the next day.
Athough it shares several producers, a writing team (Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber) and an actor (Nat Wolff) with Josh Boone’s adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars,” Schreier’s film seems unlikely to match its predecessor’s runaway commercial success ($307 million worldwide). Which is a bit of a shame, insofar as “Paper Towns” turns out to be the better movie — less tearjerking and more affecting, and populated by characters who are presented not as paragons of cancer-riddled virtue, but rather as flawed, ordinary young individuals who are touchingly vulnerable to the social pressures and sexual anxieties of contemporary teenage life. That’s true even of those who try to rise above (or sink below) it all, like Quentin Jacobson (Wolff), a high-school senior in Orlando, Fla., who has long since absorbed the perks of being a wallflower. He’s a good student, shy but not irredeemably awkward, and utterly disinterested in going to prom, unlike his two best friends, the smart, self-conscious Radar (Justice Smith) and the goofy, perpetually horny Ben (Austin Abrams).
One of next year’s most highly anticipated comic book adaptations is most definitely Suicide Squad. The film, about a group of villains who are tasked with secret missions by the government and starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, is already garnering buzz thanks to photos released by director David Ayer and shots captured by paparazzi on location in Toronto.
Supermodel Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) co-stars in the film as the magical Enchantress and says that it will be worth the wait for fans. “It’s f–king insane,” she says excitedly. “I’m not the biggest fan of superhero films. There are so f–king many. I love the Batmans but some of them I’m not that keen on. I’ve never been so excited to see a film and I’m actually in it. I wish I could tell you about it at all. The movie is going to be the best thing in the world. The camaraderie on set is insane.”
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
You may not know her name, but chances are you’ve seen Cara Delevingne’s face. The 22-year-old London native has graced the pages of Vogue and shot campaigns for Chanel, Burberry and DKNY.
She’s equally ubiquitous on the Instagram accounts of Hollywood’s most famous females. Look, it’s Cara and Rihanna partying on New Year’s Eve in New York! Check out Cara making goofy faces with Taylor Swift at an awards show! See Cara celebrating her first American Thanksgiving with Kate Hudson!
“When I meet people, it’s either a really f—ing bright spark or it won’t go anywhere,” Delevingne says over green juice in SoHo. “I think that’s what happened with Kate—we literally met and we were like, ‘Oh my God! We need to hang out!’ She was like, ‘Come over for Thanksgiving.’” You may also know Delevingne from a video of Reese Witherspoon attempting to pronounce Delevingne’s name at last year’s Met Ball. “I got into a bit of trouble because it went so viral, but not from her—it was, like, people’s publicists,” she admits. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry. I thought it was amazing.’”
After this summer, it’s more likely that everyone will know how to pronounce Cara Delevingne’s name. (For the record, it’s Cah-ra Del-a-VEEN.) The model is starring in Paper Towns, based on the 2008 novel by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). Delevingne plays charismatic high schooler Margo Roth Spiegelman, who is quietly crushed on by neighbor Quentin (Nat Wolff). When she disappears, an obsessed Quentin sets off on an adventure to find her. “I think John Green’s writing is so special,” says Delevingne. “It’s a teen film, but it’s not bubblegum-sugarcoated. It’s real and it’s delicious. With kids, sh– doesn’t always work out. People die of cancer. People get heartbroken.”
The author is just as enamored with Delevingne, whose most notable credit to date is a small role in 2012’s Anna Karenina. “One of the things I hope will come out of this movie is people seeing just how talented Cara is,” Green says. “She is just a firecracker!”
With an invite to the Met Ball and a cameo in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video, it’s hard to imagine Delevingne being envious of anyone else, but she says that she too fell under the spell of her Towns character. “When I watched the movie, I was like, ‘I want to be that girl,’” she admits. “She seems so cool and carefree.” Towns was shot in the fairly quiet city of Charlotte, North Carolina, but Delevingne says that actually inspired more cast activities. “We were all staying in the same apartment building,” she reveals. “I was like a mom on set. I arranged trips. I found this place with waterslides. I just planned stupid things.” Delevingne developed a particular fondness for her costar Wolff. “He’s f—ing lovely,” she says. “I wouldn’t have gotten the part without him. I think it was our chemistry that got us the part.”
This may be the world’s first real opportunity to see her as a lead actress, but Delevingne has wanted to perform since she was growing up in the U.K., the child of property developer Charles and socialite Pandora (and the goddaughter of Dynasty’s Joan Collins). Even as a little girl, “I liked to cause a reaction,” Delevingne says. “I just liked being different. My sisters were big girly girls, and I was like, ‘I wanna dress like a boy! I wanna be different. I wanna be naked.’ I was a very feral child.” She began modeling at the age of 17 and became a fixture on the fashion scene, now counting Karl Lagerfeld as one of her pals. (The designer will occasionally text Delevingne photos of his cat.) “Fashion people are crazy, and I love them because I’m crazy,” she says. “And it’s a great-paying job. I was really scared it was going to hinder what I was going to do in the future, but actually it’s kind of helped.”
As her fashion profile rose, Delevingne also developed a reputation in the British press for being somewhat of a party girl, a description that she both confirms and denies. “I wish I could go out more, but I work every day,” she says. “So it’s like when I get a chance to go out, I’m not going to not f—ing go out.” She balks at any kind of labels. Her Twitter bio states, “Stop labeling! Start living.” That openness has led to her being linked in the media to everyone from Harry Styles to Michelle Rodriguez. Now there are reports she’s dating indie rocker St. Vincent. She won’t comment on that but does say that she’s “super in love. Love is the best!”
The actress is currently shooting the comic-book film Suicide Squad, about a group of infamous villains drafted into service as black-ops spies. Will Smith stars as Deadshot and Jared Leto as the Joker; Delevingne plays the magical Enchantress. And she just signed on to a Luc Besson sci-fi movie with Dane DeHaan. As far as career paths go, Delevingne is aiming for the big leagues. “I wanna f—ing Meryl Streep it,” she says. “I don’t know if that’s possible. We’ll see.” What if Streep’s career isn’t doable? “Angelina Jolie. You know? Ex–party girl. [Now] hardworking.” Well, as long as she doesn’t have to be the ex–party girl just yet.
A star of Instagram and the fashion world, British supermodel Cara Delevingne hopes that a string of upcoming film roles—including this summer’s ‘Paper Towns’—will jump-start a successful career in Hollywood
THE NAME CARA DELEVINGNE may not yet be a household one, but for the 11.8 million people who follow her on Instagram, her daily antics make for compelling viewing. On her feed, one finds the 22-year-old English model showing off a tattoo of the word bacon on the sole of her left foot (258,547 likes); chowing on pepperoni pizza while making silly faces at a Toronto Maple Leafs game (602,778); and singing with Pharrell after a Chanel runway show (671,696) for an audience that included Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Karl Lagerfeld, who later said he’d been sitting with Beyoncé during the concert and that “she was very impressed.”
This is what a successful model looks like today: not the tallest, not the thinnest, but the one with a following that translates into dollars and influence. Delevingne’s social-media presence ranks higher than Lady Gaga’s or Justin Timberlake’s (if a bit lower than that of her close friends Rihanna, Taylor Swift and the Kardashians). Apart from her Chanel ads, Delevingne has landed campaigns for Fendi, DKNY, Topshop, Mulberry (where she designed her own bags) and Tag Heuer (the watchmaker launched a special-edition timepiece bearing her signature). “It doesn’t surprise me that she has built such a huge following,” says Burberry CEO and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, who gave Delevingne her first big modeling contract in 2011. “The platform suits Cara perfectly because it’s so immediate. They get to see the real her—occasionally crazy, always fun and absolutely authentic.” Even Delevingne says that her digital popularity has helped her professionally. “I wouldn’t have done as well if I hadn’t had that. Not at all,” she says. “In the ’90s, I wouldn’t have been a supermodel.”