by admin on March 3,2018

“Stranger Things” breakout Natalia Dyer and Timothy Simons are set to star in Karen Maine’s feature adaptation based on her short “Yes, God, Yes.”

Maine will helm the film, marking her feature directorial debut.

Dyer starred in the original short, which earned critical acclaim for its observations on teenage sexuality. Set in the midwest in the early ’00s, “Yes God, Yes” will tell the story of 16-year-old Alice (Dyer), a good Catholic, who discovers masturbating after an innocent AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy, compelling her to sign up for a secretive religious retreat which she hopes will put her on the path to redemption.

Alisha Boe (“13 Reasons Why”), Francesca Reale (“Haters Back Off”), Wolfgang Novogratz (“Assassination Nation”), and Donna Lynne Champlin (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) will also star.

Chris and Eleanor Columbus are co-financing and producing via their Maiden Voyage banner with Rodrigo Teixeira of RT Features, marking the third collaboration between the financiers following “Patti Cake$” and “The Witch.” Katie Cordeal and Colleen Hammond, who produced the short, will also serve as producers.

Maine will executive produce alongside Lourenco Sant’ Anna and Sophie Mas of RT Features. Endeavor Content arranged the financing and will represent worldwide rights.

Dyer is best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things.” She is also set to star in Netflix’s untitled Dan Gilroy pic alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Simons is best known for his role as Jonah Ryan in HBO’s comedy series “Veep.”

Maine is represented by WME and 42. Dyer is represented by WME, One Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman. Chris and Eleanor Columbus are represented by WME.

Source: Variety

by admin on March 3,2018

Stranger Things‘ Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Billy Magnussen and Zawe Ashton have been added to the cast of Netflix’s new movie that reunites the Nightcrawler team of writer-director Dan Gilroy and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.

The pic, which began shooting earlier this month in Los Angeles, revolves around big money artists and mega-collectors who pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Jennifer Fox, (Nightcrawler, Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq.) is producer, and Roman J. Israel‘s Betsy Danbury is executive producer.

Netflix, which won the project in a heated auction in June 2016, plans to launch the film later this year, and it will get a small qualifying theatrical release when it bows on the streaming service.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

by admin on February 2,2018

Stranger Things, social media, and struggling with fame…

I’m hovering in the kitchen of an East London house with Natalia Dyer. We’re waiting here until the room where our interview will take place becomes available. Testing the temperature of a pot of coffee that looks like it was made over an hour ago, the American actress tells me about how she’s been travelling Europe for the last few months, finishing up in London just a few days ago. Tonight she will be attending the Fashion Awards. When I ask if she’s presenting an award, she physically shudders at the thought and laughs.

“No, no, thank God,” she says.

“Good stuff,” I say. That’s strange, I thought… I always imagined famous people really loved presenting awards.

In the same way that Michael Cera became the unrivalled ‘awkward indie nerd’, or Zooey Deschanel became every director’s favourite ‘kooky love interest who wears glasses’, Natalia Dyer has emerged as a natural for the role of ‘teenage girl in midst of a dramatic and identity-defining awakening’. She’s played a girl who has her idea of romance shattered in 2014’s I Believe In Unicorns, and a girl who is only just discovering cybersex in the experimental short Yes God Yes. But it has been through her role as the monster-slaying good-girl-turned-bad Nancy Wheeler in Stranger Things that has made her a star.

“I read pretty young,” says 20-year-old Natalia, “so I often read for that coming-of-age 16/17-year-old who’s losing their virginity and discovering their sexuality, in a high school drama setting. I like that, because it is a very important, impactful, transformative and muddy time of life.”

“That story isn’t often told well,” I tell her. “When I was a teenager, those stories were coming through films like American Pie. Now, kids are getting such real accounts of their teenage years.”

“I’m sure American Pie was very real for some people,” she laughs.

Dyer grew up in Nashville and speaks with a very subtle Tennessean accent, the kind that makes you think of country music and nice people in cowboy hats saying ‘Hey y’all!’ – if you also have absolutely no real knowledge or experience of the American South, like me. She tells me she was a well-behaved, quiet and studious kid. On the side, she did community theatre, and appeared in Hannah Montana: The Movie at the age of 11 when it came to film in Nashville. But she used to get sick. A lot. She missed months of school because of asthma and other illnesses. Each year, she would get pneumonia without fail.

“I guess my immune system was just terrible. I became pretty good at entertaining myself and being in my own worlds, in my own head, playing games.”

“That must help with the acting game?” I say.

“Of course. There is an element of that which you have to grow out of as you grow up. But what’s great about acting is that I get to retain that in a professional setting. We are all kids playing pretend in a way. It’s all just working to get back to that sense of play and creativity.”

“We are all kids playing pretend in a way…”

I detect a microscopic fragment of weariness about Natalia when I bring up Stranger Things. When I ask her about the all the fun and wonderful capers they must get up to on set she says, “Yeah, I could gush about it for hours” in a way that seems to say, ‘Please. Please don’t make me gush about it for hours.’ When we do talk about the show her face becomes a glowing smile and she says things like “I miss filming when we’re not and I’m looking forward to doing it again” and “they are all very talented people” in a very charming but rather pre-programmed way, like when someone in the office kitchen asks how your weekend was.

It’s no secret that the younger (and most prominent) members of the Stranger Things cast have been through a frantic rollercoaster of fame. Within 35 days of the first season being published by Netflix, the modest and nostalgic sci-fi romp went from being an adorable baby pug of an underdog to becoming the third most watched Netflix show of 2016 (according to statistics from Symphony Advanced Media). It surpassed blockbuster shows like Making A Murderer and Daredevil, and dwarfed long-running prestige dramas like House Of Cards. It was the hit nobody saw coming, not even those working on it. The second season had a primetime advert during the Superbowl.

Something about Stranger Things breeds a certain type of fandom. Despite its adolescent characters, total sincerity and Spielberg-style accessibility, it also lends itself to being obsessed over and intellectualised through its references, call-backs, plot-thickeners, and gamer-esque culture of easter eggs (tiny clever details that reward repeat viewings and fuel fan theories). I’m not going to compare its directors, the Duffer Brothers, to Stanley Kubrick, as I’d probably get pipe-bombed as soon as I press save on this Word doc, but the Stranger Things feed frenzy has a strange similarity to the way people used to pore over Kubrick’s films – shot by shot, idea by idea, line by line – desperately searching for a secret logic or unseen narrative.

All this is to say, in the last two years its young stars have gone from being aspirational young hobby actors with distant dreams, to overnight superstars and objects of extreme adoration and manic infatuation for millions. This seems to have suited its younger protagonists just fine: Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will) have become all-singing all-dancing darlings of the American showbiz industry, performing Motown covers with James Corden, presenting the AMA Awards and doing a rendition of ‘Uptown Funk’ at the Emmys. But Natalia’s path has been a little different. She does her fair share of press, but compared to the rest of the gang she’s like a lesser spotted snow leopard.

“Do you try to not get wrapped up in the fame and the industry?” I ask. “I’m very sceptical of it. You wanna do cool projects, work with cool people, be cool characters, work on cool movies with cool storylines, but there is an element of a game or strategy to this industry. I feel sceptical of some of the politics of it, I guess. So I take everything with a grain of salt, and try to figure out what’s important to me before I put myself out there. I try to stay off social media, because I find that a little overwhelming and toxic in a way.”

“I try to stay off social media, because I find that a little overwhelming and toxic…”

Last year, there was outrage when Millie Bobby Brown was sexualised by fans in some areas of the Internet, despite being 13-years-old. Finn Wolfhard was castigated on Twitter when he failed to stop to take a photo with a fan on the street, and responded with his own tweets about certain sections of the fanbase who harass his co-stars.

I looked at Natalia’s social media figures this morning before we met. On Instagram, her most popular account, she has 3.3 million followers. Curiously, on Twitter she hasn’t posted anything in over a year, despite being fairly vocal until that point.

“The thought of having 3.3 million people looking at all my photos, at the age of 20, would haunt me to an early grave,” I say. She lets out a long deep exhale. “Right? Honestly, it makes everything you want to post that much scarier. You’re considering everything.”

“I’d be constantly asking myself stuff like… is this picture of ice cream I’m about to post… somehow… racist?”

“Yeah, what is wrong with this post? Something has to be wrong with it? And then you’re like I can’t, I’m not, the time has passed. And you don’t even post it. It’s not my style man, not my personality to do too much social media. It’s exhausting for me. I’m an introvert.”

It’s not the first time she’s hinted at her introversion in our conversation, but it’s the first time she’s said it outright. We are entering an age where the successful introvert is no longer an anomaly, and there’s champions from Mark Zuckerberg to Sia. But many of them are experienced celebrities who can conceal and control their relationship with fame. I’m intrigued to hear how one of the most buzzy young actresses of the last 18 months strikes a balance between fame and introversion? As famous as Mark Zuckerberg is, I don’t think there is a global army of 14-year-old kids making Tumblrs of every look he’s ever worn. (Although I wish there was.)

“I struggle with the idea of fame,” says Natalia. “I never want to come across as rude or ungrateful. People on the street want to take pictures all the time, and for me, I tend to not take pictures. It feels very exhausting, and you feel like you have to be ‘on’ all the time. I will definitely shake your hand and say thank you. But I’m trying to figure out my boundaries still with all of that. It’s hard when you have a show with a passionate and lovely fanbase like ours, because it can feel overwhelming at times. Especially with the way the show took off. It’s been very quick to be suddenly recognised on the street, and for me as an introvert that is kinda, ‘Woah…’.”

“I like that she is not perfect, nice and sweet all the time…”

There is something about Natalia’s character, Nancy Wheeler, that fans and critics seem rather fascinated with. Her evolution as a character has been one of the most unexpected and controversial of the entire show, as she repeatedly makes decisions that either elate or infuriate the viewer. “Forget Barb: Fuck Nancy” ran as the title of one VICE essay, with the subtitle, “Say hello to the worst person in season two of Stranger Things.” To which the blog, Monkeys Fighting Robots, passionately responded with an essay titled, “Nancy Wheeler’s Unpopular Feminism”. “Nancy Wheeler,” wrote American journalist Claire McNear in another essay for The Ringer, “big sister, cherished daughter, piggy-bank saver, swashbuckling #Justice4Barb-seeker, Hoosier heartthrob, relaxed-curls champion and autumnal knitwear chieftain – is the only character on Stranger Things worth a damn.”

“How do you feel about Nancy?” I ask. “Are you getting sick of her?”

“I was a little nervous about this season coming out after we filmed, because I thought everyone was gonna hate her,” says Natalia. “Yeah, objectively, she makes some decisions that when you are watching you are like, ‘Why would you do that?’ But for me, it feels very human. I did stuff like that. You ditch your friend, you get trashed,” she says, making the ‘a’ last forever.

“I like that she is not perfect, nice and sweet all the time. But she takes charge when she needs to take charge. She is fearless in a way, which is fun to play. So, no, I’m not sick of her yet. I’m just very curious as to what is going to happen next.”

Source: Clash

Interview  •  Photos  •  Photoshoots
by admin on November 11,2017

The actress talks Justice For Barb, Steve’s redemption, and David Harbour’s unforgettable SAG speech.

Warning: This interview contains spoilers about Stranger Things 2.

There’s a lot to love about Nancy Wheeler in the second season of Stranger Things. Having been irrevocably changed by the insane events of last year, season two picks up with Nancy channelling all of the internet’s collective grief over Barb, and follows her relentless mission to find answers. Sure, the Nancy/Steve/Jonathan love triangle is still a major force, and heats up in earnest midway through the season (how was the pull-out?) But between drunk “it’s all bullshit” Nancy, gun-toting badass Nancy, and saving-Dustin-at-the-Snow-Ball Nancy, Natalia Dyer had a pretty great season independent of her love interests. caught up with Dyer last month to talk Justice For Barb, Steve’s redemption, and David Harbour’s unforgettable SAG speech.

Justice For Barb became a meme last season, but this season it’s also Nancy’s main motivation.
“I think that was driving her in season one too, but now we really see how heavily the situation has sat on her shoulders. At the beginning of this season, we really see how how everybody has been coping with what happened at the end of season one—or not coping with it. Nancy feels such a drive to make things right, as much as she can, and in any way she knows how.”

Dyer is thrilled by Steve’s transformation from the show’s most hated character to fan favorite.
“It’s so well deserved! You really warm up to Steve this season, and one of the things the show does really well is give everybody different shades and complexities—nobody is just one way or the other. So it’s nice to see the sweeter, more nurturing side of Steve. As far as the love triangle goes, I think it goes back to the trauma of what happened in season one; it forces everyone to change, and for Nancy and Steve it makes them realize they need to be apart and work some things out on their own. It’s hard to say where that’s going to go in the future, but things are definitely a little rocky in the love triangle.”

Nancy is more ruthless in her pursuit of justice this season.
“I think single-minded is a good word. She’s much more focused. I think last season she discovered a little bit of what she’s capable of when she really goes for something, and I think this season she goes even more in that direction. She’s very driven by the search for justice, and it’s fun to play that. There’s a decisiveness and a focus to her, but also something a little reckless and dangerous about it that’s a lot of fun.”

It didn’t take long for Dyer to realize that the show was becoming a phenomenon after season one.
“I was very nervous as to how it would be received, but literally the first night that it came out, I got recognized on the street—I was living in New York at the time, so you’re on the street a lot. To see that amping up, people recognizing you everywhere, and just seeing face to face how people felt about the show and how much it meant to them, it was wild!

When people approach me, it’s a vulnerable moment for everybody. You can see that sometimes people don’t quite know what to say to you, but they want to come up to you and you can tell they’re nervous, and it’s really humbling and endearing. Generally the message is just appreciation, people saying how much they love the show. It’s wild and hard to wrap your mind around, but it’s always been positive feedback, so it’s the most you could hope for!”

Dyer’s favorite scenes to shoot are also maybe your favorites in the show—when the entire cast is together on set, as in the final episodes of season two.
“The scenes that really stand out in my mind are those days towards the end of the series when we’re all together, and all the characters are interacting. Those days are just buzzing, they’re so much fun. Everybody in the cast is so close and we all really care about each other and respect each other, and so when the camera stops rolling we’re definitely goofing off and sometimes there’s laughter ruining a take. But usually when it gets down to it we’re all focused on the work, and it’s just such a gift to be in this world with these talented people.”

The Duffers are heavily involved in every aspect of the show, but they’re also collaborative with their actors.
“They’re very open to talking about things with us—this year Matt texted me over the summer being like, ‘What do you think Nancy would wear as a Halloween costume?’ They do take that stuff into consideration, because they respect actors’ work as the people who live these characters, but they also know these characters so well that there’s always a lot to explore.”

David Harbour’s stirring SAG speech was just as powerful for everybody on stage.
“David actually ran the speech by Joe [Keery], Charlie [Heaton], and I the night before the ceremony, and we didn’t know what our chances were but were like, ‘Man, if you got the chance to deliver that, it would be so amazing.’ So when we did get the chance to go up there we were just so galvanized, and so excited, and I think you can tell with David’s delivery how exciting it was for all of us to be up there, and be up there together. For David to be the one to deliver this message resonated with all of us—it was a really magical night.”

Source: Elle

Interview  •  News  •  Stranger Things
by admin on November 11,2017

We’re used to seeing Natalia Dyer rock very similar brunette waves to those her character, Nancy Wheeler, wears on Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things. But just a few days before Season 2 dropped, the 20-year-old actress debuted a totally new hairstyle: She went blonde and added bangs.

Dyer revved up the shock factor at Thursday night’s Stranger Things Season 2 premiere in L.A. by wearing her blonde bangs curly, Taylor Swift-style, and it turns out that Swift isn’t the only one who can nail this look. She looked radiant in a lacy Christopher Kane dress and Irene Neuwirth jewels.

Photographer Kevin Tachman captured these stunning images of Dyer while getting ready for the big premiere, and she’s just as much a natural in front of the camera as she is on screen. Keep scrolling to see exclusive images of Dyer getting ready for the Stranger Things premiere, and then get bingeing, because Season 2’s nine episodes are already on Netflix.

Happy streaming!

Source: InStyle US

Interview  •  Photos  •  Photoshoots
by admin on October 10,2017

Devon Bostick, who co-starred on CW’s The 100, and Natalia Dyer will star in the indie drama Tuscaloosa, along with Tate Donovan (The Only Living Boy in New York, 3 Generations) and Marchant Davis. Philip Harder directed the film from his own screenplay, based on the novel of the same name by W. Glasgow Phillips.

The story is set during the summer of 1972 and follows Billy Mitchell (Bostick), who works as a groundskeeper at the asylum run by his father, Doctor Mitchell. But when he falls in love with Virginia (Dyer), one of his father’s patients, Billy sets in motion a romance that could end in tragedy for both of them.

Producers are Brian Etting, Scott Franklin, and Patrick Riley.

Bostick, repped by Innovative, can currently be seen in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix film Okja with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Tilda Swinton. Dyer, who stars on the just-released second season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, is repped by WME and One Entertainment. Donovan is a client of Gersh and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, while Davis is with Innovative and 3 Arts.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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