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Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth to headline Netflix romance Lonely Planet

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Oscar-winning actress Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth are tapped to star in Netflix’s next romance feature Lonely Planet with acclaimed screenwriter Susannah Grant on board to write and direct the film.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE starts in the jungles of Bhutan with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) helping a qilin, a magical creature that can see into one's soul as well as the future, give birth. Gellert Grindelwald's (Mads Mikkelsen) disciples, led by Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), attack, kill the mother, and kidnap the newborn, who Grindelwald kills to harness its ability of precognition. After escaping with his life, Newt and his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) are recruited by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who is unable to fight Grindelwald due to a blood pact. Along with the two American mage Lally Hicks (Jessica Williams), Senegalese-French mage Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam), and American No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) join the team to thwart Grindelwald's plan for world domination. Meanwhile, Grindelwald has sent Credence, to assassinate Dumbledore before the leaders of the wizarding world gather in Bhutan, where the new Supreme Head is to be elected by the ancient tradition of being found worthy by a qilin, who bows to those, pure of heart. Using necromancy, Grindelwald has the qilin it bow to him, thus manipulating the election. He immediately declares war on all muggles and tortures Jacob for trying to assassinate him. Will Albus’ team of mages and no-maj be able to stop Grindelwald’s rise, will Credence finally find out who he is, will Grindelwald be elected as the leader of the Supreme Head are some of the questions that make up the rest of the film.

Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth to headline Netflix romance Lonely Planet

According to Deadline, Lonely Planet is billed as a love story set in Morocco. Specifics with regard to its plot are being kept under wraps. Grant is also producing alongside Sarah Timberman and Liza Chasin for 3dot Productions, with VP Studio Film Kira Goldberg serving as creative lead for Netflix.

Susannah Grant is an Oscar- and three-time Emmy nominee, recognized over the course of her career with two WGA Awards, along with nominations at the BAFTA Awards, the Gotham Awards and the PGA Awards. The 59-year-old screenwriter previously served as the showrunner, writer, director and exec producer for Netflix’s acclaimed limited series Unbelievable. She has worked on some of the film industry's biggest hits, using her writing skills on productions including Erin Brokovich, The Soloist, and In Her Shoes. Currently, the Catch and Release writer and director is executive producing FX’s upcoming series Fleishman Is in Trouble.

Laura Dern has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and five Golden Globe Awards. Having appeared in just about every genre over the course of her career, she’s spent the last few years starring in a new Jurassic Park movie, appearing in Little Women, Afterburn, Enlightened and Big Little Lies, and bagged an Oscar for her performance in Marriage Story.

Meanwhile, Liam Hemsworth is an Emmy nominee and best known for his role in the Hunger Games film series, . His latest film project was the neo-noir thriller, Arkansas, an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by John Brandon. His other film credits include Isn’t It Romantic, The Duel, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Dressmaker, Empire State, The Expendables 2, The Last Song and more. He is set to appear next in Russell Crowe’s Poker Face.

Also Read: Kristen Wiig and Laura Dern to reunite for comedy series Mrs. American Pie for Apple TV+


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