Emma Roberts & Tom Ellis To Headline & EP ‘Second Wife’ Series In Works At Hulu From ‘Tell Me Lies’ Creator Meaghan Oppenheimer
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of the recent Season 2 renewal of Hulu/20th Television’s Tell Me Lies, the breakout drama’s creator/executive producer/showrunner Meaghan Oppenheimer and executive producer Emma Roberts are re-teaming for another series at Hulu and 20th TV, Second Wife.
Roberts and Lucifer alum Tom Ellis will star in and executive produce the darkly comedic half-hour, created, executive produced and to be showrun by Oppenheimer. Roberts is exec producing through her Belletrist TV banner the series, which also reunites Ellis with Hulu and 20th TV; he stars in their upcoming limited series Washington Black.
Second Wife is a romantic dramedy about the ups and downs of a blended family. Fresh off a terrible breakup, Sasha (Roberts) flees her life in New York to start over in London, where she meets and quickly falls in love with a recently divorced father named Jacob (Ellis). When they impulsively decide to get married, they will soon learn that there’s a lot they don’t know about each other – and they can’t outrun their pasts forever. Darkly comedic in tone, Second Wife is an exploration of intimacy, failure, and second chances.
The series marks the first creative collaboration between husband-and-wife duo Ellis and Oppenheimer and draws some parallels to their story.
Roberts, whose recent features included Abandoned and About Fate, is repped by CAA, Sweeney Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson.
VARIETY – Emma Roberts has been cast in “Madame Web,” the latest movie set in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
The actor is joining a star-studded ensemble, which includes Dakota Johnson as the title hero and “Euphoria” breakout Sydney Sweeney in an undisclosed role. As previously announced, Celeste O’Connor (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”), Isabela Merced (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) are rounding out the call sheet.
“Madame Web” serves as an origin story for the comic book character, a clairvoyant whose psychic abilities allow her to see within the spider world itself. In the comics, her abilities prove to be greatly beneficial to Spider-Man and his fellow arachnid allies but given her condition she’s never battled villains herself.
S.J. Clarkson, whose Marvel bonafides include “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders,” is directing “Madame Web.” Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who previously collaborated on Jared Leto’s vampire thriller “Morbius,” will write the screenplay. The film is scheduled to release in theaters on July 7, 2023.
“Madame Web” is Sony’s first modern comic book adaptation to feature a female in the headlining role. It is one of several Spider-Man related spinoffs in development, including director J.C. Chandor’s “Kraven the Hunter,” starring Aaron Taylor Johnson; and “El Muerto,” featuring the musician known as Bad Bunny.
In 2021, Sony fielded back-to-back commercial triumphs with Tom Hardy’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($506 million globally) and Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($1.9 billion globally) but stumbled in 2022 with so-so turnout for Jared Leto’s “Morbius” ($163 million).
After breaking out on Nickelodeon’s sitcom “Unfabulous,” Roberts cultivated a film career in teen movies like “Aquamarine,” “Nancy Drew” and “Valentine’s Day.” She parlayed her young stardom into roles in “Scream 4,” “We’re the Millers,” and FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story.” She also starred in the Fox comedic horror show “Scream Queens.”
Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr. & Michael Shannon To Topline Spencer Squire Thriller ‘Abandoned’
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, Nerve), John Gallagher Jr. (Peppermint, The Newsroom) and two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Nine Perfect Strangers, Knives Out) will topline Spencer Squire’s first feature, Abandoned, which is also the first to be fully financed through the partnership between Vertical Entertainment and Three Point Capital.
The recently wrapped thriller written by Squire, Jessica Scott, and Erik Patterson follows a mother, father, and infant son as they move into a remote farmhouse, which harbors a dark, tragic history. As their home’s past is revealed, the mother’s fragility escalates to a state of psychosis that jeopardizes her own safety and that of her newborn son.
Roberts is producing with Robert Ogden Barnum, Eric Binns, and Byron Wetzel, with Neal Dodson, Andrew Gans, David Gendron, Neil Gobioff, Rich Goldberg, Peter Jarowey, Ali Jazayeri, Shawn Paonessa, Oliver Ridge, Zachary Quinto, Viviana Zarragoitia, Michael Reiser, Delos Chang, and Deepen Shah exec producing.
Emma Roberts Was ‘So Pregnant’ with Baby Rhodes During Her RPDR All Stars Appearance
“I was excited to take Rhodes,” Emma Roberts tells PEOPLE of appearing as a guest judge on this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars while she was “so pregnant” with her first baby
PEOPLE – Emma Roberts sashays her way to the judge’s table (with a +1) on Thursday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
The new mom, 30, tells PEOPLE she was “so pregnant” with her now 7-month-old son Rhodes, whom she shares with partner Garrett Hedlund, 36, when she filmed her appearance, and she was “excited” to bring him along. “I was such a fan and I was so excited when they asked me to be on it,” she raves while discussing her partnership with Grove Collaborative.
“I just couldn’t even believe how talented everybody was. It was so fun to see it live,” Roberts continues. “And yeah, I was excited to take Rhodes. I was so pregnant so he got to come with me.”
Emma talked with People about how Rhodes inspired her to take part of the Plastic Free July challenge! Honestly, this was exciting for me as a fan (that’s always thinking of sustainability). Check out the article below!
Why Emma Roberts Is Trying to Go Plastic-Free After Baby: ‘What’s the World Going to Look Like?’
After welcoming her first child, son Rhodes Robert, the actress says her plastic usage was “eye-opening,” as she tells PEOPLE about her partnership with sustainable brand Grove Collaborative
PEOPLE – Emma Roberts has been thinking a lot about the future since welcoming her first baby.
The new mom, 30, tells PEOPLE how her 7-month-old son Rhodes inspired her to take the Plastic Free July challenge. With the help of Grove Collaborative, a sustainable product line.”That was definitely the most eye-opening, having a child,” she says of her little one, who she welcomed in late December with partner Garrett Hedlund, 36. “Where before, I’m operating in the world on my own and I’m just kind of thinking about what’s right for me. And when you have a kid, it’s like, wait, how old is he going to be in the year 2050? What’s the world going to look like?”
Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss’ Belletrist Partners With BookClub Digital Platform (Exclusive)
THR – In the new series, launching Tuesday with Lisa Taddeo’s ‘Animal’, Roberts and Preiss will curate a book selection each month and host video content with authors as they discuss their books and writing process.
Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss’s online bookworm community Belletrist is partnering with the recently launched virtual platform, BookClub.
In the new Belletrist + BookClub series, launching Tuesday, Roberts and Preiss will curate a book selection each month and bring their literary picks to life in a new, immersive experience. By teaming with BookClub, Roberts and Preiss will host video content with authors as they discuss their books, learn more about each author’s writing process, characters and how they brought their stories to life. Roberts and Preiss will also participate in live audio conversations and speak with community members.
The series’ first book selection is New York Times bestselling author Lisa Taddeo’s debut novel Animal, which is described as “a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society.” Members can join along as Roberts and Preiss speak with Taddeo about her work and the intent behind creating her newest release. Taddeo previously released the nonfiction bestseller, Three Women. Roberts also narrates the audiobook of Animal.
“Our friendship is rooted in a mutual love of books. There’s nothing like finding a fellow reader who’s just as passionate about prose as you are,” said Roberts.
Belletrist co-founder Preiss adds, “Belletrist was created to be a home for book lovers and we’re excited to see this community grow through our partnership with BookClub, which will allow our members to better engage with us and one another and help new readers find their next favorite title or author (or both).”
The recently launched BookClub is described as a digital platform that hopes to “reinvent the book club experience by connecting readers with authors and authors with fans.” Through the platform, authors can engage with readers through video and audio content by joining personal book groups, lead virtual discussions and share exclusive interviews. Subscribers will also have access to exclusive material, interviews and behind-the-scenes content from authors to gain more insight into their creative process and books.
Membership is priced at $9/month (billed annually) or $12/month (billed monthly).
Roberts and Preiss’s online book club Belletrist launched five years ago out of a mutual love of reading. Roberts and Preiss have featured a new book and highlighted an indie bookstore each month to subscribers of their online community.
Emma Roberts To Produce YA Vampire Series ‘First Kill’ At Netflix
DEADLINE – Netflix has handed a series order to First Kill, a YA vampire series based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, with American Horror Story and Scream Queens star Emma Roberts set to produce via her Belletrist Productions. The eight-episode, one-hour series was created, written and executive produced by Schwab. Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher, Empire) also writes and serves as showrunner.