Ana de Armas is continuing her in-demand status with a slew of upcoming projects.
The 2023 Oscar nominee may have admitted that her provocative turn as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” wasn’t meant to be enjoyed, but her filmography has spoken for itself. Since breaking out stateside in 2015 erotic thriller “Knock Knock” opposite Keanu Reeves, de Armas has become a Bond girl, transformed into an American icon, and cemented her A-list status as an Academy Award nominee. She went on to appear in “Blade Runner 2049” and “Knives Out,” while also making a trio of films with co-star Chris Evans, including upcoming action comedy “Ghosted.”
The “No Time to Die” actress previously said that there is “no need” for a female take on James Bond, and perhaps it’s because as a certified action star, de Armas already is a Bond in her own right.
“There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over,” de Armas said in July 2022. “What I would like is that the female roles in the Bond films, even though Bond will continue to be a man, are brought to life in a different way. That they’re given a more substantial part and recognition. That’s what I think is more interesting than flipping things.”
De Armas flipped the script during the Russo Brothers’ “The Gray Man” to deepen her character’s motivational arc, the “Deep Water” star said.
“The truth is, I never thought I was going to be an action actor. It wasn’t my thing,” de Armas told Elle. “You have to be careful, because it’s not what I want to put the focus on. This is not where I’m the most comfortable, to be honest, because I feel ridiculous. And it takes a lot of work.”
Keep scrolling to see what de Armas is working on next.
De Armas stars opposite Chris Evans in AppleTV+ film “Ghosted,” directed by Dexter Fletcher (“Rocketman”) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The action film follows a hopeless romantic (Evans) who tracks down the woman of his dreams (de Armas) after she stops responding to his texts. Turns out she’s a CIA agent on a new mission and soon the couple get swept up in international espionage.
Lead actors de Armas and Evans serve as executive producers, with co-screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick producing. “Ghosted” premieres April 21 on Apple TV+.
“John Wick” spin-off film “Ballerina” centers on a young female assassin named Rooney who is seeking revenge against the people who killed her family. Norman Reedus, Gabriel Byrne, and Catalina Sandino Moreno round out the cast, along with “John Wick” stars Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston, and late star Lance Reddick appearing.
“Ballerina” will be directed by Len Wiseman and is written by Shay Hatten, who revealed that the prequel film will “solve” some of John Wick’s mysterious background.
“It’s a character who we know went to the same ballet academy as John. I think in ‘Ballerina’ you’ll get to see some of the hints of what John experienced during his origins in that place, but through the eyes of a different character,” Hatten told ScreenRant. “It still solves some of the answers of Wick, just through the eyes of a new character.”
Lead star de Armas said during “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” that the production left her “in pain.”
“We’ve been in Prague filming for four months. We still have one more month to go. And I’m in pain,” she said in January 2023. “You know, my body, my back, everything hurts. I’m complaining, I’m sore, I’m bruised. ‘Bond’ was 15 minutes. This is a whole movie, another level.”
She added, “But the other day, Keanu and I were rehearsing our very difficult stunt scene, and this man is just rolling and throwing me and doing crazy stunts. And I’m like — I can’t complain anymore. Because he is doing it! He truly is the best.”
“Joint Security Area”
De Armas is set to lead a remake of 2000 Korean action film “Joint Security Area,” which was the highest grossing film in Korean history at the time. This time, however, the film is set in Mexico, with de Armas playing a Spanish infantry lawyer who is sent by the Hague to investigate a shootout between the U.S. Marines and Mexican special forces. A love affair between the lawyer and a particular Marine also ensues.
“Gladiator” screenwriter David Franzoni is set to write and direct the film, which also stars Demián Bichir.
“Waiting for Helen”
Originally announced in 2018, fans are still waiting for an update on Kevin Pollak’s “Waiting for Helen.” The official logline reads: A detective, Franklin, tells a stranger a story of a young waitress named Helen, who befriended a customer and was asked to help prove her husband’s infidelity. Franklin must solve Helen’s case before the night is over, or her life will be.
Writer-director Pollak told Variety at the time that de Armas was his “first choice” to play Helen.
“I needed that extraordinary combination of stunning beauty and breath-taking depth of character,” Pollack said. “Ana was my first choice for Helen, and I feel profoundly lucky to direct her in this role.”
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