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According to IrishCentral, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan are set to star in a movie called Shame. The movie centers around Fassbender’s character who is unable to control his sex life.

Shame has been written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan and will center around Fassbender’s character, Brandon, his sexual escapades and what happens when his younger sister moves in with him. James Badge Dale, from The Pacific, will also star.

The movie will shoot in New York for six weeks starting in January 2011.

The cast of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is firming up, and it appears the Australian director’s critique of the American Dream may feature an international cast: Carey Mulligan, the British starlet who was nominated for an Oscar for An Education, is now the front-runner to play effervescent East Egg–er, Daisy Buchanan.

Insiders tell Vulture that, after testing for the part in New York last week, Scarlett Johansson was still very much being considered by Luhrmann and Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio. But now, we hear, because of Johansson’s recent commitment to star in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo at Fox — Zoo starts shooting in the late spring of next year; Luhrmann’s Gatsby goes before cameras next summer — she won’t be available, and Mulligan is the top candidate.

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Carey Mulligan may star in the upcoming Alien prequel, according to reports.

The British actress shot to fame playing a naive schoolgirl who gets involved with an older man in last year’s hit movie An Education, and her career has been going from strength to strength ever since.

It is now thought the star could play the female lead in Ridley Scott’s impending prequel to his blockbuster 1979 film about extraterrestrial life, which starred Hollywood icon Sigourney Weaver.

Reports on Deadline claim Carey has met with Ridley to discuss the possible role, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

Other actresses also linked to the part include Swedish star Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in the original adaptations of late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, and Abbie Cornish.

Fans of the original science-fiction horror are eagerly awaiting the prequel, which will take place 30 years before the first Alien film, and will be shot in 3D. Due to its length, the movie will be filmed in two parts.

Whichever actress ends up landing the lead role, it is expected the character will be a very strong female in the tradition of Sigourney’s character Ellen Ripley, who became a celebrated feminist icon.

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Actress Carey Mulligan’s stock continues to rise as she is all but set to appear in “The Cradle Will Fall.” Screen Gems is in charge of the project and is putting production of the film on the fast track.

Mulligan’s participation in the film rests in the hands of writer Jack Olsen who is polishing the script for the film. The basic story may sound familiar to moviegoers as a surrogate mother becomes obsessed with not only keeping her baby, but the husband of the woman she is carrying the child for. No director is attached to the project yet and no other major roles have been cast. Mulligan’s casting is viewed as crucial as names such as Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, and Adrien Brody have been circulated as possible parents in the film assuming Mulligan joins the cast.

Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “An Education” and will appear in two big movies due out still this year, “Wall Street 2? and “Never Let Me Go.”

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The Daily Mail has confirmed Carey Mulligan’s involvement in Sam Mendes’ adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best selling book On Chesil Beach, reporting that she will undergo some pre-production training for her starring role as Florence Ponting:

Carey Mulligan will be taking violin lessons so she can be note perfect to play the heroine in the film of Ian McEwan’s story of sex in England before the sexual revolution.

The story will follow the honeymoon, specifically the wedding night of a young, educated couple, both virgins and living ‘in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible’. Florence’s marriage to Edward Mayhew (and frustrations in the consummation of their Chesil Beach honeymoon) is used as a study on the sexual and social geography of pre-revolution 1962 England.

Edward Mayhew has yet to be cast but auditions are underway:

Mendes, his partners at Neal Street Productions and Focus Features are studying screen tests featuring a handful of British actors who could play Edward, a graduate historian, who is more a ‘blokey-bloke’, as someone described him, rather than a pretty boy.

Having read On Chesil Beach, it is clear that the novella won’t be easy to adapt for screen with much of the narrative absorbed in a stream of consciousness recount of memories that could disturb the pacing of the film and disrupt the development of a plot. However with McEwan behind the script the film may benefit from any changes that the author himself makes to adapt his story for screen. With Mulligan suitably in the starring role, perhaps On Chesil Beach will be 2011?s Atonement.

Shooting will take place in the South of England and central London this September on the Neal Street Productions and Focus Features production, with BBC Films potentially joining.

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The British actress is having lessons on how to perfect the string instrument for her upcoming role as Florence Ponting in ‘On Chesil Beach’, which starts shooting in September.

The movie will be directed by Sam Mendes, and is based on the Ian McEwen novel about a young, newly married couple in the early 60s, who remain virgins until their wedding night.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye reports: “Carey’s Florence is leader of a string quartet, who dreams of giving recitals at Wigmore Hall, and next week the actress will begin working with a violin teacher so at least she can look as if she knows how to handle the instrument when she’s playing her scales and arpeggios.

“She’s just the right actress to tackle Florence, a woman who comes alive when she’s performing Beethoven’s Opus 18, but who is desperate to be free of her husband’s sexual desires.”

The movie will be the first film Sam has shot in Britain, and the script has been adapted for the big screen by author Ian.

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Effie, a film based on the relationship between Victorian poet and artist, John Ruskin and his unfortunate wife Effie Gray will go into production next month. The film is written by Emma Thompson who will also play Lady Eastlake, and the Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan will be in the starring role of Gray.

Richard Laxton is directing and Thompson’s husband, Greg Wise, is to produce the film and play the part of Ruskin. According to thefancarpet he and Thompson asked Mulligan to take the part before her success in An Education:

“Carey has a rare quality of being open and unfettered. At the time Effie said she would have borne anything, had Ruskin just been kind. But I can’t play him as an ogre because the audience need to understand why she married this man.”

Ruskin and Gray’s unconsummated love affair will be central to the plot of the film. United on his wedding night in April 1848 with Effie Gray, the girl who had been the object of some of his most beautiful writing during their courtship, Ruskin suddenly realizes he has made a mistake and postpones the consummation.

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This first official poster for “The Electric Slide” has been released featuring Carey and Ewan McGregor as well as the official poster for “Effie” which you can view here (Carey isn’t featured in it). Thank you Ann for the tip.

Collider.com also provided the synopses for “The Electric Slide” and “Effie“:

The Electric Slide tells the true story of suave hipster and celebrity-magnet Eddie Dodson, who in 1980s Los Angeles owned and ran one of the city’s most stylish art deco furniture stores. Celebrities flocked to buy the latest pieces and Eddie was living the high life along with the Hollywood elite.

John Ruskin – the renowned art critic famously dubbed “The Greatest Victorian” takes young Effie Gray as his wife. Effie is twenty years younger and her expectations of marital love are confounded by her husband’s bizarre and troubled personal behaviour. She must also contend with Ruskin’s controlling and snobbish mother. In an attempt to redraw their relationship, Effie and John move to Venice so John may continue his work as Effie seeks solace in the beauty of the city and its people. Venice does little to relieve the stress of their already fragile relationship, and so the unhappy couple move to Scotland accompanied by Ruskin’s protégé, the handsome artist John Everett Millais. As Millais witnesses Ruskin’s disdain for Effie and how truly disconnected the couple are, he begins to feel for her in a way that her husband cannot. Effie must attempt to escape her poisonous marriage without alerting the scandal mongers and attempt to secure romantic fulfillment in the arms of her husband’s young artist friend.

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