Helen Mirren, Luke Evans Reunite (Sort of) for Luc Besson’s Next Action Film “Anna”

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Although Dame and played mother and son Magdalene and Owen Shaw in Fate of the Furious, the most recent chapter of the Fast and Furious franchise, they didn’t actually appear together in the film. In fact, both appearances were uncedited cameos.

French filmmaker , clearly seeing the injustice of having two great British actors not able to have scenes together, has cast Mirren and Evans for his new action film Anna, which will be his next film.

The movie will be produced by Besson’s , hoping to start filming in Nov., with distributing it through its Summit Entertainment label.

Besides Mirren and Evans, the movie will also star Cillian Murphy and newcomer Sasha Luss as the title character of Anna. Marc Shmuger will produce the upcoming project for .

Besson most recently directed the sci-fi action-flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, which was released by STXFilms, and before that, he directed the Scarlett Johansson movie Lucy, which was released by Universal. The latter grossed $463 mill. worldwide, while Valerian grossed less than half that amount.

Evans appeared in Disney’s global smash Beauty and the Beast shortly before reappearing as Shaw in Universal’s The Fate of the Furiousin which Mirren had an uncredited cameo as well. Mirren can next be seen Paolo Virzi’s The Leisure Seeker, which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in Jan. after its festival run and Oscar-qualifying release. She’ll also appear in the Spierigs’ Winchester in the title role and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms next year.

Mirren is repped by , while Evans is with and United Agents. Murphy is repped by , while Luss is repped by Peter Nichols of Lichter Grossman Nichols, who also negotiated the deal.

The news was first reported by Variety.

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