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Borderland filming in Glasgow brings Felicity Jones to Scotland

Felicity Jones is expected in Scotland in coming days after Borderland movie began filming in Glasgow.

Hunger Games and Peaky Blinders actor Sam Claflin, Transformers’s actor Jack Reynor and Queen and Slim actor Jodie Turner Smith are also due to star in the film.

Filming began last week and has now taken over Glasgow’s West Campbell Street for a car chase scene.

The story about an IRA unit takes place in 1970s London and directors Charles and Thomas Guard, who also directed The Avengers, and The Uninvited, are working on it.

The film is based on the book The Road to Balcombe Street by Dr Steven S Moysey and was originally scheduled to start shooting last March but was postponed due to Covid.
Somerset Place and Elderslie Street in the Kelvingrove area of the city will also be used as locations until mid May.
West George Lane, West Nile Street, St Mary’s Lane and St Mary’s Court face parking restrictions on Friday, April 8.

The movie comes as Batgirl wrapped filming in Glasgow last week.
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Felicity Jones Only Gets Love Letters

“Are you Felicity Jones?”

“I think I am.”

This is how Felicity Jones begins most interactions with her fans, and they tend to stay this charming — because most of the people who come up to her in public are teenage girls.

“I seem to have mainly 16, 15-year-old girls coming up, saying, ‘I really loved you in Chalet Girl,’” she says, recalling her 2011 rom-com with Ed Westwick. “I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve always had a very good response. I haven’t had any sort of negativity, or felt any toxicity.”

It’s one of many rewards for the sense of discipline that has governed her career so far. She’s resisted the allure of social media and the cycle of praise and backlash it inevitably brings. “I think Instagram can be amazing, particularly for fashion and for visual mediums,” she says. “I definitely know friends who have woken up at 2 a.m. to check the comments feed on their latest picture that they’ve got up. … It’s hard to have boundaries around it, and I definitely have, at moments, quite an obsessive personality. So I have to tread carefully.”

Jones, who grew up in the small village of Bournville on the southside of Birmingham, England, has had time to plot her life in the public eye. She got her start on the 1996 British TV movie The Treasure Seekers, alongside Keira Knightley, at the age of 12.
Jones is 37 now, and her latest movie, The Last Letter From Your Lover, marks a new high in her career — it’s her first time executive producing via her new production company, Piecrust, which she co-founded with her brother, documentarian Alex Jones. Not to be confused with the Infowars host, he has a list of credits that include serving as assistant editor on Martin Scorsese’s 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Making movies together was their childhood dream.

Out this summer on Netflix, The Last Letter From Your Lover is an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ 2008 novel of the same name. Shailene Woodley plays Jennifer Stirling, a 1960s woman whose impassioned correspondence with a man who is not her husband is discovered in the modern day by Jones’ character, Ellie Haworth, a journalist for The London Chronicle.

Jones may be best in soaring, adventurous, romantic films in which the protagonists are bedeviled by mean, nasty, earthly details. In 2011’s Like Crazy, her character’s passionate, international love affair with an American student (Anton Yelchin) is frustrated by immigration law and bureaucracy.

In 2014’s The Theory of Everything, she earned an Oscar nomination playing literature student Jane Wilde, whose beau, Stephen Hawking, may be able to master space and time — but can’t beat a disease that steals his control of his own body. Jyn Erso, Jones’ character in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, sacrifices everything to exploit some intergalactic small print. And as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2018’s On the Basis of Sex, she played a woman who needed to navigate granular legal points in the service of the grand goal of equality.

Clearly, Jones relates to balancing pragmatism and big dreams — an essential combination in moviemakers. She’s good at taking the small steps to achieve big goals, and started paying dues early.

After The Treasure Seekers, she spent about a decade on British TV, playing Ethel Hallow in the television shows The Worst Witch and Weirdsister College, appearing with Tom Hardy on the series Meadowlands, and playing a young servant in a 19th century English country house in the appropriately titled Servants. In 2009, she appeared in the TV miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank as Frank’s older sister, Margot.

Her breakthrough into movies came with Like Crazy, and, also in 2011, Chalet Girl.

Her recent run includes The Argonauts, a 2019 on-screen reunion with Redmayne, in which she plays
the fictional but fact-based Amelia Wren, who seems at first to be colorful, costumed entertainer, but quickly proves to be a daring balloonist.
For the last year, she’s been focusing more on becoming a new mom than anything else. She and her husband, director Charles Guard, welcomed their first child into the world “very early on in the first lockdown, when we didn’t know what the hell was going on and how dangerous this virus was. It was a very, very unknown period of time,” she says. “Everyone was stockpiling various goods from supermarkets. It all got a little apocalyptic.”

Her pregnancy is well documented in 2020’s Midnight Sky, a sci-fi film directed by George Clooney in which Jones stars as Sully, an astronaut returning to Earth after a mission to one of Jupiter’s moons to see if it could become the new home to the human race.

“It was written into the story,” Jones says. “The character became pregnant, which I think is a first for a space film with a pregnant character. So it felt very revolutionary.”

Her role in The Last Letter From Your Lover marks a departure from her recent work, in that it’s grounded in the present day, lighthearted and funny. It’s something she’s wanted “for absolutely ages.”

The script is an adaptation co-written by Nick Payne, whose play Constellations caught Jones’ eye when it played at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Its quality, combined with her quick friendship with director Augustine Frizzell (Euphoria), let her know she was in good hands.

“It all felt like the stars were colliding in the right way,” Jones says. “I’d been doing more action, I guess —more serious work. And so it felt like a really good opportunity to play a contemporary character in London. And I liked her wit, and I liked the world that she was inhabiting.”

Jones was sitting down with Frizzell over a glass of rosé when they realized they both had the same vision for the movie.

“I’d been doing Aeronauts, where I’d been doing these stunts in various sorts of freezing cold temperatures,” Jones says. She remembers Frizell volunteering, “I really want to do something cozy.”

“And I just sort of yelped, ‘Yes!’” Jones says. “That’s exactly what I feel like doing. Something that feels romantic. Something that I would definitely watch myself.”
Jones says she was hooked on Last Letter by a scene in which Ellie dashes out the morning after a one-night stand — and politely advises the guy not to call her. It ended up being her opening scene, but that wasn’t the original plan.

“Interestingly, that scene was in a different place. It was much further into the story, and that was one of the edits,” she says. “It was a brilliant idea to put that at the front.”

The scene immediately establishes that the women in Last Letter have agency, and that they take what they want when they want it — and leave it when they don’t.

“You can’t get away with lazy portrayals anymore,” Jones says — which reminds her of recently rewatching 1987’s Fatal Attraction.

“It was so interesting watching it now. You have so much more empathy for the Glenn Close character,” she says. “Whereas obviously, when it came out 30 years ago, she was sort of demonized. It was fascinating
how the world has changed, and our expectations. The way we view female characters has, rightly so, fundamentally shifted.”

In her research preparing to play Ellie, she spoke with The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman for advice and insight into playing a woman journalist.

“She was a really great inspiration,” Jones says. “She really gave me such rich material to draw from in terms of playing a journalist. What’s involved, and the tenacity that you need, is fascinating. You’ve got to be able to — you can’t just go, ‘I’m going to give up, I haven’t managed to get that person to talk.’ You do have to just keep going and going.”

Jones continues: “Ellie is at a point in her life where she’s definitely looking for meaning. And I think
she’s at a bit of a crossroads where she’s going, OK, why am I doing this? What’s the point of this?’ And so that’s why she stumbled on that story, partly. … ‘I need hope that life is not just a series of events that don’t add up to anything.’ And by finding that story, I think it gives her hope in her private life that love endures. But also it gives her professional inspiration.”
After recognizing more profoundly over the past year how precious life is, Jones is ready to shake things up. Without worrying what anyone else will think.

“I’m always looking for the unexpected,” she says. “To do anything pure, you can’t worry too much about what other people want and expect. And I think to do anything original, you can’t go outside-in, can you? You’ve got to go inside-out. So I always have to follow that inner beat.”

Piecrust, she says, “was a very natural step, having increasingly been involved in development in the films that I’ve been doing.”

“When playing leads, often you do start having conversations about story and development. And I had studied English literature at university” — at the University of Oxford’s Wadham College — “so I’d always wanted to do other aspects of filmmaking.”

She adds: “It all felt like a very natural progression.”
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Felicity Jones’s Two Valentino Gowns For The BAFTAs Are A Celebration Of Film – And Fashion’s – Rebirth

The moment that Felicity Jones watched the livestream of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s autumn/winter 2021 collection for Valentino, she decided to wear one of his creation’s for her first post-lockdown event. Presented in Milan’s echoing Piccolo Teatro – which has been firmly closed since the beginning of the pandemic – Piccioli expressly designed clothes that would feel radical, bold and sensual.
“That combination of romance and punk spirit – it’s just my happy place,” the former BAFTA nominee tells Vogue over the phone on her way to tonight’s BAFTAs, where she is set to present the award for Best Cinematography. For the run-up to the ceremony, she selected a voluminous Valentino ballgown, before changing into an off-the-shoulder custom look at the Royal Albert Hall. The latter’s black fabric was embellished with masses of ’20s-style fringed beading – an appropriate way to welcome in the true beginning of the Roaring Twenties – paired with diamond Pluie de Cartier earrings and a Reflection de Cartier ring. “Pierpaolo’s idea that we’re living through a period when the rules have gone out of the window chimed with where my head is at in this particular moment. Creativity is opening up again in this fantastic way. It’s a new dawn for cinema and fashion.”
For Jones, that new dawn has personal resonance, with her long-delayed film The Last Letter From Your Lover finally due to premiere this summer. “I actually shot that in the last few months before the pandemic hit, so it’s quite nostalgic for me reflecting on it,” the 37-year-old, who also served as an executive producer for the movie, notes. “I play a journalist in London, who’s reached a point in her life when she’s feeling quite disillusioned. I actually played her as if she constantly had a hangover. Clearly, she’s lost her direction a bit, but then she finds these old letters between Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner’s characters, who had this illicit romance in the ’60s. For me, it’s a hopeful film, and one that will give people a much-needed laugh, I think.”
And while Jones is “really, really excited to go to the shops” when various lockdown restrictions end in London tomorrow, she’s most thrilled about the prospect of heading to her local cinema in a few months time. “We’re never going to take that for granted again, watching a film with a box of popcorn and a glass of wine, that joyful communal experience – my God, I’ve missed it.”
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Felicity Jones signs up for Cbeebies Bedtime Stories as she becomes the latest star to nurse children off to sleep… five months after welcoming her first child

Children across Britain will be nursed to sleep by another familiar voice on Friday when Felicity Jones becomes the latest star to feature on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories. 

The actress will provide a bedtime reading of The Spaghetti Hunters by Morag Brood, giving parents the opportunity to take a well earned night off. 

Brood’s picture book, which features a duck and a horse on an irreverent quest for spaghetti,  encourages reading and home-cooking, while teaching children about where food actually comes from.

Coming soon: Children across Britain will be nursed to sleep by another familiar voice on Friday when Felicity Jones becomes the latest star to feature on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories

The appointment comes just five months after Felicity, 37, welcomed her first child with husband Charles Guard. 

She joins an illustrious list of stars to take part in the weekly bedtime read, among them Tom Hardy’s popular reading of Simon Phillip’s You Must Bring A Hat in 2016.

The actor is currently the most featured star on Cbeebies Bedtime, having returned in 2017 for a reading of Helen Stephens’ Fleabag, and again in 2020 with Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo.

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Felicity Jones Says She’s Still Eager to Explore the Physicality of Black Cat

Jones also discusses why Augustine Frizzell was the ideal choice to direct ‘Last Letter from Your Love.’

I know we did get to see Felicity Jones in one massive franchise via Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but I’m greedy. I want more and her role as Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, could have been a great arc for her to dig into. But we all know what happened after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That iteration of the franchise was essentially stopped dead in its tracks, obliterating any chance we had of seeing Jones dig into the role further.

However, considering the path Marvel and Disney are currently pursuing with their third Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland, perhaps that opens the door for someone like Jones to return. Admittedly, the chance of that happening seems slim and it’s probably a smarter move for the invitation to return to be limited to actors with more substantial roles like Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Kirsten Dunst, just to name a few, but it still felt worthwhile to ask Jones if the interest in playing Black Cat is still there.

During a spoiler-heavy phone interview for her recent Netflix release, The Midnight Sky, we asked Jones if there’s any element of that character she’d like to explore most. Here’s what she told us:

“[What] I always liked about that character was the physicality. I thought it would be amazing to explore that side of the character. Black Cat has that incredible way of moving and that’s what made me really excited about it. I mean, I think it’s a fab role and, yeah, it would be amazing to do.”

Again, I wouldn’t bet on Jones returning to the role, but I am rooting for other major franchises to add her to the roster, maybe even for a role that finally does give her the opportunity to play with a character’s physicality in a similar sense.

While we might have to wait a bit to see anything like that happen, Jones does have a new movie coming up that’s well worth keeping an eye on, the adaptation of Last Letter from Your Love from director Augustine Frizzell. The movie rocks a stellar ensemble including Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner and Joe Alwyn, but it’s Frizzell’s involvement that has me most intrigued. The sense of style she brought to a film like Never Goin’ Back doesn’t necessarily suggest a romantic drama should be next. However, Jones insists that’s what makes Frizzell an ideal choice to direct the film:

“I think that’s what was so exciting about Augustine directing that book was that, as you say, she brings an anarchy and she brings a very modern touch. There’s a sort of dangerous quality to her direction, which is really important. And with this story, it was important that it had someone who was going to bring an edge to it ultimately, which she has absolutely done and made a beautiful film. And it’s a film that is about love. It’s two storylines. It’s Shailene Woodley who plays a women in the sixties and I play a contemporary character, and it’s their stories intertwined in their search for hope, for love and finding who they are and what is important to them.”

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THE MIDNIGHT SKY First Look: George Clooney & Felicity Jones Star In Netflix’s Apocalyptic Drama

Some official stills for Netflix’s The Midnight Sky have been released (via Vanity Fair), giving us s first look at the upcoming apocalyptic sci-fi drama from director George Clooney.

Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, Clooney also stars as scientist Augustine Lofthouse, who is stationed at a remote arctic research station. Lofthouse is dying of cancer, and may well be the last man on Earth.

A mysterious event has had a catastrophic effect on the planet, and the crew of the NASA starship Aether (Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir) is returning home after exploring a newly discovered moon of Jupiter, completely unaware of what’s happened. Lofthouse must figure out how to warn the astronauts while also caring for a child named Iris (Caoilinn Springall) who hid herself away during the outpost’s evacuation.

The premise is a depressingly timely one, though as Clooney notes, the world wasn’t in quite the state it is now when production wrapped back in February.

“There wasn’t the pandemic, and we hadn’t set the whole West Coast on fire. I mean, the picture we show of Earth [in the movie] doesn’t look that much different than the satellite pictures of the West Coast right now.”

The Midnight Sky is set to premiere on Netflix this December.

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Felicity Jones Isn’t Afraid to Unplug and Make Time for Self-Care

With her latest film, The Aeronauts, Felicity Jones is back in action-heroine mode. To stay so calm and cool amid the chaos, she gives herself a face massage and hits the yoga mat.

It’s not yet 7 p.m. in London, and the sky outside is dark. “Pitch black, really.” This won’t stop Felicity Jones from getting her run in. “I have my running trainers on already,” she says while driving home from the set of a romantic drama she’s filming. “I have a route that’s quite well lit.” She’ll wash off the movie makeup and hit the pavement.

The truth is, Felicity’s life is nonstop right now.

When filming wraps on the love story project, she’ll go straight into production on a post-apocalyptic flick with George Clooney while her current big-screen release, The Aeronauts, shows in theaters. This adventure story is set in 1862 Victorian England, when the daredevils were the boundary breakers taking flight in hot-air balloons—and it’s a nail-biter. (No spoilers, but you might not want to settle in with your popcorn until after that storm cloud passes in the opening scenes.) In the film, based loosely on the history-making ascent of early meteorologist James Glaisher (played by Eddie Redmayne), Felicity, 36, transforms herself into fearless pilot Amelia Wren.

To give you a sense, picture Felicity perched midair at 3,000 feet—more than twice the height of the Empire State Building in New York—on the floating hoop between basket and balloon. “I like doing as many stunts as possible myself,” she says. “I even have to be held back a little.”

Perhaps it’s not what you would expect from an Oscar-nominated British actor with an Oxford education, but Felicity is all in when it comes to action roles. For her 2016 part as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, she ran in combat boots on the treadmill to prep for running on the boiling sand of the Maldives. For Aeronauts, she learned trapeze and how to climb silks Cirque du Soleil style, and she nearly missed garroting herself doing wirework for one climactic sequence.

Not that you would have seen or heard any of this on her Instagram account. Felicity doesn’t have one. “I think if it’s the right time and it feels right, then I’ll go for it,” she says with a shrug. “I just haven’t yet.” (Related: What It’s Like to Have Social Anxiety As an Instagram Influencer)

Unplugging is, in fact, Felicity’s idea of a luxury in the perpetual motion of modern stardom. “It’s such a gypsy job,” she says. “Not having to leave the house is a real treat.” This includes staying in and making dinner with her husband of just over a year, movie director Charles Guard. “We’re both real foodies, so we get enormous pleasure from cooking together.” (These cooking celebs will inspire you to skip take-out and make your own dinner tonight.)

Here, Felicity shares her go-to soup recipe and the everyday moves that help her stay grounded even at 3,000 feet.

I Light a Candle Every Morning

“Sometimes I feel like a headless chicken when I’m running from one thing to another. I’m probably not breathing properly. I have a little space where I put down a yoga mat and I light the candle—Diptyque in scent No.34 (Buy It, $80, nordstrom.com), which is almost unisex, with a spiciness to it. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, I have a stretch. Then I feel a little more centered and ready for the day.” (Related: 10 Morning Yoga Poses to Start Your Day)

I Don’t Have Any Eating Rules

“I think my rule would be balance if I was going to have a rule. It’s so connected to fitness: The more fitness you do, the more you have a better, healthier diet. I make a pretty mean tomato-vegetable soup, which is fresh tomatoes and every vegetable you can think of: courgettes—you call them zucchini—capers, carrots, onions. I’ll put in as many vegetables as possible to get a massive vitamin hit. When I’m shooting and the days are long, I try to have dried fruit and snacks like that to keep my energy up. And I think you have to treat yourself sometimes; otherwise you’ll go crazy.”

I Love the Ritual of Skin Care

“I’m using a face roller daily. Clé de Peau Beauté has a fantastic serum (Buy It, Clé de Peau Beauté Concentrated Brightening Serum, $205, nordstrom.com), and I put that on and give my face a wake-up massage in the morning and get everything going. I’ll often exfoliate twice a week and do a facial mask—as well as a hair mask—once a week. And it’s really important to take your makeup off properly before going to bed. That’s what my mom taught me, and it has stayed with me. I like locking myself in the bathroom and doing a proper pampering session when I have time.”

I Crave the Outdoors

“I’m not terribly good at being stuck in a gym. I prefer long walks and being outside and going for runs. I grew up very tomboyish, playing sports with my older brother. I loved hockey, field hockey, netball [similar to basketball], and tennis. So I think it’s become an extension of having that experience of being in nature and not feeling daunted by a challenge. For instance, learning to climb silks for this role seemed terribly complicated: I wrapped my foot in all sorts of strange ways to lead myself up the silks 20 to 30 feet. But I got an enormous satisfaction when I realized I could do it. I couldn’t think about anything else because I was just thinking about survival, which is weirdly quite relaxing.” (Other stars get their sweat on at these must-try fitness classes.)

I Get Confidence from Having Time and Balance

“I like to know what I’m doing and have everything in its right place. When I feel organized and I feel prepared and on top of things, then I’m most calm and most happy. But confidence grows as you get older. You’re not quite as hard on yourself, and you don’t need to have all the answers all the time. That’s something I’ve learned: It’s OK to ask questions.”