From The Hollywood Reporter:
UTA has signed Julianne Nicholson, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The actress has amassed a body of steady film and television work, most recently as the title character in Sophie and the Rising Sun at Sundance this year and as Joel Edgerton’s wife in Black Mass. Other recent film credits includeTen Thousand Saints and August: Osage County, in which THR‘s David Rooney called her performance “a quiet revelation.”
Nicholson will topline USA’s upcoming crime thriller Eyewitness as a sheriff who becomes foster mother to a teenage boy. She previously starred as a detective on three seasons of NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent and recurred as an assistant U.S. attorney throughout three seasons of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. More recently, she was a series regular on Sundance Channel’s The Red Road and a recurring guest on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, for which she received a Critics’ Choice TV Awards nomination last year.
Nicholson continues to be managed by Davien Littlefield.
The most engaging and emotional movies are often those that incorporate meaningful societal issues into their captivating plot-lines and characters. That’s certainly the case with the new gritty, realistic and timely film, ‘From Nowhere,’ which was written and directed by Matthew Newton. The drama, which stars Julianne Nicholson and Denis O’Hare, is set to have its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. As Shockya prepares to return to the Austin-based festival that’s held every year in March, we’re debuting three new photos featuring the SAG Award-nominated actress, as well as two of her younger, up-and-coming co-stars.
‘From Nowhere’ features an ensemble cast that’s led by Nicholson, who plays a committed teacher, and O’Hare, who portrays a corporate lawyer who’s out of his comfort zone as he works to secure the papers necessary for three undocumented teenagers to stay in the USA after high school graduation. Filmed on location in the Bronx, New York, the drama follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl as they are forced to grow up prematurely, and navigate significant immigration challenges to stay in the country where they have grown up and call home. As graduation nears, the three teenagers just want to be with their friends, fall in love and push back against authority.
No Place Like Film produced ‘From Nowhere’ with Newton and his co-scribe, Kate Ballen. The drama also stars J. Mallory McCree, Chinasa Oghuagu and Jim Norton.
“We’re all incredibly excited to host the world premiere of ‘From Nowhere’ at South By Southwest,” Newton said. “‘From Nowhere’ is inspired by the real experiences of my co-writer, Kate Ballen, who spent 10 years teaching undocumented teenagers at a Bronx high school, so it’s a great privilege to help give a voice to a group of young people whose circumstances mean they can’t speak up for themselves. We shot the film on location on the streets of the Bronx and inside a real high school, and there was a true sense of immediacy to the characters’ challenges – we would literally travel to the set each morning reading stories in the newspaper dealing with exactly the issues we were about to film that day.”
Julianne Nicholson is an actor’s actor. Her reputation has long been larger than her celebrity. It’s wrong to say she disappears into roles, because one of her greatest attributes is presence. When Nicholson takes hold of a character, she practically throttles it. She doesn’t play the leads. She plays the people who make the leads pay attention.
Across two seasons of Masters of Sex, Nicholson played Dr. Lillian DePaul, a crusading ob-gyn who crashed hard into the low glass ceiling of the 1950s before being stymied further by her own failing health. In the wrong hands, Dr. DePaul could have been little more than a well-educated stick in the mud for Lizzy Caplan’s self-taught Virginia Johnson to navigate around. Instead, Nicholson was at first a worthy foil, then a kind of partner, and, ultimately, a very real friend. Masters of Sex, though spotty in Year 2, has always been a strongly feminist show: Two female characters don’t have to square off over a man to share screen time; in fact, they don’t need to talk about men at all. A great deal of that strength came from Nicholson.
Filming of the movie based on the Whitey Bulger book “Black Mass” continued Thursday at a house on Broadway in South Boston, and there were a few new faces on the set. We got our first glimpse of Julianne Nicholson, the Medford-bred actress who’s playingMarianne Connolly, wife of corrupt former FBI agent John Connolly. (Actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Connolly, was also there, keeping cool under an umbrella between takes.) Others on set in the morning included David Harbour, the actor playing John Morris, the corrupt FBI supervisor who was Bulger’s handler, Rory Cochrane, who plays Stephen Flemmi, Johnny Depp, who plays the South Boston mobster, and, of course, director Scott Cooper. (During a break in filming, there was a nice moment when Depp and his double greeted each other outside the house.) The scene being shot was a barbecue at Connolly’s house attended by Bulger and his henchman Flemmi.
From The Boston Globe.
Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) and Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) have joined the coming-of-age pic Ten Thousand Saints, set in the ’80s in New York City’s Lower East Side. American Splendor directing team Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman have assembled a fairly big cast for the project including Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, and Ender’s Game co-stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Mortimer will be playing Hawke’s girlfriend and Steinfeld’s mother, while Nicholson has been cast as Hawke’s ex-wife and mother of Butterfield.
Production began Monday with the directing team of Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman (“American Splendor”). Producers are Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray Productions, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, and Luca Borghese.
“Ten Thousand Saints,” set in the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980s, follows three screwed up young people and their equally screwed up parents.
Mortimer will play the mother of Steinfeld’s character and Nicholson will portray the ex-wife of Hawke’s character and the mother of Butterfield’s character.
Mortimer is set to star in the third season of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Nicholson stars in “August: Osage County” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” Mortimer is repped by ICM, 42 Management, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney David Weber. Nicholson is repped by CAA and Davien Littlefield.
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