Anthony Hopkins to star in ‘The Sun’ follow-up to ‘The Father’

Anthony Hopkins is back on the big screen after his Oscar-winning turn in Florian Zeller’s 2020 drama, “The Father.”

Hopkins, 83, has been cast in an undisclosed role in a follow-up film, “The Sun”, directed by Zeller.

Hopkins will be joining Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Jane McGrath and Vanessa Kirby, Zeller announced Monday.

Production ended in London earlier this month. Filming is also scheduled to take place in New York and France.

“After our visit on ‘The Father,’ I couldn’t have made another film without Anthony,” Zeller said in a statement. “He was the first to read the script of ‘The Sun’, as one of the characters was written specifically for him. It is an honor, a deep pleasure and very emotional to have him with us to narrate this new story.” .

“The Sun” tells the story of a couple portrayed by Jackman and Kirby, whose lives turn around with their child when his ex-wife, played by Dern, appears out of the blue with their teenage son (McGrath). . .

Zeller and “The Father” co-writer Christopher Hampton adapted “The Sun” from Zeller’s play.

“The Father” garnered six Academy Award nominations earlier this year. Zeller won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with Hampton, while the “Thor” actor won his second Best Actor Oscar. The film also starred Olivia Colman, who played Hopkins’s daughter, as he tries to help her as she decompresses from dementia.

Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman and Imogen Poots in 2020’s “The Father.”
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Hopkins famously won the gold statuette instead of the fan-favorite, Chadwick Boseman. The “Black Panther” star died last August and was nominated for a posthumous Oscar for “Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom.”

Hopkins remembered Boseman in his Oscar acceptance speech at the time. While the Welsh actor was not physically present at the ceremony, he shared a message, thanking the Academy for his award the next day.

“Good morning. Here I am in my homeland of Wales – and at 83 I did not expect to receive this award,” said Hopkins. “I really didn’t. I am grateful to the Academy, and thank you,” he said.

“And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken away long before us,” he continued.


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