Phoebe Waller-Bridge will no longer star opposite Donald Glover in Amazon Prime Video’s series adaptation of the 2005 movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, which says that the Fleabag Emmy winner had a different creative vision for the series than Glover did.
The trade adds that Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Glover remain friends and the split was amicable. Waller-Bridge and Glover previously starred together in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
THR says that her role will now be recast and the series remains on track for a 2022 debut. Writing on the series is currently underway and production expected to begin next year.
Glover will also executive produce with co-creator and executive producer Francesca Sloane (Atlanta, Fargo), who will serve as showrunner, and executive producers Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer (New Regency).
When the project was announced, Amazon Studios’ Jennifer Salke said: “Talk about the dream team! Donald and Phoebe are two of the most talented creators and performers in the world. It’s truly a dream for us, as it will be for our global audience, to have these two forces of nature collaborating as a powerhouse creative team.
“Mr. and Mrs. Smith is an iconic property, and we can’t wait to see how Donald, Phoebe and Francesca make it their own. We’re thrilled to be working with them, and with such great partners at New Regency.”
“Having had the pleasure of successful collaborations with the incredibly talented Donald Glover, most recently on Guava Island, we all started talking about other projects to do together and when he suggested the idea of a new take and iteration on the New Regency film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, we jumped at the chance to get going right away,” said Said Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer of New Regency.
“Adding Phoebe and her company Wells Street Films as a collaborator and co-star takes everything up another level and makes the project worthy of a reimagining for both new audiences and past fans of the original film. We are so excited to be working with Donald, Phoebe, Francesca and the entire team at Amazon Studios.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is currently filming Indiana Jones 5 and contributed to the script for the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time to Die. She is also executive producing the final season of Killing Eve.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a multi-award-winning writer and actor, known for the BBC 3/Amazon series Fleabag, in which she starred, created and produced. Waller-Bridge won three Primetime Emmy Awards for the second season, including Best Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
She also won two Golden Globe Awards (Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy), two Critics’ Choice Awards (Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy Series) and the Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series), in addition to a BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Program.
Donald Glover is in post-production on the third season of Atlanta and is in production on the fourth season. The third season is expected to return in the first half of 2022.
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Francesca Sloane is currently under an overall at Amazon Studios, where she is also developing a series based on Anais Nin’s erotic fiction.