Vancouver Screen Scene: Britney Spears, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, and more

Britney Spears

Want a piece of Britney Spears? You just might see her in Vancouver…well, sort of….

What—is Britney Spears really in Vancouver? And Kate Winslet? Idris Elba? Charlize Theron? Is it true? Is it just gossip?

If you want the answers, read on, fangirls and fanboys.

Well, to start off, it’s not exactly Britney Spears, bitch. But it’s a reasonable facsimile.

The Lifetime TV movie about the American pop princess Britney will be directed by Leslie Libman and it starts shooting in Vancouver today (September 19).

Natasha Bassett

Natasha Bassett—the new Britney Spears?

Australia’s Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) was enough to snag the lead role as the singer. Talk about lucky. But, as they say, she better work.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears—the new Natasha Bassett?

The movie will chronicle Spears’ crazy shot to stardom, her toxic fall from grace, and her return to form as a stronger individual.

It’ll also delve into Spears’ relationships with Justin Timberlake, Jason Alexander, and Kevin Federline (remember him? No? Neither do we).

Unfortunately, viewers who want a piece of this biopic will have to wait it’s broadcast in 2017.

Mech-X4

Mech-X4

As previously mentioned, the sci-fi series Mech-X4 also starts shooting today (September 19), directed by Zach Lipovsky.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

The next day, Jason Reitman’s Tully kicks into production on Wednesday (September 21).

Charlize Theron stars as a mother of three who bonds with a quirky nanny named Tully (played by Vancouver-born Mackenzie Davis).

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Speaking of big-name productions on the horizon, two big stars are coming our way, determined to overcome any obstacles between them.

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are slated to star in the romantic drama The Mountain Between Us.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

It’s based on Charles Martin’s 2010 novel about a surgeon and a woman who are forced to depend on each other after they survive a plane crash in the wilderness.

As they struggle to find their way back to civilization, they fall in love.

It doesn’t start shooting here until December 1 and continues until February 17 so you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for it.

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

As previously mentioned, some other productions have wrapped up.

The alternate history series The Man in the High Castle, which explores what might have been had the Axis powers won the Second World War, ends its second season of production on Thursday (September 22).

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Unfortunately, your chances to catch sight of Julia Roberts in town have run out as Wonder, starring Roberts and Vancouver child star Jacob Tremblay (Room), wrapped on September 13.

Jacob Tremblay

Jacob Tremblay

Similarly, Live Like Line, starring Helen Hunt, also wrapped on September 13.

In the inspirational sports drama based on a true story, Hunt portrays a high-school volleyball coach who leads her team to the state championships after the death of their star player.

Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt

But as always, there are more productions starting up so keep checking back with us to find out who’s in town here in Hollywood North.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Britney Spears, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, and more

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