Emily Blunt at the American Institute For Stuttering 13th Annual Gala at Gustavino’s on July 11, 2019, in New York City. File/AFP
Actress Emily Blunt will star in “Pain Hustlers,” a criminal-conspiracy film directed by “Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates that will be introduced to buyers at Cannes. According to ‘Variety’, from a script by “The True American” writer Wells Tower, the film is produced by Lawrence Grey through his Grey Matter Productions banner and Wychwood Pictures.
The movie’s official logline reads: “Dreaming of a better life for her and her young daughter, Liza Drake (Blunt), a high-school dropout, lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical start-up in a yellowing strip mall in Central Florida.” “Liza’s charm, guts and drive catapult the company and her into the high life, where she soon finds herself at the centre of a criminal conspiracy with deadly consequences.
In the vein of “The Big Short,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Pain Hustlers” is a hilarious, dramatic and wild journey to the corrupt heart of the American dream.” BAFTA-winning filmmaker Yates is fresh off the release of his third “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.” Golden Globe winner Blunt most recently starred in “Jungle Cruise,” and will next appear in Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic ‘Oppenheimer’.
Emily is a British actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for three British Academy Film Awards. Forbes ranked her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2020. Blunt made her acting debut in a 2001 stage production of The Royal Family. She went on to appear in the television film “Boudica” (2003) and portrayed Queen Catherine Howard in the miniseries “Henry VIII” (2003).
She made her feature film debut in the drama “My Summer of Love” (2004). Blunt’s breakthrough came in 2006 with her starring roles in the television film “Gideon’s Daughter” and the comedy-drama film “The Devil Wears Prada.” The former won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the latter earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Blunt’s profile continued to grow with leading roles in the period film “The Young Victoria” (2009), the science fiction films “The Adjustment Bureau” (2011), “Looper” (2012), and “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014), and the musical films “Into the Woods” (2014) and “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018).
She received critical acclaim for playing a principled FBI agent in the crime film “Sicario” (2015), an alcoholic in the thriller “The Girl on the Train” (2016), which earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and a survivalist mother in the horror film “A Quiet Place” (2018), for which she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2021, she starred in the sequel “A Quiet Place Part II” and the adventure film “Jungle Cruise” (both 2021). From age seven to 14, Blunt had difficulties with stuttering. She credits a school teacher for helping her manage the stutter through acting.