Old age and Hollywood get along with each other like Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara: sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s inspiring, and sometimes it just doesn’t work. But some veteran actresses have risen to the challenge and broken boundaries by staying not only relevant but also bringing in the moolah at the Box Office. If asked about the hardships faced in the industry due to age, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they respond with ‘Frankly my dear, we don’t give a damn’. These actresses have proven that they are here to stay for the long haul, and then some… and like a fine wine, they are only getting better with age! Lets take a look at some of these actresses and their upcoming films!
Eye in the Sky: Helen Mirren(70)– The Academy Award winner will be seen as a military intelligence officer in a thriller which deals with the complexities of modern warfare. Also sharing the screen space will be Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame and the late Alan Rickman. Release date- 18th March 2016
Mother’s Day: Susan Sarandon(69)– This upcoming movie deals with the lives of different mothers and their children. An Oscar winner, Susan Sarandon is part of an ensemble cast which includes Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone. The movie also stars Courtney Cox, with whom Sarandon has previously worked with on Friends. Release date- 29th April 2016
Bastards: Glenn Close(68)– Three time Emmy Award winner Glenn Close is set to star in this movie where Owen Wilson and Ed Helms play two brothers who believe that their father died when they were young, but later they discover that is a lie. The Mrs. Reynolds role played by Close is a pivotal one in the film as she must be believable as a one-time wild party girl from the 1970s who slept around. She must also be believable as a woman with a big heart as the truth that comes out later is much more complicated. Release date-4th November 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins: Meryl Streep(66) – Meryl Streep starts as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite who becomes an Opera singer despite her terrible singing skills. Based on a true story, the three time Oscar winner plays the titular character and is joined by Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.
Release date- 6th May 2016
The Lady in the Van: Maggie Smith(81) – Popular in India for her role in the Harry Potter movies and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Maggie Smith plays the role of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a decrepit van on Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years. Smith’s performance was widely appreciated and cemented her place as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors.
Release date- 13th November 2015
Our Souls at Night: Jane Fonda(78)– The two-time Academy Award winner will team up again with Robert Redford in this adaptation of the Kent Haruf novel by the same name. The work on the movie will start soon and will be backed exclusively by Netflix.
James Bond: Judi Dench(81) – Perhaps most popular for playing M in the James Bond movies, the seven time nominee and one time Academy Award winner’s body of work is vast and across myriad platforms : theatre, film and television.