Aubrey Plaza to Star Opposite Jason Statham in Guy Ritchie’s Next Thriller

Aubrey Plaza is ready to thrill

The 36-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress will star in Guy Ritchie’s untitled thriller film, which began shooting in Doha, Qatar, this week.

Aubrey Plaza

Plaza stars opposite British rapper Bugzy Malone, Jason Statham and Cary Elwes in the project, which will also shoot in Antalya, Turkey.

The film reunites Ritchie with Statham, marking their second film together for Miramax following Wrath of Man.

“Guy and Jason have repeatedly impressed audiences with their collaborations, and we’re looking forward to bringing this production to the city of Doha, Qatar, a growing market in the entertainment and media space,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman of Miramax-owner beIN Media Group.

“This film marks our third collaboration with Ritchie, adding to our expanding list of nearly 20 projects having been released or currently in production since beIN’s acquisition of Miramax – a testament to our continued success achieving the target goals we set forth for the studio’s evolution while remaining committed to prioritizing investments in innovative and culturally relevant films.”

In the film, MI6 guns-and-steel agent Orson Fortune (Statham) is recruited by a global intelligence agency to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order. Reluctantly paired with CIA high-tech expert Sarah Fidel, Fortune sets off on a globe-trotting mission where he will have to use his charm, ingenuity and stealth to track down and infiltrate billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds.

Ritchie will direct and produce from a screenplay written by Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies.

STX will distribute directly in the U.S., UK and Ireland.

Plaza’s previous film credits include Happiest Season, Ingrid Goes West and Dirty Grandpa.

Moura Named New Member of the Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Club

Lucas Moura is preparing for a Parisian fútbol experience…

The 20-year-old Brazilian soccer star has been named the newest member of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club.

Lucas Moura

Moura has signed a contract with the team through June 2017, a deal that involved a transfer fee of 45 million euros (about $60 million) to his former squad, FC Sao Paulo.

Moura was publicly presented at a special ceremony at the Islamic Art Museum in Doha, since PSG is currently in Qatar, where the club’s owner lives.

Moura thanked his countryman, sports director Leonardo, for the role he played in arranging the transfer.

“Choosing PSG is a challenge … for me. Leonardo helped me a lot in my decision,” he said in remarks published by the L’Equipe Web site, adding that he wouldn’t have been able to finish out the season at Sao Paulo.

“PSG has a long history of Brazilian players and I hope to be able to write a new page of this history and give happiness to the fans,” said Moura.

Moura went on to mention that he’s aware that everyone has high expectations for him, saying he’s confident he won’t let them down.

Qatari team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also paid tribute to Leonardo at the presentation, saying “without him, we would not have had Lucas Moura,” whom he characterized as “one of the best players in the world.”

After undergoing a series of medical exams that found no sign of any physical problems, Moura was scheduled to take part in his first practice wearing his new jersey on Tuesday afternoon.