Anne Hathaway’s Movie Not Affected by Writers and Actors’ Strikes

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Anne Hathaway, Michaela Coel, and Hunter Schafer are set to star in an upcoming film titled “Mother Mary.” Unlike many other film and TV productions that have been affected by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes, “Mother Mary” is exempt from these strikes. The film has received special permission to continue shooting as it is considered an independent production and not affiliated with major studios that are part of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Written and directed by David Lowery, “Mother Mary” is backed by A24 and Topic Studios. The film falls into the pop melodrama genre and revolves around a fictional musician portrayed by Anne Hathaway, exploring her relationship with an iconic fashion designer played by Michaela Coel. Hunter Schafer’s character, Hilda, serves as the assistant to Coel’s designer character, Sam.

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David Lowery’s collaboration with A24 continues with “Mother Mary,” making it their third project together following “The Green Knight” in 2021 and “A Ghost Story” in 2017.

Amid the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the exemption for “Mother Mary” allows the production to proceed smoothly without facing work stoppages like many other TV and film projects. The strikes have arisen due to several reasons, including concerns about the usage and impact of artificial intelligence, discrepancies in pay, and issues related to profit sharing.

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The exemption is not unique to “Mother Mary.” Several other film and TV productions have also been granted special permissions, including the CW series “The Chosen,” “Death of a Unicorn,” a film recently announced by A24 and featuring Paul Rudd and Jenna Ortega, as well as “Bride Hard” starring Rebel Wilson.

By being classified as an independent production, “Mother Mary” has the advantage of continuing its shooting schedule and production activities despite the strikes. This distinction allows the film to move forward, providing a sense of stability in a time when many other productions have faced uncertainties and delays.

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As “Mother Mary” progresses with its star-studded cast and captivating storyline, audiences await the arrival of this pop melodrama, hopeful that its exemption from the strikes will ensure a seamless and engaging cinematic experience. While the industry navigates through the challenges posed by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, films like “Mother Mary” provide a glimpse of hope for the future of independent productions during these unprecedented times.