Is Daniel Day-Lewis the next James Bond and Star Wars Star?
Daniel Day-Lewis, the three-time Academy Award winner, has set the rumor mill buzzing recently about his potential involvement in both the James Bond and Star Wars franchises. A reporter caught Day-Lewis out to lunch with George Lucas himself, as well as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
If all goes well, Day-Lewis will be taking a role in the hotly anticipated “Star Wars: Episode VII,” a return to the film universe which audiences originally assumed had concluded with prequels Episodes I – III.
As if that wasn’t enough, Day-Lewis’ name came up as the next potential “Bond,” after James Bond writer William Boyd described him as the perfect fit for the role.
Day-Lewis, whose mother is Jewish, was raised in London, England. His mother’s parents originally immigrated to the country as refugees from Latvia and Poland around the turn of the 20th century.
He has also noted that his Jewish ancestry and well-off economic background were sources for childhood teasing. Day-Lewis began acting at an early age at the National Youth Theater in Britain and later studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School.
Long-time Warner Bros. CEO Calling It Quits
Warner Bros. Entertainment’s longtime CEO, Barry Meyer, is leaving the company later this month after 42 years.
He began working at Warner Bros. in 1971 as a TV business affairs executive and went on to 14 years as its Chief Executive Officer. Although he passed on his CEO duties to home distributions head, Kevin Tsujihara, Meyer will finish out his position as a chairman in January.
Under Meyer’s guidance, Warner Bros. experienced some of its best years, including its most successful year ever domestically in 2009. He is also a well-known advocate for laborers
In 2006, Meyers was chosen by the American Jewish Committee to receive the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award.
Meyer was born in New York, N.Y., where he is a member of the bar. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University of Law.