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Work/Life Balance: Camila Mendes & Archie Renaux Topline Carlson Young’s “Upgraded”

Work/Life Balance: Camila Mendes & Archie Renaux Topline Carlson Young’s “Upgraded”

Not wasting much time mounting her sophomore film, actress-director Carlson Young is moving from horror fantasy world of The Blazing World into the difficult-to-navigate waters of mixing professional with personal. Deadline reports that production has already began on Upgraded – a rom-com featuring the likes of Camila Mendes and Archie Renaux (who’ll next be seen in The Greatest Beer Run Ever). Filming will take place in both London and New York City.

Written by Christine Lenig, Justin Matthews & Luke Roberts, aspiring art intern Ana (Mendes) is invited on a last-minute work trip to London by her brilliant but intimidating super boss, meeting the handsome and wealthy William (Renaux) on the plane. Set in both London and New York City, the rom-com chronicles the trials and tribulations of balancing work, romance and following your dreams.

Gulfstream Pictures’ Bill Bindley and Mike Karz are producing, along with Lena Roklin for Luber Roklin Entertainment, Piers Tempest for Tempo Productions, and Karl Hall. Mendes is joined as an exec producer on the project by Rachel Matthews, Josie Rosen and Matt Williams.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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