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Film Casting: A MOVIE LIFE, ORPHAN X, David Koepp writing THE THEMIS FILES [Updated]

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A Movie Life, Orphan X, The Themis Files, and other movies have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.

Hacksaw Ridge

Stuart Ford’s sales and finance powerhouse IM Global has closed a slew of deals on the Andrew Garfield-starring and Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge

The epic film tells the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Robert Pattinson is joining Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in the upcoming thriller Brimstone.

Carice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Game of Thrones) also has been added to the cast of the movie by writer-director Martin Koolhoven

Wasikowska plays Liz, a heroine on the run from her past, pursued by Pearce’s diabolical Preacher. Pattinson plays an outlaw who has a crucial role in the tale of retribution. A film description didn’t provide further details.

The Trust

Sky Ferreira has signed on to join Oscar winner Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in the indie crime thriller “The Trust”

Benjamin and Alex Brewer are directing from a script that Benjamin Brewer co-wrote with Adam Hirsch.

A Movie Life

Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) will co-star in Selton Mello’s upcoming “A Movie Life”…helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello

A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.

Cassel, who speaks fluent Portuguese, will play Tony’s father. Mello…will also take a role in “A Movie Life,” playing a friend of the father.

Orphan X

Warner Bros. is in talks for the movie rights to Gregg Hurwitz’s upcoming thriller “Orphan X,” with plans for Bradley Cooper to produce and possibly star.

Hurwitz will write the adaptation of “Orphan X,” which will be published in February 2016 by Macmillan. The story centers on the world of human slavery.

Hurwitz has written more than a dozen novels, including “Don’t Look Back,” “You’re Next,” “The Survivor” and “Tell No Lies,” and has worked for Marvel and DC on comics featuring Wolverine, Punisher and Batman.

The Themis Files

Sony Pictures has set David Koepp to adapt The Themis Files…The novel revolves around a secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens. It’s discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where a young girl named Rose Franklin falls into a huge hole and literally lands in the palm of a giant metal hand. The government swarms, but loses interest after failing to gain any military or technological secrets. By the time it’s demilitarized years later, that young girl is a physicist with the University of Chicago and she spearheads the building project after other body parts are discovered around the U.S. She tries all this covertly in an underground facility in Denver but when her project goes public, the paranoia and greed push mankind to the brink of world war, even as its researchers puzzle over whether they are reviving a weapon of mass destruction or something else.

Taliban Shuffle

Rugby star-turned-Aussie TV star Steve Peacocke has been cast opposite Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in the Paramount Pictures movie based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir Taliban Shuffle.

In the currently untitled project, Fey plays a journalist and self-confessed adrenaline junkie who recounts her six years of reporting on terrorism and international affairs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Peacocke will play Nic, her alpha-male Kiwi bodygaurd who has the hots for her.


Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan…have been tapped to pen the latest entry of the Halloween horror franchise for Dimension Films.

Sources say it’s not a remake, not a reboot, and not a reimagining. One source said the project is a “recalibration.”

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter, Thewrap, Variety

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