Ben-Hur, Andron, Good Kids, and other films have all 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.
Morgan Freeman is the first official casting in Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of Ben-Hur. Freeman will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
Ashley Judd and Demian Bichir [are set] to star with Nicholas Braun, Zoey Deutch, Israel Broussard and Mateo Arias in the teen coming-of-age comedy Good Kids, which also is being produced by Depth of Field. Judd…will play a beautiful Cape Cod tennis wife, and…Bichir will play the senior tennis coach at the club. Also joining the cast are Dayo Okeniyi,…Julia Garner,…and Ginny Gardner
A Civil Right
Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man Too, Sleeper Cell) will star as civil rights activist Dr. Gilbert Mason in biopic A Civil Right…The film tells the story of the Biloxi physician who led nonviolent “wade-ins” against segregation on Gulf Coast beaches between 1959 and 1963…and resulted in the first successful anti-discrimination suit against the state of Mississippi. Mason’s activism landed him at #3 on the FBI’s civil rights agitators most-watched list, and he went on to successfully fight for school desegregation in the state and help form the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). He served as President of the Mississippi NAACP for three decades before his death in 2006.
Gilbert Mason wade in Salvatore Stabile will direct from his own script.
Andron: The Black Labyrinth
Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover…have signed on to star in the sci-fi/action film Andron — The Black Labyrinth…Baldwin and Glover join a cast that also includes Michelle Ryan (BBC’s EastEnders), Skin (lead singer from the U.K. band Skunk Anansie), Jon Kortajarena (A Single Man), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk) and Leo Howard (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra).
Francesco Cinquemani wrote the screenplay and is directing the film, which marks his feature directorial debut.
Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are tuning up to star in the period musical Ziggy from Baz Luhrmann protege Diesel Schwarze. Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid is spearheading the film’s original contemporary music.
Ziggy chronicles the rise and fall of the titular character (DeHaan), a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiancee (Mara) of a powerful media mogul.
Brian d’Arcy James has joined the cast of Spotlight, the Boston pedophile priest film from director Tom McCarthy… James plays Matty Carroll, one of the key Spotlight team members at the Boston Globe who helps uncover the years of abuse by church leadership.
Louder Than Bombs
Ruby Jerins has landed a role in Louder Than Bombs for Norwegian filmmaker Joaquim Trier. It follows Gene (Gabriel Byrne) and his two sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Makenzie Druid) three years after the death of their wife and mother. Jerins will play Melanie, a popular high school girl coveted by Druid’s character.
The Finest Hours
Beau Knapp has been cast in Disney’s The Finest Hours for director Craig Gillespie. It centers on a daring Coast Guard rescue attempt after two oil tankers are destroyed off Cape Cod during a blizzard in 1952. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Graham McTavish and Holliday Grainger star. Knapp will play the best friend of Pine’s character in the Coast Guard.
Leave your thoughts on this film casting, screenwriting, and director news below in the comments section. For more film news, visit our Movie News Page, and consider subscribing to us by Email, “follow” us on Twitter, Tumblr, or “like” on Facebook for quick news updates.