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Film Casting: BEYOND DECEIT, DUMBO, Kate Mara in MORGAN

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Beyond Deceit, Dumbo, Morgan, 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.

The Infiltrator

Amy Ryan, John Leguizamo, Olympia Dukakis, Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Juliet Aubrey (The White Queen) are now confirmed to have joined the cast of the fact-based drama about a fearless undercover agent.

Forever, Interrupted

Gidden Media and Good Universe set Tricia McAlpin to adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted: A Novel as a star vehicle for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson.

The book tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother – who didn’t know she existed.

My Blind Brother

writer/director Sophie Goodhart [is] ready to direct the feature version, and she has gotten a strong comic cast. Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll and Charlie Hewson (The Bounty Hunter) are starring. Scott will play a handsome man who gets all the women and is the perfect athlete–even though he’s blind. Kroll plays his less handsome brother, whose role in life is to serve as his brother’s eyes. That is until blind brother falls for a young woman (Slate) that sighted brother falls for, too.

Woody Allen 2015 feature film

Woody Allen has…set Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart to lead the ensemble

Frat Pack

Tommy Davidson has been set in Richard Reid’s indie comedy Frat Pack…Davidson…will play an overly protective father with a hair-trigger temper in the story that centers on a shy British bachelor who is dragged on a wild road trip to a frat party.

The project, which is being directed by Jo Marr (Night Train, Van Wilder 2) also stars screenwriter/producer Reid (Tulip Fever).

Spectre

Stephanie Sigman has joined Spectre, cast as the as-yet-unknown character Estelle. Given that Sigman is the lesser-known of the three Bond girls announced so far, speculation has already started to gather than she won’t make it to the final credits. One Facebook user suggested she’d be the film’s “sacrificial lamb.”

Chicuarotes

Gael Garcia Bernal will direct a “very dark comedy” titled “Chicuarotes,” set amid the lakes in Mexico City and centered around teens who “want to become economically superior to what they are,” he said during the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event

[It] is being written by Mexican scribe Augusto Mendoza

Code of Honor

Steven Seagal is back in action with the Premiere Entertainment Group thriller Code of Honor…The story follows a Special Forces colonel who returns from a Middle East tour. Noticing that his hometown has disintegrated into a violent world run by murderers and narco-terrorists, the colonel takes the situation into his own hands by entering the shadow world. No one can stop him, except for maybe an old teammate.

The film is written and directed by Michael Winnick and also stars Craig Sheffer (A River Runs Through It) and Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2).

Dumbo

Tim Burton is planning to direct a live-action version of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo for Walt Disney Pictures…Pic will be a mix of CG and live-action. Ehren Kruger is writing the script

Backcountry

Rob Connolly is making his feature directorial debut with the suspense thriller Backcountry…The pic stars Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night, The Killing, Suicide Squad), Tom Holland (Heart Of The Sea, The Impossible, Billy Elliot: The Musical) and Percy Hynes-White (Murdoch Mysteries, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb).

Backcountry follows Elliot Baker (Kinnaman), who seizes the chance to develop a better relationship with his sons when his ex-wife Karen (Rachelle LeFevre, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and her new husband take a vacation and leave the boys with him. What starts as a bonding opportunity turns into a nightmarish adventure when they get stranded in a deserted cabin near the lake as night falls and a snowstorm rages. Bradley (Holland), 15, and Caleb (Hynes-White), 12, quickly learn more about their father and what they truly mean to him in this gripping tale of family and survival.

Backcountry is written and produced by Kyle Mann

Morgan

Kate Mara is attached to star in Morgan, a sci-fi thriller just set up at Fox with Luke Scott, the son of filmmaker Ridley Scott, on board to make his feature directorial debut

Anya Taylor-Joy…is in final negotiations to star opposite Mara.

Owen wrote the script

The story centers on a corporate risk-management consultant who is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being.

Beyond Deceit

Josh Duhamel and Alice Eve have joined Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino in Beyond Deceit, a legal thriller that will mark the directorial debut of screenwriter Shintaro Shimosawa.

Glen Powell…and Leah McKendrick are also joining the cast

Duhamel is stepping into the shoes previously worn by Dan Stevens, who dropped out due to a conflict with Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Duhamel will now star as an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company, only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect. Eve portrays his wife.

The script was written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes with a rewrite by Shimosawa.

Inferno

Ben Foster is in negotiations to play a key villainous role in Inferno

Foster will play a genius scientist who is obsessed with Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation problem by releasing a virus.

The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang

Universal Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire the rights to the recently published Atavist article “The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang,” with Miles Teller attached to star and Ruben Fleischer on board to direct.

The article profiles the bank robbers dubbed “the Stopwatch Gang” because of how quickly they pulled off their heists. Although they never once fired a shot, the group stole millions and became the most feared and pursued bank robbers of the 1980s.

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Source: Variety, Hollywoodreporter, Deadline

 

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