Free Fire, Star Wars, The Martian, 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.
Love Is All You Need?
Suburgatory‘s Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Deception‘s Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife‘s Jenica Bergere, and Drumline‘s Leonard Roberts have joined…the film…Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars‘ Tyler Blackburn for a lead role playing Ryan, the journalist who strikes up a forbidden romance with Evigan’s star quarterback.
Hawaiian model and actress Kea Ho has joined the cast of Aaron Kaufman’s debut film Urge. Pierce Brosnan, Danny Masterson, Ashley Greene, Bar Paly, Alexis Knapp, Chris Geere and Nick Thune are also set for the thriller about friends on holiday who get caught up in a new designer drug that makes them unable to control their urges. Ho, daughter of the late Don Ho, will play Xiomara, the star performer and femme fatale of Brosnan’s lair.
The Conjuring 2
James Wan…will return to direct The Conjuring 2, with shooting to begin next summer.
The Disappointments Room
Michaela Conlin is the latest to enter Relativity’s The Disappointments Room…under director DJ Caruso. Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) scripted the Shining-esque ghost story “inspired by true events” about Dana (Beckinsale), who moves with her 5-year-old son into a rural dream house and accidentally unlocks unimaginable horrors in the attic.
Conlin will play Jules, one half of a privileged Manhattan couple who doesn’t quite understand Dana’s predicament.
The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave…is rounding out the cast ahead, adding Sons of Anarchy star Maggie Siff and Hart of Dixie actress Talitha Bateman.
Siff will play Cassie and Sammy’s mother, Lisa, who suffers terribly when the third wave releases a plague on Earth. Bateman will play Teacup, a young girl who is also in the child army where Sammy is being held.
The Nice Guys
Kim Basinger will reunite with her L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe for another period noir thriller: Warner Bros.’ The Nice Guys.
Basinger will play a chief justice with dubious interests.
Patrick Stewart is beaming down to the Green Room.
Stewart…will play the ruthless leader of the Pacific Northwest-based white supremacist organization.
Rounding out cast of Green Room are Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat, Peaky Blinders’ Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
Jacki Weaver is set to star in James Franco’s Zeroville. She will play the lead role of Dotty, a film editor who acts as a mentor and friend to James Franco’s character. Zeroville is an adaptation of the 2007 Steve Erikson novel about a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business during a transitional time in the industry. Franco is directing.
Seth Rogen and Jacki Weaver have joined the cast of James Franco’s “Zeroville,” which has started shooting. Franco also stars in the lead role.
Cast also includes Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz.
Megan Fox is set as the female lead in Zeroville…Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with a very troubled past who becomes the love interest and obsession to Franco’s character.
Born To Be Blue
[The] Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue…[stars] Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker’s rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career.
Also starring with Hawke are Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy, Selma) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades Of Grey).
Charlie Kaufman has been signed to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s classic 1978 science fiction novel that Paramount is now developing as a star vehicle for Steve Carell…The plan is for Carell to play Dr. James Healey, who led a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments that unleashed an airborne virus that ravages the population. The affliction isn’t fatal but pretty bad; it progressively lowers the IQ of the afflicted, more effectively than a marathon of the Kardashians’ reality show. It becomes a race against time as the scientist struggles for a cure, even as he feels himself growing dumber. He watches crowds regressing into animal packs and sees the president of the United States try to comfort the masses, only to babble and drool on television.
Natalie Dormer will lead the David Goyer-produced supernatural thriller The Forest, about an American woman who ventures into Japan’s legendary Aokigahara forest in search of her missing twin sister. Jason Zada is directing from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca
Their Finest Hour And A Half
Lily James (Disney’s Cinderella) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) are circling to star in Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half.
Their Finest Hour And A Half…follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale after the Blitz during World War II. TV writer Gabby Chiappe is adapting.
Sebastian Stan…will play NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck in Ridley Scott’s The Martian co-starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejoifor, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig
Ricki And The Flash
Sebastian Stan has also just been set to play Joshua, the estranged son to Meryl Streep’s rocker mom, in the Jonathan Demme-directed Ricki And The Flash…Written by Diablo Cody, the film also stars Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield.
Luke Evans (“Dracula Untold,” “The Hobbit”) will star in Ben Wheatley’s action shootout movie “Free Fire”
The cast…will also feature Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “The Lone Ranger” and next year’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “Batman Begins”), Olivia Wilde (“Her,” “Rush”) and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (“Kill List,” “Black Sea”) in a story about an arms deal that goes spectacularly wrong.
The story is set in Boston in 1978. Wilde plays Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans, who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.
Star Wars stand-alone
Greig Fraser…the Australian cinematographer…[will] be working with Gareth Edwards on one of the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone movies.
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