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Film Casting: FREEHELD, CELLAR, Jamie Dornan in 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX

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Freeheld, Cellar, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, 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.

The 9th Life Of Louis Drax

Miramax has tapped French director Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, with Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan in the lead role. The adaptation of Liz Jensen’s bestselling novel follows young Louis Drax, who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the boy’s accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

The script is by actor Max Minghella, who makes his screenwriting debut


David Frankel has taken over the directing reins of Good Universe’s sci-fi romance Departure. Oscar-nominated Billy Ray penned the script and was previously set to direct the tale


Steve Carell is replacing Zach Galifianakis in Freeheld, the Peter Sollett-directed film based on the 2007 documentary about Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. …The film stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page…Carell will play the supporting role of Steven Goldstein, a passionate advocate for Garden State Equality.

The Emperor’s Children

Lake Bell will take her sophomore [directing] turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment…The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, in which students played prisoner and guard in a psychological simulation with all too real results. Kilmer…will play Jim, one of the student prisoners whose personality makes him the perfect subject to comply with all that’s asked of him. He joins Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano

The Finest Hours

Graham McTavish (The Hobbit, Outlander) has been cast in Disney’s The Finest Hours opposite Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. He’ll play Frank Fauteux in the 1952-set film about a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Cape Cod. Craig Gillespie…is helming from a script adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson from the novel by Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias.


Voltage Films has set John Moore to direct and William Wisher Jr. to rewrite I.T., the thriller that will star November Man’s Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan will play a successful publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours. He soon finds the former friend is using technology to threaten his family, business, and life.

Pay The Ghost

Sarah Wayne Callies will hunt a sinister specter with Nicolas Cage in Voltage Pictures’ Pay The Ghost. Cage will star as a professor whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade in New York City. One year later he begins to sense his son’s presence and uncovers clues leading to a vicious and vengeful ghost that surfaces each Halloween to abduct children. Callies will play Kristen, Cage’s estranged wife and a whip smart environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to recover their son before he’s lost to the spirit world forever.

Uli Edel (Body of Evidence, The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing the supernatural thriller from a script by Dan Kay, based on a short story by horror and fantasy author Tim Lebbon.

The Cellar

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star in The Cellar…about a woman who wakes up underground after a terrible car accident and fears she’s been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, warns her that a terrible chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable but as tensions rise she decides she must escape regardless of the terrors that await outside. Dan Trachtenberg (Portal: No Escape) is helming from a script titled Valencia by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken…John Goodman was also tapped to star last month.

Into the Forest

Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie have joined Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in “Into the Forest,” Patricia Rozema’s thriller adapted from the novel by Jean Hegland.

Richard Pryor biopic

Director Lee Daniels has confirmed via Twitter that Mike Epps (The Hangover and The Hangover III) is set to play Richard Pryor in a new biopic.

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Source: Deadline

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