Independence Day 2, Narco Sub, Regression, Stranded, 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.
Independence Day 2 (ID Forever Part I)
Fox has set Carter Blanchard to do a new draft of the Independence Day sequel that Roland Emmerich has committed to direct for a July 1, 2016, release. The first draft was done by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and then Jamie Vanderbilt.
Devon Bostick has been cast in Regression, a TWC-Dimension thriller from writer-director Alejandro Amenábar. In the film, Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) looks into the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father (David Dencik) of sexual abuse. But the investigation reveals a satanic cult at work in the area.
Michael Kelly has landed a role in Viral, an outbreak thriller from IM Global and Blumhouse Productions. Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman are directing the film, which stars Sophia Black De’lia and Analeigh Tipton as sisters in a small suburban neighborhood. When their county succumbs to a parasitic virus, they must survive a citywide quarantine. Kelly will play their father.
In A Valley Of Violence
Karen Gillan…is joining Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, and newly announced Taissa Farmiga in writer-director Ti West‘s revenge Western In A Valley Of Violence…Gillan will play Ellen, the older sister to Farmiga’s character. Together they run a hotel in the town where Hawke’s drifter seeks vengeance for the death of his best friend.
Hello, My Name Is Doris
Sally Field will star in the indie comedy Hello, My Name Is Doris, opposite New Girl’s Max Greenfield and 2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs. Michael Showalter will direct a script he wrote with Laura Terruso. Jack Antonoff is also part of the ensemble. Field will play an isolated 60-year old woman who is motivated by a self-help seminar to romantically pursue a younger coworker. This causes her to stumble into the spotlight of the local hipster social scene.
Sony has acquired Stranded, a pitch that will be written by Tripper Clancy as a star vehicle for Kevin James. It’s a family comedy/action-adventure idea, and they are keeping the log line under wraps.
Rob Cohen will helm the 3D fantasy/action film Marco Polo. with shooting to begin in China later this year.
Untitled Jesse Owens film
Anthony Mackie…badly wants to play Jesse Owens, the sprinter whose four gold medal performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics infuriated and demoralized Adolf Hitler and put the lie to his theory that the Germans were the superior race. Mackie got together with his We Are Marshall writer Jamie Linden, and together they are producing an Owens film that was scripted by George Olson under their supervision. With longtime manager and producing partner Jason Spire from Inspire Entertainment, they will shortly shop the script in hopes of fast tracking a feature that will focus on the run-up to the 1936 games, and the profound impact that the performance by Owens had on the world. Hitler refused to shake his hand, and the racism evident in the U.S. meant that FDR wouldn’t do it in public, either.
Will Yun Lee (Red Dawn, Total Recall, The Wolverine) has locked a role in New Line, WB, and Village Roadshow’s disaster pic San Andreas. Lee will play Dr. Kim Chung, the co-director of the Cal-Tech Seismology Lab in the film about an ex-Special Ops firefighter (Dwayne Johnson) scouring Northern California for his family after the Big One hits.
Lee Tergeson…has [been] tapped for its upcoming spy comedy spoof Tooken. The Naked Gun-style send-up of actioner Taken sees Tergeson play the Liam Neeson role as “Bryan Millers,” with Lauren Stamile (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and the upcoming USA series Complications) as his ex-wife and Laura-Leigh (We’re the Millers, The Client List) playing their daughter Kim. Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Joyce Bulifant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and Ray Abruzzo (The Sopranos, Last Vegas) round out the cast.
Mae Whitman stars in the comedy about contented high schooler Bianca, whose world is shattered when she discovers the student body knows her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). She reinvents herself, setting out to overthrow the school’s reigning queen bee. Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos will play Bianca’s more popular friends. Ken Jeong is set to play her favorite teacher. Bella Thorne is cast as her ruthless rival Madison, with Nick Eversman playing Bianca’s crush and Robbie Amell as a slick and charming jock she enlists for her grand scheme.
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