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Film Casting: LBJ, KEANU, Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt in PASSENGERS

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LBJ, Keanu, Passengers, and other films 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.

Norco

Mark Romanek is in final negotiations to direct Norco, a thriller based on a script by Adair Cole…The pic is inspired by the true story of the 1980 Corona, CA bank robbery where five robbers were heavily armed with assault rifles, shotguns and pipe bombs when they stormed a Security Pacific Bank branch. The subsequent shootout and high speed chase — a 20-plus-mile running gun battle with one helicopter shot down — was the most violent in American history, and was the first step in today’s militarization of police forces. By the end of the shootout and subsequent second shootout in the foothills, two of the five robbers were dead along with a San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy, and eight other officers were wounded.

Passengers

Sony Pictures is moving forward with “Passengers,” a sci-fi romance starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and newly-minted box office king Chris Pratt…with “The Imitation Game”‘s Morten Tyldum on board to direct.

Set in the future aboard a spacecraft, “Passengers” follows a man (Pratt) who awakens early from a cryogenic slumber and to spare himself from being lonely, decides to wake up a female passenger in Lawrence.

Keanu

Nia Long has joined the cast of Keanu, the debut feature film pairing comedy duo Key & Peele…Long…will play the wife of the character played by Keegan-Michael Key in the story about a group of friends who plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.

Will Forte and Method Man also have been cast in the pic, which is being directed by Peter Atencio…Jordan Peele and Alex Ruben wrote the script

LBJ

Woody Harrelson has signed on to portray President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the feature LBJ, a story about his ascension into the presidency to be directed by Rob Reiner.

The script by Joey Hartstone…centers around the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency at the hands of an assassin’s bullet in November 1963. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson struggles to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy’s historic Civil Rights Act.

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