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Film Casting: MEADOWLAND, ANA MARIA, Malin Akerman in THE TICKET

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Meadowland, Ana Maria, The Ticket, 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.

Sinister 2

Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone are set to star, with the latter reprising his role from the last film.

Jason Blum returns to produce, while Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are once again writing the script. However, Derrickson won’t direct this time around; he’s handed over the reins to Ciaran Foy (Citadel).

At the center of Sinister 2 is a protective mother (Sossamon) of 9-year-old twins (Robert and Dartanian Sloan), who have taken up residence in “a rural house marked for death.” Ransone will return as the helpful deputy from the first Sinister.

The Ticket

Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Couples Retreat) is joining Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens in The Ticket, an indie drama about a sightless man (Stevens) who suddenly regains his vision only to be “blinded” by his obsession with the superficial. Akerman is playing the wife Stevens leaves after getting back his sight. Pic is written and directed by Ido Fluk


Ty Simpkins [has joined the cast of] Meadowland. The feature debut of DP Reed Morano tracks an NYC couple, Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and cop David (Luke Wilson), who are dealing with the crisis of their son’s disappearance. Simpkins will play Adam, a special-needs child who often gets in trouble at school, where Sarah is a teacher. Elizabeth Moss also stars in the film

Ana Maria

Edy Ganem has the lead role in the indie feature Ana Maria. She plays the title character, a receptionist obsessed with a telenovela who suddenly finds herself transferred to the TV world of her beloved characters, where everyone thinks she is the fabulous and beautiful star of the show. Georgina Riedel directs the pic, which he co-wrote with Jose Marquez


Charlie Carver has joined the cast of Michael, a drama from executive producer Gus van Sant. James Franco stars in the title role as a gay activist and magazine founder who is “saved” from his homosexuality after turning to God and eventually becomes a Christian pastor. Carver will play Tyler, who gets involved in a relationship with Michael and Bennett (Zachary Quinto) and is heartbroken when Michael rejects his homosexuality. Emma Roberts also stars.

We Are Your Friends

Alicia Coppola has been cast in…We Are Your Friends for director Max Joseph.

Untitled Warner Bros film about Illicit Animal Trafficking

Will Staples has been set to write an untitled Warner Bros film about illicit animal trafficking that Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are herding as producers, with the trio possibly looking to take onscreen roles in the ensemble.

he will script a film that is described as a Traffic-like dissection of the trafficking industry that exploits the global market for illicit parts from slain animals that are used as aphrodisiacs and other ridiculous purposes. The film will have multiple strands spread around the world, tracing supply and demand for animals slain, stripped and sold for fortunes in places like China. The characters range from the back-room dealings of corrupt executives, to a portrait of the life of a poacher, to others involved in the underbelly of a global scourge that occurs not only in the jungles but also the oceans, where illegal shark fishing runs rampant.

Warner Bros’ other Animal Trafficking Film

Warner Bros is also developing a separate animal trafficking pic that Hardy is producing with Maguire and DiCaprio’s companies. This one is being written by Up In The Air co-writer Sheldon Turner and is a star vehicle for Hardy, who hatched the idea. The African-set drama calls for Hardy to play a former Special Forces soldier who signs on with a friend to work in the bush and trains rangers to battle poachers decimating the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe.

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Source: Deadline, Slashfilm

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