Meadowland, Stuck, Lamb, The Mummy, 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 Preppie Connection
Lucy Fry will play Alexis, the most popular girl in school who becomes the apple of a young drug dealer’s eye in Joe Castelo‘s film. The Preppie Connection follows a group of private school students who ran a drug ring during the early 1980s. The ring is spearheaded by Toby, one of the lower-class scholarship candidates at the school, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to work his way into the popular-kid clique, which includes Alexis.
Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne will be headlining the psychological feature drama Meadowland, which marks the directorial debut of DP Reed Morano. Meadowland, which was written by Chris Rossi, follows a couple, Sarah (Wilde) and New York City cop David (Wilson) who are dealing with the crisis of their son’s disappearance. While David loses his way, Sarah also places herself in dangerous situations following the calamity.
Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of NYC-set musical drama Stuck, about six strangers trapped on a stalled subway train. Filming is underway with a cast that includes Amy Madigan and singer-actress Ashanti. Esposito will play Lloyd, a mysterious homeless man who might offer more wisdom than expected.
Indie romantic comedy Temps has found its leading duo in Grant Rosenmeyer (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars). Ryan Sage directs the pic about Jefferson (Rosenmeyer), a ski bum moonlighting as a temp worker who falls for the ambitious Stephanie (Shaw) and is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Modern Family‘s Reid Ewing and The Middle‘s Eden Sher are also aboard to play Jefferson and Shaw’s respective BFFs.
Oona Laurence…has joined indie drama Lamb. Ross Partridge (The Off Hours, Baghead) writes, directs, and stars in the film as David Lamb, a man on a mission of self-discovery after the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. He road trips from Chicago to the Rockies with awkward and unpopular 11-year-old Tommie (Laurence), determined to help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness. Jess Weixler (The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby) also stars in the adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s debut novel.
Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.
Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Roberto Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the past decade, already is producing the movie with Chris Morgan.
Jon Spaihts worked on the script, as did Kurtzman and Orci.
Untitled Mike Tyson biopic
Foxx is attached to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic that Terence Winter is set to pen. Rick Yorn, who is Foxx’s manager, is shepherding the project and will produce.
Though it’s unknown exactly which parts of Tyson’s life Winter will focus on, he has plenty of material to cover over the past 30 years.
Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal, a thriller from Millennium Films.
Ariel Vromen, who wrote and directed The Iceman, is helming the project, which centers on a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot.
Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants the memories.
Legendary‘s Thomas Tull has just made it official at his Comic-Con panel: Gareth Edwards appeared via video announcing Godzilla 2. As for timing, he will direct it after helming the Star Wars spinoff stand-alone film that Disney has dated for December 16, 2016. They also disclosed Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah would be part of it, and the clip ended with “Let them fight.”
Corey Stoll’s villain for the film was unveiled — it’s Darren Cross, Yellowjacket. Meanwhile, Evangeline Lilly was officially confirmed as a lead in the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Marvel Studios [is] already…moving forward with a sequel and has turned to James Gunn to return to write and direct.
Christopher Walken will voice King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, and Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, leader of the wolf pack, in Disney‘s Jungle Book…Jon Favreau is directing from a script by Justin Marks. The duo join Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli – the only actor to physically appear on screen.
The Ride Along 2
Sherri Shepherd is joining the cast of Universal’s Ride Along 2.
Straight Outta Compton
F. Gary Gray have found their MC Ren and DJ Yella, adding two more thesps who’ll portray core members of rising 1980s gangsta rap group N.W.A in biopic Straight Outta Compton. Turn‘s Aldis Hodge will play MC Ren aka Lorenzo Jerald Patterson, and The Walking Dead‘s Neil Brown Jr will play DJ Yella aka Antoine Carraby alongside O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E.
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