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Film Casting: NEON DEMON, SLEEPLESS NIGHT, Elle Fanning in IO

Elle Fanning

The Neon Demon, Sleepless Night, IO, and other movies 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.


Elle Fanning and Diego Luna have joined the cast of Clay Jeter’s sci-fi pic IO…Jeter…wrote the script with Will Basanta and Charles Spano.

The character-driven IO…tells the story of a girl’s coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet. Fanning will play the teen surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Luna will play a complicated and mysterious refugee on his way to the shuttle launch who makes her question whether she can really alter Earth’s fate.

Sleepless Night

Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan have signed on to star in Sleepless Night…will be directed by Baran Bo Odar.

The new take centers on a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop (Foxx). When gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for a shipment of cocaine he stole, Downs races to save his son’s life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he’s actually lost the goods. Monaghan plays an Internal Affairs agent investigating him who ultimately has to decide which side of the law he’s on.

Andrea Berloff…penned the adaptation.

The Wife

Frances McDormand, Logan Lerman, Brit Marling, Christian Slater and Jonathan Pryce have been added to the cast of the Glenn Close-starrer The Wife. Björn Runge is directing the script by Jane Anderson

Close stars as a flawlessly gracious wife who gladly gave up her writing ambitions to play the role of helpmate to her husband (Pryce). On the eve of his Nobel Prize for Literature, she decides to leave him. A startling secret at the heart of Joan and Joe’s relationship is laid bare in a poignant, funny and emotional journey about the conflicts of love and ambition.

Slater will play a determined biographer who becomes the catalyst prompting Joan’s decision to leave her husband while Lerman fills in as the couple’s troubled son, David.

Marling is slated to play a younger Joan and her weary mentor will be portrayed by McDormand.

Directed by Björn Runge

The film’s screenplay was written by the award-winning Jane Anderson

In Dubious Battle

James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star together in the feature film In Dubious Battle, which will be directed by Franco.

Writer Matt Rager (As I Lay Dying) adapted the feature screenplay based on the novel.


Sam Reid has joined the Paul Currie-directed 2:22 alongside Michiel Huisman (Game Of Thrones, Wild) and Teresa Palmer (Knight Of Cups, Point Break, ).

In 2:22, Huisman plays Dylan Branson, a man whose life is permanently derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 PM. When he falls for Sarah (Palmer), a beautiful woman whose life is threatened by these strange events, Dylan must solve the mystery to preserve a love whose second chance has finally come. Reid is Jonas, the rival love interest.

How To Be Single

New Line has locked Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Dan Stevens and Leslie Man in How To Be Single, the Christian Ditter-directed comedy…Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein wrote it and Dana Fox did the rewrite.

The Neon Demon

Abbey Lee is Nicolas Winding Refn’s choice to star with Elle Fanning in his next film The Neon Demon, and she’s negotiating to play the role of Sarah…In Neon Demon, she plays a cool ringleader of a maniacal group of models.


Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon join Jessica Biel in the 3D animated pic Spark, directed by Aaron Woodley…From a screenplay by Doug Hadders, Adam Rotstein and Woodley, the action-packed, humor and heart-filled Spark follows a teenage monkey Spark, voiced by Jace Norman (Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger), and his friends Vix, a battle-ready fox voiced by Jessica Biel, and Chunk, a tech-savvy warthog, as they embark on a mission to take back the besieged Planet Bana from the power-mad General Zhong. Spark’s dangerous odyssey leads him to the farthest reaches of the universe, and to the secret of his true identity, with characters like the comically forgetful nanny robot Bananny, voiced by Susan Sarandon, and the noble, self-sacrificing Queen, voiced by Hilary Swank by his side.

The Way We Get By

[Tatiana Maslany] has withdrawn from the two-hander because of “filming schedule conflicts,” according to a statement from Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman. Amanda Seyfried…will co-star with Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) in the Leigh Silverman-directed production.

Daddy’s Home

Paul Scheer has boarded the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home…Scheer will play The Whip, a crazy DJ who has an interaction with Ferrell’s character (who is drunk) at a Lakers game.

One Shot

[Paul Scheer] will play Ron, a sweet but slow-witted prop guy who is overly optimistic in the midst of disaster. Ron is horrified when he accidentally hits the show’s female star in the head with a giant prop chopstick — sidelining her for the opening night.

Brian Huskey also recently wrapped a role in One Shot. In the film, he plays Lee, the theater medic who isn’t so great at his job. Lee is recently divorced and trying to get back in the dating game but is as bad at dating as he is practicing medicine.

How to Be Single

Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann are in negotiations to star in New Line’s romantic comedy How to Be Single.

Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) will helm the film

The film is an ensemble comedy, said to be similar in style to other projects with multiple, intersecting storylines like He’s Just Not That Into You and Valentine’s Day. The story focuses on singlehood from both the female and male perspectives, and suggests it is not our relationships, but our single times in between, that define us. Topics of single life that will be explored include blind dating, when to get married, casual sex and fear of commitment.

Alison Brie, who was circling the film in mid-2014, is also in final negotiations

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein wrote the original draft, and Dana Fox worked on the current draft.

Money Monster

Caitriona Balfe…is joining the high-profile cast of Money Monster…directed by Jodie Foster.

George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Unbroken star Jack O’Connell are already starring in the thriller

Clooney is set to star as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program — Money Monster — and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman (O’Connell). As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show (Roberts), uncover the truth behind a tangle of big-money lies.

Balfe will play the head of PR for the company whose stock bottomed, causing the life’s savings of O’Connell’s character to be wiped out.

Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Jamie Linden wrote the current draft.

Mad Dogs

Jay Roach is attached to direct the project while Wes Jones, a well-regarded screenwriter whose script College Republicans topped the 2010 Black List, will pen the adaptation.

the story centers on three dysfunctional guys working low-level jobs in U.S. Intelligence who have been deemed crazy and sent to a government mental hospital for spies. Convinced someone wants them dead, they hatch an escape plan. It’s obvious they know too much but their only hope to survive is to figure out what exactly it is that they know.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Rose Byrne will be reprising her role as Moira MacTaggert in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

“We ended ‘First Class’ with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.”

Byrne’s CIA agent was first introduced in “X-Men: First Class” as the love interest of James McAvoy’s Professor X. Kinberg said their relationship will be “mined more” in this installment.

Two Lovers and a Bear

Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) are attached to star in the indie drama “Two Lovers and a Bear”

Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) is directing the movie

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.

When the Starlight Ends

Sam Heughan (“Outlander”) is set to star opposite newcomer Arabella Oz in the indie movie “When the Starlight Ends,” which hails from first-time writer-director Adam Sigal

The Trust

Elijah Wood is set to star opposite Nicolas Cage in Benjamin and Alex Brewer’s “The Trust,” which Benjamin Brewer co-wrote with Adam Hirsch.

Story follows two crooked cops, David Waters (Wood) and Jim Stone (Cage), who discover a hidden safe while working in the evidence unit of the police department. The duo’s desire for the possessions of the safe throws them into a deadly well of corruption leaving them fighting for their lives and questioning their every move.

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Source: Variety, Thewrap, Hollywoodreporter

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