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Film Casting: NERVE, SEACOLE, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig & More in GHOSTBUSTERS

Melissa McCarthy Kristen Wii Kate McKinnon Leslie Jones

Nerve, Seascole, Ghostbusters, 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.

My Cousin Rachel

Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is attached to write and direct My Cousin Rachel

The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell.

One Night Stan

Bobby Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber) has signed on to direct One Night Stan…The comedy follows Stan, a serial commitment-phobe, who falls hard for a beautiful girl named Amy. When he decides to change his ways, he discovers that Amy has her own ideas about relationships.

The script is written by Kevin Barnett (Heartbreak Kid), Chris Pappas, and Mike Bernier.

Passengers

director Morten Tyldum is in early talks to make his studio debut for Sony on Passengers, the script by Doctor Strange scribe Jon Spaihts.. This is a big science fiction love story, set in deep space, and it’s a major studio priority

Passengers takes place on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet and has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story.

Ghostbusters

director Paul Feig have found their foursome to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are rejoining their Bridesmaids helmer Feig on the pic, with Saturday Night Live castmembers Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones also coming aboard. We’re hearing the studio is still in negotiations but Feig apparently is confident enough about locking his cast

Katie Dippold…is writing the script

Now You See Me: The Second Act

Henry Lloyd-Hughes has been set to play tech whiz kid Allen Scott-Frank in Lionsgate’s heist sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act. Production is underway on the Jon M Chu-helmed pic that stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Caine along with Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou who are new to the franchise.

Scripted by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon

Seacole

Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole, a period biopic about a pioneering Jamaican doctress who battled prejudice to play a key role in the Crimean War, rivaling Florence Nightingale.

The project…will be directed by Charlie Stratton

Seacole was born in 1805 to a free Jamaican woman and a Scottish officer. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a nurse versed in traditional Caribbean and African herbal remedies. She also was an avid traveler. When the Crimean War broke out, she applied to be a nurse for the British government, but her request was denied. She paid her own passage to the Crimean Peninsula and set up a hotel for soldiers.

From a script by Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens, the film will focus on Seacole’s role in the Crimean War, and her desire to work alongside Nightingale — the greatest thing dividing them being the color of their skin.

Later, Seacole wrote one of the earliest autobiographies by a mixed-race woman, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), yet her story was largely forgotten until recent years in England, where she’s been recognized for her role in the Crimean War, and for successfully combating racial prejudice throughout her life.

Long Halftime Walk

[Ang Lee is directing]…the film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The film revolves around a 19-year-old private, who survives a battle in Iraq that is captured by news cameras. He and his company of soldiers are brought back to the U.S. for a promotional tour culminating in a halftime show at a Thanksgiving Day football game. Most of the movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashbacks to the wartime events.

Nerve

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco are set to star in Nerve

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who directed Catfish, are directing the project, which was written by Jessica Sharzer.

The novel tells of a high school senior wallflower who, in an attempt to broaden her horizons, joins a global online game of provocative truth or dare while an audience of “watchers” vote and comment. But as she becomes a sensation and advances higher and higher, the game evolves and soon she finds herself in a dangerous situation.

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter

 

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