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Film Casting: OUTER LIMITS, Johnson Directing STAR WARS 8, & More

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The Outer Limits, Star Wars 8, 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.

Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX

Rian Johnson has been hired to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which means J.J. Abrams won’t be sticking around after he delivers the first part of this whole new trilogy…Johnson has also been hired to write the treatment for Episode IX

The Outer Limits

Scott Derrickson, who was recently tapped to direct Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” has come on board MGM’s long-stalled “The Outer Limits” movie.

Derrickson…is writing the “Outer Limits” script with “Sinister” co-writer C. Robert Cargill.

Mark Victor is producing the latest version of “Outer Limits” with Derrickson and Cargill focusing on Harlan Ellison’s “Demon With a Glass Hand” episode. That segment aired in 1964 and centered on a man with a computerized hand and no memory of the previous 10 days who discovers he’s  from the future and being hunted by aliens.

Men Of Granite

David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) is negotiating to join the cast of the basketball film Men Of Granite, joining Shirley MacLaine in the film…Henrie steps into the role of Evon Parseghian, one of the basketball players who is very poor, movie-star handsome and a helluva flirt. He sets his sights on a girl from the good side of the tracks (much to her father’s chagrin). William Hurt has expressed interest in playing the basketball coach.

MacLaine will play Sofia Prather, who mentors and encourages the boys to reach beyond their local run-down gymnasium and try out for the basketball team, all the while fighting prejudice in the town.

…directed by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, is from a script by Granite City native Armand Kachigian

Little Mizz Innocent

Quantum of Solace Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is set to star in her own action pic for director Marc Forby (Princess Kaiulani). She’ll lead the cast of indie thriller Little Mizz Innocent, about a seemingly innocent UN interpreter caught in a power struggle between the FBI and a criminal dynasty.

Wild Oats

Matt Walsh will join Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore and Billy Connolly in Andy Tennant’s feature comedy Wild OatsWild Oats centers on a widow (MacLaine) who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law. Walsh will play a con man named Forbes, who partners with Connolly’s character.

The Intern

Reid Scott and Christina Scherer have joined the cast of The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers. The Warner Bros comedy revolves around a seventy-something widower (Robert De Niro) who enters an internship program and is assigned to the founder of a successful fashion website (Anne Hathaway). Scott will play Eric Sheekey, a fast-talking, overly confident businessman Hathaway sees as a possible CEO of her booming company. Scherer will play Hathaway’s assistant Becky.

The Nest

Madison Davenport has landed a lead role in The Nest for director Jason Moore. Universal’s film follows grown sisters Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler) who decide to throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house. Davenport will play Kate’s daughter Haley, a grounded and talented artist who is tired of her mom’s haphazard lifestyle and has been staying with a friend for months.

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Source: Deadline, Variety, Hollywoodreporter

 

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