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Film Casting: PIRATES 5, THE CIRCLE, Ruby Barnhill in Spielberg’s THE BFG

Ruby Barnhill

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Circle, The BFG, and other films 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.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Disney is looking to test a handful of actresses over the next week for the female lead of the action-adventure. Some of the actresses on the list include “Miss Potter’s” Lucy Boynton, “Endless Love’s” Gabriella Wilde, Jenna Thiam, “Maze Runner’s” Kaya Scodelario and Alexandra Dowling of “The Musketeers.”

Details on the role are vague other than she would likely be a love interest to Brenton Thwaites, who recently won the role of a British soldier who teams with Depp’s Jack Sparrow.

Kong: Skull Island

J.K. Simmons…has been set to join Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island…Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein that focuses on the wild island home of the iconic ape King Kong.


DreamWorks has settled on Ruby Barnhill, a 10-year-old girl from Cheshire, England, to play Sophie in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Barnhill will star with Mark Rylance who was previously set as the eponymous Big Friendly Giant…The BFG is the story of a young London girl and the world’s only benevolent giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. The two set off on an adventure (with the aid of the Queen of England) to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

The Circle

It is a star vehicle for Tom Hanks; The Spectacular Now‘s James Ponsoldt has written the script and will direct.

The book focuses on a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. What could go wrong there? The novel turns into a thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy is obsolete.

Every Exquisite Thing

Ted Melfi [will]…adapt and direct Every Exquisite Thing, the upcoming novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick…The heroine is Nanette O’Hare, a teen student athlete who’s given by a favorite teacher his tattered copy of the out-of-print cult novel The Bubblegum Reaper. The book awakens an adventurous spirit in her, prompting Nanette to seek out and befriend the reclusive author and emulate the crazy life described in his book.


David Oyelowo.. is set to co-star with Lupita Nyong’o in the indie drama “Americanah.”

Based on the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel, the story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.

The film is now looking to attach a writer and director

Untitled Low Riders Movie

Theo Rossi…is joining Universal and Blumhouse’s untitled low riders movie, which will star Demian Bichir.

Ricardo de Montreuil is directing the film, which is set in the East Los Angeles world of low-rider cars and street tagging. The script, written by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tippin, centers on a teen named Danny who is caught between his traditional father and his estranged brother, Ghost, who are both competing in the annual low-rider “Supershow.” Earlier drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.

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Source: Hollywoodreporter, Variety, Deadline

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