Silence, Esperanza, The Accountant, 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.
Martin Scorsese has set prolific Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano for a lead in Silence…He joins Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver in the Jay Cocks-scripted adaptation of the novel by Shusaku Endo.
He replaces Ken Watanabe in the role of an interpreter who accompanies two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) as they search for their mentor (Neeson) who went to 17th Century Japan to spread the gospel of Christianity.
Legendary Pictures has found a helmer for the tragic wildfire story Esperanza in Jim Mickle…Esperanza is adapted from The Esperanza Fire, John Maclean’s book about a wildland fire started by an arsonist that killed the tightly knit forest service engine crew that bravely battled the blaze. Set against the backdrop of one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, the film chronicles the Spartan culture of these firefighters battling the ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires.
Mickle will direct from a script by Sean O’Keefe (The Escapist, Riders on the Storm, The Paper Man)
Cynthia Addai-Robinson has joined Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros. thriller “The Accountant.”
Based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, “The Accountant” centers on a mild-mannered accountant (Affleck) who moonlights as a lethal assassin.
Robinson will play a Treasury Department analyst who has kept a low profile.
Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons and Jon Berenthal are also on board, with Gavin O’Connor directing.
Uzo Aduba and Taken 3 star Maggie Grace will lead the cast of feature drama Showing Roots, about a small Southern town in 1977 whose balance is turned upside down when the slavery miniseries Roots hits the airwaves. Aduba and Grace will play two denizens of a local beauty parlor who are inspired by the Alex Haley adaptation to integrate their community, only to see pent-up racial tensions erupt in the process.
Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful)…[is] directing from a script penned by One Life to Live actress Susan Batten.
Free State of Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross’ Civil War movie “Free State of Jones”
Based on a true story, “Free State of Jones” will star McConaughey as Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw as Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The Conjuring 2
David Leslie Johnson has been hired to rewrite “The Conjuring 2” for New Line and director James Wan
Johnson will rewrite an earlier draft Wan penned with Chad and Carey Hayes, with revisions by Eric Heisserer.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
T.J. Miller is in early talks to join Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool,” and so is “The Transporter Legacy” star Ed Skrein
VFX veteran Tim Miller is directing from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
“Deadpool” will have a comedic edge lacking in most super-serious superhero movies, and the role Miller has been offered serves as an additional comic voice to compliment Deadpool
Skrein’s talks are further along and while his role remains unknown, it’s possible that the up-and-coming action star could play the film’s villain.
The Neon Demon
Elle Fanning is in negotiations to star in “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film “The Neon Demon”
Written by Refn and newcomer Mary Laws, “Neon Demon” is a female-driven horror film
Fanning will play an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.
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