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Film Casting: SPOTLIGHT, ROADRUNNER, Daisy Ridley in STAR WARS 8-9

Daisy Ridley

Star Wars: Episode 8, Star Wars: Episode 9, Spoltlight, Roadrunner, 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.

The Outskirts

Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan, The Blacklist) has been cast in The Outskirts, an indie comedy from director Peter Hutchings. Eden Sher, Victoria Justice, Ashley Richards, Katie Chang, Peyton List, Avan Jogia and Will Peltz star in the high school-set pic about two best friends (Justice and Sher) who set out to hatch the ultimate social coup on their nemesis. Whaley will play Herb, the father to Justice’s Jodi and a charmingly out-of-touch postal worker who agrees to start dating once his daughter takes charge of her own life.

The Perfect Guy

Screen Gems thriller The Perfect Guy has added Holt McCallany to its cast, led by Sanaa Lathan as a woman who meets the perfect guy (Michael Ealy). He turns sociopathic stalker when she breaks up with him, and she must turn the tables to survive and escape. McCallany (Gangster Squad, Lights Out) will play Detective Hansen, an old-school detective who helps Lathan’s character. Morris Chestnut and Rutina Wesley also star in the film for director David Rosenthal.


Writing partners Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward have been tapped to script Roadrunner, an action comedy…Scott Eastwood is attached to star in a story in the vein of road romp Smokey And The Bandit, with country singer Trace Adkins also attached to star.


Spotlight, a drama that Tom McCarthy will direct about the Boston Globe investigation into pedophile priests and a shameful cover-up in the Catholic Church that allowed them to prey on children for years. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will star… and the script is by The West Wing‘s Josh Singer and McCarthy.

The title refers to the Spotlight Team of Boston Globe reporters and editors that uncovered an unimaginable citywide conspiracy to cover up clergy child abuse. That investigative team included then-Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber) and Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton). Reporters Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams), and Matt Carroll spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Church leadership…Tucci will portray attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who achieved national acclaim representing the families of abuse victims.


The Antoine Fuqua-directed drama penned by Sons Of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter has added Naomie Harris to its cast…Harris will play Angela, a social worker who works with [Jake] Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter.

Star Wars: Episode 8, Star Wars: Episode 9

Daisy Ridley…is the female lead in the J.J Abrams-directed resuscitation of Star Wars, and the plan is for her carry through to the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson. Ridley was hired for Star Wars: Episode VII after a worldwide casting search.

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Source: Deadline

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