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Film Casting: STORKS, FIFTY SHADES DARKER, Katie Lovejoy writing THE SELECTION

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Storks, Fifty Shades Darker, The Selection, 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.

Fifty Shades Darker

The rampant speculation that novelist EL James is adapting Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of Fifty Shades Of Grey was off. The writer is Niall Leonard, who happens to be her husband.

The Tell-Tale Heart

Beau Mirchoff, who stars on MTV’s Awkward, and Alexa PenaVega are set to star in Tell-Tale Lies…the film directed by Colin Theys from John Doolan’s script. It revolves around four friends at a prestigious university whose promising futures are jeopardized when they become connected to the accidental death of a classmate. When another student says she knows about their involvement, the friends panic and start to plot her murder. Renee Olstead, Michael J. Willett, Bailey De Young, Sara Kapner, Ethan Phillips, Anthony Del Negro, Sean Patrick Thomas and John Heard round out the cast.

The Selection

Warner Bros…has set Black List scribe Katie Lovejoy to adapt it.

Described as The Hunger Games without the bloodshed, it follows 35 underprivileged girls who are chosen to compete to live in a life of luxury. The protagonist, America Singer, is sweet on a young man from her district, but when she’s exposed to the opulence of a royal life, she’s conflicted, even though a rebel uprising threatens the pampered.

Zoolander 2

Fred Armisen…and Billy Zane have joined the expanding case of Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2.


David Clennon (Gone Girl), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Colm Feore (The Borgias) are lined up for major roles in the indie feature Sophie, directed by Jose Marquez and written by Elissa Matsueda…The story follows Sophie Cle, marketing director for her father Jack Cle’s (Feore) controversial memory-retrieval system. Sophie is kidnapped by radicals who want to steal her father’s work. While trying to escape, Sophie discovers unnerving secrets about her father. Aja Naomi King plays the title character, and Jeanette Samano will play Isa, her abductor. Clennon plays Dr. Ciespy, physician and friend of Jack. Plummer plays Elizabeth, who formerly worked for Jack.

The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine

Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment formally set Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt to star in the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine. Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei also star. McKay wrote the most recent draft, from script by Charles Randolph. Pic tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008….Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock round out the cast.

Shepherds And Butchers

Steve Coogan (Philomena) will star in Oliver Schmitz’s Shepherds And Butchers. The film is set in South Africa and follows a jaded lawyer, Johan Webber (Coogan), who takes on a seemingly hopeless multiple murder case and uncovers scandalous shortcomings in South Africa’s capital punishment system as he mounts a defense for a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in.

Brian Cox wrote the script.

Captain Marvel

Guardians Of The Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve will write the screenplay for the superhero pic [that]…focuses on the Carol Danvers character, who first appeared in the Marvel Comics in 1968. Major Carol Danvers was introduced as a member of the U.S. Air Force in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (1968). She debuted as the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977) after a fusion of alien Kree and human genes gives her superhuman powers.

Battle Of The Sexes

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris [will be] directing Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. Simon Beaufoy wrote the script


Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer have been tapped to voice-star in Storks, an animated feature being co-directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter

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