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Film Casting: THE RISING, SLEIGHT, Michael Neeson in THE RISING

Michael Neeson

The Rising, Sleight, Pinocchio, 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.

The Rising

Michael Neeson…has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising…The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O’Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James Connolly. The historical drama/thriller will be directed by Kevin McCann, from a screenplay by McCann and co-writer Colin Broderick.

The Journey

Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) is in advanced discussions to star as the late Sir Ian Paisley in Nick Hamm’s The Journey. The film is a fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland — firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness — who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of modern history. It is at this moment the two sworn enemies put their past actions behind them and begin to forge a friendship that would lead to them being known as “The Chuckle Brothers.”

Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack) is writing the script with Hamm (Killing Bono) directing.

Pinocchio

Paul Thomas Anderson has taken on a rewrite job scripting Pinocchio for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.

Sleight

Dulé Hill, Jacob Latimore, rapper Tyga and Storm Reid have been cast in Sleight…The film will mark the feature directing debut of music video helmer JD Dillard, who co-wrote the script with Alex Theurer.

The film centers on a young street magician (Latimore) who is left to take care of his little sister after his mother’s death and turns to drug dealing in the Los Angeles party scene to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets into trouble with his supplier, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to rely on both his sleight of hand and brilliant mind to save her.

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