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Film Casting: WAKE, THE SECRET OF THEIR EYES, Olga Kurylenko in DUELO

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Wake, The Secret of Their Eyes, Duelo, 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.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

[Samuel L. Jackson] is in negotiations for the Tim Burton-directed Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children…Jackson will play Barron, a key role, and nobody will elaborate on whether he’s good or bad. Jane Goldman adapted the Ransom Riggs novel.

Hacker Camp

Tripper Clancy has been hired by Hasbro to write Hacker Camp, an action comedy that revolves around a group of nerds at a computer camp. It is based on an idea of Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner…The concept is School Of Rock meets a modern-day WarGames. When a tech camp counselor and his campers stumble upon a serious cyberterrorist threat, they soon become embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Untitled film that Robert Zemeckis will direct

Brad Pitt will star in an untitled film that Robert Zemeckis will direct…Steven Knight wrote the script.

13 Hours

James Badge Dale has been set for one of the leads in the Michael Bay-directed 13 Hours, a chronicle of the deadly assault on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, told from the perspective of the six-member security team that fought to protect the other people stationed there.

Dale will play the leader of the security team that tries to protect U.S. lives in the assault.


Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Wake opposite Bruce Willis. John Pogue directs the action thriller about a sociopath with no fear (Willis), who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the very family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago.

Oppenheimer Strategies

Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere in Oppenheimer Strategies, the film written and directed by Joseph Cedar

Gere plays Norman Oppenheimer, whose life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader.

The Secret in Their Eyes

Michael Kell…has booked a role in the STX Entertainment film The Secret in Their Eyes

The film follows a former assistant D.A., Ray Kasten (Ejiofor) who returns to Los Angeles on a joint task force with the FBI, still obsessed by the unsolved murder that continues to haunt him. Kelly will play Reggie Siefert, a tightly-wound, seasoned DAI (District Attorney Investigator) who works at the offices of the L.A. District Attorney. He has always hated Ray; there is no love lost between these two men. When Ray returns to the LA office to re-open the case, Reggie makes no bones about letting him know he’s not welcome. Years ago, Reggie thwarted Ray’s investigation into the murder.

Ali & Nino

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) is in advanced negotiations to join the cast of BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino opposite Adam Bakri (Omar) and Maria Valverde (Exodus: Gods And Kings).

The Neon Demon

[Distributors] Gaumont and Wild Bunch say today that Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone and Bella Heathcote are also aboard.

Queen of Ice

Anne Sewitsky…is on board to direct “Queen of Ice,” a biopic of the famed ice skater-turned-Hollywood star Sonja Henie.

Sewitsky is re-teaming with her “Homesick” lead actress Ine Wilmann, who will play Henie…Penned by Mette Marit Bolstad and Andreas Markusson, “Ice” charts the rise and fall of Henie, who became one of the highest paid actresses of her time, and was a controversial public figure because of her friendship with Adolf Hitler.

The movie also delves into the intense relationship between Henie and her older brother Leif, who taught her how to ice skate in Oslo and played a leading role in her life.

Pic opens in 1937, as twenty-something Sonja is on top of her game, having won Olympic medals. She settles in Beverly Hills and launches her Hollywood movie star. The movie then charts her downfall after she loses her studio deal, and became a near-recluse. She then moved to Rio de Janeiro, where many German expats lived after the war.

The Young Karl Marx

Raoul Peck is on board to direct “The Young Karl Marx,” a period drama chronicling the turbulent youth and friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

The ambitious project has lured two German stars: August Diehl (“Night Train to Lisbon,”…) for the role of Marx, and Alexander Fehling (“Inglorious Basterds”) for the role of Engels.

Pic is being produced by Agat Films and Velvet Film in France, Rohfilm in Germany and Artemis Prods. in Belgium.

Written by Peck and Pascal Bonitzer, “The Young Karl Marx” opens with 26-year old Marx who goes with his wife, Jenny, into exile, and depicts Marx’ encounter with Engels, the son of a textile factory owner, in 1844 Paris.

Set against the backdrop of the 1848 rebellions, which culmintaed in police raids and riots, the movie charts Marx and Engels’ journey to complete Communist Manifesto, which gave birth of the labor rights movement.


Olga Kurylenko will star opposite Spanish actor Jordi Molla in the thriller “Duelo,” which will mark the English-language directing debut of Molla and Giuseppe Ferlito.

Molla and Ferlito also wrote the script, which centers on a famous actress whose fiance was viciously attacked and fell into a coma. Years later, she finds herself trapped by her fiance’s attacker.

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Source: Variety, Deadline

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