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Film Casting: WAR GAMES, HIGH-RISE, Akiva Goldsman Directing STEPHANIE

Akiva Goldsman

War Games, High Rise, Stephanie, 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.

Hail, Caesar!

Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to join Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1950s-set Hollywood film Hail, Caesar! The trio will join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the pic about a fixer who works for Tinseltown’s studios to protect its stars. The Coens are directing their own original screenplay and producing.

War Games

MGM is negotiating with Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to script WarGames, the remake of the smart 1983 John Badham-directed film that starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as teenage hackers who unwittingly find a back door into a Defense Department computer.

Talks are early, but I’ve heard the studio is close to signing Israelite

Miles Ahead 

Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis biopic is moving along with Emayatzy Corinealdi…[She] is in negotiations for the female lead in Miles Ahead following Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana‘s exit due to a scheduling conflict. She’ll play Davis’ wife Frances Taylor opposite Cheadle as the iconic jazzman and Ewan McGregor as Dave Brill, with Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Stuhlbarg also in talks to join the cast. The script, by Steve Baigelman and Cheadle, tracks a few dangerous days in Davis’ life as he emerged from a silent period to conspire with a Rolling Stone writer to steal back his music.

Feature about the Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighter Crew

Scott Cooper will direct a fact-based feature about the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew that perished in a wildfire that blazed in Prescott, AZ. In June, 2013, 19 members of the elite firefighting crew perished while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Only one of them survived in what became the largest loss of firefighters since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wild-land firefighters in 80-years.

Black Hawk Down‘s Ken Nolan is writing the script

The Longest Ride

Melissa Benoist has landed a role in Fox 2000’s The Longest Ride. Benoist…will play Marcia, the well intentioned roommate of Sophie, in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood lead the cast as a young couple whose romance parallels the the intertwined love story of a local elderly man and his lady love.


Maximiliano Hernandez has been cast in border pic Sicario from director Denis Villeneuve. Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Josh Brolin star in the drama about a female FBI agent assigned to work with two Delta Force operators to take down a Mexican cartel boss. Hernandez will play Silvio, a hard-drinking drug smuggling cop in Mexico.


Jeremy Thomas announced today that Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss will join Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons in Ben Wheatley’s upcoming High-Rise. Directed by Wheatley from a screenplay by his regular collaborator Amy Jump, the hotly anticipated film is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic British thriller.

Evans and Moss join a slew of the UK’s finest actors including James Purefoy and Wheatley’s regular players Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, along with comedian Dan Renton Skinner.

High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.

Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).

But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.

As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.


Akiva Goldsman is stepping behind the camera again, this time to bring a horror film to the big screen with Stephanie — a story about a little girl with unworldly abilities who was abandoned before a man and a woman show up claiming to be her parents, thereby interrupting her mysterious world. A fall start is being eyed.

 The film was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, whose script for this film a couple of years ago was noted as one of the best in The Blood List which (in the vein of the Black List) names the best yet, unproduced scripts in the horror genre.


[Shane] Black will write the treatment for the [Predator remake], then will hand over scripting duties to Fred Dekker, his university chum with whom he wrote 1987’s Monster Squad. Black will oversee the writing and is also attached to direct.

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter


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