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Film Casting: Hugh Hefner Biopic, MALEFICENT 2, Kate Winslet in AVATAR Sequels

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Hugh Hefner biopic, Maleficent 2, Avatar Sequels, and Other Film Casting News

Hugh Hefner biopic, Maleficent 2, Avatar sequels, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States and abroad. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.

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Hugh Hefner Biopic Film

Jared Leto has been cast as Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy and numerous other Playboy-related properties.

The film will be directed by Brett Ratner.

Hugh Hefner Biopic Film’s plot synopsis: “The biopic will chronicle the legendary mogul who founded Playboy magazine in 1953 and turned it into a veritable empire with mens’ clubs all over the world, while at the same time leading an envious bachelor lifestyle into his 80s.”


Judy Greer has been cast as Karen Strode, daughter of Laurie Strode, sister of serial killer Michael Myers.

Greer joins already Jamie Lee Curtis in the David Gordon Green-directed film.

The new Halloween film was Green and Danny McBride.

Halloween will be released in U.S. theaters on October 18, 2018.

The Irishman

Gary Basaraba has been cast as Frank “Fitz” Fitzsimmons. Fitz took over as the head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters following James “Jimmy” Riddle Hoffa’s incarceration for conspiracy and other charges.

Anna Paquin has been Peggy Sheeran, the daughter of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

She despises the lifestyle Frank has chosen for himself and over the years begins to distance herself from her father, hating everything about him. At times, Peggy lives in fear of Frank, worried to tell him about the problems in her life for fear of what he might do to the people that have wronged her. Seeing Hoffa (Pacino) as someone outside of the mob and making a social impact with his unions, Peggy grows attracted to him. Even in the death of her mother, she shows no love for Frank and doesn’t speak a word to him at Mary’s funeral.

Both actors join J.C. Mackenzie, Craig Vincent, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Stephen Graham, and Kathrine Narducci, whom were already cast in the Martin Scorsese-directed film.

The Irishman‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Charles Brandt,the film centers on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (De Niro), a reputed hitman suspected of involvement in the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.”

I Am Not a Bird

Alexandra Daddario has been cast as Margaret, an American woman that lives in Toyko. More on her character and the book the film is based on:

Margaret is doing everything in her power to forget home. And Tokyo’s exotic nightlife — teeming with intoxicants, pornography, and three-hour love hotels — enables her to keep her demons at bay. Working as an English specialist at Air-Pro Stewardess Training Institute by day, and losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night, Margaret represses memories of her painful childhood and her older brother Frank’s descent into madness.

But Margaret’s deliberate nihilism is thrown off balance as she becomes increasingly haunted by images of a Western girl missing in Tokyo. And when she becomes enamored of Kazu, a mysterious gangster, their affair sparks a chain of events that could spell tragedy for Margaret, in a city where it’s all too easy to disappear.

William Olsson is directing the film.

Catherine Hanrahan, who write the book this film is based on, wrote the script for this film.

On the Basis of Sex

Justin Theroux and Kathy Bates have been cast in the film in unspecified roles.

They join Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, Stephen Root, and Cailee Spaeny in the Mimi Leder-directed film.

Daniel Stiepleman wrote the script for the film.

On the Basis of Sex‘s plot synopsis: “It follows Ginsburg from when she a young lawyer who teamed with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the Supreme Court and overturn a century of gender discrimination.”

On the Basis of Sex is aiming for a 2018 release date.

Love Canal

Patricia Arquette will be directing this film. Love Canal marks Arquette’s directorial debut.

Love Canal‘s plot synopsis: based on the documentary by Will Battersby, “the drama will focus on extraordinary group of working class housewives from Love Canal, New York who took on the government and the chemical industry in the 70s. With no training or support, they got the President himself to move their families from homes built on lots where massive amounts of toxic chemicals had been dumped.”

Brad Desch wrote the script for the film.

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