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Film Casting: KENSUKE’S KINGDOM; NEWS OF THE WORLD; Edie Falco in AVATAR 2-3, & More

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Kensuke’s Kingdom, News of the World, Avatar 2-3, and more Film Casting News

Kensuke’s Kingdom, News of the World, Avatar 2-3, and more movies 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.


Gary Oldman, Evangeline Lilly, Armie Hammer, and Veronica Ferres have been cast in unspecified roles.

Nicholas Jarecki wrote and will direct the film.

Dreamland‘s plot synopsis: “Dreamland will follow three colliding stories about the international opiod crisis: a drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the U.S., an architect recovering from an OxyContin addiction tracks down the truth behind her son’s involvement with narcotics, and a university professor battles unexpected revelations about his research employer, a drug company with deep government influence bringing a new “non-addictive” painkiller to market— all in a thinking person’s gangster tale of high and low.”

Avatar 2-3

Edie Falco has been cast as General Ardmore, the commander in charge of Resources Development Administration (RDA)’s interests.

This actress joins already cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Lang, and Jack Champion.

Avatar 2 will be released in U.S. theaters through 20th Century Fox on December 18, 2020. Avatar 3 will be released in U.S. theaters through 20th Century Fox on December 17, 2021. “Filming will then begin on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, which will be released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025, with Cameron’s caveat that they won’t make 4 and 5 if 2 and 3 aren’t successful.”

The Night House

Rebecca Hall has been cast as the widow of a deceased husband.

The Night House‘s plot synopsis: “The Night House follows a widow who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.”

Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski wrote the screenplay for the David Bruckner-directed film.

The Mourner

Ezra Miller has been cast as “a mystical young man…whose calling in life is to mourn the dead, who have no one to mourn for them.”

The Mourner‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Arata Tendo, “The Mourner follows a jaded and embittered homicide detective on the trail of murderous sex traffickers, who discovers new spiritual meaning in her life when she comes across a mystical young man (Miller) whose calling in life is to mourn the dead, who have no one to mourn for them.”

Robin Shushan wrote the screenplay for the Casper Kiriya-directed film.

Last Night in Soho

Anya Taylor-Joy has been cast in an unspecified role.

Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns wrote the screenplay for Edgar Wright-directed film.

Call Jane 

Elisabeth Moss has been cast as Joy, a “traditional 60’s American housewife…[who] is very desperate for a child.”

Susan Sarandon has been cast as Virginia, leader of the Janes, an underground abortion movement.

Call Jane‘s plot synopsis: “Call Jane will follow the story of a traditional 60’s American housewife named Joy (Moss). She is very desperate for a child but when she receives news of her pregnancy, things will go wrong as the pregnancy came along with complications that becomes an imminent threat to her life. She has nowhere to turn until she stumbles upon the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia (Sarandon).

Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi wrote the screenplay for the Sian Heder-directed film.

The Chain

Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley have been cast in unspecified roles.

The Chain‘s plot synopsis: based on the short story by Tobias Wolff, “The Chain follows the story of a man’s daughter who is viciously attacked by a dog, setting off a chain of events that ends in unspeakable tragedy.”

Tim Sutton wrote the screenplay and will direct the film.


Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to write and Joseph Kosinski has been hired to direct the film adaptation of George Saunders‘ short story Spiderhead.

Spiderhead‘s plot synopsis: Spiderhead “is set in a near future where convicts can shorten their sentences by volunteering as medical test subjects, but when one prisoner becomes the test subject of a medicine that generates feelings of love, he finds himself questioning the world around him and the truth about his emotions.”

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Eddie Redmayne have been cast as Tom Hayden.

Sacha Baron Cohen have been cast as Abbie Hoffman.

Seth Rogen have been cast as Jerry Rubin.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been cast as Richard Schultz.

Jonathan Majors have been cast as Bobby Seale.

Alex Sharp have been cast as Rennie Davis.

The Trial of the Chicago 7‘s plot synopsis: “The true story follows protesters who disrupted the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam war “carnival” that turned nasty. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames. Curfews only escalated the violence.

After the clashes, independent investigators blamed eight police officers and eight protesters including Hoffman, who had already disrupted the New York Stock Exchange with showers of fake money.

The police were not charged but the protesters were accused of inciting a riot. One was jailed for contempt, leaving the seven to fight the charges.”

Aaron Sorkin wrote and will direct the film.

The Silencing

Annabelle Wallis has been cast in an unspecified role.

This actress joins already cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The Silencing‘s plot synopsis: “a reformed hunter (Coster-Waldau)…becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he and the local sheriff set out to track a vicious killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago.”

Micah Ranum wrote the screenplay for Robin Pront-directed film.

News of the World

Tom Hanks has been cast as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a Civil War veteran who travels through northern Texas, “giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.”

Luke Davies wrote the screenplay, based on the book by Paulette Jiles, for the Paul Greengrass-directed film.

News of the World‘s plot synopsis: “In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.”


Qasim Basir has been selected to direct the film written by Krystin Ver Linden.

Hawk‘s plot synopsis: “Hawk follows the true story of supreme underdog [Andrew Hawkins], who gained entry into the NFL after faking his height, weight and social status to earn a multimillion-dollar contract with the Cleveland Browns. Hawkins took a unique path to success. After building a mediocre football resume in college and standing only 5’7, Hawkins set out on an improbable, obstacle-ridden three year odyssey that included adding clay to heals to increase his height, adding weights to his pockets to increase his weight, and pretending to be his own agent on phone calls and emails to get admitted to tryouts – all eventually leading him to stardom in the NFL.”


Lily Collins has been cast in an unspecified role.

This actress joins already cast Simon Pegg.

Matthew Kennedy wrote the screenplay for the Vaughn Stein-directed film.

Terminal‘s plot synopsis: “Inheritance explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.”


Javier Bardem has been cast as Stilgar Ben Fifrawi, “the Naib, or leader of Sietch Tabr, a Fremen tribe of Arrakis during the Atreides Fiefdom.”

Oscar Isaac has been cast as Duke Leto Atreides “father of Emperor Paul Atreides and Regent Alia. Grandfather of Leto Atreides II, the God-Emperor, and Ghanima.”

This actor joins already cast Dave Bautista, Timothee Chalamet, and Rebecca Ferguson.

Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts the screenplay for the Denis Villeneuve-directed film.

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Sally Hawkins, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, and Raffey Cassidy have been cast in unspecified voice acting roles in the animated film.

Kensuke’s Kingdom‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, “The children’s book tells the story of Michael, who is taken by his family on a round-the-world sailing trip. When a storm strikes he is washed overboard and ends up on a remote island in the Pacific where he struggles to survive on his own. He soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive.”

Frank Cottrell-Boyce wrote the screenplay for Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry-directed film.

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