Casting: Affleck, Akhavan, Cooper, Dern, Mitchell

Light of My Life
Casey Affleck will star in and direct the independent survival drama “Light of My Life” from his own script. The story centers on a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods. Producers have not yet been set. Affleck last directed the spoof documentary “I’m Still Here” which focused on Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career. [Source: Variety]

Creep 2
Production has officially kicked off on a sequel to 2014 cult horror feature “Creep” starring Mark Duplass. Desiree Akhavan (“Girls,” “Appropriate Behaviour”) will star in the Blumhouse and Duplass Brothers production which sees Patrick Brice returning to helm and co-write the new script along with Duplass. [Source: Deadline]

The Escape
Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper are starring in “The Escape,” the Dominic Savage-directed drama about a woman who abandons her husband and children and a film described as an “exploration of marriage and motherhood”. Shooting is scheduled for October in the U.K. and France. [Source: Variety]

Our Souls At Night
Bruce Dern, Judy Greer, Matthias Schoenaerts and Iain Armitage have all joined the cast of the Netflix original film “Our Souls at Night” which sees Robert Redford and Jane Fonda playing longtime neighbors in a small Colorado town whose spouses have died and children have moved away.

With both alone in their big houses, she seeks to establish a connection and make the most of the rest of the time they have together. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars”) wrote the screenplay adapted from Kent Haruf’s novel with the film to premiere next year on the streaming service. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Detroit Riots Film
Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”) will join the ensemble of Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film set around the 1967 Detroit Riots. John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, and Jack Reynor also star with Bigelow directing from a script by Mark Boal.

The crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Although no studio is currently attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017 – the 50th anniversary of the riots. Character descriptions are being kept under wraps. [Source: Variety]