Casting: Boyega, Davies, King, Collins, Thune

Tinkershrimp & Dutch
“Maleficent” actor Sam Riley and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega will lend their voices to Nickelodeon’s new animated series “Tinkershrimp & Dutch” which will premiere on the on-demand service Nick Play from January 15.

The series follows two best friends, a langoustine named Tinkershrimp and a loris named Dutch (Boyega), who are time-traveling bodyguards for an eccentric monarch. Riley will voice a miserable headless chicken. [Source: Deadline]

“The Lord of the Rings” actor John Rhys-Davies will both star and executive produce the action-horror movie “Aux” for Evolutionary Films. Shooting begins January 13th. John Adams directs from a script he co-wrote with Peter Adams while Diane Shorthouse is producing.

The story begins when two young boys discover the entrance to a secret military bunker that has been undetected since World War II with both subsequently killed. A police investigation is initiated but the officers are killed in grotesque and mysterious ways while a war veteran (Rhys-Davies) in a nursing home sees these events unfolding on the news and believes he may know what is going on. [Source: Variety]

January Rain
Joey King and Anthony Thorne have been cast in David Venghaus’ independent drama “January Rain” which will be shot in July in Los Angeles and Utah. Steve Snyder and Joel Eisenberg are producing and penning the script.

The story centers on a writer and wayward son (Thorne) who reluctantly returns to his small town to take care of his estranged father, a victim of Alzheimer’s. Complications ensue with his girlfriend and his young sister (King) who lashes out in response to the circumstances while battling her own demons. [Source: Variety]

The Last Tycoon
Lily Collins has scored the young female lead role opposite Matt Bomer in Billy Ray’s drama pilot “The Last Tycoon” for Amazon. Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt also star in the work based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel.

Bomer plays Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he becomes pitted against his mentor and current studio head Pat Brady (Grammer). Collins will play Brady’s young daughter Celia, a lost young rich girl in love with the exec who begins taking her seriously after her intriguing movie pitch. [Source: Deadline]

People You May Know
Nick Thune, Halston Sage and Kaily Westbrook are starring in Sherwin Shilati’s dramatic comedy “People You May Know” which has reportedly just wrapped production. Michael Mohan co-wrote the script with Shilati.

Thune plays a 30-something introvert who, after abstaining from social media his adult life, is convinced that he doesn’t exist if he’s not online. When filling out his profiles, he realizes the life he can fake is much more interesting than the one he actually leads. [Source: Variety]