Emmy-award winner Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us,” “The Predator”) has landed the role of Coach Willie Davis in the true-life sports drama “Rise” at Sony Pictures. Filming will commence next month in Louisiana under the helm of Kevin Rodney Sullivan.
Davis was a janitor who became head coach of the lackluster basketball team at Arthur Smith Junior High School in Alexandria, Louisiana when the program was under serious threat to get cut. Davis teaches his kids the priorities of life, and inspires them to be more. “Rise” opens April 10th 2020. [Source: Variety]
Amy Adams is set to star in Netflix’s film adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy” which Ron Howard has been slated to direct and produce. “Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script.
Based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling coming-of-age memoir, the story explores growing up in the Rust Belt and the everyday struggles of America’s white working class. Vance develops a deep appreciation for education that laid the foundation for him to rise out of poverty and its cultural restraints. [Source: Variety]
I Still Believe
K.J. Apa and Gary Sinise have agreed to join the cast of “I Still Believe,” the sequel to 2018 faith-based indie hit “I Can Only Imagine”. Filming begins this Spring for a planned March 20th 2020 release.
Apa and Sinise will play true-life father and son Jeremy and Tom Camp. Jeremy is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter with more than five million albums sold and this deals with his “journey of love and loss”. Jon and Andrew Erwin helm. [Source: THR]
Andre Holland (“Moonlight,” “Castle Rock”) has been cast in the lead role on Damien Chazelle’s new Netflix eight-episode musical drama series “The Eddy”. Set in contemporary Paris, the story revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. Jack Thorne is penning the project.
Holland is set to play Elliot Udo, a celebrated jazz pianist from New York. Now in Paris and the part-owner of a failing jazz club, Elliot is hiding from everyone and has an on-again off-again romance with his lead singer. When his 15-year-old daughter shows up suddenly, Elliot has to learn to grow up. [Source: The Wrap]
Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes are being sought to star in Alexander Payne‘s new comedic horror-thriller “The Menu”. Will Tracy and Seth Reiss penned the script while Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Betsy Koch.
Set in the world of high-end culinary culture, the stoyr follows a young couple who travel to a remote island to attend an exclusive restaurant where the acclaimed chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises. [Source: Collider]
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Kerry Bishe (“Halt and Catch Fire”) is set for a lead role opposite Daniel Zovatto and Natalie Dormer in Showtime’s new series “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” which hails from writer and executive producer John Logan. A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension.
Bishe will play Sister Molly, a charismatic radio evangelist. A beautiful singer and gifted orator, Molly captivates her many faithful followers even as she grapples with the complex demands of her life. [Source: Deadline]