Casting: Eckhart, Fiennes, Greer, Henson, Monroe

Aaron Eckhart has been set to star in Darrin Prescott and Wade Allen’s real time action film “Live!” for Solution Entertainment. Filming begins in October.

Jeremy Drysdale’s script follows disgraced cop Kyle Penny (Eckhart) on his hunt to rescue the police commissioner’s kidnapped daughter, trapped somewhere in the city with only eighty minutes to live. With a deranged killer on his heels, his only hope is teaming with a young online reporter who films the wild chase live. [Source: Deadline]

The Last Race
Joseph Fiennes, Xiao ‘Shawn’ Dou and Elizabeth Arends are set to star in Stephen Shin and Michael Parker’s “The Last Race”. Fiennes will play Scottish runner and devout Christian Eric Liddell in the project which is being dubbed an unofficial sequel to the Oscar-winning “Chariots of Fire”.

‘Race’ portrays Liddell’s life after the events depicted in ‘Chariots’, a time when he worked as a teacher and missionary in China. He was interned by the Japanese in 1943, and died in the prison camp of a brain tumor. [Source: Variety]

Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have joined Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern in Fox Searchlight’s dramedy “Wilson”. Filming is now underway in Minnesota. Craig Johnson directs from a screenplay by Daniel Clowes which is based on Clowes’ graphic novel.

Harrelson stars as a lonely, neurotic middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he’s never met. [Source: Variety]

The Best of Enemies
“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson will re-team with the show’s creator Danny Strong as she’s set to play the lead in “The Best Of Enemies”. “The Hunger Games” producer Robin Bissell penned the script and will make their directorial debut not he project.

The story deals with a ferocious civil rights activist and an exalted member of the Ku Klux Klan whose years long rivalry came to a quick end in 1971 when a court-ordered school desegregation decree threw their North Caroline city into turmoil. [Source: Deadline]

Hot Summer Nights
Maika Monroe (“It Follows”) will join Timothee Chalamet (“Interstellar”) and Alex Roe (“The 5th Wave”) in the 1991 Cape Cod-set coming-of-age drama “Hot Summer Nights”. Elijah Bynum penned the script and will make his directorial debut on the film which begins shooting in August.

The story follows a teenager whose life spirals out of control when he befriends the town rebel, falls in love, and gets entangled in a drug ring all during one hot, stormy summer. [Source: Deadline]