Casting: Hurt, Bautista, Oritz, Azaria, Kelley

The Journey
John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddy Highmore, Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall have joined Nick Hamm’s political dramedy “The Journey” at IM Global. Colin Bateman penned the script and filming begins September 28th in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The story will focus on the improbable friendship between former sworn enemies Martin McGuinness (Meaney) and Ian Paisley (Spall) in a story that follows the two Northern Ireland political titans after the signing of the breakthrough St. Andrews Agreement in 2006. Stephens will play British PM Tony Blair, Highmore a government employee, and Hurt an accomplished veteran political fixer. [Source: Variety]

Dave Bautista (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”) is set to star opposite Jane Levy in Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s action thriller “Bushwhack”. The story follows 20-year-old Lucy (Levy) and war veteran Stupe (Bautista) during a domestic crisis as Texas tries to secede from the U.S., with NYC being used as a negotiation tool.

Lucy and Stupe meet during a military invasion of Brooklyn and together decide to cross the treacherous five blocks of Bushwhack – littered with looters, local militias, the invading forces and one crazy cousin – in order to get home and be reunited with Lucy’s grandmother. [Source: Deadline]

Going In Style
John Ortiz has joined the cast of Zach Braff’s upcoming comedy remake “Going In Style” at New Line Cinema. Ortiz plays a Mensa smart criminal who is socially responsible and deplores society’s treatment of the elderly.

Theodore Melfi penned the script while Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Peter Serafinowicz, Joey King and Christopher Lloyd also star. [Source: Deadline]

Wizard of Lies
Hank Azaria has joined the cast of HBO’s Bernie Madoff film “Wizard of Lies” which also stars Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Alessandro Nivola. Azaria will play Frank Dipascali, Bernie’s right-hand man in the Ponzi scheme.

Dipascali referred to himself as the CFO of Madoff Investment Securities LLC and worked on the secretive seventeenth floor, where much of the fraud was carried out. He pled guilty but died in May 2015 before his sentencing. [Source: Variety]

Urban Cowboy
Nathalie Kelley (“Un-Real”) has scored the female lead opposite Alfonso Herrera in “Urban Cowboy,” Fox’s modern TV reimagining of the 1980 country music-fueled John Travolta feature. Lindsey Gort and Edward James Oleos have also been cast.

Craig Brewer helms the film which follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle (Herrera) and Gaby (Kelley) as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. [Source: Deadline]