Thank You For Your Service
Beulah Koale (“Shortland Street,” “Harry”) will join Miles Teller and Haley Bennett in the PTSD drama “Thank You For Your Service” at DreamWorks. Jason Hall (“American Sniper”) is penning and will direct the project which Jon Kilik will produce.
David Finkel’s nonfiction book follows a group of U.S. soldiers who return from Iraq and struggle to integrate back into their civilian lives. Koale will play a Samoan American soldier raised on the streets who feels indebted to the military for making his life better. [Source: Variety]
Catherine Keener has scored a key role in comedian Jordan Peele’s thriller feature “Get Out” for QC Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions. Peele penned and will direct the story which centers on a young African-American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate. Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya also star. [Source: Deadline]
Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, and Abbi Jacobson have signed on to star in Dustin Guy Defa’s ensemble piece “Human People” which just began production.
The story follows a variety of New York characters navigating unexpected problems and their relationships during the course of a single day. Isiah Whitlock, Michaela Watkins, Ben Rosenfield, Buddy Durress, George Sample III, Bene Coopersmith, and Philip Baker Hall also star. [Source: Deadline]
Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi and G. Hannelius have signed on for the remake of the classic mini-series “Roots” for A+E, Lifetime and History. The four-night, eight-hour miniseries event also stars rapper Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Derek Luke, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi and G. Hannelius. [Source: The Live Feed]
Former “Smallville” star Tom Welling is coming back to television with a starring role in the CBS drama series “Section 13” which is now in development at Warner Bros. TV. Welling will executive produce with Carla Kettner (“Bones”) who penned the project.
The story centers on a CIA black ops officer-turned-private contractor (Welling) who, after a personal tragedy, joins a covert organization devoted to carrying out the most difficult and dangerous high-stakes assignments. [Source: Deadline]