Casting News: Hammer, Campbell, Arterton, Coon

Sorry To Bother You
Armie Hammer has joined the cast of Boots Riley’s debut feature “Sorry to Bother You” which begins shooting this month in Oakland. Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker will produce.

The story follows a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices.

Skyscraper
Neve Campbell has signed on to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Rawson Marshall Thurber-directed 3D action thriller “Skyscraper” at Legendary. Filming begins in August ahead of a July 13th 2018 release.

Johnson stars as a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.

Christopher Robin
The Tracking Board reports that Gemma Arterton is set to play the wife of a now adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) for Disney Pictures.

In the film, Robin has become disillusioned with life and forgotten all about the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood and the adventures he shared with his friends, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and more.

Widows
Carrie Coon (“Fargo,” “The Leftovers”) has joined the cast of the thriller “Widows” at New Regency. Coon will shoot her part after she wraps work on Spielberg’s “The Papers” which is currently in production.

The story, based on the 1980s British TV series of the same name, starts out with a group of armed robbers being killed during a heist attempt. Their widows then decide to finish the job their spouses started. Coon will play a widow who declines to join the others in their plan.

Uncle Drew
Shaquille O’Neal and Lil Rel Howery are in talks to join NBA star Kyrie Irving in basketball drama “Uncle Drew” for Temple Hill Entertainment. The story is based on Irving’s “Uncle Drew” Pepsi commercials.

“Skiptrace” scribe Jay Longino was set to write the script and Irving was attached to reprise the role of Drew. The film will center on a squad of the best geriatric basketball players who team up to at the famed Rucker Court in Harlem. Howery will play a young man who loves basketball and seeks out Uncle Drew’s help.

Yellowstone
Luke Grimes (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”) will star opposite Kevin Costner in Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming TV series “Yellowstone” for Paramount Network

The story is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened. Costner plays the ranch owner’s patriarch, while Grimes plays his youngest son, Cory.

Mary Queen Of Scots
Scottish actor Martin Compston (“Line of Duty,” “The Disappearance of Alice Creed”) is set to star in Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen Of Scots” for Working Title and Focus Features.

Compston will play the Earl of Bothwell, the third husband to the eponymous royal (Saoirse Ronan). Margot Robbie plays the role of Mary’s cousin Queen Elizabeth I while Jack Lowden is set as Lord Darnley.

Motivated Seller
Michael Ealy, Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good and Joseph Sikora have signed on to star in the psychological thriller “Motivated Seller” to be directed by “Meet The Blacks” helmer Deon Taylor.

The story follows a young couple (Ealy and Good) who move into their dream house in the country. But beneath the seemingly peaceful isolation lies danger in the form of Charlie Peck (Quaid), the house’s former owner.

How It Ends
Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming action thriller “How It Ends” starring Forest Whitaker and Theo James.

The story follows James as Will, a young man desperate to get home to his pregnant wife Samantha (Graham) after an apocalyptic event turns roads to mayhem.

The Pages
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter and Ben Tavassoli have been set to star in Joe Chappelle’s political thriller “The Pages” for CorradoMooncoin. Chappelle and Colleen Griffen will produce with filming to begin this week in Chicago.

The story centers on a former top U.S. security adviser Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Lamm (Sumpter) who is threatened by associates from her dark past including steely, commanding politician Rachel Burke (Curtis). Tavassoli plays a man obsessed with Sumpter’s character.

Penn State
Riley Keough has scored a key role opposite Al Pacino in Barry Levinson’s untitled Penn State sexual abuse scandal feature for HBO Films. Keough will play Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the Sandusky case.

The story centers on legendary coach Joe Paterno (Pacino), who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

Source: Deadline, Variety, THR