Casting News: May 21st 2017

Untitled Marwencol Film
Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are set to star opposite Steve Carell in the untitled Robert Zemeckis film at Universal Pictures. Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson co-wrote the work based on the 2010 documentary “Marwencol”.

The story follows a man by the name of Mark Hogancamp who is left brain-damaged and broke, finds recovery in a sixth-scale World War II-era town he’s built in his backyard.

Bergman Island
Greta Gerwig, Mia Wasikowska and John Turturro all joined the cast of Mia Hansen-Love’s relationship drama “Bergman Island”. The film is set on the island of Faro, home of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

The story follows an American filmmaking couple who retreat to the island for the summer to each write screenplays for their upcoming films in an act of pilgrimage to the place that inspired Bergman. As the summer and their screenplays advance, the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.

At Eternity’s Gate
Willem Dafoe is set to play Vincent van Gogh in “Before Night Falls” director Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate”. Jon Kilik will produce the project which will be shot on location in France.

Based on a screenplay by Schnabel and Jean-Claude Carriere, the story focuses on a time in Van Gogh’s life that he spent in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise in France.

Mackenzie Davis is set to star in Lorcan Finnegan’s sci-fi thriller “Vivarium”. Davis will play a young woman who, along with her fiance, is in search of the perfect starter home.

After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child. Filming aims to begin in September.

Semper Fi
Sam Claflin will play Hopper opposite Nat Wolff as his younger brother Oyster in Henry-Alex Rubin’s crime thriller “Semper Fi”. Rubin and Sean Mullin co-wrote the project which David Lancaster and Karina Miller will produce.

When Oyster accidentally kills a man and tries to flee town, straight-laced cop Hopper stops him and forces him to face the music. After a tour in Iraq, Hopper is no longer willing to live with his guilt and resolves to save his brother by breaking him out of prison.

Captain Pugwash
British actor Nick Frost is set to play classic British children’s character “Captain Pugwash” in a John Hay-directed live-action movie from Atticus Pictures, Carnaby International and China’s Costar Culture & Media.

Frost will play the bumbling and cowardly pirate, created by John Ryan, who has been a British children’s favorite since first appearing as a comic strip in 1950. In the film he’s on a mission to rescue cabin boy Tom’s father, who has been marooned on a volcanic island with a hoard of treasure protected by an army of angry ghosts. Jason Flemyng also stars.

Borough Park
Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac Vol. 1,” “Redoubtable”) is set to headline Michale Boganim’s English-language debut “Borough Park”. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is producing. Jewish American reggae vocalist Matisyahu is in discussions to perform a song and play a small part in the film.

Martin will star as Rebecca, a 22-year-old woman who is disowned by her esteemed rabbi father and is forced to leave Borough Park’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community for another part of Manhattan. There she meets other Jews living on the margins of the Hasidic community.

Red Shoes
Chloe Grace Moretz and Gina Gershon will head the voice cast of the $20 million Hung Sungho-directed Korean animated film “Red Shoes & the Seven Dwarfs”.

A twist on the traditional Snow White story, the film sees seven vain and arrogant princes trapped in the bodies of the ugly dwarves. Moretz plays Snow White, Gershon is the Evil Queen, and Jim Rash plays Prince Average.

Claire Darling
Catherine Deneuve and daughter Chiara Mastroianni are set to topline Julie Bertuccelli’s lighthearted drama with fantasy elements feature “Claire Darling”. Filming just began.

The film explores a mother-daughter relationship and is shooting in the home of Bertuccelli’s grandmother in a northern French suburb.

Where’d You Go Bernadette
Billy Crudup has been set to star opposite Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig in Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” based on the Maria Semple novel.

The story focuses on Bernadette, a mother in Seattle who has gone missing and left her teenage daughter to pick up the pieces. Annapurna, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Ginger Sledge are producing.

The Cocaine Godmother
Catherine Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to star in the Guillermo Navarro directed “Cocaine Godmother” telemovie for Lifetime. The project will go into production this year and premiere in 2018 on Lifetime

Based on the life of Miami drug lord Griselda Blanco who was suspected of ordering more than 200 murders and was gunned down in 2012. Navarro will direct from a script written by David McKenna.

Saint Judy
Common, Mykelti Williamson, and Leem Lubany have joined the cast of Michelle Monaghan’s independent drama “Saint Judy” which has started shooting in Los Angeles. Alfred Molina, Alfre Woodard, Gabriel Bateman, Ben Schnetzer, Waleed Zuaiter, Kevin Chapman, Aimee Garcia, and Peter Krause also star.

The story centers on the story of Judy Wood, a single mother in her mid-30’s who began work in immigration law and represented an Afghani immigrant who had been persecuted for opening up a school for girls in her home country. In winning the case, she single-handedly changed the law of asylum nationwide – allowing women to be designated a protected class.

The Man in the High Castle
William Forsythe has been set to play the role of J. Edgar Hoover, the powerful and controversial Director of the FBI, on season three of Amazon’s praised drama series “The Man In The High Castle”.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.

Best of Enemies
Sam Rockwell will play a Ku Klux Klan leader opposite Taraji P. Henson in the civil rights drama “The Best of Enemies” which begins filming May 22nd in Atlanta.

Henson will portray Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled KKK leader C.P. Ellis for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree. That event changed both of their lives immeasurably.

Viggo Mortensen will star in the thriller “Unabomb” for director Robert Lorenz. Randy Brown adapted the screenplay and filming is slated to begin in January.

Unabomb centres on one of the largest manhunts in history as FBI agent Jim Freeman (Mortensen) takes on the unsolved case of the Unabomber, who terrorised Americans with 16 bombings over the course of two decades.

Hamlet Revenant
Sir Ian McKellen has joined the international cast of Ken McMullen’s “Hamlet Revenant” alongside Gabriel Byrne and Connie Nielsen, Maria Boda, Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon and Lex Shrapnel. Filming begins in the second half of 2017.

An original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the film explores the violence and destructive instincts that haunt the human psyche through the story of a man caught in a vortex of revenge, doubt and madness.

JT Leroy
Diane Kruger has joined the cast of Justin Kelly’s “JT Leroy,” the feature film based on the true story of a pair of women who created the persona of a boy-wonder author, fooling the literary community, fashion world, and Hollywood elite for six years.

Kristen Stewart boarded the project to play Savannah Knoop, who dressed up as Leroy who was a fabrication of writer Laura Albert (Laura Dern), Knoop’s sister in law. Kruger will play Eva, a French actress who brings JT to Paris, falls for him, then helps turn his life story into a film. Filming begins in July.

The Chaperone
Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”) is reuniting with the show’s scribe Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler for the feature film “The Chaperone” based on Laura Moriarty’s novel.

The story is set against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920s when a Kansas woman sees her life forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful 15-year-old dancer named Louse Brooks to New York for the summer.

Miss Bala
Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) has officially signed on and Ismael Cruz Cordova is also onboard for Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss Bala” remake at Sony Pictures. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is on board to adapt the script.

Rodriguez stars Gloria Meyer who, after her friend Suzu goes missing in Tijuana, finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic young crime boss.

Benjamin’s Crossing
Colin Firth is set to star in the Pat O’Connor-helmed film “Benjamin’s Crossing” based on the novel by Jay Parini. Firth will play Walter Benjamin, the real-life Jewish philosopher who made a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Europe through the Pyrenees Mountains in 1940. Production is set to go in the fall.

End of Sentence
John Hawkes, Logan Lerman and Sarah Bolger are set to star in Elfar Adalsteins’s directorial debut “End of Sentence”. Michael Armbruster is penning the story of a father and son reluctantly embarking on an eventful and emotionally fraught road-trip to Ireland, honoring the request of their late wife and mother.

The Strangers 2
Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman will star in the upcoming sequel to 2008’s “The Strangers”. Johannes Roberts (“47 Meters Down”) will direct based on a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai.

The three will play a family terrorized by three masked figures at an abandoned trailer park during a cross-country road trip gone wrong. Filming begins May 30th in Los Angeles.

Annie Cook
Kelly McGillis (“Top Gun”) is set to star in crime thriller “Annie Cook”. Robert Manciero will direct from a screenplay by Cameron Keys and Tinker Lindsay.

The actress will play an infamous Midwest crime queen who terrorized a Nebraska town for decades and controlled everything from gambling, prostitution and alcohol to local politicians and police. She was later connected to numerous murders.

Whoopi Goldberg is set to join Toni Collette, Giancarlo Esposito and Thomas Haden Church in the mistaken identity comedy “Shriver” which is being directed and penned by Michael Maren.

The story turns on a loner (Church) who is mistaken for a famous author at a literary conference and who falls for the conference organizer (Collette). The man nearly pulls off the deception before the real author shows up and causes havoc.

Two One
Boyd Holbrook is set to star in Argentine director Juan Cabral’s “Two/One” from Bliss Media and Protagonist Pictures. The story explores the concept that while we sleep in one place, we are awake somewhere else.

Kaden is a world-class ski jumper in Whistler who could reconnect with his teenage sweetheart. Khai is a corporate executive in Shanghai faced with his online fantasy girl who will work in his office. Filming is slated to commence in Vancouver and Shanghai later this year.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Michael Rooker is reuniting with “Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer” director John McNaughton on a film adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s novella “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”. Benedict Fitzgerald (“The Passion Of The Christ”) adapted the script.

Harris Dickinson has been cast to play J. Paul Getty III in FX’s limited series “Trust”. Dickinson will play J. Paul Getty’s idealistic yet rebellious teenage grandson who increasingly feels the burden of his famous name. Hillary Swank and Donald Sutherland co-star.

The ten-episode first instalment is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. The series charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back.

Sources: Screen, Variety, THR