With the American Film Market well underway, a whole bunch of casting news has landed in the past few days. Here’s a compendium of the ones we haven’t gotten around to doing individual articles for:
The Secrets We Keep
Noomi Rapace will star and Joel Kinnaman is in talks to join the independent thriller “The Secrets We Keep” which Yuval Adler will direct from a script by Ryan Covington. Rapace plays a woman rebuilding her life along with her husband in New York after World War II. Then they encounter an eerily familiar man (Kinnaman) and their life starts to unravel as they wonder if he could be the officer who was one of their chief tormentors at a concentration camp.
John Malkovich, Michael Kenneth Williams and Vivica A. Fox will join Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn in Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut “Arkansas”. Hemsworth and Duke play low-level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia and take orders from an Arkansas-based drug kingpin (Vaughn) whom they’ve never met. But when a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences ensue. Shooting began this week in Alabama.
Bette Midler is in negotiations to portray Bella Abzug opposite Julianne Moore in the Julie Taymor-directed Gloria Steinem biopic “The Glorias: A Life on the Road.” Alicia Vikander is in talks to play the twenty-something Steinem, a leading spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the 1960s and ’70s. Sarah Ruhl is penning the script and filming begins January in Savannah.
Hugh Grant has joined the Guy Ritchie-directed gangster feature Toff Guys” at Miramax, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding. Written by Ritchie with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson, the story explores the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex with new gang entrants swarming. Grant plays a British gossip journalist with a reputation of dismantling people’s lives.
Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff, and Jason Schwartzman are set to star in Gia Coppola’s “Mainstream” which she co-writes with Tom Stuart. The story centers on an eccentric love triangle and cautionary tale of preserving your identity within the fast-moving internet age. Filming begins at the end of the year.
Anthony Ramos (“A Star is Born”) will join Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh in the independent action-thriller “Honest Thief”. Ramos will be playing a corrupt FBI agent alongside his older, more experienced partner (Jai Courtney). Neeson will portray a bank robber who tries to turn himself in because he’s falling in love with a woman who works at a storage facility where he’s stashed his loot. Filming begins in Massachusetts next week under the helm of “Ozark” co-creator Mark Williams and a script by Steve Allrich.
Simon Pegg and Kate Mara will star in the high-stakes thriller “Inheritance” from British filmmaker Vaughn Stein (“Terminal”) who helms from a script by Matthew Kennedy. The story begins when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Eddie Redmayne (“Fantastic Beasts”) and Sacha Baron Cohen are in early talks to star in Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” for Amblin Entertainment. The story is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Redmayne will play Tom Hayden, the co-founder of the Students for a Democratic Society.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver”) and Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3”) have joined the cast of Adam Wingard’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” film at Legendary. The film serves as the fourth film in a mixed cinematic universe that began with 2014’s “Godzilla” and last year’s “Kong: Skull Island”. Julian Dennison, Alexander Skarsgard, Brian Tyree Henry and Demian Bichir co-star in the film which opens May 22nd 2020.
Alice Eve will join Lana Condor, James D’’Arcy, Laura Harrier, Charlotte Le Bon, Mena Massoud, Alex Pettyfer and Benedict Samuel will star in the anthology sci-fi feature “Warning”. The series of interweaving short stories follows different characters all living on a future Earth. Agata Alexander will make her feature debut on the project based on an original script she wrote with Rob Michaelson and Jason Kaye.
Stacy Martin will star opposite Theo James in Gavin Rothery’s sci-fi feature “Archive”. Set in a remote secret facility that works on artificial intelligence, the film follows George (James), who is developing a new AI prototype. But he is hiding a secret ulterior motive; to be reunited with his dead wife. Filming begins in Hungary later this month.
Olga Kurylenko will lead the female-led cast of the London-set action thriller “The Courier” from “The Rise of the Krays” director Zackary Adler (“The Rise of the Krays”). Kurylenko plays the courier whose daily deliveries are interrupted when she discovers that her latest package is a bomb aimed at the witness of a crime lord’s murder. She then embarks on a race against time to save the target from corrupt CIA agents and Russian mercenaries.
Emma Roberts has departed Netflix’s announced edgy drama series “Spinning Out” which is set in the world of competitive figure skating. Roberts exited due to a scheduling conflict with another project with the lead role now being recast. She would’ve played an up-and-coming single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track, but comes back as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner.
The Dougherty Gang
Emory Cohen, India Eisley and Sam Strike have been set as the leads of “Whaling” director Sean McEwen’s “The Dougherty Gang” which is based on GQ writer Kathy Dobie’s magazine article. The story follows the real-life siblings who embarked on a cross-country crime spree in 2011. Tess Harper, Cory Hardrict and Treat Williams co-star as people who encounter the trio in their travels.
Hearts and Bones
Hugo Weaving (“The Lord of the Rings”) will lead the cast of Ben Lawrences Australian feature film “Hearts and Bones, a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of friendship between a war correspondent and a Sudanese refugee. They are connected by a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Filming is now underway in Sydney.
Former “The Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in advanced discussions to join the thriller “Altitude” from writer/director Marc Fienberg. Rhys Meyers will portray a man who has planned the perfect romantic proposal to his girlfriend aboard a hot air balloon. An abrupt accident leaves only the couple and her estranged ex-boyfriend on board as the balloon rises at an out-of-control rate. Filming begins in January in South Africa.
Virginia Madsen is set as a key series regular opposite Crystal Reed in the DC Universe series “Swamp Thing”, based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Madsen will play Maria Sunderland, who traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland. His life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between them, and she becomes drawn into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.
Jason Mitchell (“SuperFly”) is attached to co-star in the Janicza Bravo-directed stripper saga film “Zola” at A24. The film is based on a series of tweets from Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells who, in 2015, detailed a wild two-day Florida trip with a sex worker named Jessica, her boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s violent pimp Z. Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, and Nicholas Braun co-star in the film which begins shooting this Fall.
Al Pacino and Meadow Williams will star in the Michael Polish-directed drama “Axis Sally” for MoviePass Films. The project is based on the true story of a woman who unwittingly became the voice of German propaganda targeted to American troops during WWII. Pacino will play the attorney who represented her once she was arrested and put on trial in the States. Vance Owen and Darryl Hicks wrote the script and filming begins in January.
Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia will play the leads in Maziar Lahooti’s debut feature, the refugee detention centre action-drama “Below”. Corr plays a directionless dreamer recruited to work in a detention centre for asylum seekers situated in a legal no man’s land. He discovers the centre is home to a ‘Fight Club’-style underground operation where detainees are blackmailed into fighting, which awakens his dormant conscience. Filming begins in January in Western Australia for Madman Entertainment.