Casting: Paulson, Shipp, Rapace, Roth, Judd

Mrs America
Sarah Paulson, James Marsden, Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Ari Graynor, Uzo Aduba, Melanie Lynskey, Tracey Ullman, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Kayli Carter will all join Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in FX’s limited series “Mrs. America”.

The nine-episode series follows the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly (Blanchett). The series premieres on FX in 2020. [Source: TV Line]

Silk Road
Alexandra Shipp, Cole Sprouse and Jimmi Simpson are set to join Jason Clarke and Nick Robinson in the true crime feature “Silk Road”. Tiller Russell (“Operation Odessa”) is writing and directing based on the Rolling Stone article by David Kushner.

Robinson plays criminal mastermind Ross Ulbricht who unleashed the Darknet and the ‘Jurassic Narc’ (Clarke) bent on bringing down the young kingpin’s billion-dollar empire. Duncan Montgomery and Jack Selby are producing. [Source: Deadline]

Noomi Rapace will star as Sylvia Rafael, the Mossad’s most famous female agent, in Vicky Jewson’s action film “Sylvia” for WestEnd Films. Rapace, Jewson, WestEnd and the film’s scribe Rupert Whitaker previous teamed on the film “Close” which Netflix launched in January.

Rafael Was a South African-born agent who rose to prominence in Israeli intelligence, including locating Ali Hassan Salameh, the leader of Palestine’s Black September organization. But the mission led to her involvement in the infamous Lillehammer affair – she was tried in Norway and imprisoned. [Source: Empire]

Bergman Island
Tim Roth has joined the cast of Mia Hansen-Love’s English-language debut, the supernatural melodrama “Bergman Island” starring Vicky Krieps and Mia Wasikowska. The story follows a couple of American filmmakers who travel to the Swedish island of Faro, where filmmaking icon Ingmar Bergman lived, to write their respective films. The two get lost between fiction and reality amid the island’s mysterious landscapes. [Source: Variety]

Ashley Judd and Neil Patrick Harris will star in the long-gestating Anita Bryant biopic “Anita” about the TV pitchwoman and singer who campaigned against local anti-discrimination ordinances in Florida, inadvertently igniting the gay rights movement.

Harris plays Hodge as he meets Bryant (Judd). “Good Behavior” creator Chad Hodge will write and direct while Howard Rosenman and Darren Star will produce with filming to begin in September. [Source: Variety]