Casting: Strathairn, Chao, Baptiste, Ross, Rheon

Casting Strathairn Chao Baptiste Ross Rheon

Nightmare Alley
David Strathairn will join Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s new adaptation of the 1946 novel “Nightmare Alley” by William Lindsay for Fox Searchlight. Del Toro is directing and wrote the script with Kim Morgan while shooting has been set for Toronto.

Toni Collette, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are also signed to star in the film with Cooper playing a swindler who teams with a psychologist. Strathairn will play the alcoholic husband of Collette’s character, another mentalist. [Source: Variety]

Long Weekend
Finn Wittrock and Zoe Chao have signed on to star in Steve Basilone’s independent romance drama “Long Weekend” alongside Damon Wayans, Jr., Casey Wilson, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Jim Rash.

Wittrock plays a struggling writer, with Chao as an enigmatic woman who suddenly enters his life. Wayans Jr. and Wilson portray his best friends, while McLendon-Covey is his landlord, and Rash is his new boss. [Source: Variety]

Kirby Howell-Baptiste has signed on to join Emma Stone in Disney’s Craig Gillespie-directed live-action “Cruella” film which serves as an origin story based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil.

Stone will portray de Vil, the villain who is obsessed with capturing the titular puppies in the 1961 animated classic. Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry will also appear in the film which is scheduled to hit cinemas December 23rd 2020. [Source: Variety]

The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Evan Ross (“Star”), Dana Gourrier (“Django Unchained”) and Erik Laray Harvey (“Luke Cage”) have joined the cast of the Lee Daniels-directed “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” feature. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the screenplay inspired by Johann Hari’s novel “Chasing the Scream” and filming is slated to commence next month in Montreal.

Singer/songwriter Andra Day will play the iconic jazz crooner in the film which also joins Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph will co-star in the tale which will chronicle Holiday’s career as she was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair. [Source: Deadline]

Iwan Rheon (“Game Of Thrones”) and Erin Richards (“Gotham”) have joined J.Mackye Gruber’s thriller-horror feature “Suppression”. Joseph Baker wrote the screenplay while Tom Large, Daniel Caltagirone, Georgia Gwynne Gruber and Andrew Baird are producing.

Rheon and Stephanie Leonidas play a grieving couple who are given an alternative treatment to suppress their violent urges. Filming began yesterday in North Wales. [Source: Deadline]