Green, Fiennes, Firth & More Casting News

A Partriot
Eva Green, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein are attached to star in the sci-fi thriller “A Patriot” which is currently in pre-production. Dan Pringle and Toby Rushton penned the script with Pringle also attached to direct.

The script takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. The story follows the unquestioning Border Corp Captain Kate Jones (Green) as she fights to defend the purity of the population until a chance discovery makes her doubt the authorities she has pledged her allegiance to. [Source: Herald Mail]

Ralph Fiennes is set to play composer George Frederick Handel in period comedy-drama “Hallelujah!” which has “The Thick Of It” star Chris Addison set to direct. Jon Croker and Nicholas Adams penned the script while Andrew Eaton and Gina Carter will produce with filming to begin early 2019.

Set in a riotous 18th Century London and Dublin, the farce follows the drink-sodden and cantankerous Handel who is a forgotten man who has lost his inspiration to compose. However, when he overhears the singing of famous actress Susannah Cibber, the composer is moved to write once again. The chaotic spectacular first performance of his “Messiah” will be the focal point of the film. [Source: Deadline]

The Lost Prince
“The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius is set to direct the fantasy family comedy “The Lost Prince” with Omar Sy, Francois Damiens and Berenice Bejo onboard to star. Shooting will begin July 30th.

Sy plays a devoted single father whose life revolves around his beloved 7-year-old daughter Sofia. Every night he takes her into a fantasy film studio where their extraordinary fairytale adventures come to life starring him as the heroic Prince Charming. As she grows out of her father’s stories, she starts making up her own tales where he is no longer the heroic lead. [Source: Screen]

The Secret Garden
Colin Firth and Julie Walters are set to star in the David Heyman-produced new film adaptation of children’s literary classic “The Secret Garden” for Heyday Films and Studiocanal (“Paddington”). Marc Munden directs from Jack Thorne‚Äôs screenplay and shooting will take place in the U.K. from Monday.

Set in England, the story follows a 10-year-old girl (Dixie Egerickx) born in India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her. When her parents die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Firth). She meets her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst) and the two children find a wondrous secret garden lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. Walters plays the Manor’s head housekeeper. [Source: Screen]

Lovecraft Country
Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Underground,” “True Blood”) is set as the female lead in HBO’s high-profile straight-to-series drama “Lovecraft Country” from Misha Green, Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television.

Based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, the story follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. They not only have to deal with racist America, but also terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. [Source: Deadline]

Topher Grace is set to play former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in Spike Lee’s new film “BlacKkKlansman”. It was already known Grace would appear in the based-on-real-events movie, but his role was unknown.

The film is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department who penetrated the highest levels of the KKK in the late 1970s. Adam Driver will play his partner, Flip Zimmerman. The film opens August 10th. [Source: Deadline]

Her Smell
Amber Heard and Gayle Rankin are set to join Elisabeth Moss in “Queen of Earth” director Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” for Bow and Arrow Entertainment. Production is underway

Moss will star as Becky Something, a maniacally destructive punk rock star who pushes her relationships with bandmates, family, and followers to the limit as she wages a years-long war against sobriety while attempting to re-engage with her creativity. [Source: Variety]

Excessive Force
Ice Cube will star and prolific TV helmer Carl Franklin will direct the Jeff Kwatinetz-penned and Joe Roth-produced “Excessive Force”. The controversial thriller reportedly revolves around incidents of excessive force in the Cleveland police department and shines a spotlight on racism and systematic corruption. [Source: Deadline]

Troupe Zero
Oscar winner Allison Janney and actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan are joining Viola Davis and Mckenna Grace in Bert & Bertie’s family dramedy “Troupe Zero” for Amazon Studios. Plot details are unknown, but Lucy Alibar (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) penned the script and Todd Black is producing. [Source: Deadline]