News Bits: Brimstone, Salt, Free, Ridge

Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) are set to join Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in the thriller “Brimstone”. Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”) penned and directs the film which begins shooting in May.

Pattinson will play an outlaw who has a crucial influence on this tale of retribution. Wasikowska plays Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and pursued by a diabolical Preacher (Pearce). [Source: Screen

Salt and Fire
German actress Veronica Ferres (“Klimt”) is set to star in Werner Herzog’s romantic thriller “Salt And Fire” which begins shooting in April around the Bolivian salt flats. Herzog wrote the script and will produce.

The story follows a scientist in South America who clashes with the head of the corporation responsible for an ecological disaster. When she learns of the potential eruption of a super volcano in the region, the scientist teams up with her nemesis to avert a global catastrophe. [Source: Screen]

Free Fall
Martin Scorsese is set to serve as an executive producer on Ben Wheatley’s action film “Free Fire”. Filming begins in the second quarter of the year with Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley starring.

The hard-boiled crime film is set in 1978 Boston in which a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. [Source: Screen]

Hacksaw Ridge
Lionsgate is in final talks for North American rights to the Mel Gibson-directed WW2 drama “Hacksaw Ridge” in a record-breaking $15 million deal. Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace penned the script.

Andrew Garfield plays real-life war hero Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, who became the first conscientious objector in American military history to receive the Medal of Honor even though he refused to bear arms on religious grounds. oss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa and helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines. [Source: THR]