News Bits: Queen, Dates, Yoga, Hacker, Winter

Queen of the Desert
Some truly gorgeous new photos have arrived of Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damien Lewis in Werner Herzog’s upcoming Gertrude Bell biopic “Queen of the Desert”. [Source: QOTDFilm]

Release Dates
The Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo-led “Spotlight” has targeted a platform rollout beginning with a November 6th opening. Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci also star in the story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation team into sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Universal has locked down a June 3rd 2016 release date for the Lonely Island movie. Andy Samberg leads the cast as Conner, a rapper whose latest career setback forces him to reunite with his old boy band.

Yoga Hosers
Kevin Smith has revealed he hopes to premiere his just completed film “Yoga Hosers” at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Harley Quinn Smith (Smith’s daughter) and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter) star in the teenage superhero/thriller which sounds like it has finished production. [Source: Twitter]

Luke Jaden and Cort Johns are set to pen and direct “Hacker,” a film adaptation of Ted Dekker’s novel which centers on a 17-year-old genius hacker. Luke Jaden and Cort Johns (“Wolf Who Cried Boy”) will co-write the script and co-direct. Jaden, Johns and Phil Wurtzel will produce.

The story centers on a 17-year-old genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world’s largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she’s plunged into a desperate situation with one last hack that will either save her or kill her. [Source: Heat Vision]

The New Winter
Universal Pictures has optioned Aussie writer Anna Snoekstra’s debut novel “The New Winter” which Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce.

The story centers on a runaway woman trying to escape her past who pretends to be a girl abducted from a small town ten years before. The girl’s family takes her in until she slowly starts to uncover the secrets that actually lead to their daughter’s disappearance. [Source: Deadline]