News Bits: Thorne, FML, River, Oswald, Status

Doctor Thorne
Amazon has confirmed that “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes’ new period drama series “Doctor Thorne” series will be added to its lineup of Amazon Original Series with the premiere scheduled to air May 20th. Tom Hollander, Ian McShane, Alison Brie,, Rebecca Front and Richard McCabe star. [Source: Amazon]

YouTube star Bart Baker, a popular musical parody comedian, has joined the cast of the road trip comedy “FML” at Digital Riot Media. Jason Nash is directing from his own script. Brandon Calvillo, Busy Philipps, Andy Daly, Jennifer Irwin, Greg Cromer and Manon Mathews also star in the film which is currently shooting.

The story follows a 40-something man (Nash) as he treks across the United States with a nineteen-year-old (Calvillo) to gain a million followers; allowing the man to take care of his family and the kid to land the girl of his dreams. Baker plays Swagg, an overnight social media millionaire, singer and marketing genius. [Source: Variety]

Dark River
Sean Bean and Mark Stanley (“Kilo Two Bravo”) are in talks to join “Luther” actress Ruth Wilson in “Dark River” for Film4 and Left Bank Pictures. Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”) helms the project, but plot specifics are under wraps. Tracy O’Riordan is producing while Barnard also penned the script. [Source: Deadline]

David Bruckner (“VHS”) has signed on to write and direct the sci-fi thriller “Oswald” for Epic Pictures. The storyline is being kept under wraps. Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson will produce. [Source: Heat Vision]

Status Update
Offspring Entertainment and Brightlight Pictures have signed Disney Channel star Ross Lynch for the lead role in the comedy “Status Update” at Voltage Pictures and DNA Pictures. Scott Speer will direct from a script written by Jason Filardi, and filming begins in June in Vancouver.

Lynch plays a teenager who, after being uprooted by his parents’ separation and unable to fit into his new hometown, stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media updates to come true. As he becomes a hero at his new high school, his newfound power abruptly unravels. [Source: Variety]