News Shorts: August 17th 2017

New Photos
A couple of key new photos today starting with the first shot of Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam in Michael Noer’s remake of the famed 1973 prison break drama – Papillon. Also out are two new photos from the Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron-led musical The Greatest Showman, and a first look at Saoirse Ronan in Great Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird

Untitled Jennifer Aniston Project
Jennifer Aniston is in final negotiations to star in an untitled suburban-set R-rated comedy currently in development at STXfilms. Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell are producing.

Sophie Goodhart (“My Blind Brother”) penned the script and will direct the story of an over-scheduled and over-burdened suburban couple who go to great lengths to try to recapture the fun of their youth. The goal is to make the film R-rated.

The Rhythm Section
Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is attached to direct the Black Lively-led spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” for Paramount Pictures. Bond film series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will produce the project based on Mark Burnell’s novel series.

Lively would play Stephanie Patrick who is on a path of self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash, a flight that she was meant to be on. After discovering that the crash was not an accident, her anger awakens a new sense of purpose.

Untitled Tarell Alvin McCraney Project
The Oprah Winfrey Network has given a straight-to-series order to a new untitled drama from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney with Michael B. Jordan, Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy also executive producing.

Set in South Florida at the end of Obama’s presidency, the coming-of-age drama follows a fourteen-year-old prodigy from the projects haunted by the death of his closest friend who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.

A Quiet Place
Noah Jupe (“Suburbicon”) will join Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place” from Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes.

Krasinski will direct the film from a script he wrote with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. The contained thriller centers on a family living on a farm that is terrorized by a supernatural evil. Filming begins in September in upstate New York.

Trading Paint
Shania Twain, Michael Madsen, Toby Sebastian and Kevin Dunn have all joined the cast of Karzan Kader’s racing film “Trading Paint” which began shooting this week in Alabama.

John Travolta portrays a down-and-out dirt track racing legend who is drawn back into the winner’s circle after his son (Sebastian), an aspiring driver, joins a competitor’s racing team, and incites an intense and dangerous competition between father and son.

Ad Astra
Jamie Kennedy is set to play Peter Bello, a sergeant who has been posted on a Mars base for an extended time, in James Gray’s upcoming sci-fi epic “Ad Astra” at New Regency.

Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga star in the adventure film about one man (Pitt) and his journey across a lawless and unforgiving solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist (Jones) who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Nappily Ever After
Sanaa Lathan and Ernie Hudson have been tapped to star in “Wadjda” director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Netflix original film “Nappily Ever After”. Gina Prince-Bythewood most recently worked on the script based on the book by Trisha R. Thomas.

Lathan plays Violet Jones who has a seemingly flawless life until an accident at the hair dresser causes things in her life to unravel and she begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted. Hudson portrays her father in the film which begins shooting next month.

Good Boys
Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe will produce the R-rated comedy “Good Boys” with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky directing from their own script.

The story follows four twelve-year-olds, caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage horniness, who embark on a quest from the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.

The Eggplant Emoji
Daniel Doheny, Luke Spencer Roberts, Eduardo Franco, and Sadie Calvano are set to join the currently in talks Geraldine Viswanathan in the Netflix dark comedy “Eggplant Emoji”.

The story follows a teenager who accidentally cuts off his penis during a camping trip. He and his friends rush to save the appendage before it’s too late. Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider penned the script.

Book Club
Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn have joined Bill Holderman’s upcoming comedy “Book Club”. Holderman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Simms.

The fellas as set to play the love interests to Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen’s characters, who are four lifelong friends in their 60s who read “50 Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed.

Dumplin
Odeya Rush is set to co-star with Jennifer Aniston and “Patti Cake$” star Danielle Macdonald in the music-driven comedy “Dumplin'” from filmmaker Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal,” “27 Dresses”). Rush will play the best friend of

Macdonald plays a confident, plus-sized, teen who, to spite her erstwhile beauty pageant queen mom (Aniston), enlists in a local pageant. What starts as an impulsive one-day protest snowballs as Will inadvertently becomes the inspiration for a ragtag group of teenage outcasts joining the pageant.

Dietland
Joy Nash has been cast in the lead role in the network’s upcoming project ten-episode drama series based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel “Dietland.” Marti Noxon serves as writer, showrunner and executive producer.

The story explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty. Nash plays Plum Kettle, obese all her life and preparing for lap band surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Broadway actress Jessica Keenan Wynn has joined the cast of the musical sequel “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” at Universal Pictures.

The film moves back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Keenan Wynn will play the younger version of Christine Baranski’s character, Tanya. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried co-star.

Sources: Deadline, THR, Variety, Screen