News Shorts: August 31st 2017

The Silence
Miranda Otto and John Corbett have come aboard John R. Leonetti’s “The Silence” which is based on the novel by Tim Lebbon. The story follows a deaf New Jersey teenager who lives in an area where a colony of bats are attacked by a parasitic insect and soon morph into a new lethal species called Vesps.

As the blind, winged creatures quickly grow, the girl and her family seek refuge in the woods where they must live in total silence and amidst the creature chaos they learn that humans can be just as dangerous. Kyle Breitkopf, Kiernan Shipka and Stanley Tucci co-star.

I Feel Pretty
Tom Hopper, Aidy Bryant, Sasheer Zamata, Lauren Hutton, Adrian Martinez, Busy Philipps, and Dave Attell have signed on to join Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rafe Spall, and Emily Ratajkowski in “I Feel Pretty” at STXfilms.

Schumer is portraying a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis, but awakens from a fall, believing she’s suddenly the most beautiful and capable person on the planet. The movie is scheduled to begin filming shortly in Boston.

Goodbye Christopher Robin
Nick Mohammed (“The Martian”) is set to voice Piglet in Disney Pictures’ live-action film “Christopher Robin” which Marc Forster is directing. Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett co-star.

Ewan McGregor stars as the titular little boy from “Winnie the Pooh” who has now all grown up and has lost his sense of imagination. Thankfully, Pooh and his friends re-enter Robin’s life to help him find it once again.

If Beale Street Could Talk
Stephan James (“Selma,” “Race”) is in negotiations to star in “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” at Annapurna Pictures and Plan B.

The story follows a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove the innocence of her fiance (James) while carrying their unborn child. Jenkins is writing the screenplay with filming to begin in October.

Douglas Booth (“Jupiter Ascending”) has joined the cast of Michael Hoffman’s “Gore,” the currently filming in Italy biopic about Gore Vidal starring Kevin Spacey and Griffin Dunne. Booth plays Jamie, a young British writer whose work catches Vidal’s eye.

I Feel Pretty
Allen Leech (“In Fear”) has been cast as Freddie Mercury’s personal manager Paul Prenter in Bryan Singer’s biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Prenter was very close to Mercury, working with him for nine years from 1977 to 1986 and wielded great influence.

He later sold him and the band out to UK newspapers about the lead singer’s lifestyle and how his former lovers were dying of AIDS. Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello co-star in the film.

Mr. Robot
USA Network has revealed a new trailer for the third season of “Mr. Robot” ahead of the return of new episodes on October 11th. Executive producer and writer Sam Esmail will return to direct all ten episodes of the series.

Bad Times at El Royale
Tony winner Cynthia Erivo has joined Drew Goddard’s upcoming contained thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale” at 20th Century Fox. Erivo will play a down-on-her-luck singer in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The thriller follows a cast of shady characters with dark agendas who collide at a run-down hotel near Lake Tahoe. Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges and Cailee Spaeny also star in the story and filming begins in January.

Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen
Penelope Mitchell has joined the Neil Marshall-directed “Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen” reboot at Lionsgate and Millennium Films. In the film Hellboy (Harbour) and his team of paranormal researchers, try to save the world from a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) who wants to destroy humankind.

Mitchell will play the role of Ganeida, an elder witch who has decided that Nimue’s wrath has gone on for too long and must be stopped. Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are producing.

1st Born
Robert Knepper (“Twin Peaks”) and Armin Amiri will join Val Kilmer, William Baldwin, and Jay Abdo in the U.S.-Iranian comedy co-production “1st Born”. Filming begins next month in Los Angeles.

The story follows a newlywed couple, Iranian-born Ben (Amiri) and American Kate, who are living the American dream in sunny California. When their first pregnancy has complications, it brings the whole family together. Knepper plays an Iraqi War veteran and friend of Ben’s father.

Jack and Dick
Hyde Park Entertainment has picked up Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler’s spec script “Jack & Dick” which deals with the true story of the little-known friendship between political rivals John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon from their early years as Senators to the race for the Presidency. Filming aims to begin early next year.

FOX has given a put pilot commitment to Sheldon Turner and Howard Gordon’s cop drama “Nightfall”. The story is about a New York City anti-crime unit headed by a charismatic, often unpredictable detective who works the midnight shift.

Tin Star
Amazon has released a new trailer and announced a September 29th premiere date for its upcoming ten-episode drama series “Tin Star” which stars Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks, Genevieve O’Reilly, Christopher Heyerdahl and Abigail Lawrie.

Rowan Joffe (“The American”) pens the Canadian Rockies-set series about a former British detective now small town police chief with a dangerous alcoholic alter-ego who must stop his town descending into the hands of organised crime after a vast new oil refinery opens nearby.

Sources: The Wrap, Deadline, THR, Variety & The Tracking Board