Avan Jogia (TV's "Victorious") is set to play Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun in Spike TV and Muse Entertainment's original miniseries "Tut". The project will be filmed entirely on location in Morocco and Canada this Fall ahead of a 2015 debut.
Jogia joins Ben Kingsley, who was cast last month as Tutankhamun's grand vizier who wields tremendous power and influence as the top adviser to the young Egyptian ruler. The project marks Spike's first scripted event series in eight years. [Source: The Live Feed]
"Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Fall" star Jamie Dornan has scored the lead role of Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in Richie Smyth's geo-political thriller "The Siege Of Jadotville" for Parallel Films. Kevin Brodbin ("Constantine") penned the script and filming begins in Ireland and South Africa in the spring.
The story is based on a 1961 siege in the Congo following Moise Tshombe taking control of the Katanga region. 150 UN Irish troops, led by Quinlan, held out against a force of 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries. [Source: Deadline]
Charles Dutton has joined Arthur Muhammad's "Carter High" for Play Now Enterprises and Tycor International Film Company. Dutton will play a coach and filming is now underway in Texas.
The true story sports film deals with the 1988 Carter High Cowboys - a Texan high school football team who overcame adversity to win the Texas State Championship in 1988. Afterwards, half of the team went on to commit a string of robberies and every one of them was apprehended before the start of their freshman college season. [Source: Screen]
Ryan Reynolds is set to join Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones in Ariel Vromen's thriller "Criminal" at Millennium Films. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Mark Gill and Matt O'Toole will produce.
Douglas Cook and David Weisberg penned the script which centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a prisoner to help him stop a diabolical plot. [Source: Variety]