Rooney Mara will join Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the Guillermo del Toro-directed “Nightmare Alley” for Fox Searchlight. Del Toro wrote the script with Kim Morgan and produces with J. Miles Dale.
The film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel about a corrupt con-man (Cooper) who teams with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money. Mara plays Molly, the closest thing to the con man’s true love. [Source: Deadline]
Alan Trong (“Alita: Battle Angel”), Seychelle Gabriel (“Falling Skies”), Alexis Louder (“Harriet”) and newcomer Chibuikem Uche have all been cast in the Chris McKay-directed sci-fi thriller “Ghost Draft” for Skydance Media and Paramount Pictures.
Chris Pratt plays a husband and father who is drafted to fight a future war in which the fate of humanity may rely on his ability to correct issues of the past. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Jules Daly, David Goyer and Adam Kolbrenner are producing. [Source: Deadline]
The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Succession” star Jeremy Strong has joined Paramount, Cross Creek and Amblin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot during counterculture protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Strong is set to play Jerry Rubin, an American social activist, anti-war leader, and counterculture icon who was instrumental in organizing the protest during the convention. Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance and Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-star in the film which Aaron Sorkin will direct from his own script with Marc Platt producing. [Source: Variety]
AGC Studios has picked up “Key & Peele” and “Get Hard” writer Jay Martel’s spec script “The Present” which tells the story of a young boy who figures out a way to repeat the day leading up to his parents’ separation so he can relive the same day and try to keep them from splitting up. [Source: Deadline]