Been a busy casting day starting with Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Holliday Grainger (“The Borgias”) set to star in “Doubt” director John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme” at Mar-Key Pictures, Likely Story and Port Pictures.
An adaptation of Broadway hit “Outside Mullingar,” the Irish set tale has Dornan and Grainger playing obstinate star-crossed lovers, whose families are caught up in a feud over a hotly contested patch of land that separates their two farms. Leslie Urdang, Anthony Bregman, Alex Witchel and Martina Niland produce.
Next up, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts are all set to star in the surrealist comedy “French Exit” from helmer Azazel Jacobs who is directing this adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel for Rocket Science and Elevation Pictures. The author is adapting the script.
Pfeiffer will play 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price, while Hedges will play her directionless son Malcolm, and Letts plays the current embodiment of her long-deceased husband – the family cat.
Next, Emmy-nominated “GLOW” star Betty Gilpin has joined the cast of Netflix’s crime comedy “Coffee & Kareem” along with young newcomer Terrence Little Gardenhigh, RonReaco Lee and social media sensation Andrew Bachelor. Michael Dowse (“Stuber”) is directing from a Black List script by Shane McCarthy.
Ed Helms will play a Detroit cop who reluctantly teams with his girlfriend’s (Taraji P. Henson) 11-year-old son (Gardenhigh) to clear his name and take down the city’s most ruthless criminal. Gilpin will play a fellow cop in Helms’ precinct. Lee will likely play the villain with Bachelor as one of his henchmen.
Finally a rumor at HN Entertainment suggests Orlando Bloom and Jamie Foxx have come onboard the post-WWII action film “War Pigs” at Millennium Films. Filming was to begin in the Fall under the helm of Tommy Wirkola but now Brad Furman is apparently taking over.
Colin Farrell and Mel Gibson star in the film about a retired marine’s brother killed by a multi-national drug cartel. Said marine decides to wage war against the cartel with the help of fellow ex-soldiers who served during WWII.