Casting News: Gadot, Menzel, Shaw, Washington

Irena Sendler
Gal Gadot and husband Jaron Varsano have formed the production company Pilot Wave with Gadot to star in and produce “Irena Sendler” which will get started with the fact-based historical thriller. Varsano and Marc Platt will also produce while Justine Juel Gillmer is penning the script.

The harrowing story follows a woman’s defiant stand against Polish Nazi occupation and the network she developed to care for and save 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Following her arrest by the Gestapo, the story becomes a race against time to save not only herself but the identities of the hidden thousands who’ll face certain execution. [Source: Deadline]

Tony and Grammy winning actress Idina Menzel is in talks to join Sony’s Kay Cannon-directed musical “Cinderella” which stars Camila Cabello in the title role. Menzel is poised to play Evelyn, the evil stepmother and the report follows on from the story of “Pose” actor Billy Porter being in negotiations for the role of the fairy godmother. [Source: TheaterMania]

12 Mighty Orphans
Vinessa Shaw (“Ray Donovan”) and Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”) have been cast alongside Luke Wilson in Ty Roberts’ true story football drama “12 Mighty Orphans” which is based on the novel by Jim Dent and adapted for the screen by Roberts and Lane Garrison.

Set during the Great Depression, the story follows an orphanage where Coach Rusty Russell (Wilson) turns a scrawny band of underdogs into fierce warriors that leave their opponents bewildered and battered. These youngsters, in spite of being outweighed by at least thirty pounds per man, are the toughest football team around. [Source: Deadline]

The Prom
Kerry Washington will join Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film version of the Broadway musical “The Prom” for Netflix.

The story focuses on the experiences of an Indiana lesbian teenager who wants to bring her girlfriend to her school’s big dance. Instead, they’re banned from attending as a couple, prompting a cast of Broadway eccentrics to descend on the teens’ small-town home to help fight the injustice. [Source: THR]