Casting News: Waltz, Devine, Blunt, Winnick

Untitled Quibi Action-Thriller Series
Christoph Waltz is set to star opposite Liam Hemsworth in an untitled action-thriller series which is in the works for the short form streaming service Quibi which launches in April. CBS Television Studios will produce while “The Sopranos” Nick Santora pens and Phil Abraham (“Mad Men”) directs.

Hemsworth plays Dodge Maynard who, desperate to take care of his pregnant wife before a terminal illness can take his life, accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game where he soon discovers that he’s not the hunter, but the prey. Waltz will play the character of Miles Sellers. [Source: Variety]

Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong, Jim Jefferies, Catherine O’Hara, Reggie Watts and Alex Borstein will lend their voices to the animated adventure-comedy feature “Extinct” from China Lion, HB Wink, Huayi Tencent Entertainment Ltd, Tolerable Entertainment and Timeless Films. David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie”) and Raymond Persi direct.

Joel Cohen, John Frink, and Rob LaZebnik penned the screenplay which follows two adorable doughnut-shaped animals – flummels – who accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. There they discover traffic, trans fats, and worst of all, that flummels are now extinct. Filming is underway in Montreal for a 2020 release. [Source: Deadline]

Wild Mountain Thyme
Emily Blunt and Jon Hamm will star alongside Jamie Dornan and Christopher Walken in Oscar-winner John Patrick Shanley’s Irish romance drama “Wild Mountain Thyme” which Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. rights to.

Adapted from Shanley’s Broadway hit “Outside Mullingar,” Blunt and Dornan play obstinate star-crossed lovers, whose families are caught up in a feud over a hotly contested patch of land that separates their two farms. Filming begins in Ireland on September 30th. [Source: THR]

Katheryn Winnick and Juan Pablo Raba are set to join Liam Neeson in Robert Lorenz’s indie action-thriller “The Minuteman”. Filming begins next week in New Mexico and Ohio while Tai Duncan, Mark Williams, Warren Goz and Eric Gold produce.

The story follows a rancher and Vietnam veteran (Neeson) who finds himself responsible for the life of a young boy being hunted by a cartel assassin (Raba). Lorenz co-wrote the script with Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz. [Source: THR]