Casting: Skarsgard, Mihok, Destiny, McHale, Elliott

Alexander Skarsgard has signed on to join Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and Andre Holland in Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut “Passing”. Hall adapted the screenplay from the novel of the same name by Nella Larsen.

The story follows two African American women, each of whom can ‘pass’ as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line in 1928 Harlem. Hall, Margot Hand, Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker produce. [Source: Variety]

Deep Water
Dash Mihok, Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi, Kristen Connolly and Jade Fernandez are set to join Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts and Rachel Blanchard in Adrian Lyne’s currently filming erotic thriller “Deep Water” at New Regency. Zack Helm and Sam Levinson have adapted the script while Garrett Basch, Arnon Milchan, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Anthony Katagas and Steven Zaillian are producing.

Affleck and de Armas play Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. The couple staves off divorce in a loveless marriage by allowing each to take lovers, but it becomes messy as Highsmith exposed the surface facade of American suburban life. [Source: Deadline]

Flint Strong
Actress-singer Ryan Destiny (“Star”) will play Olympic champ Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields in boxing movie “Flint Strong” at Universal Pictures. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”) will make her feature directorial debut from a script by Oscar-winning writer Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”).

The story follows 17-year-old Shields, who emerged from Flint, Michigan to become the first woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. Shields is also a survivor of sexual abuse, who found strength in her Christian faith. Michael De Luca will produce. [Source: Collider]

Treat Street
Joel McHale and Thomas Lennon have joined the Halloween-set family adventure film “Treat Street” which serves as the directorial debut of Stimson Snead. Shooting begins next spring in Spokane, Washington.

The story centers on a group of kids out trick-or-treating who run into the most evil thing imaginable: teenagers. The teens steal their candy and the precocious protagonists must rally the neighborhood (including their parents) to get their haul back and save Halloween. [Source: Deadline]

Flint Strong
David James Elliott (“JAG”) is set to co-star with Michael Shannon and Alexander Ludwig in indie drama “Swing” which follows an Ivy League college rowing crew team whose lives are changed in their final year when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional group.

Elliott will play Mr. Singleton, the school’s athletic director who holds a lot of power over his son Alex Singleton (Ludwig), and his high expectations for Alex make him go toe to toe with Coach Murphy to get what he wants. Vojin Gjaja wrote the screenplay. [Source: Deadline]