News Shorts: September 8th 2017

On the Basis of Sex
Armie Hammer will play Marty Ginsburg, husband of a young and future to be Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) in the biopic “On the Basis of Sex”.

In the Mimi Leder-directed film the pair team up to bring the first landmark gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court. Daniel Stiepleman penned the script.

Tyler Hoechlin (“Everybody Wants Some,” “Supergirl”) is set to lead the cast of George Gallo’s “Bigger” which follows brothers Joe and Ben Weider, the pioneers of the modern fitness industry.

Hoechlin will play Joe Weider, who discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger and founded the International Federation of Bodybuilding which operates today in 55 countries. Filming begins next month in Alabama

Boy Erased
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” star Joe Alwyn is set to join Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Lucas Hedges in Joel Edgerton’s drama “Boy Erased”.

Hedges plays the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents at age 19. He must either enter gay conversion therapy, or be permanently exiled by his family, friends, and faith.

I’m Dying Up Here
Showtime has announced that it’s picking up its 1970s L.A. stand-up comedy scene-set drama series “I’m Dying Up Here” for a second season. Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler and Jake Lacy star.

Production on the second season will begin this Fall ahead of the ten episodes premiering sometime in 2018 on Showtime. [Source: Showtime]

Only the Brave
Sony Pictures has unveiled a featurette for Joseph Kosinski’s “Only the Brave” which deals with the true story of a group of firefighters called the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly co-star in the film which opens October 20th.

High Life
Juliette Binoche and Andre Benjamin have joined the cast of Claire Denis’ “High Life” which revolves around a group of convicts who reduce their time behind bars in exchange for embarking on a dangerous mission to a black hole.

Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, Ewan Mitchell, Jessie Ross and Claire Tran co-star in the English-language feature.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption
David Sakurai has been cast as Mutsuhiro ‘The Bird’ Wantabe in the Harold Cronk-directed “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” a faith-based sequel to Angelina Jolie’s 2014 feature.

The Bird was the nickname of the Japanese officer who psychologically and physically tortured WWII officer Louis Zamperini who is suffering PTSD over his mistreatment and ultimately was born again.

Nappily Ever After
“American Gods” star Ricky Whittle has joined the cast of Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Nappily Ever After” for Netflix and has already begun filming his role in Atlanta ahead of returning to work on the second season of ‘Gods’.

Sanaa Lathan stars as a woman who, after an accident at her hairdresser, has a revelation about what her life is and what she wants it to be. Whittle plays a UK doctor who has a long-term relationship with her and becomes estranged by her newfound turn.

Katie Holmes and Jean Reno will star in Ryuhei Kitamura’s female-driven action-thriller “Doorman” which is currently in pre-production.
The story follows a female Marine with PTSD who is trying to heal.

She seeks refuge as a doorman at a historic New York apartment building until she encounters mercenaries intent upon retrieving precious art hidden in the walls of building.

Charlie Cox (“Daredevil”) and Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”) are attached to star in “Stripped,” a new dramatic thriller which will serve as the directorial debut of veteran camera operator Patrick O’Brien. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam will produce.

Cox plays a married professional who becomes increasingly obsessed with a high-priced escort leading him down a dark path of deception and murder. Snow plays his wife. Filming begins in Vancouver this fall.

Ball Street
Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells have been tapped to star in the upcoming Showtime comedy pilot “Ball Street” which Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct and executive produce the pilot which films in February.

David Caspe and Jordan Cahan serve as showrunners on the series which begins with the 1987 stock market crash and follows a group of outsiders who took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system.

Undocumented America
“Gravity” writer Jonas Cuaron is set to adapt Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s manuscript “Undocumented America” into a potential TV series for Brad Weston’s Makeready.

The story is described as a portrait of the undocumented experience, weaving together diverse stories of immigrants across the country – from New York City and Miami to Flint, New Haven, Cleveland and beyond.

Codeblack Films has acquired filmmaker Deon Taylor’s thriller “Traffik” for an April 27th 2018 wide release. Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle and William Fichtner co-star.

The story follows a young couple (Paula Patton and Omar Epps) who travel on a romantic getaway to the mountains only to be terrorized by a vicious group of sex traffickers with whom they become locked in a desperate struggle for survival.

30 Miles From Nowhere
Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife,” “True Blood”) is set to star in Australian director Caitlin Koller’s indie horror thriller “30 Miles from Nowhere”. Filming begins this Fall in Chicago.

The story follows five ex-college buddies who return to the summer home of their youth for their scientist friend’s funeral. But mourning turns to terror when they realize their reunion is not at all what it seems.

Paul, Apostle of Christ
James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley, and John Lynch are set to star in Sony Pictures’ historical drama “Paul, Apostle of Christ” which is now shooting in Malta. Andrew Hyatt helms from his own screenplay.

The story covers Paul (Faulkner) going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle. The movie will follow his last days awaiting execution by Emperor Nero in Rome under the watchful eye of a prison’s ambitious prefect Mauritius.

Brian Banks
“Underground” star Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear are set to star in Tom Shadyac’s biopic “Brian Banks” for Gidden Media and ShivHans Pictures. Doug Atchison (“Akeelah and the Bee”) penned the script and filming begins later this month in Memphis.

Hodge plays Banks, an All-American high school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape and sentenced to a decade of prison. Kinnear plays a criminal defense attorney who helped him.

The Revisionist
eOne has acquired the rights to the sci-fi thriller pitch “The Revisionist” which Hutch Parker Entertainment will produce. Michael Lloyd Green will pen the script,

The story follows a loyal soldier who is sent back in time with a hit squad to take out an illusive insurgent responsible for a global pandemic. But when their mission is compromised, he’s forced to go against his own team to change history.

Sources: Variety, Deadline, THR, Screen & TV Line