Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Aquaman”) have been cast in the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning anthology sci-fi series “Black Mirror”. Each episode employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the collision of mankind with the unforgiving technology they have created. [Source: Business Times]
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds is set to develop a limited series adaptation of Esi Edugyan’s award-winning novel “Washington Black”. Twentieth Television, Indian Meadows Productions, Anthony Hemingway Productions and The Gotham Group will produce along with Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown.
The story follows George Washington Black, an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation who is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. However, to Wash’s surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Hemingway will direct and executive produce. [Source: Variety]
Tony-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. (“Murder On The Orient Express”) has scored a major role in “Newark,” the prequel film to David Chase’s iconic HBO series “The Sopranos” at New Line. The story is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats.
Odom Jr. joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and Michael Gandolfini. Chase wrote the script with Lawrence Konner and Alan Taylor is directing. [Source: THR]
Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, and Mercedes Ruehl will join Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez in the strip club drama “Hustlers” for STXfilms. Lorene Scafaria helms the project which has Mette Towley and Trace Lysette also in negotiations.
Inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler, the story is set in New York City in the wake of the financial crisis and follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Filming begins next week in New York. [Source: EW]
One Cut of the Dead
Patrick Cunningham (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) is set to produce an English-language remake of the Japanese micro-budget horror hit “One Cut of the Dead”. The story deals with a zombie invasion of a low-budget movie shoot. Made for just $27,000, the film has grossed $26.3 million. [Source: Variety]
Laura Linney, Hannah Gross and Terry Chen have joined Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut “Falling” which is now shooting in Toronto. The intimate family drama deals with a son’s relationship with his aging father.
Mortensen stars as John Peterson, who lives with his partner Eric (Chen) and their adopted daughter Monica, in Venice, California. Lance Henriksen plays John’s father, Linney is John’s sister, and Gross is his mother in her youth. Daniel Bekerman, Chris Curling and Mortensen will produce. [Source: THR]