Quick News: Ford, Vaughn, Sweet, King, Shame

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Ford vs. Ferrari
In a surprise move, Christian Bale is expected to campaign in the Lead Actor category for his performance in James Mangold’s “Ford V. Ferrari”. This means Bale will now compete against his “Ferrari” co-star, Matt Damon, for what could be his fifth Oscar nomination. Both categories this year are expected to be something of a bloodbath with numerous contenders in play. [Source: The Playlist]

Untitled Vince Vaughn Comedy
Vince Vaughn will play one of the three lead roles in an untitled action-adventure comedy for Netflix which is said to be in the vein of “City Slickers” and “Old School”. Plot specifics are under wraps. Anders Holm (“Workaholics”) penned the script while Peter Billingsley (“Couples Retreat”) will helm. [Source: Deadline]

Sweet Girl
Isabela Merced (formerly Moner) has been cast as Jason Momoa‘s daughter in the action revenge movie “Sweet Girl” for Netflix. Momoa plays a devastated man who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left – his daughter (Merced). Brian Andrew Mendoza will make his feature directorial debut from a script by Gregg Hurwitz, Philip Eisner and Will Staples. Production is slated to start soon in Pittsburgh. [Source: Collider]

The Shadow King
Atlas Entertainment has acquired rights to Maaza Mengiste’s historical novel “The Shadow King” which is set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia. The story revolves around the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who took up arms against the Italians and who’ve often been left out of the historical record. Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Stephanie Haymes-Roven and Elise Swift will produce. [Source: Deadline]

15 Minutes of Shame
Anti-bullying activist Monica Lewinsky will team with “Catfish” producer Max Joseph on the HBO feature documentary “15 Minutes of Shame” which deals with the culture of public shaming. The story takes a look at people from around the world who have been caught up in a situation that involved public criticism and humiliation. [Source: Variety]