This week in movie news:
Jordan Peele will write and direct a new horror film titled Get Out; a new trailer has been released for the upcoming political thriller Truth starring Cate Blanchett; Lara Pulver joins the cast of Underworld 5; Patrick Heusinger will be the villain in Jack Reacher 2; Need for Speed director Scott Waugh will helm Outlaws Inc.; and Liam Neeson will star in new thriller The Commuter.
Jordan Peele will write and direct a new horror film titled Get Out for Blumhouse Productions, the company behind hits like Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge. News of this project comes close on the heels of Peele's show with Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele, having completed its run on Comedy Central.
The film -- which will reportedly touch on racial and social issues -- centers on a young African-American man visiting his Caucasian girlfriend's family estate. No word on who might join the cast or when the film is anticipated to arrive in theaters.
Source: The Wrap
Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for Truth, the new political drama from writer/director James Vanderbilt. Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford star as news producer Mary Mapes and anchor Dan Rather, respectively, as the pair contend with the controversy surrounding a 2004 report alleging that President George W. Bush relied on preferential treatment to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War.
Based on Mapes' 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power", the film marks Vanderbilt's directorial debut. Vanderbilt's previous screenwriting credits include The Rundown, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down. Truth is already earning positive reviews on the festival circuit ahead of its U.S. theatrical release on October 16, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures Classics
Lara Pulver has joined the cast of Underworld 5, alongside returning stars Kate Beckinsale and Theo James. Details on Pulver's character - along with the film's story - remain a mystery, though production is set to begin later this year for the still-untitled sequel. It is scheduled to arrive October 21st, 2016.
Pulver's only major Hollywood credit to date is in the Tom Cruise sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow. She has also appeared in numerous television series, including the BBC series Sherlock, Da Vinci's Demons, Skins, Fleming and True Blood.
Patrick Heusinger is in talks to play the villain in Jack Reacher 2, the upcoming Tom Cruise film based on Lee Child's novel "Never Go Back". No further details on Heusinger's character have been revealed, other than the fact that is he described as being a hunter. The actor's previous credits include Bravo's Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, A Beautiful Now, Black Swan, and Frances Ha.
Ed Zwick directs the Jack Reacher sequel, marking his first collaboration with Cruise since The Last Samurai in 2003. Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) are also among the cast. The first film earned more than $218 million worldwide back in 2012.
Need for Speed director Scott Waugh will helm Outlaws Inc., a new drama about a group of military men who start an international cargo delivery business and enter the world of mercenaries. No cast has been disclosed for the film, which is written by David Schickler (co-creator of the Cinemax series Banshee). It is based on a true story by journalist Matt Potter.
Much like Waugh's previous film projects, Outlaws Inc. will focus heavily on action. In addition to Need for Speed, Waugh directed the military thriller Act of Valor in 2012. Prior to that, Waugh worked on stunts for countless high-profile releases, including Spider-Man, Bad Boys II and xXx.
Liam Neeson will star in The Commuter, a new thriller written by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi, for the producers of Non-Stop and Unknown - both previous Neeson vehicles. In the film, Neeson stars as a businessman who caughts caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
The Commuter marks the latest in a long sting of action thrillers from Neeson, though recent films like Run All Night have failed to match the box office performance of the Taken trilogy. The new film is set to begin shooting in New York in the spring, though no details regarding an anticipated release date have been announced.
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