This week in movie news:
J.K. Simmons reunites with his Whiplash director for La La Land; singer/actress Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler join the cast of Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; a new trailer for the Saoirse Ronan drama Brooklyn; Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw gets an online trailer; The Jim Henson Co.'s black comedy Happytime Murders is back in development; and Neil Casey joins the cast of the Ghostbusters reboot.
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons - who took home many awards for his performance as an intense music instructor in Whiplash - will reunite with that film's writer/director for La La Land. The romantic musical co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a jazz pianist and aspiring actor, respectively, who find their burgeoning love story challenged by their careers.
Simmons will play a character known only as "Boss" thus far, though no further details have been revealed. Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno and Callie Hernandez will also appear as Stone's roommates in the film, which opens in theaters on July 15, 2016.
Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler have joined the cast of director David Yates' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter spinoff film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an expert in magical creatures on a quest to locate and document them.
Sudol - who goes by the stage name A Fine Frenzy in her music career - will make her major feature film debut as Queenie, a woman who encounters Newt in New York during his travels. The actress previously had a recurring role on Transparent and appears on the USA Network series Dig. Fogler (Hannibal, Secrets and Lies) will play Jacob, a Muggle (or non-magical person) whom Newt befriends on his journey.
Source: Warner Bros., Deadline
Fox Searchlight has released a new trailer for director John Crowley's Brooklyn. The drama tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant in the 1950s who finds herself torn between a new romance in New York City and her life back home.
Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent co-star in the film, which was written by novelist/screenwriter Nick Hornby (About a Boy). Brooklyn will receive a limited U.S. release on November 6, 2015.
Source: Fox Searchlight
The Weinstein Company have released a new online trailer for director Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw. The new footage highlights the personal journey of champion boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he overcomes personal tragedy to get back on top.
Gyllenhaal is joined onscreen by Forest Whitaker, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz. Kurt Sutter - the creator of Sons of Anarchy - wrote the script for the film, which hits theaters on July 24, 2015.
Source: The Weinstein Company
STX Entertainment - the new film and television studio created by producer Robert Simonds - has teamed with The Jim Henson Co. on its long-developing black comedy Happytime Murders. Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, remains attached to direct the film.
The project - set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist - follows an alcoholic puppet private detective as he investigates the murder of the puppet cast of fictional 1980s children's show The Happytime Gang. The film was previously in development at Lionsgate and is now in active development with a script by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red 1 & 2).
Neil Casey has joined the cast of director Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot as the film's villain. An actor and writer whose experience includes Saturday Night Live, he will be playing a character named Rowan, though further details about his connection to the story remain under wraps.
The new film - which is currently shooting - stars Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy as the new squad of ghost-hunting heroes, while Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, and Michael K. Williams will help round out the cast. The Ghostbusters reboot hits theaters on July 22, 2016.