Noomi Rapace joins Will Smith for Brilliance; Octavia Spencer signs on for Insurgent; Michael Fassbender eyes a role in The Light Between Oceans; Nicolas Winding Refn may helm The Bringing; Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hardy join The True American; and the Coen Brothers prepare their next project.
Based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, Brilliance imagines a world where a small group of humans, called “brilliants”, are born with special powers. These brilliants, however, cause un-rest among the normal citizens, leading to a civil war of sorts.
Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction in the film. She joins a cast that features returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet.
Insurgent picks up with Tris (Woodley) and Four (James), who are now on the run following the events of Divergent. RED helmer Robert Schwentke is taking over directorial duties for the sequel and Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield are working on the script.
Insurgent will hit theaters on March 20, 2015.
Magneto himself, Michael Fassbender, is in talks to join The Light Between Oceans, a forthcoming feature from director Derek Cianfrance.
It’s still early, but if he is cast Fassbender will play a lighthouse keeper who, with his wife, find a rowboat with a dead body and a baby girl. The two decide to raise the child as their own, but soon find more trouble then they were expecting.
The Light Between Oceans sounds like another unique family drama from Cianfrance, whose previous works have included The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine. Cianfrance is known, most recently, for his collaborations with Ryan Gosling but now it appears he is trading one A-list star for another.
Speaking of Ryan Gosling collaborators, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is in early negotiations to direct the horror film The Bringing.
The Bringing is reportedly based on the true story of Elisa Lam, a woman who was found dead in the water tanks of a Los Angeles hotel. The film’s script tells the story of a man investigating a mysterious hotel death and was the source of a multi-studio bidding war that Sony eventually won.
While Refn is known for developing his own films, the Only God Forgives director apparently sought this project out. Most of Refn’s movies have had a darker side to them, but this would be his first bona fide horror film.
Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow has signed on to helm The True American with Tom Hardy set to star.
The True American is based on the book by Anand Giridharadas and recounts the true story of “American terrorist” Mark Stroman, who murdered two immigrants and severely wounded a Bangladesh Air Force veteran named Raisuddin Bhuiyan. After those horrific events, Bhuiyan eventually forgives Stroman and ends up fighting to save him from the death penalty.
Although few details are known about the project, it’s assumed that Hardy will play Stroman. With both him and Bigelow on board, The True American is sure to be an awards show contender.
Hail Caesar is said to satirize the Hollywood fixers of the 1950s – private detectives who helped preserve the images of celebrities. Of course, what these fixers were doing wasn’t exactly legal, as many used wiretaps, blackmail, and payoffs to keep scandalous stories out of the press.
Clooney will play Eddie Mannix, a fictionalized version of these real P.I.s named. The film will mark the fourth collaboration between Clooney and the Coen Brothers, with the most recent being the 2008 spy comedy Burn After Reading.
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