Ellen Page in Talks to Star in John Belushi Biopic; Dakota Johnson Negotiating for BLACK MASS; Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould Star in SUNDOWNING

     March 21, 2014

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Here’s the latest casting news for the following films:

  • Ellen Page is in talks to star opposite Emile Hirsch in Steve Conrad’s untitled John Belushi biopic.
  • Dakota Johnson is in negotiations to play the love interest of Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper’s Black Mass.
  • Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould will star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest effort, Sundowning.
  • James Caan has signed on for Jacob Tierney’s Preggoland, scripted by and starring Sonja Bennett.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

ellen-page-john-belushi-biopicFirst up from The Wrap is news that Page would star as Belushi’s wife, Judith Jacklin, in the untitled biopic.  “Jacklin was Belushi’s loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death. The indie drama will explore Belushi’s rise to fame in the late ’70s, from Saturday Night Live to his starring turns in Animal House and The Blues Brothers.” Conrad directs from his own screenplay, which he adapted from Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby’s book, “Belushi”.

Deadline reports that Johnson is in talks to star as Bulger’s love interest in Black Mass.  One of a couple women in the mobster’s life, Johnson would play “Lindsey, his girlfriend and the mother of his six year old son, Douglas, who dies tragically.”  Joel Edgerton also stars as disgraced FBI agent John Connolly, who grew up with Bulger and was alleged to have tipped him off when the feds were closing in, and Guy Pearce will play Bill Bulger, brother of the mobster who was president of the Massachusetts Senate and a major power player in town.

The Wrap also has word on the cast of Sundowning, Shyamalan’s latest.  “Hahn plays a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents… and things go very wrong. Oxenbould plays her son, who is protective of his sister.”  There’s little in the way of plot information available at this time, but judging by the title, it may have something to do with the psychological phenomena related to patients suffering from dementia.

Finally from Variety comes word that Caan will star in Preggoland, a comedy being shot in Vancouver.  He’ll play “the father of a 35-year-old woman named Ruth who fakes being pregnant so she can fit in with her friends.”  Danny Trejo also stars “as Pedro, a ganja-smoking illegal immigrant with five kids of his own — and Ruth’s accomplice/confidante.” Preggoland also stars Laura Harris, Paul Campbell, and Jared Keeso.

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