We’ve got a bit of casting news to share with you tonight. Here it is at a glance:
- Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) is in talks to star opposite Luke Wilson (Old School) in the indie sports comedy, The Million Dollar Man.
- John Boyega (Attack the Block) is set to star in Creeping Zero, a sci-fi film from director Billy O’Brien (Isolation).
- Nate Parker (Red Hook Summer) is in talks to join Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
First up from Variety comes word that Chriqui is in talks to star in The Million Dollar Man. The picture centers on Wilson, a downtrodden truck driver for a soda company who gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity playing professional football as a kicker. (So, The Replacements or The Garbage-Picking, Field Goal-Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon…) Chriqui is in talks to star as the love interest who helps whip him into shape so he can turn his life around. Comedian Bobby Lee (MADtv) is also on board as the antagonist. Scott Marshall, son of Garry Marshall, is directing from an Alex Schrader script.
Next up comes word that Boyega will star in Creeping Zero alongside Ashley Hinshaw (Chronicle), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Adam Deacon (Anuvahood). The film, which starts shooting in Budapest October 29th, is part of a new slate of pictures from Celluloid Nightmares, a partnership between LA-based XYZ Films and Paris-based Celluloid Dreams. Other films on the docket include:
Stage Fright from Serendipity Point Films (EASTERN PROMISES, BARNEY’S VERSION) marks the feature film debut from director Jerome Sable.
These Final Hours is a sci-fi thriller from first-time Australian director, Zak Hilditch. The film follows a self-obsessed young man who makes his way to the party-to end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption.
Killers is a Japanese/Indonesian co-production between Guerrilla Merah Productions and Gareth Evans’ Pt. Merantau Films (THE RAID) out of Indonesia and Nikkatsu (COLD FISH) out of Japan. This serial-killer thriller from directors The Mo Brothers (MACABRE), follows two contrasting serial killers inadvertently discover each other’s existence, as the world around them falls apart, their paths will cross in a violent collision.
On the Job Training, a Filipino action thriller being directed by Erik Matti (TIK TIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES) which is scheduled to start production on October 1st. The film is inspired by actual political scandal in the Philippines in which politicians, gangsters and prison official cooperated to use prison inmates as assassins to commit hits outside the prison walls.
XYZ Films is next producing BERANDAL (aka THE RAID 2) which starts production in January and is currently in pre-production in Jakarta, Indonesia. They are also producing THE RAID, an English-language remake which is currently in development at Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems
Finally, Variety also reports that Parker is in talks to star in Oldboy. The picture centers on Josh Brolin’s character, a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for over a decade, who then escapes to seek his revenge. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Sharlto Copley (District 9). Parker would play a doctor who works with Olsen’s character. Samuel L. Jackson also has a small, but integral part in the picture. Parker can next be seen alonside Richard Gere in Arbitrage.