Salma Hayek to Star in THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ; Ian McShane Joins THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD; Gregg Allman Biopic MIDNIGHT RIDER Adds Cast

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Here’s more of today’s casting news:

  • Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand) are set to star in The Septembers of Shiraz, an adaptation of the novel by Dalia Sofer.
  • Ian McShane will join Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s The Man on Carrion Road, starring Patrick Wilson.
  • Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Shohreh AghdashlooNews from THR has Hayek and Aghdashloo joining The Septembers of Shiraz, a thriller based on actual events that tells the story of a Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in 1981 Iran. The Wayne Blair-directed story centers on “an imprisoned gem dealer, his despairing wife, their daughter — whose playmate’s father is in the charge of the prison — and their New York-based son as they try to come together and escape the deadly tyranny.”  Hayek plays the mother, while Aghdashloo is set for the family’s housekeeper, whose son previously worked for the gem dealer but is not a member of the Revolutionary Guard.

Variety reports on Midnight Rider’s casting additions.  Based on Gregg Allman’s biography “My Cross To Bear,” written with Alan Light, Midnight Rider stars The All-American Rejects’ frontman Tyson Ritter in the lead role.  Wyatt Russell stars as Allman’s brother, Duane; William Hurt is set to star as the present-day Gregg Allman.  “Dushku will play a small town Southern girl who inspires the song “Whipping Post.” Whitford will play Allman’s current manager Michael Lehman and Moore will play manager Bill McEuen, who discovered the brothers and brought them to Los Angeles.”  Shooting on the picture is expected to start February 24th in Savannah, GA.

Here’s more on The Man on Carrion Road:

IAN MCSHANE SIGNS ON TO ATLAS INDEPENDENT’S THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD

LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 – Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, announced today Ian McShane (Sexy Beast, Deadwood), will star opposite Patrick Wilson in THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD. McShane will play the role of Leland; an aging retired Sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (Apollo 18, Open Grave) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew’s script. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg, and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. MICA Entertainment is financing with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. The film is slated to being production in April.

ian-mcshane-the-man-on-carrion-roadIan McShane was recently seen playing King Brahmwell in JACK THE GIANT SLAYER for director Bryan Singer and as Beith, the leader of the dwarves in Rupert Sanders’ SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN. In 2012, McShane did a memorable turn as Leigh Emerson, a sadistic Santa serial killer on Ryan Murphy’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM alongside Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto.Previously, McShane starred as Blackbeard in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for his role in DEADWOOD. McShane currently has Brett Ratner’s HERCULES in post-production and will next be seen in the comedy CUBAN FURY opposite Nick Frost, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd.

THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD is the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town’s new sheriff (played by Patrick Wilson) must team up with the retired lawman (Played by Ian McShane) he replaced to investigate the source of the deal in order to stop a mysterious cartel butcher and his systematic brutalization of the town’s residents. A gritty and modern thriller, THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD collides head on with the pathos and hard realities that inhabit life along the border; it’s a story that explores the ambitions, difficulties, and consequences that turn men into monsters and monsters into reality.

THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD will begin shooting in early April in Utah.

This is the second film of a two picture deal in which Atlas Independent will produce, MICA Entertainment will finance, and Relativity International will sell internationally. The first film in the deal is the recently wrapped MOJAVE, written and directed by William Monahan and starring Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund. 

McShane is represented by ICM, Independent Talent, Gallant Management and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.




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