Here’s your latest casting news out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:
- Joel Edgerton (Warrior) will join Johnny Depp in the Barry Levinson crime thriller Black Mass about Boston kingpin Whitey Bulger.
- Chris Pine (Star Trek), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) have joined the Tobey Maguire production Z for Zacharia, directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance).
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Deadline reports that Edgerton has joined the cast of Black Mass as FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, John Connolly. Connolly was tasked with taking down the Italian mob and cooperated with Bulger, who acted as an FBI informant with the dual intention of getting the Feds to eliminate his own underworld competition. Connolly himself was eventually convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, along with second-degree murder charges stemming from leaked information to the mobsters.
Deadline also reports that Pine, Seyfried and Ejiofor will join Z for Zacharia. Here’s the press release:
Material Pictures and Zik Zak Filmworks are pleased to announce Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried, and Chewitel Ejiofor have joined the cast of Z FOR ZACHARIAH. The film will be directed by Craig Zobel (The Great World of Sound, Compliance) from a script penned by Nissar Modi. Material Pictures’ Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe will produce alongside Zik Zak Filmworks’ Skúli Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson and Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson. Gary Ross and Lucky Hat Entertainment’s Stephen Bannatyne will executive produce, along with Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson. Lotus will commence international sales at Cannes. CAA arranged financing for the project, and CAA and WME will co-represent domestic rights.
An adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s classic science fiction novel of the same name, Z FOR ZACHARIAH is a psychological thriller about a girl who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, but comes to learn she is not alone.
“Everyone at Material Pictures and Zik Zak Filmworks is thrilled Z for Zachariah has attracted such a dynamic and talented cast,” said Maguire. “With Modi’s enthralling script and the vision Zobel has for the film, we’re excited to bring such a captivating story to audiences.”
The project will begin shooting in August.