Here’s a look at the latest casting for the following films:
- Kate Winslet is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s crime thriller Triple Nine starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor. [Update: Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot and Michael Peña are also in talks to join.]
- Hannah Ware (Shame) will star in the Hitman reboot, Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto.
- Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) will star in Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English-language debut, along with Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz, and Caleb Landry Jones.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up from Variety is news that Winslet is in talks to join Hillcoat’s latest. Scripted by Matt Cook, Triple Nine (police code for an officer needing immediate assistance) “revolves around a group of corrupt cops who plan a major heist.” Winslet can currently be seen in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, and will next star in Divergent this March. Update: Deadline reports on the addition of Paul, Palmer, Gadot and Peña being in talks for the film. Their description of the drama centers on “a crew of dirty cops blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.” Open Road, which just acquired domestic distribution rights to the film, will release it in 2015.
Deadline reports that Ware has landed the female lead in Aleksander Bach’s Agent 47. There are no further details about her role in the film. Ware recently starred in Spike Lee’s Oldboy and can be seen on the television series, Betrayal.
Check out the press release for Naranjo’s untitled debut:
NEW YORK (February 5, 2014) - Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English-language debut is fully cast and financed and starts production in late March. Dakota Fanning, Frank Dillane (HARRY POTTER), Jeremy Allen White (SHAMELESS), Zoe Kravitz (X MEN: FIRST CLASS) and Caleb Landry Jones (X MEN: FIRST CLASS) will star in the film, written and directed by Naranjo (MISS BALA).
Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures will produce. The film is a co-production of Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures, which is also financing.
CAA arranged the film’s financing on behalf of the filmmakers; Preferred Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the financiers. Domestic distribution rights will be represented by CAA and Preferred Content.
Dakota Fanning recently wrapped EFFIE GRAY, EVERY SECRET THING and FRANNY. She is repped by Patrick Whitesell at WME Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment. Frank Dillane recently wrapped Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA. He is repped by WME and Michelle Braidman & Associates in the UK. Jeremy Allen White currently stars on Season 3 of SHAMELESS airing on Showtime. His film WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE premiered at this past TIFF. He is repped by WME and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein. Zoe Kravitz can soon be seen in DIVERGENT and is repped by Scott Metzger at Paradigm and Jillian Neal at Untitled. Caleb Landry Jones recently wrapped John Boorman’s QUEEN AND COUNTRY. He is repped by Joey Stanton at Resolution and Michael Lazo and Greg Clark atUntitled.
The untitled film follows Viena (Fanning), a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s. Production begins in Nevada in the next few weeks.
“Its super exciting to work again with Alex and Hunter, I am equally looking forward to film in Nevada thanks to Chris Ramirez and Lola Pictures” says Naranjo. “I’ve always wanted to make a picture that would rely only on the performances, and thanks to the amazing young cast we’ve assembled, it seems like this is the one.”
“We are very excited to be back in business with Gerardo and thrilled to be a part of his English language debut with this phenomenal cast” add Gray and Orlovsky of Verisimilitude. This film marks the second collaboration between Naranjo, Gray and Orlovsky. The three previously collaborated on VOY A EXPLOTAR.
Lola pictures’ Chris Ramirez added “This is a great team to realize Gerardo’s story and his unique visual style. Working with Hunter and Alex on our feature debut gives us a lot of confidence and we couldn’t be more excited to get started”.