With the Cannes Film Festival set to get underway later this month, there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing going on, which means there’s plenty of casting news. First up, Keira Knightley has signed on as a late addition to the Everest. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain. Filming has been underway for well over a month, and the Daily Mail reports that Knightley has signed on to play “Jan Arnold, widow of climber Rob Hall, who conquered the mountain five times.” Knightley “shot most of her scenes at Pinewood and around the Home Counties,” so don’t expect to see her character scaling the mountain. The outstanding cast also includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright, Sam Worthington, and Robin Wright. Everest opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on September 18, 2015.
Hit the jump for casting news on the adaptation of the Mattel superhero toy Max Steel and the Dylan Thomas biopic Dominion.
According to THR, Andy Garcia has joined Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane in the live-action adaptation of Max Steel. Winchell plays teenager Max McGrath, who, when combined with alien companion Steel, becomes the titular superhero. Garcia “will play the brilliant and mysterious scientist Dr. Miles Edwards.” THR also expands on the logline by saying, “As [Max and Steel] struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth and fight the mysterious forces threatening their world.” Production on Max Steel begins Tuesday in Wilmington, North Carolina. Garcia will be seen later this year in Let’s Be Cops.
Finally, Variety reports that Rhys Ifans, Diego Luna, and John Malkovich will star in the indie drama, Dominion. Ifans will play Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, whose works include “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion” (presumably, the title is taken from the latter poem). Per Variety, “The story will focus on the events surrounding the last days before his untimely death at the age of 39 in 1953 in New York, which included multiple visits to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village.”
Steven Bernstein, who helmed the upcoming Decoding Annie Parker, will direct from his own script, and plans to start shooting later this month. The cast also includes Zosia Mamet (Girls), Tony Hale (Veep), and Phil Ettinger.