June 24, 2013

paz vega kill the messenger

Today’s casting report is rather international:

  • Paz Vega will join Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, the adaptation of Nick Schou‘s non-fiction book directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland).
  • Peyman Moaadi (A Separation) will star opposite Kristen Stewart in the independent drama Camp X-Ray, the feature directorial debut of graphic artist Peter Sattler (Star Trek).
  • Newcomer Ed Oxenbould will play the title role in Disney’s adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DaySteve Carell and Jennifer Garner co-star.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

In Kill the Messenger, Renner portrays a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, who reported on the CIA’s ties to cocaine trafficking in the 1980s.  The CIA pressured Webb, who eventually committed suicide.  According to THR, Vega plays the girlfriend of a wealthy dealer who turns to Webb to for help.  The production is preparing for an August start in Atlanta.  Here’s the official book synopsis:

kill the messenger book cover

Kill the Messenger tells the story of the tragic death of Gary Webb, the controversial newspaper reporter who committed suicide in December 2004. Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 “Dark Alliance” series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb’s stories. Drawing on exhaustive research and highly personal interviews with Webb’s family, colleagues, supporters and critics, this book argues convincingly that Webb’s editors betrayed him, despite mounting evidence that his stories were correct. Kill the Messenger examines the “Dark Alliance” controversy, what it says about the current state of journalism in America, and how it led Webb to ultimately take his own life. [Amazon]

Stewart plays a young solder who joins the military to escape the small town life in Camp X-Ray—she is assigned to the Guantanomo Bay detention camp, where she faces “hatred and abuse from the Muslim men in charge.”  According to The Wrap, Moaadi plays a man who has spent eight years imprisoned in Guantanomo who befriends Stewart’s character.  Joseph Julian Soria plays Stewart’s close friend at the base.  Production begins later this month in Los Angeles.

alexander-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day-book-coverDirector Lisa Chodolenko departed the project earlier in the year, but THR makes it sounds like Disney will still use the script that Chodolenko co-wrote with Rob Lieber in which “[Alexander] has a terrible day and wishes his family experienced his suffering, which they later do.”  Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) will direct.  Here’s the synopsis for Judith Viorst‘s 1972 children’s book:

He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.

What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too. [Amazon]



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