We first heard that Miles Teller scored an offer to star in Arms and the Dudes alongside Jonah Hill back in December and now, according to Deadline, he’s accepted it. Todd Phillips and Jason Smilovic co-wrote the script based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson called “The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders.” As the title suggests, the piece follows two guys who wind up winning a $300 million contract to supply US allies in Afghanistan with weapons. David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) “soon found themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home because they were completely out of their depth.”
We’ve also got The Wrap reporting that Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali have both signed to join Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in The Free State of Jones. Gary Ross wrote the script and will direct the Civil War movie based on the true story of Newt Knight (McConaughey), a Southern farmer who rebels against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Russell will step in as his wife, Serena, and Ali will play Moses Washington, an escaped slave who joins Knight’s fight. Ross is also producing the film with Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik. They’re currently in production in Louisiana.
Lastly, THR is reporting that Jeff Bridges is now attached to star in the book-to-film adaptation of Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children. Lake Bell will direct the Noah Baumbach-penned script, which is being dubbed “a quintessential New York narrative” featuring well-known journalist Murray Thwaite (Bridges). Check out the official synopsis of Messud’s book below for more details. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins of Imagine Entertainment are producing and plan to go into production later this year.
The Emperor’s Children is about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way–and not–in New York City. There is beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite–an “It” girl finishing her first book; the daughter of Murray Thwaite, celebrated intellectual and journalist–and her two closest friends from Brown, Danielle, a quietly appealing television producer, and Julius, a cash-strapped freelance critic. The delicious complications that arise among them become dangerous when Murray’s nephew, Frederick “Bootie” Tubb, an idealistic college dropout determined to make his mark, comes to town. As the skies darken, it is Bootie’s unexpected decisions–and their stunning, heartbreaking outcome–that will change each of their lives forever.