We have some casting news for you this afternoon. First up, Milla Jovovich is in talks to star in In In The Lost Lands, which is based off three fantasy adventure short stories by Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin. Per Deadline:
In The Lost Lands interweaves three story threads. One plot follows a city’s desperate queen who hires sorceress Gray Alys (Jovovich) to travel into the ghostly wasteland called the Lost Lands, to obtain the gift of shape shifting, which comes at a terrible price. Meanwhile, warrior girl Sharra must fight a dragon that serves as the gatekeeper of seven worlds to reunite with her lost lover Kaydar. However, she forgets about her quest after being seduced by a mysterious lord. In the futuristic tale Bitterblooms, a young barbarian girl gets spellbound by a lonely witch in a spacecraft, who shows her beauty and love, which turns out to be a net of lies and deceit.
This is the first adaptation of Martin’s work outside of Game of Thrones, and there’s no word yet on how heavily In The Lost Lands will rely on female nudity. German director Constantin Werner (The Pagan Queen) will write and helm the film with Justin Chatwin (Shameless) starring opposite Jovovich. Production begins in Germany in the final quarter of this year.
Moving on, Geoffrey Rush will star in Stanley Tucci‘s Final Portrait. Tucci, who wrote the script based on James Lord’s A Giacometti Portrait, follows the relationship between Lord, an American art critic, and Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti. Lord decides to sit for a portrait by Giacometti, but the painter’s demanding intensity tests the power of their friendship. Deadline doesn’t say if Rush will be playing Lord or Giacometti.
Finally, Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield will return to sci-fi with Out of This World. According to THR:
The story is set in motion when, during a mission to lead the first colonization mission to Mars led by a billionaire entrepreneur, a female astronaut is found to be pregnant. After she dies during childbirth, her son is raised in secrecy on Mars.
Sixteen years later, with the guidance of a mission specialist, the teen (Butterfield) connects with a young woman he’s been communicating with and embarks on a road trip across America in hopes of finding the father he never knew.
And hopefully they’ll reconnect, because what father doesn’t want a secret Martian baby?
Hector and the Search for Happiness director Peter Chelsom will helm the picture from a script by Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps); Chelsom revised the screenplay with his Hector writer Tinker Lindsay.