Writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s new film Candy Store is inching closer towards production—slowly but surely. Worldwide Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce the crime thriller from the Syriana filmmaker, with Robert De Niro signing on to join Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in the cast. The pic tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. It’s unclear whether Clarke or De Niro will play said cop, but the film certainly comes with high expectations given that it will be Gaghan’s first major feature directorial effort since 2005’s Syriana. Filming is expected to commence in 2014.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel and the full press release for the Candy Store news.
Check out some recent casting announcements below:
- Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is in negotiations to join the road trip comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates.
- Michael Peña (End of Watch) joins the Oscar-award winning cast of David O. Russell’s new untitled picture that stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence.
- Omar Sy (The Intouchables) is on board director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, also starring Jason Clarke.
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We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this evening. First up, it appears that a frequent collaborator of director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell’s may be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Production on that film begins in Atlanta next week, and Bleeding Cool has a copy of a casting call sent to Atlanta agencies asking for people who look like John C. Reilly and have the same build as the actor. It appears they’re attempting to nab a stand-in for Reilly, which means he’s most likely making at least a brief appearance in the follow-up.
If the first film’s bounty of familiar faces is any indication, I imagine this won’t be the last cameo appearance we hear about for Anchorman 2. Hopefully they manage to keep at least a couple of them secret. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s long-awaited follow-up film, Candy Store.
Though he’s out of the running for American Assassin, Chris Hemsworth certainly isn’t out of options. On the table is an offer to join Candy Store, a crime drama that already boasts the interested parties of Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and Christoph Waltz. Add to it the fact that Candy Store comes with Academy Award-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) attached and it’s easy to see why this will be a high-profile picture moving forward. Hemsworth is also being eyed for the Jerry Weintraub-produced Steve McQueen biopic, Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago, a project that already has Liam Hemsworth attached. Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Yesterday, we reported that writer-director Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) was developing the thriller Candy Store as his next project. Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are apparently in early talks for the two leads in what’s described as “a crime thriller with meaty roles for the two main characters.” Today, new details have emerged about the film. First, it’s a high-profile magnet, and if Pitt doesn’t sign on, the list also includes Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper. Granted, these are actors on every list for high-profile movies, but it’s a telling strength of the project that Gaghan thinks he has a shot at getting them. There’s also an offer out to Christoph Waltz to play the role of “Black Zenga.” We don’t know anything about the character, but we do have some new details about the plot.
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Academy Award-winner Stephen Gaghan hasn’t directed a feature film since 2005’s Syriana, but the Traffic scribe is now attached to a rather high profile thriller as his follow-up. THR reports that Gaghan will next direct Candy Store, a thriller he wrote that’s attracting some major talent. Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are apparently in early talks for the two leads in what’s described as “a crime thriller with meaty roles for the two main characters.” Further plot details are unknown, but Jamie Foxx was interested in one of the roles as well.
Late last year Gaghan set up an untitled cartel drama at Warner Bros. and an independent adaptation of Patrick Keefe’s novel The Snakehead, but neither of those projects have come to fruition. He provided a script polish for M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi pic After Earth starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, which opens next year.