Here are a few casting announcements:
- Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller Voices, with a script from Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) on board to direct.
- Kate Hudson and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) have joined James Franco in the Henrik Genz (Terribly Happy) helmed film Good People, which will see Genz making his English-language debut.
Hit the jump for more on each of the projects.
The feature film adaptation of playwright/screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People just took a big step forward. The Wrap reports that Millennium Films is packaging the feature project with James Franco looking to possibly star. The drama is set in the working-class, predominantly Irish Boston neighborhood Southie and centers on Margie, a high school dropout and single mother of a mentally disabled daughter who struggles to make ends meet. She strikes up a relationship with a former classmate, which anchors the class politics explored in the film.
When the film was previously being developed Frances McDormand was attached to reprise her role as Margie from the play, but it’s unclear if she’s still poised to star in this new incarnation. Lindsay-Abaire wrote the script himself, and in a recent interview with Steve he revealed that he was a bit hesitant about whether the story will make a good film or not. Nevertheless, Millennium Films is in the process of packaging what they hope will be a Franco-led feature film adaptation. [Update: The Wrap has updated their story to reflect that they erroneously identified the Good People project as the Lindsay-Abaire adaptation. In fact, Franco is looking to star in a wholly different film also called Good People, a crime thriller based on a novel by Marcus Sakey.]
With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done. Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes. In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story. If you’re not familiar with the story, it revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law). Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.
To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire. We talked about how the film didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, and more. In addition, with Lindsay-Abaire writing the Poltergeist remake, he talked about the status of the script, whether he wrote it for a PG-13 or an R rating, and when it might shoot. Finally, since he’s also working on Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful and adapting The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Good People, he gave me updates on both projects. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) opened Good People last month on Broadway, and he’s in negotiations to cash in the rave reviews for a script deal with Focus Features. 24 Frames hears Frances McDormand is attached to reprise her role as Margie Walsh from the stage production. Lindsay-Abaire, a Boston native, set the drama in the working-class, predominantly Irish neighborhood Southie. Margie is a high school dropout and single mother of a mentally disabled daughter who struggles to make ends meet. Tate Donovan (Damages) plays a successful former classmate of Margie’s — their relationship anchors the class politics explored in the production. It is not specified if Donovan or other cast members are involved in the talks with Focus; Dan Jinks (Milk) is on board as producer.
Hit the jump for the official synopsis and few clips from the play.
The Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has paid off well for its key players. Female lead Noomi Rapace is making her U.S. debut in Sherlock Holmes 2, male lead Michael Nyqvist is playing the villain in the fourth Mission: Impossible, and now Production Weekly is tweeting that director Niels Arden Oplev is set to direct Good People with Tobey Maguire set to produce and attached to star. Based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, the thriller centers on a couple who discover $370,000 in a deceased tenant’s apartment.
Maguire’s been keeping a low profile ever since Spider-Man 4 fell apart earlier this year so hopefully we’ll soon have news about him taking on a new project. Hit the jump for the official book description of Good People.