Director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) has started to fill the roles of his upcoming, modestly budgeted project, Not Safe for Work. He didn’t have to look much further than Captain America co-star, J.J. Feilds for one of the roles. Joining Feilds in the thriller, written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, will be Tom Gallop (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Emmy-winner Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal). The trio joins Max Minghella (The Social Network) who plays a young paralegal trapped at work with a killer on the loose in his office. Eloise Mumford (The River) will also star as Minghella’s girlfriend and coworker.
In other casting news, there has been a new addition to the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. Hit the jump to see who’s on board.
Director Joe Johnston has gone from the big budgets of Captain America: The First Avenger down to the micro-budget of Not Safe for Work. He must be a good barterer because Universal Pictures has tapped Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Eloise Mumford (The River) to star in the Blumhouse Productions thriller. Written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, Not Safe for Work centers on a young paralegal (Minghella) trapped at work while a killer is on the loose with orders to destroy certain files and neutralize anyone who tries to stop him. Mumford is in talks to play his co-worker girlfriend.
In other casting news, Rafe Spall (Anonymous) is in talks to topline I Give it a Year for writer/director Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show). The rom-com follows a young married couple trying to stay together through their first year of marriage. Production is scheduled to begin in London this spring. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Director Joe Johnston is making a radical departure for his follow-up feature after last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The Jurassic Park III helmer has signed on to direct the micro-budget thriller Not Safe for Work. Written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, THR reports that the film centers on a young paralegal who is trapped in an office with a killer on a mission to destroy files for another corporation. Johnston is used to working with considerably larger budgets on films like The Wolfman and The Rocketeer, but Not Safe for Work will be made for a mere $2.5 million.
The pic is set up at Universal and will be made through Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Pictures. Blum is no stranger to the small budget/big profit model, as he produced all three Paranormal Activity films as well as one of the most profitable films of last year, Insidious. Captain America grossed over $360 million worldwide, so I’d say Johnston is allowed to do whatever the hell he wants with his follow-up picture. It’ll be interesting to see the director adapt to such a small scale, and I’m intrigued to find out what Johnston saw in the story that made him take such a big risk.