Get all the details on the latest CASTING 411 news that includes Daisey Ridley, Ruby Rose + Joel Edgerton…
Starting off this round of Casting 411 news, we get started with Daisey Riley:
Ridley has landed the lead in the post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking. Doug Liman will direct the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ best-selling young-adult trilogy.
The movies takes place in a world “where all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.” The two main characters are Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, so presumably Ridley has the Viola role, and it will be interesting to see who they cast opposite her, according to THR.
Here are the details:
Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapted the book, and Jamie Linden (Money Monster) penned a draft, but with Liman’s style of directing, scripts kind of go out the window and you figure it out the day before (that’s how he made Edge of Tomorrow). Now that Ridley recently wrapped filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII and she’s booked roles in the Hamlet reimagining Ophelia opposite Naomi Watts as well as the war drama The Lost Wife.
Here’s the official synopsis for the first book in Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is. – Amazon
Yes, MEG is that giant shark that will also star Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, and Fan Bingbing. National Treasure helmer Jon Turtletaub will direct the film, set for sail on March 2, 2018.
The movie is centered on an international underwater observation program, led by Chinese scientists, which comes under attack by an unknown danger. With its deep-sea submersible disabled and trapped at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, they need rescue. Statham will portray a former naval captain and expert deep-sea diver, who’s recruited for a likely suicide mission — even though he faced the predator years before and was forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew.
The story is based on Steve Alten’s novel “MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror,” published in 1997. The title is derived from the ancient Megalodon species that has survived while being trapped in the Mariana Trench due to a barrier of cold water.
The film will be co-financed by Flagship Entertainment; Gravity Pictures, a division of China Media Capital (CMC); and Warner Bros. Gravity Pictures will distribute the film in China, with Warner Bros. handling the film throughout the rest of the world. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing. Executive producers are Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Randy Greenberg and Gerald R. Molen. – Bloody-Disgusting
The story sounds very familiar to the 1999 LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea mixed with Jaws and Jurassic Park.
Variety reports that Joel Edgerton is in “early talks” to take the male lead of Red Sparrow, so it’s difficult to say how much of a sure thing this is. Jennifer Lawrence has been attached to the project for months, but as the film already has a November 2017 release date, the studio is likely looking to get moving fairly soon.
Joel Edgerton has built a successful and varied career over the years. While he’s been acting since the mid-1990’s, he likely came to the attention of most filmgoers as the young Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels. Since then, he’s gone on to roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty and Black Mass. He played Ramses for Ridley Scott in Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. His next film will be as the man who, along with his wife, challenged state laws against racially integrated marriages in Loving.
Red Sparrow will also bring Jennifer Lawrence back together with her Hunger Games director Frances Lawrence.
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