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Rebecca Hall has been cast in the romantic comedy Tumbledown, directed by Sean Mewshaw from a screenplay by Desi Van Til. We’re The Millers’ Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner and Joe Manganiello are already aboard the pic, which Kristin Hahn is producing with Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand of Bron Studios. It is set to begin production in March in Massachusetts. Previously, Rose Byrne was the co-lead when the project was announced in April 2013, with CAA packaging the project and repping North American rights. CAA remains aboard, and Sierra/Affinity is repping the international rights at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. The plot: Deep in the Maine woods, Hannah (Hall) is unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of the biography she’s struggling to write. That’s when she meets Andrew (Sudeikis), a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband’s life — and death. The unlikely pair must collaborate to craft the famous singer’s story and begin to write the next chapter in their lives together. Hall, repped by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates, just wrapped production on Wally Pfister’s Transcendence for Warner Bros.
Nikki Reed has been set to star Email, a horror pic from director Kelvin Tong. Peter Poon and Zachary Green are producing with Leon Tong and Kat Goh, and Jason Shuman is executive producing with Lauren Selig. Shooting is set to start in May in Singapore, with Highland Film Group guiding worldwide sales at EFM, where it already will be pitching the Gonzalo Lopes-Gallego-helmed horror movie Sanctuary. The story centers on a journalist (Reed) who travels to Singapore to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her sister’s death and discovers a string of bizarre killings involving a cursed email. Along the way she meets Ted, an ex-pat technology reporter, and together they face the supernatural forces and unravel a mysterious conspiracy far bigger than they expected. Reed is repped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Content is to handle worldwide rights on Steve McQueen documentary The Man & Le Mans. Co-directed by Gabriel Clarke and Jon McKenna, the film traces the complex making of the legendary star’s 1971 racing movie Le Mans. The Man & Le Mans will interweave “original insight and revelation with a remarkable sound archive,” says Content. It will also rely on never-before-seen film that had remained, until now, untouched in a Parisian basement. Executive producers are Andrew Marriott, Richard Wiseman and Content’s Jamie Carmichael. Marriot, a Motorsport consultant, had the idea for the film and archive producer Wiseman recently worked on Ron Howard’s Rush. Content is starting sales at the EFM next week with pre-production to rev up in the spring. Filming will then take place at Le Mans’ 24-hour race track, concluding at the end of the summer in the U.S.