Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated Sarah Paulson has joined Nicolas Cage in The Runner, about an idealistic but flawed New Orleans Congressman Colin Price whose dysfunctional life and career are destroyed by a sex scandal. Paulson, last seen in the Oscar-winner 12 Years A Slave, will play a PR consultant Price hires to help him get back into the political game. Paulson earned an Emmy nod for her turn in American Horror Story: Asylum and will return for the FX series’ next installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show. She’s repped by UTA and Kipperman Management.
Resurrection and Justified thesp Matt Craven has been cast in Roland Emmerich’s NYC period drama Stonewall. Jeremy Irvine, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, and Joey King are also starring in the pic about the 1969 police raid at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn that served as a flashpoint for the gay rights movement. Craven will play Deputy Seymour Pine, the leader of the raiding police force who sympathizes with the gay community but must carry out his duties. Craven previously starred in Emmerich’s White House Down. He’ll squeeze in his Stonewall shoot before heading to film the second season of ABC’s Resurrection. Craven is repped by Frontline Management, SDB Partners and Paul Hemrend in Toronto.
Coming off runs on The Good Wife and Mob City, Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln) has been cast in three new features. He’ll play Boston minister and civil rights activist James Reeb in Paramount’s Martin Luther King Jr. pic Selma for director Ava DuVernay, now in production. Earlier this summer Strong also wrapped filming on The Messenger director Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind opposite Richard Gere and Jena Malone. In July he’ll head to the set of Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media’s Johnny Depp starrer Black Mass, which Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) is directing about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger. Strong appears next in The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr. He’s repped by Mosaic and ICM Partners.