The Godmother has added newcomer Alexa Demie to the cast, and a new director has taken the helm, as director Gerard Johnson has come on to replace Eva Sørhaug. Set primarily during the 70s and 80s, the film will trace the rise and fall of Griselda Blanco, the so called “godmother of cocaine”, from her impoverished youth as columbian teenage prostitute, to establishing a cocaine business with her husband in New York, and finally to becoming one of the most feared links in the drug smuggling chain during the Miami’s 1980s “cocaine cowboys” wars. Arrested in 1985, she served 18 years in prison, was deported back to Columbia upon release, and finally assassinated in 2012. Demie will play Blanco as a young woman, while Catherine Zeta Jones will play her as an adult. Sierra Affinity and First Born Films are producing, with shooting set to begin in early October in Puerto Rico.

Demie is represented by Gallagher/Stewart Agency and Marcy Morris Jackoway Tyreman. Johnson is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.

SimmonsBradshawsidebysideOscar Winner J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw have joined on with Rd Helms and Owen Wilson in Bastards, a new comedy from Alcon, Warner Bros, and Montecito Picture Company. The film follows two brothers (Wilson and Helms) raised to believe their father died when they were young, only to learn this to be a lie. Setting out to find their real father, they learn more about their mom than perhaps they wanted to know. Simmons and Bradshaw (who plays himself) appear as potential father figures.

Alcon is providing financing and producing with Montecito Picture Company. Montecito’s Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell will produce along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon. Chris Fenton and Chris Coles exec produce, and Warner Bros is releasing. Cinematographer Larry Sher (The Hangover) makes his directing debut, with a script by Justin Malen (Bad Teacher 2). Filming will begin in Atlanta in September.

Simmons is repped by The Gersh Agency. Bradshaw is repped by Ira Stahlberger at WME.

Image (1) dave-franco-gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2012-01-1__121025155300.jpg for post 359576Dave Franco will return for more house rental shenanigans, reprising his role in Neighbors 2, from universal. The follow up to the 2014 hit comedy, the plot and other details remain undisclosed. He’s joining other returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, along with recently-announced new castmember Chloe Grace Moretz.

Directed by Neighbors helmer Nicholas Stoller, the film will be written by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Rogen, Stoller, and Evan Goldberg. Rogen, Goldberg and James Weaver return to produce under their Point Grey Pictures banner, while Cohen and O’Brien exec produce alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake o Good Universe. Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers, and Creative Executive Chloe Yellin, will oversee the project for Universalm while Erin Westerman will oversee on behalf of Good Universe, and Josh Fagen wfor Point Grey. Westerman and Fagen will also co-produce. Neighbors 2 is set for release May 20, 2016.

Franco is represented by CAA and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP.