New Line/Village Roadshow’s Collateral Beauty is starting to pick up steam after a wild ride that has included recasting its lead (Will Smith, replacing Hugh Jackman), its director (David Frankel, replacing Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) and now a key female role. Keira Knightley is in talks for the part that once was meant for Rooney Mara. Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Michael Pena are also confirmed for the ensemble.
Warner Bros yesterday set a December 16 release date opposite Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so clearly there was something afoot in the Allan Loeb-scripted pic. It centers on a successful New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, and his colleagues devise a drastic plan to help him recover.