Leonor Varela has taken a supporting role in Studio 8’s ice age epic The Solutrean from director Albert Hughes. Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, but those familiar with the project say it’s a visually striking epic-adventure survival story set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.  The word “Solutrean”(pronounced So-lu-tre-an) refers to the Upper Paleolithic period of early advanced humans in Europe. Varela is playing the shaman; described as wise, powerful and compelling, she performs religious rituals of protection, healing and thanksgiving. Varela most recently was seen in Paramount’s Captive, opposite Kate Mara, David Oyelowo and Michael Kenneth Williams. Other credits include Ride opposite Helen Hunt and Luke Wilson, a seven-episode arc on TNT’s Dallas, and Odd Thomas with Anton Yelchin and Willem Dafoe. She also appeared in Blade II and The Tailor of Panama. She’s repped by Link Entertainment.

Celyn Jones has joined the cast of Wim Wenders’ Submergence, adapted from the novel by JM Ledgard. Also starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, the film follows the interconnected stories of James (McAvoy), an Englishman held captive by jihadist fighters, and Danny (Vikander), a marine researcher studying the ocean floor near Greenland, as their thoughts are drawn back to the previous Christmas and the chance encounter that led to their romance. Jones will play Danny’s assistant, Thumbs. Jones’ credits include the Dylan Thomas biopic Set Fire to the Stars, Castles in the Sky and the Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons. He’s repped by APA, Thruline Entertainment, and Hamilton Hodell.