Omar Miller (HBO’s Ballers) is set to join Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke in Phillip Noyce’s Above Suspicion, a thriller that has been adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. Miller will portray Denver Rhodes, a hard-working criminal who tips off the FBI over a sour deal. Chris Gerolmo adapted the true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky where he is drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman who becomes his star informant. Colleen Camp is producing for Colleen Camp Productions, with Mohamed AlRafi and Tim Degraye producing and financing. Angela Amato-Velez and Amy Adelson also are aboard as producers. Miller, whose credits also include Transformers, Shall We Dance and 8 Mile, is repped by Don Buchwald & Assoc. and Thruline Entertainment.
After a record-making $2.4 million from backer donations for its first feature film, Lazer Team, Austin-based Rooster Teeth is now over $1M in donations to fund the creation of — get this — a card game based on their live-action comedy series Million Dollars, But … which asks the question, What would you do with a million dollars? and involves crazy skits. They have that million now and will create new cards. The show has more than 22 million views to date and wrapped its second season on March 26. It’s initial goal was to raise only $10K. Rooster Teeth is own by FullMedia company Fullscreen, which is majority-owned by Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group. Lazer Team was distributed through Austin-based Tugg.
Speaking of Tugg, USA Swimming just announced that it is partnering with Tugg to release The Last Gold, a feature-length documentary film on one of the greatest untold stories in Olympic history. It will go nationwide on Monday, July 11. Screenings are scheduled for 136 cities in 34 states. The Last Gold details the heroic efforts of the women’s 1976 U.S. Olympic swim team as it competed against the systematically doped East Germans. After a competition of disappointing results, winning no races and facing critical media that heaped on additional pressure, the U.S. women — Kim Peyton, Wendy Boglioli, Jill Sterkel and Shirley Babashoff — rallied together to do as a team what they could not do individually: win gold. The film was directed by 15-time Emmy winner Brian T. Brown and narrated by Emmy-winning actress Julianna Margulies. The Last Gold will have its world premiere June 6 at the LA Film Festival ahead of its theater debut on July 11.