Exclusive: Kathryn Newton has joined the cast of Martin McDonagh’s revenge thriller Three Billboards playing Angela, whose murder sets her mother Mildred (Frances McDormand) on a quest for revenge. Furious that the local police have not caught her daughter’s killer, Mildred reserves her greatest scorn for a local Sheriff, buying three billboards with which to goad the cops into action. When the Sheriff’s hot-headed protégé identifies who he thinks is the killer, he teams up with Mildred to seek some vigilante justice. Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones also star.

Newton recently wrapped production of the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed HBO limited series Big Little Lies opposite Reese Witherspoon. Her other credits include Paranormal Activity 4, Bad Teacher, and Supernatural. She’s repped by Innovative Artists, and Management 360.

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Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/BEI/Shutterstock (4901382bw)

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) has signed on to the indie martial arts drama Chokehold, joining actress and MMA fighter Melissa Croden, Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie) and Kip Pardue (Remember the Titans). Set in the world of Women’s mixed martial arts fighting, the film stars Croden as a rising MMA star in a story of revenge, reconciliation and retribution. Van Dien will play her trainer.

Directed by Brian Skiba from a script by Craig Hall, Chokehold is produced by Hall alongside former MLB player Kenny Lofton and Brenton Earley through their company FilmPool, Inc. FilmPool, Inc’s next film The Fix, has just been chosen as an Official Selection at the American Black film festival in Miami later this month. Van Dein is repped by Jeff Goldberg Management and Todd Maginn at Global Artists Agency. Munro is repped by Mike Carr, and Pardue is repped by Gordon MacDonald, both at Don Buchwald Talent Agency. Casting was packaged by Neely Gurman.