Glee alum Iqbal Theba has just been cast opposite Mahershala Ali in the Peter Farrelly-directed drama, Green Book, based on a true story about Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip, who becomes the driver of prodigy pianist on tour through the racially charged 1960s American south. Farrelly co-wrote the script with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, who will also produce along with Jim Burke. Theba, most known as Principle Figgins on Fox’s musical comedy, Glee, has appeared in HBO’s The Brink, Transformers: Dark of The Moon, and Playing for Keeps. He’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Michael Beach has signed on to the indie film Foster Boy, joining previously announced cast Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Evan Handler, Jordan Belfi and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie. The script is by Chicago litigator-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, and follows attorney Michael Trainer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, instead places a known sex offender into the same home as the young client. Youssef Delara is directing, with Deratany, Peter Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Andrew Sugerman producing. John Schimmel, and Thom and Matt Lipari serve as exec producers. Beach, repped by Global Artists Agency, recently finished shooting roles in James Wan’s Aquaman and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk.
Peter Strauss has joined Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in the MGM drama, Operation Finale, which follows the successful hunt and capture of notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in the 1960s. Chris Weitz is directing the film from a screenplay by Matthew Orton. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger will produce under their Automatik banner alongside Isaac and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire. Matt Charman will serve as executive producer. Strauss, an Emmy-winner for his role on the 1970s ABC TV movie, The Jericho Mile, has appeared in films like xXx: State of the Union and License To Wed. Strauss is repped by CESD.