Steven Pasquale Cast As Male Lead In CBS’ New ‘Doubt’ Pilot
Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife) is set as the male lead opposite Katherine Heigl in CBS‘ new pilot for legal drama Doubt. The project, from writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly Prods, centers on Sadie Ellis (Heigl), a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, the decent, altruistic pediatric surgeon Billy (Pasquale), who may or may not be guilty of… Read
Richard Pryor Pic Set; Oprah Winfrey To Play His Brothel-Owner Grandma, Eddie Murphy “Uncle” Buck, Mike Epps And Kate Hudson As Pryor And Wife Jennifer
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of… Read
Ryan Simpkins Joins ‘The House’ With Will Ferrell And Amy Poehler
Ryan Simpkins is moving into the upcoming comedy The House, also starring with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. The film is about a pair of cash strapped parents who accidentally blow the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. In desperation, they open an underground casino in their suburb and recruit locals to run the business. Simpkins will play Ferrell and Poehler’s daughter.
The House was the subject of a bidding war earlier this year, with New Line… Read
Armie Hammer Joins Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’
Armie Hammer has joined the cast of Nocturnal Animals, the book adaptation that Tom Ford is writing and directing. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star joins a cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kim Basinger and Aaron Taylor Johnson. He will play the role of Walker Morrow, Adams’ onscreen husband, in the film version of the 1993 Austin Wright novel Tony And Susan.
Focus Features landed worldwide rights to the film in one of the highest-profile deals… Read
Steve Carell Replacing Bruce Willis In Woody Allen Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Four days after Deadline scooped that Bruce Willis exited the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s new film, Steve Carell has been tapped to take over the role. He now joins a cast that includes Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider. The swap-out keeps the production on schedule for the pic, which as usual is being kept under wraps. It shoots… Read
Bryce Dallas Howard Joins Matthew McConaughey In ‘Gold’
Bryce Dallas Howard has landed the female lead in Gold, the Stephen Gaghan mining drama from TWC-Dimension that already stars Matthew McConaughey. The film, from Black Bear Pictures and HWY 61, is just past the midway point of principal photography, shooting now in New Mexico after kicking off in Thailand.
Howard is coming off co-starring in this summer’s massive hit Jurassic World. In this one she will play Kay, the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, who has… Read
Chris Messina In Negotiations To Join Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’
Chris Messina is in negotiations to play the character of Dion Bartolo in the Dennis Lehane Prohibition-era crime drama Live By Night, which Ben Affleck is starring in, writing and directing. Messina previously starred in Affleck’s critical and commercial smash Argo, on which the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice star similarly pulled multi-hyphenate duties.
Live By Night uses some of the characters from Lehane's sprawling period novel The Given Day and brings them into… Read
Victoria Justice Inks Talent Deal With 20th Century Fox TV & Fox Network
Young actresses with enough experience, name recognition and chops to carry a show are always a hot commodity, especially during the highly competitive pilot season and especially when it comes down to one of the hardest casting types: a beautiful and funny twentysomething actress with star quality. Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are making a preemptive strike, signing a talent deal with 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice.
Under the pact, the studio and… Read
‘Urban Cowboy’ Fox Pilot Casts ‘The Voice’s Bryana Salaz As Series Regular
Bryana Salaz, a contestant on last fall’s Season 7 of The Voice, has landed a series regular role opposite Alfonso Herrera and Jim Belushi in Fox's drama pilot Urban Cowboy, a modern, Latin music-fueled reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger.
The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle aka Juan Miguel (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of… Read
Jon Hamm in Talks For ‘Marjorie Prime’, Sci-Fi Drama Based On Pulitzer-Winning Play
EXCLUSIVE: Mad Men star Jon Hamm is in talks to costar in science fiction dramedy Marjorie Prime, an adaptation of the 2015 pulitzer prize finalist for drama by Jordan Harrison. The story delves into themes of accepting loss and growing older, following an elderly, arthritic former violinist named Marjorie, staring headlong into the decline of old age as her memories begin to fail her. Availing herself of a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved… Read
Sam Worthington And Ruth Wilson To Star In ‘The Titan’
Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' Automatik, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken's 42 and Arash Amel. Lennart Ruff directs the project, based on a original story by Amel (Grace Of Monaco). Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels) has written the screenplay. Set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking… Read
Mads Mikkelsen Talks To Join ‘Doctor Strange’ In Very Early Stages
Will Mads Mikkelsen be adding another Disney tentpole to his resume soon? The Hannibal star is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange pic as one of the baddies, that much is true. But those talks are at a very very preliminary stage, sources tell Deadline. In fact, right now, Mikkelsen, who is also in the next year’s Star Wars: Rogue One, is but one of a number of actors being considered for the unspecified villianous role. Long story short – this may be a long shot at… Read