After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.
Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, in which students played prisoner and guard in a psychological simulation with all too real results. Kilmer, who made his feature debut in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto with dad Val Kilmer, and will play Jim, one of the student prisoners whose personality makes him the perfect subject to comply with all that’s asked of him. He joins Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in the Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features title produced by Lauren Bratman, Brent Emery, Lizzie Friedman, Brian Geraghty and Greg Little. Kilmer will also be seen in the upcoming Len and Company opposite Rhys Ifans and Juno Temple. He’s repped by Resolution, Principato Young, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.
Scottish actor Graham McTavish (The Hobbit, Outlander) has been cast in Disney’s The Finest Hours opposite Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. He’ll play Frank Fauteux in the 1952-set film about a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Cape Cod. Craig Gillespie, who directed Million Dollar Arm for Disney, is helming from a script adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson from the novel by Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias. McTavish appears as Dwalin in the Hobbit Trilogy, including December’s final installment The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. He also stars on Starz’s Outlander as clan chieftain Dougal MacKenzie. McTavish is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Cheri Barner Management.