Exclusive: The Graveyard of Empires has a new plot, as Not Fade Away‘s John Magaro has signed on to Netflix’s Plan B-produced black comedy War Machine. Based on Michael Hasting’s best selling nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, the film takes a satirical look at America’s decade-plus long military effort in the war-torn nation and the continent-sized egos of the people running it. Magaro will play Cory Burger, a special ops soldier and close advisor to General McMahon (Brad Pitt), the film’s stand-in for General Stanley McChrystal. Written and directed by David Michod, Pitt produces along with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, in association with Ian Bryce.
Magaro was recently seen in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and on Orange Is The New Black. He’ll next be seen this November in TWC’s Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Rooney Mara, Disney’s The Finest Hours, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck, and Paramount’s The Big Short, from director Adam McKay, aslo starring Brad Pitt, along with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. He’s repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, manager Vikram Dhawer at Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and attorney Patti Felker of Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Jason Fuchs will be switching his screenwriter hat for acting, taking a small supporting role in La La Land, a new romantic comedy/drama from director Damien Chazelle. The film follows a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone). Fuchs will play Carlo, a screenwriter who hits on Stone’s character. J.K. Simmons also stars. As an actor, Fuchs has appeared notably in Holy Rollers, and will next be seen playing a young version of Matthew Broderick’s character in New Regency’s Look Away. As a screenwriter, Fuchs has worked on Ice Age: Continental Drift, and the upcoming Peter Pan franchise-starter Pan. He’s also writing for TNT’s Black Box, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, which Fuchs also executive produces. He’s repped by WME, and Brookside Artist Management.