Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray are the latest cast additions to Kathryn Bigelow’s film set against the Detroit race riots of a half-century ago. No details about their roles, but the pair join Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor and John Boyega in the pic scripted by Mark Boal and funded by Annapurna. Exploring the systemic racism in urban Detroit, the crime drama is set against the backdrop of the city’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967. Dever’s credits include Men, Women & Children, Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, J. Edgar and Bad Teacher. She is repped by UTA and Felker Toczek. Murray recurs as Gilly on Game of Thrones and she was part of the original cast of the UK series Skins. Repped by UTA, Management 360 and Troika, her credits also includes The Chosen, Dark Shadows and Chatroom.
Demián Bichir and T.J. Miller have joined Lynn Cohen, Erik Hellman, Tony LoVerde, Chris Sullivan and Jamie Horton in Walden: Life in the Woods, an indie film that’s shooting in Colorado. Alex Harvey is directing from Adam Chanzit’s script. The reimagining of Henry David Thoreau’s treatise on nature interlaces three stories about the trappings of 21st century life and a few unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape. The narrative includes stop-motion animation spearheaded by Laura Goldhamer, who also is penning an original score. Mitch Dickman, Shane Boris and Allison Greenberg are producing, with Filmmaker magazine co-founder/editor Scott Macaulay exec producing. The pic was funded in part by arts philanthropists and investors in the region and is landed an incentive package from Colorado’s Office of Film, Television and Media. The Denver Film Society also is sponsoring it.