Mamoudou Athie has joined Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford in Larson’s directorial debut film Unicorn Store. Based on an original screenplay by Samantha McIntyre, the comedy centers on a woman (Larson) who moves back in with her parents and receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up. Athie will play Virgil, a Home Depot employee who falls in love with Brie’s character. Up next for Athie is The Circle, which stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and hits theaters next year. Repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content, he can be seen as Grandmaster Flash in the Netflix original series The Get Down.
Carlito Olivero has landed the role of Derek Hamilton in Bad Samaritan, the next film from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which Devlin will direct. The script by Brandon Boyce is about a pair of young car valets and petty burglars who stumble upon the wrong house and have their lives changed forever. David Tennant and Robert Sheehan also star, and production will start in December. Olivero is a regular on the Hulu series East Los High and recently wrapped the film Blood Heist produced by James Franco. He is with Momentum Talent and 23 Management Group.