Eric Roberts and Dr. Rico Simonini will topline My Dinner With Eric Roberts Julia's brother, a platonic rom-com bromance that will be shooting this month in Los Angeles. Described as along the lines of Louie Malle's My Dinner With Andre, the film follows Roberts having dinner with his cardiologist and friend, Dr. Rico and evolves into their deep passionate friendship and how their lives are intertwined. The pic was written by Roberts, Simonini, Eliza Roberts and Darryl Marshak. Eliza Roberts and Marshak are directing and producing the project with Sarbori Bhattacharya, Joe Levy, and Sambhu Choifhury serving as executive producers.
Wendy Makkena A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Wer Belenky Law and Order, The Good Wife have been added to the cast of Spiked, and indie drama based on Arizona newspaper publisher Joseph Soldwedel. The film hails from Juan Martinez Vera, who wrote the screenplay and is directing. It's about a feud between a newspaper owner and the chief of police that leads to the blurring of the truth when the murder of a migrant worker shakes a southwest border town. Aidan Quinn stars in the film, which is being produced by Per Melita. Makkena is repped by Nicolosi & Company and Schumacher Management. Belenky is repped by Across the Board Talent Agency and Shushu Entertainment.
Tina Ivlev Shameless, Queen of the South and Curtis Hamilton Castle, Surviving Compton are set for Charming the Hearts of Men, the Susan DeRose-helmed indie drama starring Kelsey Grammer, Anna Friel, and Sean Astin. Inspired by true events, the story is about a woman who struggles to find gainful employment at the time of the Civil Rights movement and her only skill is her “charm.” Richard T Lewis is producing. Ivlev is repped by Pantheon and Zero Gravity. Hamilton is repped by Innovative Artists and Stride Management.
Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Dracula retold: Following the success of Leigh Whannell's fresh take on The Invisible Man, another classic Universal monster is being trusted to Blumhouse Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Karyn Kusama Destroyer has been tapped for a new version of the iconic vampire story Dracula, which will be set in modern times.
Disney finds its Peter Pan: Another fresh take on a familiar story, Disney's live-action reimagining of Peter Pan has found its young leads. Variety reports Alexander Molony will play Peter in the upcoming movie, titled Peter Pan & Wendy, while Ever Anderson, the daughter of Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson who can be seen soon in Black Widow, has been cast as Wendy.
Woody Harrelson joins The Man from Toronto: Following the departure of Jason Statham from the Patrick Hughes-helmed action-comedy, Woody Harrelson is filling the void for The Man from Toronto. Variety reports the Oscar-nominated actor will co-star opposite Kevin Hart in a story of mistaken identity involving the world's greatest assassin.
Florian Munteanu to fight Shang-Chi: Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may have a secondary villain in the form of professional boxer Florian Munteanu, who played Viktor Drago in Creed II. Australian movie site Dark Horizons reports the heavyweight will face off against the titular superhero and kung-fu master, played by Simu Liu.