Written by Tim Doiron, Wander follows Arthur Bretnik Eckhart, a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same 'conspiracy cover up' that caused the death of his daughter. Graham is set to play Shelley Luscomb, an attorney and close friend of Arthur. Shelley has known Arthur long before his world unraveled and acts a voice of reason in his life.
Cruz, who played drug lord Tuco Salamanca in the AMC series and recently starred in Warner Bros' The Curse of La Llorna, plays Sheriff Luis Santiago, a character whose hardness and decisiveness has recently made way for philosophical musings. Meanwhile Fehr, who played Michael Guerin in the WB series, plays FBI officer Nick Cassidy, who is the partner of Graham's Luscomb.
Wander is the follow up to Mullen's Below Her Mouth, which was shot by an all-female crew. The picture premiered at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival. Mullen has been at the forefront of the movement towards equality on screen and behind the scenes, representing a strong female voice as a director in film & TV over the past decade.
Doiron and Mullen will produce alongside Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide, Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Productions and Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment. Production started last month and the feature will be shooting entirely in New Mexico.
“Raymond carries such a grounded weight with him. His spirit is quietly mesmerizing. This is round three with Brendan; his charisma and unpredictable performances make an unstoppable combo,” said Mullen.
Cruz is repped by Media Artists Group and Fehr is repped by Buchwald.
Penn Badgley’s very good - almost too good - at playing stalker types in You and Gossip Girl, but he may have almost scored an entirely different type of role as a different brand of offender in Breaking Bad. At least, that’s according to fellow Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, who has since begun stretching his own acting wings er, gills in The Boys TV series, in which he portrays an Aquaman variant known as The Deep. Yet while promoting the Amazon series, Crawford shifted subjects during an interview with The Independent to discuss Badgley, who he claims had a fighting chance to play Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman.
Sounds bizarre, right? It’s difficult to imagine Padgley embodying the street-smart yet emotionally fragile Pinkman, who has since been cemented as a pop cultural legend in Aaron Paul’s likeness. Yet Crawford revealed that Badgley was a true contender to play Walt Whitman’s meth-trade partner:
“If you want an interesting story, Penn screen-tested for Jesse. He didn’t even test for Gossip Girl; they offered it to him - but I remember him telling me he screen-tested for Jesse. He would have been kind of a different choice, but right around the time of Gossip Girl was getting cast, he screen-tested but Aaron Paul got it instead.”
Well, Crawford also recently discussed how he was in the running to play Captain America, so yes, the casting gods do have phases that are interesting to reflect upon, years later. Of course, this Pinkman business is only coming from one Gossip Girl guy and not directly from Badgley’s mouth. One would expect some followup in a future interview when Badgley starts promoting You which could arrive as early as December, if Netflix wants to repeat of all the holiday binging that fans did to resurrect the first season after it went largely unnoticed on Lifetime. Can you imagine a world where Padgley isn’t playing sociopaths and, instead, is the guy teasing a tequila brand with Bryan Cranston? Nope, and I can’t even envision it while dropping Pinkman’s favorite curse word.
Upcoming snowboarding thriller Shiver is being adapted for television after Firebird Pictures, the indie set up by Bodyguard exec producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff, snapped up the rights to Allie Reynolds’ debut novel.
The book is set in the French Alps and follows five friends who reunite years after taking part in a snowboarding competition, where their friend Saskia disappeared. While in a deserted lodge on top of a mountain, the secrets of the past come to light.
Shiver is set to be published in 2021 after publisher Headline scored the UK rights and Penguin Putnam secured the U.S. rights. Author Reynolds is a former freestyle snowboarder and surfer.
Firebird, which was set up by former BBC commissioner Kilgarriff and the BBC’s head of business, drama, films and acquisitions Craig Holleworth earlier this year, has now taken TV rights after Holleworth struck a deal with Julian Friedmann at Blake Friedmann.
It is the latest book option for the indie, which is backed by BBC Studios. In June, it optioned B.E. Jones' psychological thriller Wilderness, which follows a British couple going on the trip of a lifetime — one hoping to save their marriage, the other planning the perfect murder — and set between the UK, Manhattan, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove and Death Valley.
Kilgarriff, who also oversaw series including Luther, McMafia and the Strike series, said, “To find a story that combines the high stakes, dangerous world of competitive snowboarding with a locked room mystery set in a spooky hotel is television gold-dust. Tightly plotted and with an engaging cast of young characters, Allie's story mixes genre in a way that feels incredibly fresh and promises huge visual and emotional scale.”
Reynolds added, “Elizabeth and Craig have so many impressive BBC credits behind them so I’m beyond thrilled that Firebird has optioned my novel and incredibly excited by the prospect of seeing my story come to life on the screen.”
Quiver Distribution dropped the trailer for the Nicolas Cage-led thriller Running with the Devil today. The National Treasure actor stars alongside the Matrix's Laurence Fishburne in the drug trafficking flick where, "From the fields to the streets, everyone is running with the devil."
When a cocaine shipment is compromised, the drug cartel's CEO, known as The Boss Crawl's Barry Pepper orders his most trusted henchman, Cage's The Cook, to audit the company's supply chain. Or as Nicolas Cage says in the trailer, he has "administrative issues [he has] to attend to." Joining him on the dangerous journey is a master drug trafficker known as The Man Academy Award Nominee Laurence Fishburne.
The drugs are making their "perilous trek across international borders past gangsters, refiners, and couriers," but they're also being tracked by Federal Agents under The Agent in Charge played by Leslie Bibb Iron Man who, the trailer tells us, doubles the task force. Unfortunately, by the time The Cook realizes where the drug network is breaking down, it may be too late. He might not be able to keep the cartel and The Boss satisfied.
The film is written and directed by Jason Cabell. This will be his first solo directorial project and the second film he has penned. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cabell, a former Navy SEAL, pulled from his real-life experiences to create the film. He reportedly served in more than 100 countries, including a stint in which he worked closely with the DEA in Colombia.
Running With the Devil is produced by Patriot Pictures' Michael Mendelsohn alongside Jim Steele Vengeance: A Love Story and USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. Mike Nilon, Etchie Stroh and Natalie Perrotta are executive producing. The film stars Nicolas Cage as The Cook, Cole Hauser as The Executioner, Clifton Collins Jr. as The Farmer, Laurence Fishburne as The Man, Leslie Bibb as The Agent in Charge, Barry Pepper as The Boss, Peter Facinelli as Number One, Adam Goldberg as The Snitch, Natalia Reyes as The Woman, Sarah Minnich as The Wife, and Tait Fletcher as The Collector.
Nicolas Cage has amassed a filmography of more than 100 films that range anywhere from romantic or family comedies like Moonstruck and The Family Man, cult classics like Face/Off and Gone in 60 Seconds, despised films like The Wicker Man and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and largely unseen movies like Pay the Ghost and Dying of the Light.
He's found moderate success in a couple of his recent projects, however. He lended his voice for a small role in the hugely successful, both critically and financially, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Cage played the noir version of Spider-Man in the uniquely animated film. His recent trek into surrealism and violence found solid reviews. Mandy follows a couple who find tragedy during a run-in with a hippie cult and demon-biker henchmen in a secluded forest. In other words, we don't know what to expect from a Cage film these days, but the new trailer has us curious.
Running With the Devil hits theaters on September 20. The trailer comes direct from Quiver Distribution.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: David Ayer is negotiating to direct El-Alamein, the true story of a series of epic, bloody battles in the desert that pitted German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel against Britain’s Eighth Army in North Africa, led by James Montgomery.
Script was originally written by David Self and the most recent draft is by James Coyne. Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing with Thomas Augsberger. The plan is to begin production early 2020.
This is a big swing for Lionsgate, under Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane. Ayer previously directed the WWII tank battle film Fury, which starred Brad Pitt. He most recently completed the gritty urban street crime drama The Tax Collector, which he wrote. Before that, Ayer directed the Netflix film Bright, and before that Suicide Squad.
After British forces defeated Italian forces in North Africa, Germany tapped general Erwin Rommel to drive eastward along the North African coast to seize the Suez Canal. British forces were routed and it came down to a stand at El-Alamein. There, British forces kept the Germans bottled up and unable to overrun Egypt. After several long bloody battles, and assistance from Australian and New Zealand forces, the allies won the day. Rommel signaled Hitler that the cause was lost. He was not granted permission to retreat, but began withdrawing troops, leaving the Italians alone to be trounced by allied forces.
Pic is being overseen by Lionsgate senior veep James Myers. Ayer is repped by WME; Coyne is Kaplan/Perrone and Self by Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: The Night Manager's Simona Brown, Murder on the Orient Express' Tom Bateman, The Knick's Eve Hewson and Game Of Thrones' Robert Aramayo are to star in Netflix psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes.
The foursome have joined the cast of the drama, which has started principal photography and is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank. It shoots in Scotland and London and is an adaptation of Sarah Pinborough's eponymous novel, which was published by Harper Collins in 2017.
The series is created for television and written by Hannibal and The Punisher writer Steve Lightfoot with Valkyrien's Erik Richter Strand directing all six episodes.
em>Behind Her Eyes tells the story of Louise, a single mother and secretary who is stuck in a modern-day rut. On a night out, she meets and kisses David in a bar, a young successful man, who turns out to be her new boss. To complicate matters, she meets Adele, a new friend in town, who turns out to be married to David. As she becomes obsessed with the couple and entangled in the web of their marriage, they each reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears? Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?
Brown plays Louise, while Bateman players her psychiatrist boss David and Hewson, who is Bono's daughter, stars as his wife Adele.
The six-part series is written by Lightfoot and Angela LaManna, with Lightfoot exec producing alongside Jessica Burdett, Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie. Producer is Eliza Mellor and Netflix Execs are Allie Goss, Brittney Segal and Danielle Woodrow.