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Casting Net: Demian Bichir in talks for untitled Low Riders pic

Demian Bichir

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• Demian Bichir is in negotiations to take the lead in the untitled Low Riders film for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct the film. Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James wrote earlier drafts of the script; Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft. Set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging, the story follows a teenager caught in the middle of his traditional father, whom Bichir would play, and his estranged gangbanger brother, both of whom are competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.” Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, and Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse Productions. Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will executive produce. [Variety]

• Hailee Steinfeld has claimed the lead in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from writer-director-executive producer Dustin Lance Black. Based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith, the story follows Hadley (Steinfeld) over the course of a day. It opens with her waiting in the airport for a flight to London for her father’s second wedding. The day quickly turns around, however, when she meets a British young man who she ends up sitting next to on the plane. Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan, and Steve Hutensky are producing. The Exchange will sell the film’s international rights at AFM. [Deadline]

• Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have boarded Vincent-N-Roxxy. Gary Michael Schultz is writing and directing the action crime drama, which follows two rebels who fall in love but fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. Unified Pictures developed the project and its Keith Kjarval is producing in association with Media House Capital. Aaron L. Gilbert is executive producing. The film begins shooting in December in Louisiana. [Deadline]

• Wesley Snipes is set to star in a remake of the Five Minutes to Live. Chuck Russell is directing the crime drama from a script he wrote with Raul Sanchez-Inglis. The original starred Johnny Cash and Vic Tayback as two burglars who plot to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage. Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn, and Richard Rionda Del Castro of Hannibal Pictures are producing. Hannibal will begin selling the international rights at AFM next week. [Variety]

• Matthew Willig has joined Will Smith in Scott Free’s untitled NFL concussion drama. The footballer-turned-actor will portray real-life offensive lineman, the late Justin Strzelczyk. His autopsy revealed that he suffered from irreversible brain damage during his 10 years in the NFL, bringing attention to the dangers of football concussions. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) who discovered the pattern of traumatic brain injuries in deceased NFL players. Landesman wrote the script based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’ 2009 GQ article “Game Brain.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [THR]

• Joe Anderson (Hercules), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy), and Jessica Lowndes (90210) have been cast in Abattoir. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing the thriller, which already stars Lin Shaye, from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum, and Christopher Monfette. The story follows a real estate reporter who unveils the answer to the horrifying question: “How do you build a haunted house?” Jesse Berger is producing. Production is ongoing in New Orleans. [Variety]