- This is going to be a powerful on-screen couple: Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult are heading up The Discovery. Director Charlie McDowell’s project, from a script he wrote with Justin Lader, follows a man whose father scientifically discovers and confirms the existence of the afterlife; Mara plays his love interest. Filming begins in Rhode Island in January. [The Wrap]
- Ryan Reynolds is negotiating to lead Truth in Advertising, a dramedy from Roger Michell. John Kenney’s script is adapted from his first book. Reynolds would play advertising man Fin Dolan. Shooting on the satire is scheduled for next spring. [Deadline]
- Justin Theroux is in early talks to replace Chris Evans in The Girl on the Train. The cinematic adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-seller also stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Jared Leto, Haley Bennett, and Edgar Ramirez. Theroux (The Leftovers) would play Tom, ex-husband to Blunt’s Rachel, a lonely woman who gets caught up in a mystery involving another couple. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland have been tapped to star in Beat-Up Little Seagull from director Andrew Dosunmu and writer Darci Picoult. The dramatic indie follows a woman (Pfeiffer) struggling to find her place in the world, handling the death of her mother, and keeping up appearances for her new love (Sutherland). Filming begins Nov. 2 in New York. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- One day after Kimberly Elise was added to A Meyers Christmas, Mo’Nique is joining the cast. The Oscar winner will joins a crew led by Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, and Jessie Usher. The movie centers on a disconnect family reuniting for the holidays after the mother dies. Director-writer David E. Talbert’s movie bows Nov. 11, 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Hell on Wheels star Sara Canning is the latest to turn ape for War For The Planet Of The Apes. She will portray a new chimp character in the film. Plot details for Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes follow-up are scarce. Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Gabriel Chavarria, Steve Zahn, and Judy Greer are also on board. [Deadline]
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