Scarlett Johansson cast in comedy from Broad City writers |


Casting Net: Scarlett Johansson leads comedy from Broad City writers

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  • Scarlett Johansson, meet the minds of Broad City. The Avengers star is wrapping up talks to lead Move That Body, a comedy at Sony from Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, who write for the Comedy Central show. Aniello will direct, while Downs will costar. [The Wrap]
  • Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton are back on the same screen. The First Wives Club trio will star in Divanation, a new Netflix movie about the reunion of an aging, embittered pop group. Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse’s script has no director attached or release date yet. [Deadline]
  • Herbie Hancock goes off stage to on camera. The jazz musician has joined director Luc Besson’s sci-fi feature Valerian, the director wrote on Instagram. Hancock joins the likes of the recently tapped Ethan Hawke and John Goodman. The movie is based from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ 1967 novel, which became an ongoing comic. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne fill the starring roles, with Clive Owen and Rihanna also appearing. Production is pegged to begin in January, projected for a July 21, 2017, release.
  • Kiersey Clemons (Dope), Jennette McCurdy (Between), and Virginia Gardner (Project Almanac) will front Little Bitches, the indie comedy from director-writer Nick Kreiss. It will track two best friends (Clemons, McCurdy) trying to link back up with a former friend (Gardner) before the end of their senior year. The movie is shooting in Los Angeles. [Variety]
  • Gaia Weiss (Vikings) and Freddie Thorp head to the Scott Eastwood action feature Overdrive. The latter will play the younger half brother of Eastwood’s character, while Weiss is a thief who helps the brothers’ French heist. Antonio Negret (Transit) directs from Michael Brandt and Derek Haas’ script and commences shooting Jan 4. in Paris and Marseilles. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Billionaire Boys Club grabbed a trio to flesh out its cast in Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), Fargo breakout Bokeem Woodbine, and Jeremy Irvine. Irvine is a part of the titular group of guys, while Lourd plays his love interest Rosanna and Woodbine plays a bouncer who becomes entangled in the Ponzi scheme. The true crime retelling from Wonderland director James Cox details the up and downs of Dean Karny (Taron Egerton) and Joe Hunt’s (Ansel Elgort) scam. After Ron Levin’s (Kevin Spacey) investment fell through, Hunt killed Levin and was convicted of murder. [Variety]
  • Fresh Off the Boat matriarch Constance Wu and Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls) land lead gigs in All the Creatures Were Stirring. The holiday horror-comedy sees people enduring unsavory beings and situations during Christmas Eve. Wife-husband tandem Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry will make their directorial debut from a screenplay then penned. The movie is shooting in Los Angeles. [Variety]
  • Garret Dillahunt joins Jason Momoa Braven. Director Lin Oeding’s thriller focuses on a battle between a crew of mercenaries, led by Dillahunt, trying to locate a drug stash serendipitously found in the house of a lumberjack (Momoa) and his family. Mike Nilon’s story inspired Thomas Pa’a Sibbett’s screenplay. Shooting is underway in Newfoundland. [Deadline]
  • Common has been picked to flank Kate Mara and Edie Falco in the forthcoming Iraq War movie Leavey. It’s inspired by soldier Megan Leavey and her bomb-sniffing dog Rex. Common will play Sgt. Gunney Massey, who ran the kennels on base. Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) directs. [Deadline]

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