Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition!
Hayley Atwell will go to great depths for her next project. Announced Monday morning, the actor has been tapped to voice franchise hero Lara Croft in the upcoming Netflix and Legendary Television anime series adaptation of “Tomb Raider.” The story will reportedly pick up after the events of the “Tomb Raider” video-game reboot trilogy, charting a new adventure (in all-new territory) for the globetrotting Lara Croft. Atwell will continue her recent success in voiceover work, just coming off the Marvel and Disney+ series “What If…?” “Tomb Raider” will be executive produced by Tasha Huo, who also writes. No further casting has been announced at this time.
Already on the ride of her life, Rosario Dawson will head back to the House of Mouse for another project. The “Mandalorian” actor is set to join the previously rumored LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish in Disney’s live-action “Haunted Mansion.” Based on Disneyland’s long-running attraction, the film will be directed by Justin Simien from a script by Katie Dippold. In addition to Dawson, Owen Wilson has also recently joined the cast of the film, which is set to begin shooting next month. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps. Carmen Cuba is the casting director.
First reported by Deadline, Ben Kingsley, Jane Curtin, Harriet Harris, and Zoë Winters will lead “Jules,” a feature film written by Gavin Steckler and directed by Marc Turtletaub (“Puzzle”). The pic follows an unusual and unexpected visitor who brings together several people living in a small city in rural Western Pennsylvania. Filming is underway in New Jersey, and Big Beach is the production company. Other producers include Debbie Liebling, Andy Daly, Michael B. Clark, and Marc and Alex Turtletaub.
Following a brand-new deal with ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Studios, David Oyelowo has set his first project under the pact. The Emmy nominee will star in the titular role of “Bass Reeves,” a limited series about the legendary lawman of the Wild West who worked in the post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, capturing over 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without ever being wounded. Oyelowo and wife Jessica Oyelowo signed the ViacomCBS/MTV Entertainment Studios deal under their Yoruba Saxon banner to create scripted and unscripted series with 101 Studios as a production partner on all projects. “The stories Jess and I want to tell are boundary-busting and full of folks the likes of whom we have seldom seen on screen,” Oyelowo says. “The extraordinary story of Bass Reeves exemplifies just that. To collaborate with world-class talent like [executive producer] Taylor Sheridan to tell those stories to the widest audience possible, is our dream, and we believe that can and will be realized through the shared ambitions we have with ViacomCBS and its signature branded platforms, alongside our seasoned and brilliant producing partners at 101 Studios.” “Bass Reeves” will be executive produced by Sheridan, both Oyelowos, David Permut, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari.
“Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood”
An A-list ensemble cast is soon heading to Hollywood. Dustin Hoffman, Sam Neill, Eileen Atkins, Derek Jacobi, Aidan Turner, Roger Allam, and Brittany Snow are set to lead the cast of the upcoming feature comedy “Mr. Shaw Goes To Hollywood,” which will be launched for the TIFF market. Set in 1933, the movie will follow how celebrated playwright, George Bernard Shaw (Jacobi), visited Hollywood with his formidable wife, Charlotte (Atkins) amidst conversations to turn his play “Pygmalion” into a film, which became “My Fair Lady” for its musical adaptation. BAFTA nominee Simon Callow (“Four Weddings And A Funeral”) will direct the movie from a screenplay by seven-time Emmy-winner Mark Saltzman (“Sesame Street”). A casting director has yet to be made public.
“The Devil You Know”
First reported by Deadline, “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” star Omar Epps and Michael Ealy (“Stumptown” are teaming for the Lionsgate and Command Films thriller, “The Devil You Know.” The film will be written and directed by Charles Murray and will follow Marcus Cowans (Omar Epps), who after a lifetime of trouble, finally has the chance to turn things around with the love and support of his family but who discovers that one of his three brothers (played by Will Catlett) might be involved in a home invasion and finds himself not only at odds with his brothers but also in the crosshairs of a cop (Ealy). In addition to Epps, Ealy, and Catlett, the film will also star Glynn Turman, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Theo Rossi, BJ Britt, Vaughn Hebron, Erica Tazel, Curtiss Cook, Keisha Epps, and Ashley Williams. “The Devil You Know is an exploration of family, morality, and brotherhood,” Epps said. “It challenges generational and cultural conditioning in an authentic way that leads back to protecting one’s humanity. I’m excited for audiences to experience this film for years to come.”
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