Greenlit: Jonathan Majors Will Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ‘Ant-Man 3’ + More

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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!

“Ant-Man 3”
Jonathan Majors has been busy fighting evil on HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” and now it looks like he will turn to the dark side. The actor has scored a role in Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man 3” opposite Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily, as reported on Monday morning. While the studio has no comment at this time, according to Deadline, sources close to the project say he is likely to play the super-villain Kang the Conqueror. Peyton Reed, who directed the first two “Ant-Man” films, returns to helm the latest installment with Jeff Loveness writing the script. Additionally, Marvel go-to CD Sarah Finn will return—find out what you need to know about auditioning for the veteran Marvel CD here!

“The Harder They Fall”
Speaking of the “Lovecraft” (and now “Ant-Man”) star, Majors and Idris Elba will be joined by a slew of recently announced stars in the upcoming western “The Harder They Fall.” Announced last week, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Edi Gathegi, Danielle Deadwyler, and RJ Cyler have joined the duo in the Netflix feature which will be produced by Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender, and Jeymes Samuel (a.k.a. The Bullitts). Written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin, “The Harder They Fall” follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who discovers his enemy, Rufus Buck (Elba), is being released from prison, leading him to reunite with his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Samuel will direct and Victoria Thomas is casting. 

Four horrifying scenarios weren’t enough for Neve Campbell. After months of rumors, the actor will officially reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in a new “Scream” movie, Spyglass and Paramount Pictures announced last week. As previously announced, David Arquette and Courteney Cox will also reprise their roles as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers, respectively. Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, and Jenny Ortega have also joined the cast. The relaunch of the meta-horror series will be helmed by “Ready or Not” directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac,” “Murder Mystery”) and Guy Busick (“Ready or Not”). Rich Delia is the film’s casting director—find out what he looks for in the audition room here!

The Michael Keaton-led “Dopesick” had a busy week last week as it announced two new cast members. “Booksmart” star Kaitlyn Dever has joined the Hulu limited series as a lead opposite Keaton, and Peter Sarsgaard is set as a series regular. Based on Beth Macy’s bestselling book and created and written by Danny Strong (“Empire”), “Dopesick” takes a look at America’s struggle with opioid addiction from a distressed Virginia mining community to Big Pharma Manhattan. Dever will play Betsy, a coal miner and patient of Keaton’s Dr. Finnix, and Sarsgaard will play Rick Mountcastle, an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the Purdue Pharma case. The series got the official greenlight back in June when Keaton was announced to be starring and executive producing. The eight-episode series is slated to premiere in 2021. Avy Kaufman is the casting director—read her advice from her recent Backstage webinar on The Slate here!

“Don’t Worry, Darling”
In major recasting news, Harry Styles has joined Olivia Wilde’s upcoming psychological thriller “Don’t Worry, Darling.” Styles will replace Shia LaBeouf, who departed the project due to a scheduling conflict. Written by Katie Silberman, the film is set in an isolated community in the California desert in the 1950s. As we previously reported, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, and Dakota Johnson have recently joined the cast of what will be Wilde’s second feature film. (LaBeouf was originally also part of those recent cast members.) A fall production start is planned.

After leaving the CW’s “Batwoman,” Ruby Rose has lined up her next role on the silver screen as she teams up with Morgan Freeman for George Gallow’s action-thriller “Vanquish.” Written by Gallow and Samuel Bartlett, “Vanquish” follows Freeman “as a retired police commissioner who blackmails his caretaker (Rose) by kidnapping her daughter, forcing her into helping him double-cross his team of dirty detectives in an attempt to clean up the city.” Joining the two stars in supporting roles will be Nick Vallelonga, Miles Doleac, Patrick Muldoon, Juju Journey Brener, and Julie Lott. The feature is filming now in Biloxi, Mississippi. Dean E. Fronk and Donald Paul Pemrick are the film’s casting directors.

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