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The Belle of Amherst

Not Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, but rather, Julie Harris as ‘The Belle of Amherst’ (1976)

We begin today’s quick roundup of news of forthcoming films with Variety‘s Dave McNary, who reports that Jennifer Ehle will star alongside Cynthia Nixon in Terence Davies‘s Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion. “The film focuses on Dickinson’s early days as a schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.”

Also: “Christoph Waltz will star and make his directorial debut on crime drama The Worst Marriage in Georgetown…. The project, based on Franklin Foer’s article for the New York Times Magazine, centers on Albrect Muth (played by Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. Muth and Drath threw lavish events in their home as Muth lied about his background—which came under scrutiny after Drath was found murdered.”

And: “Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action thriller High Wire Act, with Brad Anderson directing.”

Blake Lively will join Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart in Woody Allen’s next, as-yet-untitled film, reports Deadline‘s Mike Fleming, Jr. And of course, this being a Woody Allen project, that’s all we know or will know for a while.

Dolph Lundgren is joining the cast of the next Coen brothers film, reports the Guardian‘s Ben Child. “The Swedish martial artist and star of The Expendables series will play a submarine commander who encounters Channing Tatum’s Communist-loving actor in the 1950s-set film. Hail Caesar! is set during Hollywood’s golden age and stars Josh Brolin as real-life fixer Eddie Mannix, known for keeping his boss’s clients out of the gossip columns and previously portrayed by Bob Hoskins in the 2006 film Hollywoodland.”

Vincenzo Natali has written and will direct an adaptation of In the Tall Grass, a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, reports Screen‘s Jeremy Kay. This is “the story of a young man and his pregnant sister on a road trip who end up fighting for their lives in a field after they respond to a boy’s cries for help.”

At Cineuropa, Fabien Lemercier reports that Les Films du Losange will be shopping Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come in Cannes. Starring Isabelle Huppert and André Marcon, this one “will revolve around Nathalie and Heinz, two philosophy teachers who have been married for many years and who have two grown-up children…. One day, Heinz tells Nathalie that he has fallen in love with another woman and that he is moving in with her. At exactly the same time, Nathalie is faced with her mother’s death.” Shooting begins next month.

From Screen‘s Melanie Goodfellow: “Le Pacte has picked up sales on Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s latest collaboration Saint Amour, starring Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde as a farmer and his son who bond and find love on an eventful wine tour.”

Trailer for Amy Berg’s An Open Secret, which’ll see a limited release in June

The cast for Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven is just about there, reports Peter Hall at On board so far are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Wagner Moura, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-hun Lee.

Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Mia Wasikowska and Jack Reynor “are set to topline Cedric Jimenez’s HHHH, a WWII-set drama depicting the meteoric rise and fall of Reinhard Heydrich in Nazi Germany,” reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety. “Script is based on Laurent Binet’s recent Goncourt prize-winning eponymous first novel.”

Aardman’s Nick Park will direct Early Man, his first feature film since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), reports Darryn King at Cartoon Brew.

“Roland Emmerich’s upcoming sequel to Independence Day will be getting a female president in the shape of Sela Ward,” reports Benjamin Lee for the Guardian.

“Doris Dörrie has begun shooting Greetings From Fukushima, a Japan-set drama about life, love and loss,” reports Patrick Frater for Variety. “It is set in the aftermath of the triple disaster—earthquake, tsunami and nuclear—that hit Japan in 2011.”

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