“Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, and Jesse Eisenberg have boarded Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s (Reprise and Oslo, August 31st) English-language debut Louder Than Bombs,” reports Screen Daily‘s Melanie Goodfellow. “The family drama revolves around the character of a famous, late war photographer played by Huppert. On the eve of a retrospective of work, some three years after her untimely death, her husband and two sons discover an unsettling secret from her past. Byrne will play the husband and Eisenberg one of the sons.”
Goodfellow also reports that “Wild Bunch will unveil the first scenes from Abel Ferrara’s upcoming picture inspired by the downfall of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, during the Cannes Film Festival.” Ferrara’s film features Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset “in roles inspired by Strauss-Kahn and his now ex-wife Anne Sinclair.”
“James Franco has boarded Wim Wenders’s 3D pic Every Thing Will Be Fine,” reports Leo Barraclough in Variety. “Franco will play Tomas, a writer, who accidentally causes the death of a child. The story follows Tomas through the next 12 years as he examines the effect of the accident on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother. Wenders said the film was ‘a story of guilt and forgiveness, and of accepting things you cannot change anymore.'”
Martin Scorsese, currently wrapping The Wolf of Wall Street, will move straight on to Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel. At Thompson on Hollywood, Ryan Lattanzio reports that Andrew Garfield has been cast to play Father Rodrigues, “a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan to tout the gospel of Christianity.”
“Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird have joined the cast of David Cronenberg‘s thriller Maps to the Stars ahead of a July shoot in Toronto and Los Angeles.” Etan Vlessing has more in the Hollywood Reporter.
At Twitch, Kurt Halfyard surveys the 2013 Frontières International Co-Production slate: “New projects from Joe Dante, Andrzej Zulawski, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven ‘Manborg‘ Kostanski, Jason ‘I Declare War‘ Lapeyre, Richard Stanley and several others, are group of film endeavors in their infancy and looking to get some umbilical nutrients (ok, networking and capital) from attendees of marketplace mid-festival. While the Rendez-Vous Market portion of Fantasia is only in its second year, it seems to have hit a fairly brisk stride.” As noted last August, Zulawski’s Dark Matter is a metaphysical noir; Quiet Earth‘s got the synopsis.
“Ben Affleck first sat in the director’s chair for an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Gone Baby Gone, a small-scale thriller about a private investigator looking into the disappearance of a little girl in Boston,” writes Peter Hall at Movies.com. Since then, of course, Argo‘s won the Best Picture Oscar, and, as Deadline‘s Nikki Finke reports, he’s going back to Lehane for his next project, an adaptation of Live by Night.
“Ethan Hawke, Vera Farmiga and Emmanuelle Devos have joined Ed Harris in writer-director Neil LaBute’s long-gestating thriller The Geography of Hope,” reports Andreas Wiseman for Screen Daily.
Following Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon will re-team on an as-yet-untitled “present day sci-fi chase film,” reports the Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth.
Robert De Niro’s joining Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, “set in the Brooklyn underworld where a former covert ops agent (Clarke) discovers the organization he has been fighting all his career has set up shop in his backyard,” reports Justin Kroll for Variety. “He teams with a former cop (De Niro) to stop the threat that could endanger the city of New York.”
James Mangold will direct Reese Witherspoon in an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter‘s memoir, Three Little Words, “a true-life Dickens-esque tale of a young Florida girl who entered the child welfare system when she was four,” according to Borys Kit in the Hollywood Reporter. Mangold is “also producing with his partner, Cathy Konrad, via their Tree Line Films banner, marking a reunion of the team behind Walk the Line, for which Witherspoon won a best actress Oscar.”
James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now) will write an adaptation of Pippin, reports Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times. “The original 1972 production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse with music by Steven Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. The current Broadway revival of Pippin was recently nominated for 10 Tony Awards.”
“Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon are set to topline in My Old Lady, a Paris-based dramatic comedy marking the feature film directorial debut of playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz, who adapted his stage-play for the screen.” Leo Barraclough reports in Variety. Also: More on Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy, “a WWII drama based on the true story of a German officer who saved Paris from destruction.”
Mark Duplass has taken one of four leads in Togetherness, the new comedy series he’s developed with his brother, Jay, reports Cameron Sinz at Indiewire. “He will star alongside Amanda Peet (The Way, Way Back), Melanie Lynskey (Hello I Must Be Going) and Steve Zissis (Jeff, Who Lives at Home) as two couples, one married and the other newly formed, living under the same roof while struggling to maintain both their relationships and careers.”
And at Variety, A.J. Marechal reports that NBC will have Jon Favreau direct Minnie Driver and David Walton in a comedy series based on Nick Hornby’s About a Boy; the network’s also picking up Believe, centering “on a girl with emerging powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and a man sprung from prison to protect her (Jake McLaughlin),” and produced by J.J. Abrams.
“It’s just a dream at this point,” Baz Luhrmann tells the Hollywood Reporter‘s Merle Ginsberg and Gary Baum, but what he’s really like to do is re-team with Leonardo DiCaprio, after Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, on Hamlet. Meantime, as Matt Trueman reports in the Guardian, Mike Tyson’s dreaming, too. ‘Wouldn’t Shakespeare be awesome?’ before pointing to one part in particular: ‘That black guy … could you imagine me in Othello?'”