Hannah Simone (“New Girl”) has been tapped to play the lead role in ABC’s “Greatest American Hero” reboot. The new version fixes on Meera (Simone), a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: she is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands. (Deadline)
Netflix announced today that ”The Highwaymen” from director John Lee Hancock (”The Blind Side”, ”Saving Mr. Banks”, ”The Founder”) commenced principal photography in Louisiana. The cast includes Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann, and William Sadler. “The Highwaymen” is written by John Fusco (”Hidalgo”, ”The Forbidden Kingdom”), Academy Award(R) nominee Scott Frank (”Godless”, ”Out of Sight”, ”Logan”) and John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault are drawn out of retirement in a last-ditch effort to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. Based on true events.
Alicia Vikander is attached to play the lead role in the Morten Tyldum-directed thriller “The Marsh King’s Daughter”. An adaptation of the international bestseller of the same name, film tells of Helena Petterier, who on the surface leads an ideal life with a great husband and a young daughter. She keeps secret her shocking backstory: her mother was kidnapped as a teen, and she was the product of the relationship between captive and tormentor. She lives for 12 years in a life carefully controlled by her kidnapper/father, until he was caught and sent to prison. An escape that leaves two prison guards dead forces her to confront her secret history and she becomes determined to bring down her father, who gave her all the tools she will need. He is the one called the Marsh King, the man who kept a woman and her young daughter captive in the wilderness for years. Sensing the danger this monster poses for her husband and young daughter, she vows to hunt him down. (Deadline)
Sebastian Stan (“Captain America : The Winter Soldier”) could be enticed to jump ship to DC if they let him have a shot at playing The Riddler in an upcoming Batman movie (Comic Book ).
Ethan Hawke will play Nikolai Tesla, the famed inventor, in Millennium Media’s “Tesla”. The film, to be helmed by Michael Almereyda (“Hamlet,” “Cymbelie”), begins lensing this Spring in New York. (Screen Daily)
Metallica’s James Hetfield will appear in the Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” – as a UTAH highway patrol veteran – at Voltage Pictures and COTA Entertainment. (Deadline)
“Star Trek Discovery” EP and co-creator Alex Kurtzman talks about that big reveal at the tail end of the season finale this week.
Michael Hirst (“Elizabeth”) and famed filmmaker Martin Scorsese are teaming for a new series based on “The Caesars”. (The Guardian)
Netflix’s new “Benji” movie hits the streaming service March 16. Today, a trailer for the Brandon Camp directed reboot.