Casting : Firth, Bell, Giamatti, Lily, Barinholtz

Ahead of Cannes, there are quite a few casting announcements erupting...

Colin Firth (“Bridget Jones’s Baby”) will star in John Madden’s WWII story ”Operation Mincemeat”.  Set in 1943 when the Allies are determined to launch an all-out assault on ‘Fortress Europe,’ the film will follow two brilliant intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, who dream up an inspired and improbable disinformation strategy to help the cause. The film is due to go into pre-production later this year. [More…]

“Rocketman” actor Jamie Bell is set to star in World War II thriller “Dynamite Room” for director Olly Blackburn. Set during July 1940, the story opens with 12 year-old evacuee Lydia walking through a village in rural England on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and the village seemingly deserted. Leaving it behind, she arrives at a large house by the marshes – the house she grew up in. Lydia finds it empty too and her family gone. [More…]

Paul Giamatti (“Billions”) is joining Lena Headey and Angela Bassett in “Gunpowder Milkshake”. The film, directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the duo behind the dark Israeli breakout “Big Bad Wolves”, is described as centering on a mother-daughter assassin duo played by Gillan and Headey. [More…]

“Ant-Man” star Evangeline Lilly and Ike Barinholtz (“Blockers”) are set to star in David Stassen’s upcoming laffer “Happy Life”. Lilly will play new mom Allison Beck, who suspects her workaholic husband Eli (Barinholtz) is having an affair with an Instagram star. One mistake after another leads her into the arms of a younger man as she struggles to come to terms with her life decisions and being the mother she aspires to be. [More…]









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