Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in “The American,” with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing.
The film follows Leonard Bernstein from conducting the New York Philharmonic at the impressive age of 25 through the meteoric rise to fame, all while struggling both personally and publicly to be everything that everyone expected him to be, most of all himself. (Variety)
Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Ben McKenzie, and Matthew Rhys have joined the independent CIA drama “The Torture Report” for director Scott Z.Burns. The film centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks. (Variety)
Billy Zane and Miranda Richardson have joined “Curfew”, a “Fast and the Furious”-style series which follows the story of ordinary people competing in the world’s fastest, most furious, illegal night-time street race. The Sky production also stars Sean Bean, Michael Biehn and Harriet Walter. Zane plays “gonzo cowboy” Joker Jones, while Richardson plays Lou, a kind, tough, brave, practical and romantic woman. (Deadline)
Australia’s Robert Luketic (“Monster-in-Law”) will direct Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) in “The Wedding Year”, a Donald Diego written pic about an LA photographer who is never getting married. So, when she and her new ready-to-settle-down boyfriend are invited to fifteen weddings in the same year, the pressure is on Mara to make some big decisions. (Deadline)
Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito will lend their lungs to Disney’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of “The One and Only Ivan”, based on NYT bestselling children’s book by Katherine Applegate. The story centers on a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall. (Deadline)