Casting Round-Up for Book to Screen Adaptations
Natalie Portman is in early talks to star in the adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer novel Annihilation for Garland and Paramount Pictures. For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences. Annihilation is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.
Joining already cast Joe Alwyn in Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and filling the ranks of Bravo Squad are Arturo Castro as Mango, Barney Harris as Sykes, Beau Knapp as Crack, Mason Lee as Foo, Brian Astro Bradley as Lodis and Ismael Cruz Cordova as Holiday. In addition, Makenzie Leigh will play Faison, a Texas cheerleader and love interest to main character Billy Flynn. The story follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive ‘Victory Tour’ at Texas Stadium – football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.
Channing Tatum on board to star in The Forever Wars by Joe Holdeman. The story is about Private William Mandella, a reluctant hero in an interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy. But his greatest test will be when he returns home. Relativity means that for every few months’ tour of duty centuries have passed on Earth, isolating the combatants ever more from the world for whose future they are fighting.
Will Poulter is set to play the villain, Pennywise in New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It directed by Cary Fukunaga. In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
Andrea Riseborough has just signed on on to play the villain in the remake of J.O’Barr’s The Crow along side Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay. In a bit of genderswapped casting, Riseborough will play mob boss Top Dollar. Her goons murder Eric Draven and his girlfriend Shelly, spurring Eric to return from the grave and take his revenge.
British actor Tom Brooke has landed a series regular role in Seth Rogen’s TV adaptation of the DC Vertigo comic book series Preacher. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.
The third Captain America movie will also officially introduce Chadwick Boseman Black Panther, while Frank Grillo will reprise his Captain America: The Winter Soldier role as Crossbones. Martin Freeman has been confirmed to join the cast of Captain America: Civil War, but further information on his role is yet unclear. The story is expected to follow the original comic event after an international incident from the Avengers results in collateral damage, politicians form a system of accountability and a governing body that forces superheroes to work for the government which causes a clash alongside Tony Stark and Captain America.
Elysium star Diego Luna signs on for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, his role is yet to be confirmed. A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.