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Carmen Ejogo Joins Denzel Washington in Legal Drama

Carmen Ejogo, one of the stars of Alien: Covenant, has joined the cast of the Sony’s untitled Denzel Washington thriller.

The project, formerly known as Inner City, is being directed by Nightcrawler helmer Dan Gilroy.  

Gilroy also wrote the script, which tells of a Los Angeles attorney who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner and takes on a case that has life-altering repercussions.

Ejogo has been cast as one of the female leads, a worker at a civil rights organization.

The film is being co-produced and co-financed by Sony Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Charles D. King’s Macro, Image Nation, Topic and Bron.

Jennifer Fox and Escape Artists’ Todd Black are producing.

In addition to Alien: Covenant, Ejogo currently appears onscreen in the horror movie It Comes at Night and appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Seraphina Picquery. She is repped by WME.

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Cross Creek to Finance Eli Roth’s Clown and Aftershock Source: Cross Creek Pictures November 17, 2010 Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures and Steven Chester Prince, President of Vertebra Films announced today they have partnered to fully finance two horror projects with Eli Roth producing.

 Cross Creek Pictures will handle all distribution rights for the two films in conjunction with CAA. Financing will be provided by Vertebra Films, an equity fund recently started by Prince, a former executive at Cross Creek.

 The first project Roth will produce is Clown, with Jon Watts directing and Watts and Christopher D. Ford writing the screenplay. Watts has directed numerous commercials as well as music videos for artists including Fatboy Slim and TV On The Radio.

 Clown follows the story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and make-up to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover the costume – red nose and wig included – will not come off, and his own personality changing in horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.

 Clown recently appeared on the internet as a viral video “trailer” put together by Ford and Watts. Boldly splashing industry names such as Lionsgate, Screen Gems and Roth himself, the Hostel-esque trailer gained Ford and Watts immediate notoriety and meetings with Roth, Prince and Oliver. Production is aiming for the first quarter in 2011. 

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star & produce the Zelda Fitzgerald Biopic 'Zelda'

Jennifer Lawrence is gearing up to play Jazz Age icon Zelda Fitzgerald.

The drama, which is currently titled Zelda, is being developed by Ron Howard (Inferno), who is eyeing it as a potential directing vehicle.

Lawrence and producing partner Justine Ciarrocchi also will serve as producers.

Based on a screenplay by Emma Frost (The White Queen), the story centers on Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his indispensable muse and fiercest competitor. Desperate to define herself through her own art, the film explores the question: Can love exist between creative equals? Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda Fitzgerald was dubbed by her husband as “the first American Flapper,” but her life descended into madness (she was diagnosed with schizophrenia).

The filmmakers optioned Nancy Milford’s best-selling biography Zelda, which served as the inspiration for the screenplay.

Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures, whose other recent films include Black Mass and the upcoming Tom Cruise film Mena, is in talks finance and produce the movie.

As a producer, Shearmur is becoming a force in the area of female-led tentpoles, having produced Disney’s live-action Cinderella and the upcoming Felicity Jones-led Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. She also is an executive producer on the new Power Rangers film and the highly anticipated ABC musical event Dirty Dancing.

Lawrence will next be seen in Sony’s Passengers, which opens Dec. 21. She most recently starred in David O. Russell’s Joy, for which she received her fourth Oscar nomination.

Lawrence, Howard and Shearmur are repped by CAA.

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Seems Tom’s project hunting might have given some fruit. He might be in a film with Johnny Depp! Tom would play FBI-agent John Connolly:

Johnny Depp has made his deal to star in Black Mass, the drama Scott Cooper will direct about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger, for Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media. Now, they are in early talks with Tom Hardy to play John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, who is in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted. That led Bulger to go from ruthless Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. Domestic distribution hasn’t yet been decided and there are some territories that Exclusive is selling at Berlin, a task made easier by these casting developments. Production will begin in May.

Depp was originally expected to play Bulger when Barry Levinson was attached to direct, but the deal fell through over money even though the deal was near $20 million. Deadline revealed last month that talks had rekindled with Depp, and this has now become a blue chip project, particularly when Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace helmer Cooper boarded it. The script is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.

While Bulger has been a composite for mobsters in several films, a real movie on him was inevitable. Joe Berlinger, of Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster and Paradise Lost fame, unveiled at Sundance Whitey, a superb documentary that asked hard questions on whether Bulger was an FBI informant (I’ll have a story on Berlinger soon), but his crimes were brutal long before he disappeared for a decade before finally getting caught in California in 2011 and sent to prison for the rest of his life. Many felt Bulger could never have gotten that far without the help of Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger and his brother William, the former president of the Massachusetts Senate. Connolly was tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, and he was aided by Bulger, who burnished his own position as Boston crime kingpin by getting rid of the competition for his Winter Hill gang. Connolly was lauded for his work before things went south for him. He eventually was convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, who is currently in a Massachusetts state prison for second-degree murder.

Bulger and his criminal exploits made him the basis for characters like the one that Jack Nicholson played in the Martin Scorsese-directed The Departed and Pete Postlethwaite played in the Ben Affleck-directed The Town. (Affleck has his own Whitey Bulger project scripted by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter with Matt Damon expected to play the mobster, but he’ll next direct Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night so there’s no way that Bulger film will beat this one into production.) Even as he was masterminding a violent gang – the federal case against him alleges 19 murders – Bulger was an FBI informant, a role he took on discreetly to take down a rival gang. But the tables were turned on him: After the feds closed in on their targets, they double-crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him.

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Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield In Talks for World War II Drama (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks to team up for a World War II drama. Gibson is slated to direct Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of war hero Priv…

Gibson is slated to direct Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of war hero Private First Class Desmond T. Doss who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, even though he refused to bear arms on religious grounds.

Garfield would play Doss, if a deal comes to fruition.

Doss was drafted in 1942 but refused to kill or carry a weapon. He became a medic in the Pacific theater but was ostracized for his beliefs by other soldiers. However, refusing to be cowed, Doss made himself a legend when he saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. He helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers on the field, and in one overnight battle, was wounded by a grenade and later hit by a sniper while saving grunts. Doss also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

The movie has been over 13 years in the making and was originally set up at Disney. Ironically, it had Gibson's We Were Soldiers helmer Randall Wallace directing back then.

The project, which at one point was operating under the title The CO, has David Permut and Bill Mechanic producing, both of whom have been attached since the beginning and have proved to be tenacious with this story. Cross Creek Pictures is financing and the company's Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson also producing with the goal of shooting next year.

Garfield is coming off strong notices for 99 Homes, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and acquired by Broad Green Pictures. He is repped by CAA, Sloane Offer and UK’s Gordon and French.

Gibson, who appeared in The Expendables 3, hasn’t directed a movie since 2006’s Apocalypto. He just finished shooting Blood Father, a thriller directed by Jean-Francois Richet. He is repped by manager Rick Nicita.