Casting: Ritchson, Torres, Rogen, Britton, Posey
Hilary Swank and “Reacher” star Alan Ritchson have signed on to star in Jon Gunn’s new film “Ordinary Angels” at Lionsgate. Gunn and Jon Erwin co-wrote the script for the true story inspired tale.
Set against the backdrop of the worst snowstorm in Kentucky history, Swank plays a struggling hairdresser who single-handedly rallies an entire community to help a widowed father (Ritchson) save the life of his critically ill young daughter. [Source: Deadline]
Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) and Harold Torres (“Sin Nombre”) have been cast in the Joel Kinnaman-led action-thriller “Silent Night” from famed Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo. Filming is now underway in Mexico City on the project which reportedly features no dialogue.
The story centers on Godlock (Kinnaman), a father on a mission to avenge his young son, who was tragically caught in the crossfire of gang violence on Christmas Eve. Moreno will portray his wife, Torres is the gang leader. [Source: Variety]
Seth Rogen is set to join comedian Aziz Ansari and Bill Murray in Ansari’s feature directorial debut “Being Mortal” which begins filming next month for Searchlight Pictures.
Based on Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book and penned by Ansari, the story deals with aging and death on a larger societal scale along with the medical profession’s mishandling of it all. [Source: Deadline]
A Man Called Otto
Cameron Britton and Mike Birbiglia have joined the cast of the Tom Hanks-led “A Man Called Otto” at SF Studios. Marc Forster directs and David Magee pens this U.S. adaptation of Fredrik Ove’s novel “A Man Called Ove”.
Hanks plays a grumpy widower whose only joy comes from criticizing and judging his exasperated neighbors. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol. Sony Pictures will release the film this Christmas. [Source: Deadline]
Parker Posey has joined the ensemble cast of the currently shooting poltergeist comedy “The Parenting” at New Line and HBO Max. Posey plays a country house manager who may know more than she lets on.
The story follows a young gay couple (Nik Dodani and Brandon Flynn) who host a meeting of their parents (Brian Cox, Edie Falco, Lisa Kudrow, and Dean Norris) during a weekend at a cozy country rental house. Things take a turn when they find their lodging is already inhabited by a 400-year-old evil entity. [Source: THR]