Law & Order: Criminal Intent alum Jamey Sheridan has joined Warner Bros.’ star-studded Captain Sully movie opposite Tom Hanks. Clint Eastwood is directing Sully, which stars Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed his plane full of 155 passengers in the Hudson River after both engines were knocked out by a flock of geese. The “Miracle on the Hudson” made national headlines in January 2009. Aaron Eckhart will play Jeff Skiles, who was the first officer and co-pilot on the Airbus A320 and Laura Linney will play Sully’s wife. Sheridan will play the senior air safety investigator who works tirelessly after the crash to investigate what caused it, and how to prevent it from happening in the future. Todd Komarnicki wrote the script, drawing from Sullenberger’s life and memoir. Eastwood, Tim Moore and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall are producing the Warner Bros. film. Sheridan’s recent film credits include Fox Searchlight’s The East with Brit Marling and Ellen Page, and the upcoming drama Spotlight, which stars Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo and centers on the Boston Globe’s investigative team that covered the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal. The buzzy film screen at both the Venice … Read More
FX’s Underground-produced pilot Snowfall is rounding out its cast. The network has confirmed that the drama has added Jill Scott and Lauren London. Scott will play Sharon “Cissy” Saint, the no-nonsense mother of Franklin (Damson Idris). Frustrated in both her personal and professional lives, Cissy has sacrificed her dreams to give Franklin opportunities she never had. London, meanwhile, will play Louise Saint, Franklin’s party-girl aunt. The drama hails from John Singleton and focuses on the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Co-written by scribe Eric Amadio, the pilot will tell the story from the perspectives of three different characters on a “violent collision course.” Scott is repped by CAA and The Chamber Group, and London is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment. Original story appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.
Dominic Monaghan, Orphan Black actress Ksenia Solo, iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Parsons of The Originals are starring in indie horror thriller Pet. Carles Torrens, who directed the 2012 horror film Apartment 143, is behind the camera for the movie, which began production this week and is a co-production between Revolver Picture Company and Spanish company Magic Lantern. Written by Jeremy Slater, the story centers on an introverted man who imprisons a woman, only to find the tables turned on him. The project is said to be tonally in the vein of Gone Girl and Hard Candy. The project has been in the works since about 2007, when it was first set up at MGM. Monaghan has been intent on making the feature since at least 2008. Torrens is producing alongside Revolver’s Nick Phillips and Kelly Martin Wagner. Revolver was involved in horror movies such as Haunt and Beneath. Monaghan, repped by APA, is best known for his key roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as ABC’s Lost. He is shooting the third season of his travel show Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan, which returns to the Travel Channel January 2016. In addition to Orphan Black, Solo appears … Read More
ABC Family is rounding out its cast for drama pilot Guilt from writers/executive producers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price (The Game Plan) and executive producer Stephen McPherson. Billy Zane(Titanic), Daisy Head (Endeavour), Zachary Fall (Crossing Lines), Katrina Law (Arrow) and Kevin Ryan (Copper) have landed series regular roles on the pilot, a fictional story that draws parallels to the story of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted, acquitted, retried and acquitted again of the gruesome murder of her British roommate in Italy. Guilt is described as an edgy, soapy thriller that revolves around an American in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. As the investigation unfolds, the show will question whether she’s a naive young girl whose poor decisions are being magnified under the ruthless glare of the British tabloids or whether she’s a sociopath who brutally murdered her friend. Zane, repped by Undergound, plays Stan Gutterie, an American defense attorney working in London. His law firm banished him to the UK after he ran afoul of one too many judges in the U.S. Head is Grace, an American attending college in London when her Irish flat mate is found brutally murdered at their … Read More
In one of the first big drama sales this development season, a genre-themed project from Saw IV and V writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and producer Aaron Kaplan sparked a bidding before landing at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The intention is to lay off the project, tentatively titled Monstropolis, at ABC Studios. In Monstropolis, monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis). But now someone is killing monsters, and it is up to one disgraced detective to stop the killer… or become the next victim. Melton and Dunstan are writing and will executive produce with Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Contemporary monster mesh-up has been an arena ABC has been very interested in. In 2013, the network gave a pilot order to Gothica, which was set in the present day and weaved together a mythology that incorporated the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. Melton and Dunstan, repped by Paradigm, Underground and Bloom Hergott, are currently writing Halloween Returns at Dimension, The Stuff Of Legend at Disney, and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark at CBS Films. Kaplan has mystery drama Secrets & Lies returning for a second season at ABC. His upcoming series include comedies Life In … Read More