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Casting Net: Jackie Chan in final negotiations to star in action-thriller 'The Foreigner'

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  • Jackie Chan is in final negotiations to star in The Foreigner, an STX action thriller, which is looking at several directors right now, including Nick Cassavetes. The film is based on Stephen Leather‘s book The Chinaman about the humble owner of a restaurant in London’s Chinatown. The man is forced to test both his own moral and physical limits when tracking down the group of Irish terrorists who killed his daughter after the justice system fails to do so. Filming is expected to begin in October. [Deadline]
  • Graham Greene (Longmire), has boarded Lionsgate’s faith-filled film starring Sam Worthington and Octavia SpencerThe Shack. The film is based on the book by William Paul Young which follows a man named Mack (Worthington) who gets a mysterious note from ‘Papa,’ which is the name his wife uses for God. The note asks him to go meet him in a shack in the wilderness after he has suffered from the alleged kidnapping of his child. He decides to go to the shack and there he finds evidence of a crime and learns something about himself. [Deadline]
  • Eugenio Derbez‘s 3pas Studios and former Pantelion Films production chief Ben Odell have acquired the rights to an untitled original comedy script about an aging Latino lover. Derbez is planning to star in and direct the pic and both he and Odell will produce. The pic’s full story is being kept under wraps. [Variety]

  • Alona Tal has boarded the indie drama Modern Love, which tells the story of the wedding day of two gay men, Anthony Rapp (Rent) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls). Tal will play Emma, a surprise guest at the wedding who is an old friend of Bennett’s character. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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