- Michael Ian Black and Missi Pyle have been cast in Slash, an independent coming-of-age comedy currently shooting in Texas. Written and directed by Clay Liford (and based on his short of the same name), the film stars Michael Johnston as a teenage author of erotic fan fiction. Hannah Marks costars with Sarah Ramos, Peter Vack, Jessie Ennis, and Matt Peters also in the film. [Deadline]
- After being snubbed last year for Mr. Turner, maybe Timothy Spall’s chance at Oscar has arrived: the actor is in early talks to star as the late Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey, a fictional account of the unlikely real-life friendship between political enemies Paisley and Martin McGuinness, nicknamed the “Chuckle Brothers” in Northern Ireland. Colin Bateman and director Nick Hamm are writing the script, and the role of McGuinness has not yet been cast. [Deadline]
- In 1996, Liam Neeson played the title role in Michael Collins. Just ahead, the actor’s son, Michael Neeson, will reprise his father’s part as an Irish revolutionary in The Rising. Set during 1916’s Easter Rising, the drama-thriller from director Kevin McCann follows Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott (Colin Morgan) and revolutionary leader James Connolly (David O’Hara). Written by McCann and Colin Broderick, the film is a prequel to Michael Collins and 2006’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley. [Deadline]
- Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill, Tyga, and Storm Reid have all signed on for Sleight, music video director JD Dillard’s feature debut. Latimore stars as a teenage street magician who starts dealing drugs in order to support himself and his little sister. But when his disreputable new friends turn on him, endangering his sister, he must rely on his very particular set of skills to save her. Dillard and Alex Theurer co-wrote the script, and production is set to begin this summer. [Deadline]
C. Molly Smith contributed to this post.