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Hugh Jackman exits Collateral Beauty, Cody Walker sets first major feature role

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  • Hugh Jackman has reportedly exited Collateral Beauty due to scheduling conflicts with the Wolverine sequel. Collateral Beauty is about a New York advertising executive and his co-workers, who attempt to bring him out of his depression through nontraditional means. Jackman had been slated to star alongside Rooney Mara with Me And Earl And The Dying Girl‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directing. Mara is still attached to star as well as Jason Segel, and now Johnny Depp is said to be in very early consideration to replace Jackman. [Deadline]
  • Cody Walker, brother of the late Paul Walker, has signed on for a supporting role in USS Indianapolis, which Mario Van Peebles is directing. The story follows Capt. Charles McVay (Nicolas Cage) in his attempts to save his men after a torpedo hits their boat and causes it to sink; the boat was carrying parts for the atom bomb, Little Boy, which hit Hiroshima. According to Deadline, Walker will play a Navy soldier “who struggles with survival and his loyalty to a chaplain and another shipmate swimming with sharks.” [Deadline]
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Sophie Cookson is in talks for director Xavier Gens’ The Crucifixion. Cookson will play a young journalist tracking the case of a priest who was convicted of murdering a nun after exorcising her. The case is based on a true story. Siblings Chad and Carey Hayes are writing, with their The Conjuring colleague, Peter Safran, producing.  [The Wrap]

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that a torpedo hits a submarine in the plot description of USS Indianapolis. EW Regrets the error.  

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