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Josh Hutcherson, Ben Kingsley cast in Backstabbing for Beginners based on Michael Soussan

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  • Josh Hutcherson and Ben Kingsley are teaming up for a political thriller with a vindictive title. Backstabbing for Beginners, co-written by director Per Fly and Daniel Pyne, is based on Michael Soussan‘s memoir. Hutcherson will play the Soussan character, a young new employee of U.N.’s Oil for Food program in the late ’90s. He begins doe-eyed, but learns the true workings of the system as he navigates the politics and watches his boss (Kingsley). [Variety]
  • Ian McShane is back for more John Wick. The grizzled actor is rejoining the series for the Keanu Reeves-led sequel. McShane’s return comes on the same day as the casting of Common as a villain. In the 2014 film, McShane played Winston, the proprietor of an assassin-friendly hotel. Chad Stahelski helms the sequel, which starts shooting this week. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • The war drama Sand Castle adds Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), who joins previously cast actors Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill. The script, from Chris Roessner, chronicles his two years of military missions in Iraq as a machine gunner. Hoult plays Matt Ocre, who is tasked with defending a risky rural village with his leader, Sgt. Baker. Fernando Coimbra directs. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Kingsman actress Sofia Boutella has been tapped to co-star with Charlize Theron and James McAvoy in the thriller, The Coldest City. David Leitch is directing from a Kurt Johnstad (300) script, based on Antony Johnston‘s graphic novel. The plot details the death of an MI6 officer just before the Berlin Wall falls. [The Wrap]
  • Kimberly Elise is the latest to go home for A Meyers Christmas. Joining Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, Elise steps in to play the eldest child of a disconnected family reunited for the holidays. Directed and written by David E. Talbert, the movie bows Nov. 11, 2016. [Deadline]
  • Kathrine Narducci has been cast to alongside Spencer Boldman and Emily Ratajkowski in Cruise. From director Rob Siegel, the Power actress is set to play the mother of Boldman’s character Gio, a teenager who loves to race cars and falls for Jessica (Ratajkowski). Gino Cafarelli is lined up to play Boldman’s on-screen dad. [The Wrap]

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