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Cannes 2016 deals roundup: Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Catherine Keener starring in Captain Dad

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  • Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, and Catherine Keener is the triumvirate leading up Captain Dad. Writer-director Sebastián Silva‘s (The Maid) new comedy tracks the Caribbean vacation of the Peelman family. Rich (Ferrell) set up the seaward adventures for his wife (Keener), but his stubbornness might derail things. Protagonist Pictures is conducting international sales, while UTA Independent Film Group is on domestic duty. [Deadline]
  • Johnny Depp takes on Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Brett Ratner‘s project The Libertine. From writer Ben Kopit, Depp is set to play a French diplomat placed under house arrest in the wake of sexual assault allegations. Strauss-Kahn was indicted by a New York grand jury for alleged sexual assault against a hotel maid. Though charges were dropped, Strauss-Kahn admitted to the incident and resigned from his French government post. The package is looking for international distribution, as Warner Bros. snapped up domestic rights last year. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Elle Fanning is turning into an animated Ballerina. The actress will lend her voice to the English version of the hot French film. The Weinstein Co. picked up domestic rights for the movie. Set in the 1880s, Ballerina follows an orphan (Fanning) trying to reach her goal of being a premier dancer at the Paris Opera. Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen will voice one of her instructors. Black Swan choreographer and actor Benjamin Millepied is overseeing the project’s dance scenes. [Variety]
  • Steven Soderbergh adds a familiar face to his next movie. Riley Keough, star of the Soderbergh-produced The Girlfriend Experience, is now in the cast for Logan Lucky. Little is known about Soderbergh’s return to film, but Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon are attached as brothers planning a heist during a NASCAR race. FilmNation is working on selling international rights. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • A24 has acquired the American rights for the Colin Farrell drama The Killing of a Sacred Deer. It’s the second time in 2016 the distributor, Farrell, and director Yorgos Lanthimos have partnered up — the first outing, The Lobster, opens Friday. Sacred Deer follows a surgeon trying to allow a teenager to enter his life, but things go awry when the kid’s actions are on the evil side. HanWay is selling the movie. [Variety]
  • Joaquin Phoenix is going to show shades of vigilantism. The Oscar-nominated actor joins writer-director Lynne Ramsay‘s (We Need to Talk About Kevin) thrilling drama You Were Never Really Here, playing a former soldier turned into an enemy of the sex trade. One rescue attempt in New York takes a violent turn. Ramsay adapted the work from Jonathan Ames‘ (Bored to Death) novella. Insiders is handling sales. [Screen Daily]
  • Sony Pictures Classics buys North American distribution rights for director Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle. David Birke‘s adaptation of Philippe Djian‘s book Oh … is about a powerful CEO who sees her life upended after she’s attacked in her home. Sony will also distribute in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe (except Russia), and Asia (except China and Japan). [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev picks up his latest work in Loveless. It re-teams him with Leviathan writer Oleg Negin, who won Cannes honors in 2014. An embittered, distant couple each find new romance on their own; however, they risk the welfare of 12-year-old son, who goes missing. Wild Bunch is on sales. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) is the newest to head to Our House from first-time director Anthony Scott Burns. Nathan Parker‘s screenplay is based on the 2010 movie Ghost From the Machine and follows a smart man (Thomas Mann) trying to care for his family after losing his parents. A device he invents digs into the paranormal world and ushers in the good, and the bad. XYZ Films is pitching to international distributors. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • STX has joined Amazon Studios for Nash Edgerton‘s yet-to-be-named action-comedy. The two will release the film in the U.S. The cast is strong — David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, Yul Vazquez, and Sharlto Copley — in this story where a normal businessman (Oyelowo) sees prosperity on the horizon, as his company is about to go public. Not all goes according to plan, though, as he finds himself out of the country with a bounty on his back. Anthony Tambakis and Matt Stone handled writing duties. Amazon looks to sell the film abroad. [Deadline]
  • Sophia Takal‘s second film, Always Shine, had its rights bought by Oscilloscope Laboratories. A pair of actresses (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald) head up to the California nature to escape the city. During their vacation, their true and resentful feelings for each other rear their heads, putting their friendship and their views of themselves at risk.

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