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Cannes roundup: Andrew Garfield's new movie finds a home

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  • Indie distributor A24 (Spring Breakers, Room, Ex Machina) has found its next project. The company will release Under the Silver Lake with Andrew Garfield to U.S. theaters. David Robert Mitchell (It Follows) is the director. [THR]
  • The next James Gray (Two Lovers, The Immigrant) project is a sci-fi epic called Ad Astra. No casting was announced, but the project will be financed by MadRiver Pictures for release in 2018.
  • Road trip! Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland will star in The Leisure Seeker, based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian, which is cited as a mix between Easy Rider and The Notebook. [Deadline]
  • Oh, yeah. Entourage star Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers will take part in Public Affairs, a political thriller about a “young campaign aide who gets in way over his head when he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate sending him into a downward spiral of corruption and blackmail.”
  • The Lizzie Borden movie starring Kristen Stewart and Chloë​ Sevigny has a director: Craig William Macneill (The Boy).
  • X-Men actor Lucas Till will lead the sci-fi thriller Spectrum. The log line: “After inventing a technology that not only proves the existence of ghosts, but can actually see them, Spectrum tells the chilling tale of a renowned scientist’s final experiment on a human test subject that goes horribly wrong. Decades later, when his son Connor (Till) and a group of colleagues discover the secret high-tech laboratory where the experiment took place, they find themselves battling a vengeful force like no other.”
  • Veep creator Armando Iannucci, who left the series before this current season, has a new project: The Death of Stalin. Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbel, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, and Andrea Riseborough are in negotiations to star. [THR]
  • Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston are teaming up in the father-son comedy An Actor Prepares. Directed by Steve Clark from a script he wrote with Thomas Moffett, the movie follows a devil-may-care actor (Irons) who hitches a cross-country ride to his daughter’s wedding with his estranged son (Huston), a sensitive professor.
  • Courtney Love and Joey King will star in The Possibility of Fireflies, an adaptation of Dominique Paul’s coming-of-age novel set in 1989 suburban Maryland. Deborah Chow will direct. [Deadline]
  • Saban Films has picked up North American distribution rights to War on Everyone, an action-comedy starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Pena, Theo James, and Tessa Thompson. Directed by John Michael McDonagh, it’s the story of two corrupt New Mexico cops who try to intimidate someone who may be more dangerous than they are. [Variety]

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