Casting Net: Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons join 'Race,' Jacki Weaver eyes 'Equals'
Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic, Race. Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights of the Stephen Hopkins-directed film. Stephen James will portray the racing legend with Sudeikis as his obsessive coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play the head of the American Olympic committee, Avery Brundage, who argued for the 1936 Olympics to take place in Berlin. Shooting begins July 24 in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the script. Jean Charles Lévy (Forecast Pictures), Luc Dayan (ID+), and Kate Garwood and Hopkins (Totally Commercial Films), are producing, among others. [THR]
Jacki Weaver is reportedly in negotiations for the futuristic love story Equals. The script was written by Nathan Parker and will be directed by Drake Doremus. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins (Route One) will produce. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lynn Sheil, and Aurora Perrineau have already joined the film, which would have Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. The catch? Both suffer from “switched-on-syndrome,” in which they feel emotion. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor who helps Silas and Nia. Weaver, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, can next be seen in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. [Deadline]
Marc Menchaca (Homeland) and Jon Huertas (Castle) will star in the Kickstarter-funded psychological thriller Reparations. The film comes from writer-director Kyle Ham and follows an Indiana farmer (Menchaca) with a three-year gap in his memory; a man (Huertas) visits him, claiming he was his best friend in the Air Force Security Police. Ham is producing alongside Matthew Lessal and co-writer Steve Timm. The film raised $66,055 on Kickstarter. Principal photography began in June. [THR]