Casting Net: Keith Stanfield to play young Snoop Dogg in 'Straight Outta Compton', Daryl Hannah joins 'Michael'
Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), Aldis Hodge (MC Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith as Warren G and Carra Patterson as Tomica Woods; Suge Knight will play a significant character as well. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Matt Alvarez, and Tomica Woods-Wright will produce. Gray, Will Packer, and former Universal executive Scott Bernstein will executive produce. Universal executives Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee the project. Straight Outta Compton hits theaters Aug. 14, 2015. [The Wrap]
Daryl Hannah has signed on for Michael. The indie drama stars James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts, and is being directed by Justin Kelly. Kelly also co-wrote the script, based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis‘ New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” with Stacey Miller. The film tells the story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist who rejected his homosexuality and became a conservative Christian minister. Hannah will play Deobrah, a woman who operates a Colorado Buddhist retreat where Michael goes for some peace. Chris Zylka, Avan Jogia, Charlie Carver, and Lesley Ann Warren will appear in the film as well. Gus Van Sant will executive produce. Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer, and Scott Reed will produce. [The Wrap]
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in The Cellar, produced by JJ Abrams, alongside John Goodman. The Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge film follows a woman who wakes up underground after a car accident and fears she’s been taken. Her abductor tells her the outside world is unlivable due to a chemical attack, but she decides she must escape anyway. Dan Trachtenberg is at the helm. Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken wrote the script, Valencia, which was rewritten by Dan Casey. Abrams, Jon Cohen, and Lindsey Weber will produce. [Deadline]
Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) is teaming with Nicolas Cage for Voltage Pictures’ Pay the Ghost. Cage stars as a professor whose son disappears during a Halloween parade in New York City. A year later, he discovers clues that lead him to a ghost who abducts children every Halloween. Cage’s character and his estranged wife/environmental attorney Kristen (Callies) must work together to try to recover their son. Uli Edel (Body of Evidence) is directing. Dan Kay wrote the script, which is based on a short story by Tim Lebbon. Cybill Lui and Dennis Berardi will executive produce. Nicolas Chartier, Craig Flores, Ian Levy, and Patrick Newall will produce. [Deadline]
Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins will play Rusty Griswold’s sons in New Line’s Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein—both writers for Horrible Bosses—wrote the script and will make their directorial debut. The reboot follows grown-up son (Helms) who surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and two sons with a cross-country trip, similar to the one he took as a kid. Their destination: Walley World, an American theme park. David Dobkin and Chris Bender will produce; Dobkin through his David Dobkin Prods. Jeff Kleeman and Marc Fischer are executive producing. [Variety]
Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises) is joining Chris Pine and Casey Affleck for Disney’s The Finest Hours. Set in 1952, the Craig Gillespie-directed film tells the true story of the Coast Guard’s rescue attempt after two oil tankers collide off the coast of Cape Cod. Stewart will play a sailor on the oil tanker. Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero will produce. [Variety]