Casting Net: Keanu Reeves takes lead in 'Replicas'
• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures’ Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce through Disruption Entertainment along with Darren Moorman, Stephen Johnson, and Hall. Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder, Carney, and Foard will executive produce. Principal photography began on October 27 in Jackson, Mississippi.
• Keanu Reeves has taken the lead in Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures’ Replicas. Tanya Wexler is directing from a script by Chad St. John. Company Films’ partners Stephen Hamel and Reeves developed the script from Hamel’s treatment. The story follows a neuroscientist who will stop at nothing to bring his family back after a deadly car accident. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Hamel, Reeves, and Fundamental Films are producing. Production is scheduled for spring 2015. [Deadline]
• Bruce Greenwood has signed on for the Dan Rather pic, Truth, starring Robert Redford as Rather with Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes. James Vanderbilt will make his directorial debut from a script he wrote. Greenwood will play Andrew Hayward, president of CBS News who eventually fires Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, which details Rather’s 2004 report claiming that George W. Bush received special treatment while in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. His reputation was tarnished, and Mapes was fired, when it was revealed that some documents may have been forged. Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, John Benjamin Hickey, and Topher Grace also star. The film is currently shooting in Australia. [THR]
• Fox Searchlight acquired a Wired Magazine article by Joshua Davis, Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share, which will be used as the foundation for the film, IPO Man. Jason Bateman will direct the film and star as a man who put himself out for public offering. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster will pen the script. Bateman and Jim Garavente will produce the film through their Aggregate banner with Davis. [Deadline]
• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) is joining Will Smith in Sony’s untitled NFL concussion drama. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu (Smith) whose studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) cause the NFL to take brain injuries seriously. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Dave Duerson, the real-life NFL safety who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Upon his request, Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers who concluded that he suffered from CTE as a result of football injuries. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [Deadline]
• Max Deacon (Into the Storm) has landed at The Call Up. Charles Barker is writing and directing the British action/sci-fi film, which is set in the world of computer gaming and technology. The film follows a group of skilled gamers who are invited to test a virtual reality game that brings modern warfare to life, and ultimately takes a dark turn. The film also stars Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary), Ali Cook (The Anomaly), Parker Sawyers (Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold), Boris Ler (In The Land Of Blood And Honey), Douggie McMeekin, and Adriana Randall. Matthew James Wilkinson is producing for Stigma Films and John Giwa-Amu for Red & Black Films. Alan Martin is executive producing. EOne has the rights for Germany, France, and Scandinavia. Altitude Film Sales will handle international. Shooting kicks off on Nov. 10 in Birmingham, England. [Deadline]