Casting Net: Bruce Willis leaves 'Wake'
Bruce Willis and director John Pogue have left the action-thriller Wake, which only completed five days of shooting in Cleveland before it shut down to lake of financing in late February. Willis was set to portray a sociopath who returned to his childhood home on a remote island to attend his brother’s wake, only to see the island come under siege during his visit. [Variety]
Jeff Bridges will star in Comancheria, with Chris Pine and Ben Foster in talks to board the project as well. The film follows two brothers, one is an ex-con and the other a divorced father of two, as they face the foreclosure of their family’s farm in West Texas. They team up for bank-robbing spree that sets a Texas Ranger on the hunt to take them down. Bridges will play the ranger while Pine and Foster are circling the roles of the brothers. The project is currently being fast-tracked to start filming in June. [Deadline]
Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) are set to board Me Before You, an adaptation of the Jojo Moyes bestseller for MGM and New Line. They are joining a cast that includes Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. The film tells the story of Lou (Clarke), a small-town girl caught in dead-end jobs and Will (Claflin) a high-profile, successful man who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident. Will decides his life is no longer worth living until Lou is hired to be his new caretaker for six months. They got off to a rocky start, but Lou is determined to prove to Will that he is wrong about life, and in doing so they change each other’s lives. [Deadline]