Casting Net: Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker in negotiations for 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in negotiations to join Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, an adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel being directed by Ang Lee. The film is about a 19-year-old private who survives a battle in Iraq that is captured on video. He and his fellow soldiers are brought back to the U.S. for a promotional tour which culminates in the halftime show at a Thanksgiving Day football game. The majority of the film takes place during the day of the game, with flashbacks to the wartime events. Diesel will portray a professional soldier and Tucker will play a movie producer who is insistent on making a movie about the soldiers. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to star in BBC Films’ drama Grand Theft Auto. The film chronicles the real life events of the legal battle between Sam Houser (Radcliffe), who helped create the violent video game Grand Theft Auto, and a Miami-based attorney, Jack Thompson, who opposed the game‘s violence. Production is slated to start later this month once the filmmakers cast the role of Thompson. [The Wrap]
Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy pitch that Girls co-star Andrew Rannells and Jersey Boys cast member Mike Doyle are set to pen a screenplay for. Judd Apatow will produce. [Deadline]
Spike Lee is looking at Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common, and Kanye West for the ensemble cast of Chiraq, his next project for Amazon Studios. The plot details are being kept under wraps, but “Chiraq” has become synonymous with Chicago as the city became plagued by gun violence in recent years. [The Wrap]