Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon to star as astronaut in 'Pale Blue Dot'
Reese Witherspoon will be producing and starring in Fox Searchlight’s Pale Blue Dot, the story of a successful female astronaut who comes back home from a mission in space and starts to unravel when confronted by her “perfect” American dream life. The film explores the theory that astronauts who spend extended periods of time staring at the Earth from space will begin to lose their sense of reality once they return home. [Variety]
Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) will star in There Are Monsters a horror flick from The Strangers writer-director Bryan Bertino. The film follows a mother (Kazan) and her scared young daughter, Lizzie, who are trapped and tormented by a merciless creature. In the end, it is only the protective love of a mother that can save them. Production will begin this summer in Ottawa, Canada. [The Wrap]
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will star in Luc Besson’s science-fiction film Valerian, based on the graphic novel. The graphic novel was created in 1967 and is set in the 28th Century, once humanity has discovered how to time-travel. DeHaan will play the time-traveling Valerian and Delevingne his sidekick Laureline. Valerian and Laureline are agents of the Spatio-Temporal Service, an organization that protects the planets of the Terran Empire. Production will begin in December with a global release set for summer 2017. [Variety]
Anna Camp will co-produce and star in a film adaptation of Warren Adler’s family drama The Serpent’s Bite for Grey Eagle Films. The film centers around a father who is attempting to reunite with his older children during a nostalgic horse trek through the wilds of Yellowstone. The story focuses on how an obsession with celebrity and blind ambition can distort familial love and turn a beloved child into a monster. Camp will portray the adult daughter, Courtney Temple. This is the first producing gig for Camp. [Variety]