Casting Net: Cheryl Hines, Judy Greer join Woody Harrelson in 'Wilson'
Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have joined Wilson, the dramedy starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) will direct from a screenplay penned by Daniel Clowes, based on Clowes’ own graphic novel of the same name. Harrelson plays a lonely and neurotic middle-aged man who attempts to reunite with his estranged wife (Dern) and has hopes for happiness when he discovers he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he never knew existed. The movie has started shooting in Minnesota [Variety]
Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) will be playing Scottish runner and devout Christian Eric Liddell in The Last Race, which will serve as an unofficial sequel to Chariots of Fire. The Last Race chronicles Liddell’s life after the events shown in Chariots of Fire, during which he worked as a teacher and missionary in China. Liddell was put in internment by the Japanese in 1943, and died in a prison camp of a brain tumor. Stephen Shin penned the script and will co-directed with Michael Parker. [Variety]
Aaron Eckhart has been cast as the lead in Live!, a film shot in real-time. The pic follows Kyle Penny (Eckhart), a disgraced cop who is racing against the clock to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the police commissioner who is hidden within the city and has only 80 minutes to live. He is forced to team up with an ambitious online reporter who is filming the chase live. Principal photography will begin in October. [Deadline]
Brian J. Smith (Sense8), will be starring in The Passing Season, an indie drama coming from first-time director Gabriel Long. Smith is set to play a pro hockey player whose career ends suddenly. He heads back to his hometown to reconnect with his old group of high school friends in an attempt to head back a time when he was younger and life was simpler. The film begins shooting this week in Rhode Island. [Deadline]