And McG's 'The Babysitter' finds its leads
Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) have joined Nicholas Hoult in the Iraq war drama Sand Castle, based on screenwriter Chris Roessner‘s experience as a machine gunner in the Sunni Triangle. Fernando Coimbra (A Wolf at the Door, Netflix’s Narcos) is directing the film, which follows a soldier (Hoult) on a mission to repair a broken water system in the unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. Principal photography begins in November.
New Line’s coming-of-age horror movie The Babysitter has found its leads in Australian actress Samara Weaving (niece of The Matrix baddie Hugo Weaving) and Demolition co-star Judah Lewis. McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) is directing from Brian Duffield‘s script about a lonely 12-year-old kid who’s infatuated with his sitter and learns a few things about life, love, and murder. [Variety, The Hollywood Reporter]
Fast & Furious franchise veteran Michelle Rodriguez has joined Donald Sutherland and William Ainscough in the big-screen adaptation of Milton’s Secret, the children’s novel by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman. Rodriguez will play a schoolteacher in the story of a young boy (Ainscough) who’s bullied by his classmates. Barnet Bain is directing the movie, which is currently shooting in Ontario. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Kevin Sorbo, star of the ’90s TV show Hercules and the 2014 faith-based drama God’s Not Dead, is on board to play the lead in The Christmas Gift, an independent production looking to raise $2.5 million in crowdfunding. Isaac Florentine, a veteran of TV’s Power Rangers franchise, is to direct the movie about an ex-hockey player who dedicates his life to helping the homeless in New York. [The Hollywood Reporter]