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  • Josh Duhamel and Famke Janssen have been enlisted for This Is Your Death, a satirical drama to be directed by Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito. The film centers on a reality show in which contestants die for the audience’s entertainment, and will have Duhamel as a game show host focused on ratings and Janssen as a network executive who encourages his behavior. Esposito will also appear as a man trying to keep his family above water. Kenny Yakkel wrote the initial script, which was then rewritten by Noah Pink. Esposito will produce with Lawreen Yakkel, Christopher D’Elia and Michael Klein. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Vancouver in November.
  • Nicole Kidman and Adrian Lyne are attached to Silent Wife, as star and director respectively. Billy Ray wrote the script for the film, which is based on A.S.A. Harrison’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of a husband who has an affair with the 20-something daughter of his best friend, leading his wife (Kidman) to plan his murder. Kidman and Per Saari are producing with Lyne, along with Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan. [Deadline]
  • Jennifer Aniston is circling What Alice Forgot, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. Aniston would play the eponymous Alice, a woman who wakes up after a head injury believing she’s still in her 20s and in love with her husband and her job, only to discover that at 40, her life is very different. Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin are producing, with Vincent Sheehan serving as executive producer. [Deadline]
  • Jennifer Garner and Maika Monroe have been tapped for Tribes of Palos Verdes. Emmett and Brendan Malloy are directing the film, which is an adaptation of Joy Nicholson’s first novel. The story tracks two teenagers, Medina (Monroe), and Jim, who move to Palos Verdes, California, where their mother (Garner) nears a nervous breakdown and their father becomes a celebrity surgeon — but Medina finds solace in surfing. Filming kicks off in February in Los Angeles. [Deadline]
  • Natalie Dormer will star in In Darkness, co-starring Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin. Anthony Byrne is directing the psychological revenge thriller from a script he co-wrote with Dormer. The flick follows a blind musician (Dormer) who hears a murder occur in the apartment above her, pulling her into London’s violent world — but as it turns out, she’s been seeking revenge of her own. [Deadline]
  • Willem Dafoe will star opposite Nicolas Cage in Dog Eat Dog. Paul Schrader is directing the crime thriller, and he and Matthew Wilder co-wrote the script. Based on Eddie Bunker’s book of the same name, the story centers on three ex-cons who are hired for a kidnapping that goes wrong, sending the criminals on the run. [The Wrap]
  • Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, Colm Feore, and Kevin Durand have joined the cast of Mean Dreams. Nathan Morlando is directing the film, and Ryan Grassby and Kevin Coughlin wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of two teenagers, Casey (Nélisse) and Jonas (Wiggins), who steal drug money from Casey’s bad-cop father and soon learn to con, fight, and bribe their way through life. Production on the film is in progress. [Deadline]
  • Jessica Gomes has been cast as the love interest of Owen Wilson’s character in Bastards. The film stars Wilson and Ed Helms as a pair of brothers who find out that their mother lied when she told them their father was dead, so they go in search of him. Larry Sher is makes his directorial debut from a script by Justin Malen. Principal photography for the film kicked off in Atlanta and Miami in September, and it’s currently set to be released on Nov. 4, 2016. [Variety]
  • Reese Mishler has been cast in Car 86, joining Paul Woolfolk and Sarah Davenport. Louis Benjamin Del Guercio will make his directorial debut from a script by Greg Ballard. The film centers on four estranged friends who return from college go on a police ride-along that takes a turn for the worse. Brian Kirchoff, Travis Berens, and Final Destination’s Jeffrey Reddick are executive producing, with Ballard, Justin Kornamnn, and R. Andru producing. [THR]
  • Archie Kao has signed on for The Wonder, a 3-D teen fantasy film about a handful of students who travel by rainbow to China, where they are followed by a mysterious group — and also become the cause of a big natural disaster. Norman Stone is directing the film, which will have Kao as a scientist studying rainbows. Karl Urban, Willow Shields, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Wu Lei, Christy Chung, and Joe Chen Chiau-Ern are also set to appear. The Wonder is currently filming in China. [Variety]