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  • Allison Williams (Girls, NBC’s Peter Pan) has signed on for Get Out. Jordan Peele is writing and directing the horror thriller. Little is know about the plot at this point, but Deadline writes, “The pic centers on a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate.” Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick, and Edward H. Hamm Jr. are producing, with Couper Samuelson, Ray Mansfield, and Shaun Redick executive producing. [Deadline]
  • Josh Hartnett will star in writer-director Daniel Roby’s police thriller Gut Instinct, EW has learned. Inspired by true events in 1989, the film follows the interconnected stories of an ex-heroin addict who arranges a drug deal in Thailand after being pressured by a criminal organization; an embarrassed undercover cop who takes a shortcut to improve his team’s performance; and an investigative reporter, Victor Malarek (Hartnett), who must re-consider his professional lifestyle following the birth of his first child. The film will film in Montreal, Vancouver and Thailand starting in April 2016.
  • Game of ThronesLena Headey is set to star in The Woman in the Woods. Russell Friedenberg is directing from a script he wrote. The film centers on a family road trip to the Pacific Northwest, in which Headey’s character and her husband plan to tell their young daughter that they’re separating. Things take a supernatural turn, however, when an evil force in the woods affects the daughter, who is soon suspected to be behind a number of missing persons cases upon the family’s return to Seattle. [Variety]
  • Emma Roberts is in talks for Billionaire Boys Club, which already stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, and Kevin Spacey. James Cox is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Captain Mauzner. The film is based on the real-life story of Joe Hunt (Elgort), the leader of a handful of wealthy young men. He murdered one of Beverly Hills elite, Ron Levin (Spacey), after he was upset about losing a significant investment by way of the group. Roberts is eyeing the role of Hunt’s love interest Sidney in the film, which was previously adapted as a 1987 TV movie with Judd Nelson as Hunt and Ron Silver as Levin. [The Wrap]
  • Ricky Gervais has joined the voice cast of Blazing Samurai, an animated family comedy with Mel BrooksBlazing Saddles as its inspiration. The film tells the story of a dog named Hank (Michael Cera) who hopes to become a samurai to save his home of Kakamucho from a power-hungry feline warlord named Ika Chu (Gervais). Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B. and “Heavenly” Joy Jerkins from America’s Got Talent will also lend their voices to the film. Chris Bailey and Mark Koetsier are directing, and Ed Stone and Nate Hopper wrote the script. Brooks, Reginald Hudlin, and Pietro Ventani are executive producing. [Deadline]
  • Riz Ahmed of Star Wars: Rogue One has signed on for the next Bourne films starring, the returning Matt Damon in the title role. Paul Greengrass is directing and co-writing the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Weiner, Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman, and Ben Smith will produce, with Rouse and Henry Morrison as executive producers. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Ahmed will reportedly play a CIA tech specialist. Production is in progress in Budapest, and the film is set for a July 29, 2016 release. [Variety]
  • Elaine Hendrix has been cast in Shot, an indie drama from director Jeremy Kagan that explores what happens to a man and his fiancee when a teenager shoots him on accident. Anneke Campbell and William Lambom wrote the script for the film, which stars Noah Wyle and starts production next week. Additionally, Hendrix has been enlisted to play a conservative commentator inspired by Ann Coulter in Swing State. [Deadline]
  • Madalyn Horcher has joined the Tom Cruise starrer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Ed Zwick is directing the film, which also has Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, and Danika Yarosh set amongst its cast. Zwick co-wrote the updated draft of the script with Marshall Herskovitz from an original draft by Richard Wenk. The sequel will be based on Lee Child’s novel Never Go Back, which sees Reacher head to the U.S. Army Military Police Corps headquarters in Virginia where his commanding officer has been arrested. Cruise and Don Granger are producing the film, which will land in theaters on Oct. 21, 2016. [Variety]
  • Jurassic World’s Ty Simpkins has landed a part in Life Briefly alongside Bill Paxton and Ashley Judd. The film tells the story of Brian Knapp (Simpkins), a blind high school kid whose parents (Paxton and Judd) have worked to create a normal life for him. His dad soon realizes a talent for music in Brian, but he hurts his marriage as he pushes Brian to succeed. Filming kicks off in January in Atlanta. [Deadline]
  • Chad Rook (The Flash) will take a role in War For The Planet Of The Apes. Plot details have not yet been revealed for War, but it will follow the events of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which saw more violence on the horizon for humans and apes. Matt Reeves will direct the film, and he also co-wrote with Mark Bomback. [Deadline]