And Kathy Bates joins 'Bad Santa 2'
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  • Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, X-Men: Apocalypse) is in early talks to star in Paramount’s conspiracy thriller A Foreigner, about a murdered Guatemalan man who leaves behind a videotape implicating powerful figures. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) is in talks to direct, and Argo scribe Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay based on a New Yorker article by David Grann. [Variety]
  • Behind every bad Santa, there’s a bad mom. For Bad Santa 2, that mom is Kathy Bates. The veteran actress has closed a deal to join Billy Bob Thornton in the sequel to 2003’s black-as-Christmas-coal comedy about a shopping mall St. Nick who moonlights as a thief. Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is directing from a script by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin, and Shauna Cross. Shooting starts in January, with an eye toward a 2016 holiday release. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • DreamWorks and Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell movie may have found its Laughing Man. Sam Riley (Control) is in early talks to play the villain opposite Scarlett Johansson in the live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese sci-fi franchise (originally a manga series). Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing, and Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) wrote the script. [Deadline]
  • The indie comedy Dude has added Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and Nora Lum to its cast. The trio join Lucy Hale in the tale of four best friends finishing their final weeks of high school while confronting real losses for the first time. Prescott stars on MTV’s Finding Carter, Shipp is playing Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, and Lum also raps under the stage name Awkwafina. [Deadline]