Nicolas Cage is set to star in Mom and Dad, a horror-thriller that will reunite him with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor. Taylor is directing from his own script about a teenage girl and her younger brother who must survive a mass hysteria that causes parents to attack their children. Shooting starts in July. [Variety]
Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie is the first cast member announced for the noir thriller Terminal. Writer-director Vaughn Stein‘s film centers on two hit men who take on a high-risk, high-reward mission and encounter a dynamic woman (Robbie) along the way.
Harry Potter alum David Thewlis has written and will star in Croak, a darkly comedic heist film to be directed by Kevin Thomas. Also joining the cast are Juliette Lewis, Zoe Kazan, Julia Garner, and Craig Roberts. The movie is based on the short film Sunday Roast and follows on a young actor who meets a twisted mortician.
Danny Strong‘s J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye has enlisted Laura Dern, Brian d’Arcy James, and Hope Davis. Nicholas Hoult is already on board to play the reclusive author in the film, which Strong adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography J.D. Salinger: A Life. [Deadline]
Final Portrait, Stanley Tucci‘s movie about the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, has cast Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Poesy, and Sylvie Testud. They join Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush in the film, which Tucci adapted from James Lord‘s book A Giacometti Portrait. [Variety]
XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage has a new bad guy: Ip Man star Donnie Yen has replaced Jet Li as the villain who will battle Vin Diesel. The extreme-spy flick is currently shooting in the Dominican Republic under the direction of D.J. Caruso. Paramount Pictures will distribute. [Twitch]
Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), and Danny Pudi (Community) are the latest additions to the cast of the animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village. They’ll voice Hefty, Clumsy, and Brainy, respectively. Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo & Juliet) is helming the Sony movie, which is due March 31, 2017. [USA Today]
Betty Gabriel has landed an unspecified role in Get Out, Jordan Peele‘s horror-thriller about a young black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate. The cast also includes Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Catherine Keener. [Deadline]