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CBS’ Navy Seal drama pilot has found its leader. Familiar CBS face Jim Caviezel has signed on to the untitled project, Variety has learned.
Caviezel will play Jason, the respected, committed leader of his assault team who’s been through over a dozen deployments. He joins A.J. Buckley, who plays the self-destructive, on-edge but loyal Sonny; Max Thieriot, a millennial Seal who is extremely capable but deeply insecure beneath layers of swagger and confidence; Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, the longest-tenured member of Jason’s assault team, and his most trusted friend and colleague; and Toni Trucks as Diaz, the logistics officer who is responsible for making the arrangements to get the team and their gear where they need to be.
The pilot, about the lives of elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask, hails from “Justified” and “Sneaky Pete” scribe Ben Cavell, who »
- Oriana Schwindt
Despite their relative youth, a couple of new, hot playwrights have death on their minds this overly warm winter. Last week, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Everybody” opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center. And on Monday, also at the Center, Will Eno opened “Wakey, Wakey.” But if you have just one death play to see this season, make it “Everybody.” Michael Emerson spends most of “Wakey, Wakey” sitting up in a wheelchair, alone on stage. A caregiver (January Lavoy) arrives late in the play to chit-chat, put a wet towel on his forehead, and check his pulse. Emerson’s Guy has suffered a. »
- Robert Hofler
Exclusive: Homeland actress joins voice cast of family animation.
Baccarin will play Corkie, an intrepid reporter who is determined to get the scoop on Father Christmas’s North Pole try-outs for his coveted sleigh team.
“I really enjoyed the story,” said Baccarin. “The idea that with enough perseverance and team spirit you can change the expected and surpass the norm… And it’s always a plus to be in something your kids can watch.”
Jennifer Westcott is directing Elliott The Littlest Reindeer from her screenplay. Lucas Lynette-Krech produces and executive producers include Dan Krech, Victoria Westcott of Elgin Road, Mike Sears and Michael Emerson of M3, and Moring.
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The film — the first “Saw” title in seven years — is directed by the sibling team of Peter and Michael Spierig from a script by Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell. Producers are Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, and Oren Koules, the trio that has produced all eight films.
Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million in 2004 and was Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Whannell with Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, and Whannell starring.
The seven “Saw” films grossed more than $870 million worldwide combined.
The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw, »
- Dave McNary
4 items from 2017
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