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• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
Kathryn Morris has joined the Screen Gems thriller The Perfect Guy. Sanaa Lathan stars as a woman who meets the seemingly perfect guy (Michael Ealy, but he turns into a sociopathic stalker when she breaks up with him. Morris will play Karen, the mother of an all-boys family who is a close confidante of Lathan’s character and offers counsel and wisdom about her romances. Morris Chestnut and Rutina Wesley also star in the film from director David M. Rosenthal and writer Tyger Williams. Morris starred on CBS’ Cold Case, and her recent credits include telepic The Sweeter Side of Life and CBS pilot The Surgeon General. She next appears in the thriller 2 Br/1 Ba. She’s repped by Gersh and Mosaic.
- The Deadline Team
The first trailer is here for Beyond The Lights.The new romantic drama was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “Mgk” Baker and Danny Glover.
Beyond The Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail.
Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their »
- Michelle McCue
Keanu Reeves is in final negotiations to replace Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama “The Whole Truth,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Craig abruptly dropped out of the project in April just days before production was slated to start in Boston, leaving the cast and crew stranded with nothing to do but go home. The producers have spent the last two months rallying to resuscitate the Nicholas Kazan-scripted project, which is now shifting its setting from Boston to New Orleans. Also read: Daniel Craig Pulls Out of ‘The Whole Truth'; Movie in »
- Jeff Sneider
He will play the role of a defence attorney for a teenager who is accused of murdering his wealthy family, it has been announced.
The 49-year-old actor is replacing Daniel Craig, who left the project in April.
Two months after Daniel Craig unexpectedly dropped out, Keanu Reeves has now taken over the lead role in "Frozen River" director Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama "The Whole Truth" at PalmStar Entertainment.
Reeves will play a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Nicholas Kazan penned the script.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Here's today's latest casting news: Keanu Reeves is set to replace Daniel Craig as the lead in Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama The Whole Truth. Luke Evans has reportedly joined the cast of Ben Wheatley's High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel that stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., will play Cube in the Nwa picture, Straight Outta Compton. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Deadline reports that Reeves is now set for The Whole Truth, replacing Craig who dropped out a couple months back. Reeves will play "a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father." Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Gabriel Basso remain on board for Hunt’s follow-up to Frozen River, scripted by Nicholas Kazan. The production is aiming for a post-July 4th start in New Orleans, »
- Dave Trumbore
Keanu Reeves has signed on to replace Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth. Daniel Craig abruptly dropped out of the project back in April, just five days before shooting was set to begin, although no reason was given for his sudden departure.
Previously-attached stars Renée Zellweger, Gabriel Basso and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are still on board for the legal drama, which follows a defense attorney (Keanu Reeves) fighting to acquit his teenage client on charges that he murdered his wealthy father.
Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is directing from a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan, with Anthony Bregman and Kevin Scott Frakes producing, and Charles Roven and Richard Suckle serving as executive producers. Pre-production is now back on track, with shooting scheduled to begin this July in New Orleans.
Frozen River writer-director Courtney Hunt’s sophomore feature, a courtroom drama titled The Whole Truth, was dealt an unexpected blow when star Daniel Craig abruptly dropped out just days before production was set to kick off. The film’s producers were left scrambling to find a replacement – but that was back in April. When no replacement was named, many of us assumed that the project had been shelved, perhaps indefinitely. Now, however, Deadline is reporting that The Matrix star Keanu Reeves has taken over the role Craig was previously set to play.
Reeves will step into the shoes of a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client (Gabriel Basso) acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Nicholas Kazan (Matilda, Blood Moon) will script the drama, which also stars Renee Zellwegger and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Little else is known about the film, but Craig is notoriously picky about his projects, so »
- Isaac Feldberg
The actor signed on to star at the end of January, where he was set to play a district attorney, although no other plot details were revealed. Shooting was scheduled to begin on April 14 in Boston, with Renée Zellweger and Gabriel Basso already confirmed to co-star, but now shooting has been pushed back for three weeks to find a replacement for Daniel Craig.
No reason was given as to why he dropped out at the last minute, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he left the project on Sunday. The delay has also put the involvement of other actors in limbo, such as Danny Huston, who was in negotiations to join the cast when Daniel Craig dropped out.
A while back we heard that Daniel Craig was joining an upcoming courtroom drama titled The Whole Truth. Set to be directed by Courtney Hunt, the film was all ready to head into production next week. Now, THR is reporting that Craig has departed the project and producers are “scrambling to find a replacement.”
Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso are still set for their roles, but the film is now without a leading man. Production is expected to be pushed back three weeks in order to give the producers time to find a new actor to fill Craig’s shoes. Unfortunately, as of the current moment, we don’t have any idea of who might replace him.
- Matt Joseph
We have a bit of casting and anti-casting news for you this morning. First up in anti-casting, Daniel Craig has unexpectedly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth slightly a week before filming was set to begin. Although plot details are scarce, Craig was set to play a district attorney and star alongside Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso (Super 8). Danny Huston and other actors were in talks to co-star, but according to THR, Craig's exit has put these negotiations in limbo. The production is now scrambling to find a replacement, and the start date might be pushed back three weeks. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is set to direct a script by Nicholas Kazan (Fallen). It will be interesting to find out why Craig exited the project so close to the start date. Hit the jump for news on Charlize Theron possibly joining Sean Penn's new film. »
- Matt Goldberg
With no explanation given, actor Daniel Craig has abruptly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth a little over a week before the movie was to begin production in Boston. Craig's departure leaves the producers, Atlas Entertainment and Likely Story, looking for a new leading man for the movie, which also stars Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso and had other actors like Danny Huston in talks for a role. According to The Hollywood Reporter , the production has been pushed back three weeks to look for another actor to play the district attorney role vacated by Craig. The movie is being directed by Frozen River 's Courtney Hunt from a script by Nicholas Kazan with Atlas' Richard Suckle producing. (Photo Credit: DC5/WENN.com) »
Craig, 46, had signed on to star in The Whole Truth alongside Renee Zellwegger and Gabriel Basso. Production was set to begin April 14 in the Massachusetts city, but will now have to be postponed several weeks due to Craig’s abrupt decision, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
Craig’s decision is said to have been made official on Sunday, when he was seen at the city’s Four Seasons. Last month, Craig had been spotted preparing for the role at Suffolk Country Superior Court, according to the Boston Globe.
Producers will now have to scramble to find an actor to fill Craig’s role of a local district attorney.
The plot of The Whole Truth has been kept closely under wraps, though it’s »
The Boston Globe, citing unnamed sources, said Craig pulled out of the project over the weekend. The project was due to go into production this spring.
Craig will begin shooting the 24th James Bond film in the fall with the release set for October and November of 2015.
- Dave McNary
Announced suddenly in January, Daniel Craig / Renee Zellweger courtroom drama The Whole Truth was all set to kick off shooting next week, but has almost as abruptly been thrown into limbo as Craig has dropped out.According to The Boston Globe (and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, early production on the film has halted and the start date is likely to be shoved back by three weeks while director Courtney Hunt and the producers find a new leading man. Though Zellweger and Gabriel Basso were locked into their roles, other actors such as Danny Huston, have found their negotiations for parts up in the air as the filmmakers scramble to fix the situation.No reason has been given for Craig’s hotfooting it from the film, which is keeping its plot a secret but does boast a script by Nicholas Kazan. Whether the actor might be tempted to return is another matter, »
The 46-year-old actor was to star alongside Renée Zellweger in the courtroom drama movie.
According to The Boston Globe, Craig ended his involvement with the film and production ceased over the weekend (April 5, 6).
The movie was set to be filmed in Boston this spring, although local film industry professionals who were supposed to work on the picture told the paper that Craig's sudden departure led to production being halted.
Craig was to play a skilled defence attorney who fights to get his teenage client (Gabriel Basso) acquitted of murdering his father.
Has the Daniel Craig-Renee Zellweger courtroom drama “The Whole Truth” been called off? The Boston Globe reports that Craig pulled out of the project and production was halted over the weekend, citing several local production sources.
Courtney Hunt is directing from a script by Nicholas Kazan. Richard Suckle is producing for Atlas Entertainment, while Anthony Bregman is executive producing. FilmNation is handling international sales. Production was slated to start April 14 in Boston. Also read: Fox 21 Pays $6M for Renee Zellweger ‘Cinnamon Girl »
- Jeff Sneider
I don.t know if you.re aware of this or not, but Renee Zellweger stopped acting. She churned out roles on the regular for almost two decades and then abruptly stopped. She hasn.t made a picture since 2010.s forgettable My Own Love Song, but that now seems poised to change thanks to her interest in a new project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger is in advanced negotiations to join the indie drama The Whole Truth. The work will be directed by Courtney Hunt. The screenplay will be written by Nicholas Kazan, and apart from Zellweger, if she officially boards, it will star Daniel Craig. As of now, the plot isn.t being discussed publically, but it.s generally being described as a courtroom drama, with the James Bond actor allegedly playing the district attorney. During the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s, Zellweger was among the biggest female »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig signed on to the film in late January, with the Chicago star joining discussions more recently.
The plot has been described as a "courtroom thriller", with Craig expected to play a district attorney in the drama.
The project would mark Zellweger's first film role since 2010's My Own Love Song. »
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