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Not only Johnny Galecki and Jean-Claude Van Damme are among most popular people born in Belgium, but also Ronald Guttman is one of them. Some viewers know him from Sex and the City (2004 Splat!) while others know him from The Hunt for Red October, or more recently from indie drama Tickling Leo directed by [...]
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- Nick Martin
 Things are indeed shaping up quickly for David Dobkin's Arthur & Lancelot, which Warner Bros. fast-tracked  over the summer at the cost of Bryan Singer's Excalibur remake and Guy Ritchie's King Arthur film. Last month saw the casting of Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington  and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman  in the two title roles, and now WB favorite Marion Cotillard has been offered the part of Morgana, a powerful sorceress and Arthur's half-sister. The Arthur retelling, which was written by Dobkin, follows the rise of the legendary leader from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate son being raised by a poor knight, while Lancelot starts out as "a rebellious noble who distrusts the established government." Arthur & Lancelot will likely begin shooting in March. [Vulture ] After the jump, Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler lands another high-profile movie role, while several more actors join Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker »
- Angie Han
- Garth Franklin
While we’re not sure Stephen Lang truly enjoyed chomping the scenery in Conan or whether he’s really having fun grumping it up as a sub-Colonel Quaritch-type colony leader on TV sci-fi show Terra Nova, we’re much happier to see him signing on to the cast of indie crime drama Pawn.We first reported on the movie a couple of days ago, when it already featured Michael Chiklis (who’s also producing the pic) and Forest Whitaker in the tale of a hostage situation that starts to go badly because the law enforcement types and mobsters using it as a twisted chess game make some terrible moves.The cast has exploded in size, with Lang, Nikki Reed, Sean Faris, Marton Csokas, Jessica Szohr and Jonathan Bennett all jumping aboard. David A Armstrong , a cinematographer who worked on several of the Saw franchise entries, is on to direct, working »
A couple days ago we reported that both Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker had signed on for a movie from first-time director David A. Armstrong called Pawn. Both actors are known for their powerhouse performances and they even squared off against each other for a season of FX's critically acclaimed drama The Shield. So naturally two of their co-stars will come from the worlds of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. THR has learned that Nikki Reed, who recently came out with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, and Sean Faris, who did a three-episode stint on the supernatural CW program last year, have both signed on for parts in the upcoming crime drama along with Stephen Lang, Marton Csokas, Jessica Szohr and Jonathan Bennett. The story, based on a script by Jay Anthony White, is about a group of gunmen who try and hold up a diner only to discover »
You may remember that we reported that The Shield co-stars Michael Chiklis and Forest Whittaker have signed on the dotted line to star in the independent crime movie Pawn, which is just about to start shooting? Well, that movie has had six more cast members added in the form of Jonathan Bennett, Marton Csokas, Sean Faris, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed and Jessica Szohr.
The film is described as a crime drama about a hostage situation gone terribly wrong. Shooting kicked off today (December 1st).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Paul Heath
Nikki Reed, who portrays Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga and Sean Faris, best known for role he has had on Never Back Down, have joined the upcoming cast of the indie crime thriller Pawn that includes Stephen Lang, Marton Csokas, Jessica Szohr and Jonathan Bennett. We previously wrote that Shield co-stars Michael Chiklis and [...]
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- Nick Martin
Pawn begins shooting in early 2012.
Jonathan Bennett, Marton Csokas, Sean Faris, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed and Jessica Szohr have all joined the cast of Extravaganza Films' Pawn , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Already set to star Michael Chiklis, Common, Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker, the crime thriller arrives from screenwriter Jay Anthony White and director David A. Armstrong. The story involves an ex-con who is trapped in a situation involving hostages, the police, the FBI and the mob. Reed, best known for her role as Rosalie Hale in "The Twilight Saga," most recently appearing in Breaking Dawn - Part I . Faris played the lead in Never Back Down . Lang starred in Avatar and currently appears on Fox's "Terra Nova." Csokas played Celeborn in "The Lord of the Rings" »
This project’s got direct-to-BluRay written all over it. The components include a boring cast: Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker (reteaming after both serving time on "The Shield"), Ray Liotta and Common, a first-time director (David A. Armstrong), and a title so generic, you’ll be convinced there’s another film in theatres/in a Walmart bargain bin right now with the exact same name (“Pawn”). »
Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker brought new meaning to the word "intensity" when their characters squared off during one season of FX's excellent The Shield back in 2006. Now they're going to be sharing the big screen in a new movie from Chiklis' Extravaganza Films production company. Deadline reports that the two actors will co-star in the indie crime flick Pawn, alongside Common and Ray Liotta. Based on a script by Jay Anthony White, Pawn revolves around a hostage crisis that unfolds after several gunmen try to rob a diner that is -- oops -- a front for the mob. Soon the situation is at the center of a maelstrom of cops, feds, and goodfellas. White only has one produced feature credit listed on IMDb, a low-budget 2006 crime movie called Project 313, so he's something of an unknown quantity at this point. Regardless of the state of the script, Chiklis and »
Jay Anthony White wrote the script, in which an ex-con becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob during a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong.
- Garth Franklin
Tom Hanks isn't scared to tackle some of history's biggest and most tragic events. His next film, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," takes place during the aftermath of September 11, and now he has plans to tackle a movie about the Holocaust.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Hanks and his producing partner are planning to bring Erik Larson's non-fiction novel "In the Garden of the Beasts" to the big screen for Universal. It follows an American professor and his daughter who travel to Berlin in Hitler's first year of power, 1933, and try to temper the Fuhrer-to-be's government. Apparently the book offers a good understanding of why it took the world so long to understand the threat posed by Hitler. Hanks could potentially star in the film, as well as produce it.
Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!
- Terri Schwartz
Two of the stars of one of the most bruising cop shows in television history are set to reunite on the big screen, with The Shield’s Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker signing on to star in crime thriller Pawn. The film will focus on a botched hostage situation, as an ex-con finds himself caught in a deadly stand-off between federal agents, local cops and mobbed-up gangsters. Pawn will be directed by first-time helmer David A. Armstrong , and will be the debut feature from Chiklis’ production company, Extravaganza Films. Chiklis...
- George Wales
If there is one TV show that I miss from our small screens, it’s The Shield. I love everything about that show, including the superb lead Michael Chiklis. Well, it looks like the bald, American Grant Mitchell (which I mean with the greatest respect), is set to reunite with fellow ‘Shield’ co-star Forest Whittaker for the new indie film Pawn.
The film is described as a crime drama about a hostage situation gone terribly wrong… solid ground for Chiklis and Whittaker. Add into the mix rapper turned actor Common, and indeed Ray Liotta and you’re on to a guaranteed winner.
David A. Armstrong makes his directorial debut with the film, which kicks off shooting on December 1st. »
- Paul Heath
Having never seen The Shield, this news only appeals to me on a film-based level — but I’m sure that fans of the show will be excited to hear Deadline‘s report that Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker will soon reunite for the crime drama Pawn. Set to be the directorial debut for Saw director of photography David A. Armstrong , the film — scripted by Jay Anthony White — follows “an ex-con [who] becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob.” It’s pointed out that things have “gone terribly wrong.” Wonder how he’ll get out of this one! The cast will also include Ray Liotta and Common, but there’s no indication as to who has what role. Even though he played a cop on The Shield for several seasons, I’m not throwing out the possibility that Chiklis will be the ex-con. When »
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Forest Whitaker clearly enjoyed butting heads with Michael Chiklis during his brief tenure spent on Us cop drama The Shield, because the pair is teaming back up again for crime pic Pawn.David A Armstrong – who has largely been a cinematographer or second unit director on films such as Dead Awake and Saw VI – is stepping up to the main chair for this one, which revolves around a hostage situation that goes very badly wrong. Trapped in the middle is an ex-con who becomes part of a nasty game between the local police, federal authorities and the mob.Jay Anthony White wrote the script, which has also attracted the likes of Common and Ray Liotta.Chiklis, who is also producing the movie via his new company, was last seen in Eagle Eye and will next crop up in Parker. Whitaker was most recently in The Experiment and has Catch .44 coming up. »
When you have a crime thriller then you better have an awesome cast on board as well. David A. Armstrong is making his feature directorial debut with the movie titled Pawn but it looks that he knows what he’s doing with it because Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Ray Liotta and Common are all attached to [...]
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Briefly: Attention, fans of The Shield, there is a little mini-reunion of sorts brewing. Actors Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker have both been cast in an indie called Pawn. The movie is, as you might hope, a crime picture, and one that features "a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong" in which "an ex-con becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob." Deadline  gets to announce the project, which will be the feature directorial debut of cinematographer David A. Armstrong, who shot the Saw series. He will be working from a script by Jay Anthony White. Common and Ray Liotta are also in the cast, which is already sounding like a pretty solid lineup for a good criminal potboiler.  http://www.slashfilm.com http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/shield-cohorts-michael-chiklis-and-forest-whitaker-team-for-indie-feature-pawn/ »
- Russ Fischer
The story centers on an ex-con who gets caught up in a hostage situation gone terribly awry, where he has to fend off the local police, FBI agents, and the mob. Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker will be reunited for the first time since Season 6 of The Shield, where Forest Whitaker had a season-long arc as internal affairs investigator John Kavanaugh.
David A. Armstrong will make his directorial debut with Pawn, working from a screenplay by Jay Anthony White. Michael Chiklis will also make his feature producing debut, working alongside Brad Luff, Jeff Most, and Michael Becker.
Production is slated to begin December 1.
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