Casting: Liam Neeson in A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, Larry David improvs, Jane Fonda gets work, and more
Even though Cannes is now in full swing and the film world is decidedly focused on the Croisette, there are still exciting happenings to be found beyond the orbit of France.
Yes: Casting news. The kind that makes cinephiles stand up and pay attention.
First up, Deadline reports that Liam Neeson will star in the long talked about, formerly-led-by-Harrison-Ford adaptation of the beloved pulp novel, A Walk Among The Tombstones. Written and directed by THE LOOKOUT’s Scott Frank, the film will follow the story of a PI who is hired by a drug kingpin the hunt down the men who killed his wife. Frank wrote the script nearly a decade ago with Ford tentatively attached to star, so this project has been on his docket for years now. Given Frank’s work in the world of pulpy fiction, this is a perfect fit for him. This script has garnered years of praise, and I can’t wait to check it out.
In other casting news, THR reports that Greg Mottola (SUPERBAD, PAUL) is in talks with Fox Searchlight to helm a comedy that will star none other than Larry David. Described as being an "improv-heavy piece of work," the film's aesthetics are likely to emulate David’s TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Frankly, that’s fine by me. Mottola is a great fit here as well, so count this guy totally in.
Finally, Deadline reports that not only is Jane Fonda joining the upcoming film BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY, but that the pair of Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte have found their own new project, in the form of Karen Moncrieff’s THE TRIALS OF CATE MCCALL. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
What films are you most looking forward to?
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