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Grab Bag: Tim Roth helming TURNING STONES; Joshua Jackson joins LAY THE FAVORITE; Michael Pena in WATCH

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 19th, 2011

While many may know the name of Tim Roth, and his on-screen performances, many people may not remember that the actor also happens to be a filmmaker. After his directorial debut, THE WAR ZONE, Roth had decided to hang up the camera, opting for being in front of the camera instead. Well, until now at least.

THR is reporting that, at the Off Plus Camera International Festival Of Independent Cinema in Poland (or OPCIFOIC for those who think that for some reason works better), where he was being honored with a lifetime achievement award, Roth revealed that he’s found a new project. Roth will be helming an adaptation of the 1996 memoir penned by Mark Parent, entitled Turning Stones: My Days And Nights With Children At Risk.

The story follows Parent, who moved to New York to be an actor, only to find himself working as a social worker involved with victims of child abuse. Roth himself was a victim of child abuse, so this is definitely a project close to his heart, and one that he already has cast in his mind, with Sam Rockwell as his dream lead. Personally, I think this project sounds like an absolute winner, and if Rockwell does join (very much an if at this point) this is one that will be very much one of the more anticipated ones coming down the pipeline.

In other news, Joshua Jackson has joined the cast of the upcoming Stephen Frears film, LAY THE FAVORITE, according to Variety. Starring Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall, the film is based on the Beth Raymer memoir of the same name, and follows a waitress who becomes a top gambler. Jackson is doing a wonderful job on the Fox hit Fringe, so this is definitely a nice addition to an already wonderful cast.

Finally, Michael Pena will team with Jake Gyllenhaal on a new David Ayer film, END OF WATCH, reports Variety. The film will look at the relationship between two cops, and at this point, that’s all we know.Both Pena and Gyllenhaal are really fantastic actors, and while Ayer may not be the greatest director around, this cast is itself compelling enough to keep a keen eye on this project.

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