Casting Net: Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson

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• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]

• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a younger woman on the couple’s vacation; it doesn’t end well. David Kajganich is writing the script. Shooting begins in Italy next month. [Variety]

• Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson have signed on for the psychological feature drama Meadowland, marking the directorial debut of DP Reed Morano. Wilde and Wilson are joined by Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne. The film follows Sarah (Wilde) and NYC cop David (Wilson), a couple struggling with their son’s disappearance. Chris Rossi penned the script. Bron Studios is producing the film in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Wilde and Matt Tauber are producing, as well as Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth are executive producing. Meadowland starts shooting in NYC in mid-August. [Deadline]

• Elle Fanning will star in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic period drama in which she will play Mary Shelley. Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female director out of Saudi Arabia, will direct the film. Emma Jensen wrote the script, which follows the love affair of poet Percy Shelley and a 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft; Wollstonecraft would write Frankenstein as Mary Shelley a year later. Amy Baer is producing under her Gidden Media banner. Joannie Burstein and Rebecca Miller are executive producing. [THR]

• Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars, Harry Potter) is in negotiations to accompany Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in New Regency’s The Revenant. The Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed film also stars Will Poulter. The Revenant, based on the Michael Punke novel, follows an 1820s frontiersman seeking vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Mark L. Smith and Inarritu adapted the novel. Paul Green, Brett Ratner, and James Packer are executive producing. The film will shoot this fall. [Variety]

• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) has signed on for indie Queen of Earth. Alex Ross Perry, who also directed Moss in Listen Up Philip, wrote and will direct the psychological thriller. Queen of Earth follows two women who head to a beach house and realize how disconnected from each other they have become. As a result, suspicions arise, blending with reality. Joe Swanberg, Drinking Buddies’ director-writer-producer, is producing. [THR]

• Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) joins the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel as one of its leads. Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh are already signed on for the martial arts drama, which The Weinstein Co. is backing. The film takes place 20 years after the original film, and follows four heroes of the martial arts world: Silent Wolf (Yen), Yu Shu-lien (Yeoh), Tie-Fang (Shum), and Snow Vase. The four must keep Green Destiny, a legendary sword, out of the hands of Hades Dai. John Fusco wrote the script. The film began production this week, and will shoot in New Zealand and China. [THR]

• Katie Holmes has optioned Annie Weatherwax’s first novel, All We Had. Holmes plans to develop the film herself from the book, which will be released August 5. It follows a mother and daughter who only have each other. The mother, in turn, sacrifices everything for her daughter’s benefit, hoping she gets into an East Coast college and has a better life. [Deadline]

• Briana Evigan (Step Up: All In) and Kerry Norton (Battlestar Galactica) will star in the Patrick Chapman-directed indie drama ToY. The film tells the story of two very different women who strike an unlikely relationship that results in tragedy. Evigan will play a troubled artist; Norton, as a prostitute approaching the end of her career, will play her love interest. Daniel Hugh Kelly, Bre Blair, Paul Rae, and Matt O’Leary will also appear in the film. Andrew Hanson and Alissa Kokkins wrote the screenplay. Lije Sarki is producing. William Chambers Jr. is executive producing alongside Easy Open Productions’ Ian Keiser and Leigh Jones, and SkyGrass Media’s Vernon Rudolph. [THR]

• Miranda Lambert will take to the big screen for Something in the Water, collaborating with renowned music video director Trey Fanjoy. Fanjoy has worked with Lambert for about a decade, collaborating on a number of her music videos, including “Somethin’ Bad.” Back to the film: It’s a female-led, multi-generational ensemble comedy in which five women, one of which will be Lambert, challenge their partners to a bass fishing competition. Fanjoy and Cindy McCreery wrote the script, and Fanjoy hopes to direct. [Deadline]

• Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy) has signed on for Joe Castelo’s The Preppie Connection. Fry will play popular girl Alexis; the film follows a group of private school kids who ran a drug ring in the ’80s. Through the ring, Toby, a lower-class scholarship student/lord of the drug ring, earns his way into the popular clique, putting him one step closer to his crush, Alexis. Production began in Staten Island, N.Y., this week. [Deadline]


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