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Breaking Big: Welcome to The Show, Chadwick Boseman

“I don’t know who he is… or where he is… but he’s coming.” —Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) in 42

Jackie Robinson was already 28 when he made history, a grown man who’d struggled and thrived in relative anonymity before he was handpicked to be the first African-American player in modern baseball. Perhaps that’s why Chadwick Boseman so ably tapped into his character in the film, 42—he possessed the same hunger, the same desire.

For most of the moviegoing audience, Boseman was a promising rookie, an overnight success with a bright future. But the now-37-year-old actor had been a working actor for more than a decade, appearing in theater, television, and smaller films. Not until he put on Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodger uniform, however, did the Hollywood star machine take notice. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Chadwick Boseman lands lead in 'Message From The King'

• It’s a good time to be Chadwick Boseman: The actor, who was cast as the Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War last week, has also just claimed the lead in Message From The King. Fabrice du Welz is directing the revenge thriller from a script by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher. The film follows Jacob King (Boseman), a South African man who comes to Los Angeles to find his younger sister. Upon discovering she’s been killed, the story follows Jacob’s subsequent revenge in the six days before he flies home. Message from the King is scheduled for a February shoot prior to Marvel’s production. [Deadline]

• Benicio Del Toro will star in The Trap alongside Jamie Foxx. Harmony Korine, of Spring Breakers notoriety, is writing and directing the southern revenge movie. The story catches up with two childhood friends in their adult lives; one is successful, while the other has spent years in jail. The jailed friend is released just in time for his successful counterpart’s big recognition—payback is in store. [THR]

• Hot off his critically acclaimed turn in Whiplash, Miles Teller is in negotiations for The Only Living Boy in New York. The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Marc Webb is attached to direct the indie drama. With Allan Loeb as its scribe, the film follows a young man who tries to stop his father’s affair, but becomes involved with the woman as well. [Variety]

• The Lennon Report has rounded out its cast, EW has confirmed. The film, which Jeremy Profe is writing and directing, depicts the true events that occurred the night John Lennon was killed in New York City on December 8, 1980. Richard Kind has claimed the role of Dr. Stephan G. Lynn, the doctor running Roosevelt Hospital’s emergency room, with Stef Dawson as one of the hospital’s head nurses, Nurse Kammerer. Evan Jonigkeit and Stephen Spinella will portray two instrumental doctors, Dr. David Halleran and Dr. Richard Marks, respectively. Adrienne C. Moore will play another doctor on the scene with David Zayas as Officer Medina, head of the hospital’s security. Gregory Barr will make his feature debut as Lennon with Karen Tsen Lee as his wife, Yoko Ono. Walter Vincent co-wrote the film and will portray reporter Alan Weiss, who broke the tragic news. Devin Ratray will play the part of ABC news assignment editor  Neil Goldstein, whom Weiss calls to break the story. William Pennen is taking over for Kevin Dillon in the part of NYC Police Officer Riley. Filming began today in NYC.

• Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford are teaming up with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen for I Saw the Light. Marc Abraham will direct the Hank Williams biopic, which he also adapted from Colin Escott’s biography. The story follows the life of the country singer who skyrocketed to fame, but later fell to drug and alcohol abuse. Hiddleston takes the lead as Williams, with Olsen as his wife, Audrey Mae. Jones will play Williams’ mother, Lillie. Whitford will play a Nashville music publisher, Fred Rose, who was a professional relation and friend to Williams. David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont, and Wrenn Schmidt also star. The film’s production is ongoing in Louisiana. [THR]

• Marwan Kenzari has joined Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur. The historical epic, from MGM and Paramount, is a remake of the 1959, Charlton Heston-starrer, which won 11 Academy Awards. In the remake, Kenzari will play Druses, a Roman captain who is tied to Messala’s betrayal, which sends Ben-Hur into slavery, and ultimately on a path to redemption. Toby Kebbell, Jack Huston, and Morgan Freeman also star. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Julia Roberts joins 'The Secret in Their Eyes' remake

• Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former MI-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]

• Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette will star in the relationship drama Miss You Already. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is directing the cast that also includes Dominic Cooper (Need for Speed), Paddy Considine (The World’s End) and Jacqueline Bisset from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks (Damned). Barrymore and Collette play long time best friends whose relationship begins to struggle when their characters deal with infertility and breast cancer, respectively. Cooper and Considine will play their husbands with Bisset portraying the mother of Collette’s character. [Variety]

• Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are teaming up for the adult comedy Driving Dick Kelly, formerly titled Dirty Grandpa. De Niro plays a widowed Army veteran who tricks his grandson (Efron) into taking him to spring break in Florida. Borat scribe Dan Mazer will helm the film as director with the script written by John Phillips, who also wrote the upcoming DreamWorks comedy Who Invited Her? [The Wrap]

• Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may star together as a pair of potheads in Arms and the Dudes. The comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips and writer Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and follows the duo after they win a $300 million contract from the government and become unlikely arms dealers supplying weapons to American allies in Afghanistan. [The Wrap]

• William Hurt and Alice Braga (Elysium) have joined Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in the revenge thriller By Way of Helena. Hemsworth stars as a Texas Ranger sent to investigate the murders and disappearances of the people in an isolated town, pseudo led by a charismatic preacher (Harrelson) with a history with the Ranger. Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) and writer Matt Cook (upcoming Triple Nine) are both on board for the feature with filming expected to begin this month. [Variety]

• Actress and model Yaya DaCosta has joined the cast of the biopic Bolden! about famed New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden. DaCosta, who landed the role of Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story directed by Angela Bassett, will star alongside Downton Abbey‘s Gary Carr in the title role as well as Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up)Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Dan Pritzker is directing from his own script. [Variety]

• Get On Up and 42 star Chadwick Boseman has sold an untitled pitch to Universal to write and star in a thriller in the vein of The FugitiveMarc Platt will produce the project, with Boseman collaborating with his writing partner Logan Coles. The two previously worked together on the 2008 short Blood Over a Broken Pawn. [Deadline]

• Mexican star Eugenio Derbez has signed a multipicture deal with Pantelion Films and has already lined up his first project. Derbez is developing a remake of the French comedy The Valet to attract the coveted Hispanic moviegoing audience. Derbez’s last film Instructions Not Included, which was also produced by Pantelion, went on to gross $44 million in the U.S., making it the highest-grossing Spanish-language film released in America ever. The original 2006 version of the film from French writer/director Francis Veber followed a goofy parking attendant and a top model who must pretend to be a couple to save a CEO’s marriage. [Variety]

• Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden will star in the Bollywood meets Hollywood dance feature Heart Beats 3D  from Duane Adler, the writer behind the Step Up franchise. Teegarden has been cast as an American hip-hop dancer who travels to India for a family wedding and falls in love with both the new style of dance she learns and the young man who introduces it to her. Tiger Shroff is in talks to play her Indian love interest. [THR]

• Sean Harris (The Borgias) has reportedly been offered the villain role in Mission: Impossible 5 which will once again star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Christopher McQuarrie, who just directed Cruise in Jack Reacher and was part of the writing team that adapted his latest summer flick Edge of Tomorrow, is directing the sequel with Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton reprising their roles from the last 2011 film as well in addition to Alec Baldwin. [Deadline]

• German actress Veronica Ferres (Hector and the Search for Happiness) joins Nicolas Cage in the supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost. Ferres will play a professor and mentor to Cage, a fellow professor who tries to track down the vengeful ghost that took his son years ago during a Halloween parade. German filmmaker Uli Edel is directing the feature with a script by Dan Kay, based on the short story by novelist Tim Lebbon. [Deadline]

• Awkward‘s Brett Davern has been cast as an affable young participant in The Stanford Prison Experiment. He’ll play Hubbie Whitlow, a student in the infamous 1971 psychological experiment who plans a failed escape attempt. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G) is directing South Park writer Tim Talbott‘s script. [Deadline]

• Karim Saleh (The Attack), Mona Hala (Cairo Time), and Waleed Zuaiter (Omar) will star in Namour, the feature debut of writer-director Heidi Saman about a young valet driver (Saleh) in Los Angeles worried he will never get out of his post-college rut. [Deadline]

Video: How Chadwick Boseman went from playing Jackie Robinson to James Brown

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How do you play James Brown? I mean, how does one pretend to be the Godfather of Soul? After all, what made him James Brown was the very fact that nobody else could be James Brown. Inimitable. Nonpareil. An electric performer, dynamic personality, and a true American original.

Fortunately for the filmmakers behind Get On Up, the Brown biopic that open in theaters on Aug. 1, Chadwick Boseman knows a little something about playing an American legend. Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, and successfully captured the athlete’s grit and composure, his fire and ice. “He has such nobility, and he brings that to James Brown,” said producer Brian Grazer.

In the new film, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), Boseman not only has to convincingly deliver the show-stopping routines that Brown was famous for, but he has to play the Godfather from the age of 17 all the way up to 60. It’s a tall order… that Taylor knew Boseman could handle after just 20 seconds in his presence. In an exclusive production featurette, the filmmakers and Boseman’s co-stars—Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer—talk about the work that went to playing the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Kevin Costner gets back in the game with 'Draft Day'

Judging from the massive television audiences that tune in for college and NFL football, you might think that football movies would be an easy sell at the American box office. They’re not — and making matters worse, fans who pay to see football in the theater often have to settle for fictional teams, like the Miami Sharks and the North Dallas Bulls, because the NFL doesn’t often play ball with Hollywood.

So give Draft Day credit. It not only got league permission — with sports all-star Kevin Costner playing the embattled general-manager of the downtrodden Cleveland Browns — but the NFL endorsed the film wholeheartedly, with game footage, access, and even a cameo from its commissioner. This is a total NFL joint, and it looks as slick as a Steve Sabol production. READ FULL STORY

'Get On Up' trailer: The evolution of James Brown -- VIDEO

Who’s ready to feel good?

The Help director Tate Taylor has teamed up with 42‘s Chadwick Boseman for Get On Up, a film that tells the life story of Mr. James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. In the film’s trailer, we see bits and pieces of every part of Brown’s life, including a stint in prison, his start in the music business, a dangerous visit to Vietnam, and, of course, megastardom.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd also star.

Watch the trailer below:

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Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf to 'Rock the Kasbah' with Bill Murray; Plus, Bill Hader in talks for 'Trainwreck', more

• Shia LaBeouf is not retiring, it seems. The Nymphomaniac star, thrust into the spotlight recently by an ever-escalating plagiarism controversy, has signed on to Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah alongside a host of high-profile names including Bill MurrayBruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Kate Hudson. The film follows a past-his-prime rock manager who takes his sole client on a USO tour in Afghanistan. While in Kabul, the manager discovers a young talent and enters her into the Afghan Star contest — Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce to star in 'Strangerland'; Plus, Damian Lewis, more

• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]

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Casting Net: '42' star Chadwick Boseman to play James Brown; Plus, Gael Garcia Bernal, more

• Chadwick Boseman broke out this past year with his turn as Jackie Robinson in the baseball pic 42, and looks set to take on another iconic role: James Brown. Tate Taylor, who directed The Help, will helm the project for Universal, with Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger producing.  According to the report, the movie will be a fairly comprehensive look at Brown’s early life and rise to stardom. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Cameron Diaz might re-team with Jason Segel for 'Sex Tape'; Plus, Jason Sudekis, more

• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]

• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. Deadline reports that Smith is hoping that Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) might direct him in American Can, the true story of a Gulf War veteran who ends up helping a group of seniors stranded in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also considering the thriller The Accountant about a government bureaucrat who doubles as an assassin. [Deadline]

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