• The Vampire Academy‘s Zoey Deutch will star opposite Tyson Ritter (The House Bunny), Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens), and William Hurt (Winter’s Tale) in the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Deutch will play Mae, who becomes a rock ‘n’ roll groupie in the hopes of ditching her small-town life. She later becomes the love interest of Gregg Allman in the early years of The Allman Brothers Band. The film is being adapted for the big screen by producer/director Randall Miller and screenwriter Jody Savin (Bottle Shock) from Allman’s biography, My Cross to Bear, which the singer co-wrote with Alan Light. Ritter will play a young Allman, while Hurt will portray him in his later years. [The Wrap]
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Matthew Modine on his short-films collection and how making 'Cutthroat Island' felt like being kidnapped -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Before Matthew Modine became an actor and starred in movies like Vision Quest and Memphis Belle, he dreamed of becoming a painter. It was the back-up career he never needed after a solid 30-year career of memorable roles on film, television, and the Broadway stage. But he never lost his artistic eye, which proved useful in other creative pursuits, beginning with his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 1987′s Full Metal Jacket. Modine documented that complicated production experience with still photography, and working with the esteemed director of 2001 and A Clockwork Orange inspired him to try his own hand behind the camera.
Modine has directed about a dozen short films, several of which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Six of his favorites are part of a new collection from the Short Movie Channel, The Short Films of Matthew Modine, which becomes available for download tomorrow. The shorts, which were made between 1993 and 2011, include collaborations with director Todd Field (Little Children) and writer David Sedaris, and as a collection, they present a very personal insight into the worldview of the artist. “I like the way they fit together,” says Modine. “There’s a progression as a filmmaker, stylistically, and strength of cinematic storytelling. And if there’s something about them, it is about forgiveness and acceptance. That’s the one common thread that runs through each of them.”
Modine, who worked with Christopher Nolan on last year’s The Dark Knight Rises and co-stars opposite Ashton Kutcher on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, is currently working to bring the 1961 Civil War novel, Walk Like a Man, to the big screen. He recently chatted with EW about his short films.
• Matthew Modine will appear in the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS alongside Ashton Kutcher. Modine will play former Pepsi-Cola CEO John Sculley, whom Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983. It was previously announced that The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad will also join the cast as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film, due out this fall.
• Paul Giamatti (Rock of Ages) and Sarah Paulson (Game Change) have joined the cast of Twelve Years a Slave, the Steve McQueen-directed drama based on Solomon Northrup’s 1853 historical recounting of a free man who was sold into slavery. The film’s previously announced stars include Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who will play the book’s author. [Variety]
• And in more Civil War-era casting news, Jason Patric is out and The Killing‘s Billy Campbell is in on the upcoming Civil War feature Copperhead, which centers on two feuding families in 1883. Patric was asked to leave the film over disputes with director Ron Maxwell, according to reports. [Deadline]
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