Film Bits: Linklater’s Ambitious New Project; ‘Jumanji’ Casts Its Female Lead; ‘Waco’ Lands Its David Koresh

Richard Linklater Taps All-Star Cast for ‘Last Flag Flying’

bryan cranston breaking bad

Director Richard Linklater has an ambitious cast for his ambitious new project, Last Flag Flying. Billed as a “sort of sequel” to the 1973 Jack Nicholson classic The Last Detail, Linklater has rounded up Bryan Cranston (The Infiltrator), Steve Carell (The Big Short), and Laurence Fishburne (Batman v Superman) as potential stars. Based on the 2005 sequel to the 1970 novel that spawned the original movie, Linklater has been trying to get this film off the ground since 2006. Amazon Studios will produce the film for their streaming service, with production eying a November start date for release next year.

(The Hollywood Reporter)

‘Jumanji’ Soft Reboot Finds Its Leading Lady

Karen Gillan Doctor Who

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson body slammed social media yesterday with the news that his Jumanji soft reboot has rounded out its cast with Karen Gillan. The actress has found her acclaim and star power growing steadily since her fan-adored tenure on Doctor Who ended, with roles in movies like Oculus and Guardians of the Galaxy introducing her to wider and wider audiences. She joins Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas on the film, which is said to be a continuation of the original Robin Williams classic and not a full reboot. Filming is scheduled to begin next month in Hawaii ahead of its release next July.

(Deadline)

Anakin Skywalker Meets John McClane in Upcoming Crime Thriller

Hayden Christensen Revenge of the Sith

Hayden Christensen, who’s star power has diminished greatly in the years post-Star Wars, has inked a two picture deal with Emmett/Furla/Oasis to revitalize his now fledgling career. The actor, whose oft-maligned performance as Anakin Skywalker belied his true talents, is now set to star in the Steven C. Miller (Extraction) directed film First Kill opposite Bruce Willis. The film follows a police chief (Willis) as he attempts to solve a case where a bank robber is holding a young boy hostage. Christensen plays the father of the kidnapped boy, who was taken after accidentally witnessing a robbery gone wrong. Nick Gordon (Girl House) penned the script, and the movie is aiming for a 2017 release.

(The Hollywood Reporter)

James Franco and Zoe Kravitz to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller Based on SXSW Short

James Franco

James Franco has been tapped to star in the high concept sci-fi action thriller, Kin, alongside Zoe Kravtiz, Jack Reynor, and Randy Quaid. The brotherly director team of Jonathan and Josh Baker will helm the project, an expression of their 2015 SXSW short film, Bag Man. Reynor plays an ex-con on the run from Franco, a ruthless killer with vengeance on his mind. Writer Daniel Casey penned the script and the film is looking for a 2017 release date.

(Deadline)

‘Waco’ Finds Its David Koresh

Taylor Kitsch

Michael Shannon (Elvis & Nixon) and Taylor Kitsch (True Detective) have been tapped to portray real life FBI negotiator Gary Noesner and David Koresh, respectively, in a new mini-series, Waco. The series will follow the events of the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas, which found federal agents in a 51-day standoff with an apocalyptic cult led by the charismatic Koresh. The project is set to be written by brothers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (No Escape), with John Erick also serving as director. As of yet, the series has not found a home, but sources expect the series will be shopped to all networks starting next month.

(Deadline)

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