EXCLUSIVE: The new film from Captain Marvel helmers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden has set an all-star cast for their eOne and Macro co-produced pic Freaky Tales as Pedro Pascal, Ben Mendelsohn and Jay Ellis are set to star. Jack Champion, Angus Cloud, Dominique Thorne and Keir Gilchrist and Michelle Farrah Huang, as well as a collection of notable Oakland natives are also on board.
The film will be financed by eOne with the studio’s Jillian Share, Jen Gorton, and Chanel Vidal overseeing the film’s production with Share and Gorton executive producing. MACRO Film Studios’ Jelani Johnson and Poppy Hanks will serve as producers and Charles D. King and James F. Lopez as executive producers. Also executive producing are Too $hort and his manager David Weintraub, while Grammy-winning Oakland native Raphael Saadiq is overseeing the film’s music.
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Set in Oakland in 1987, Freaky Tales is a wholly original, immersive film inspired by Ryan’s experience growing up in the bay. The film is comprised of four interconnected stories each featuring distinct characters, real life locations and noteworthy historical events (some real, some imagined).
In addition to playing the title character in Disney’s Emmy-winning The Mandalorian, Chilean-born Pascal will star in HBO’s upcoming series The Last of Us. Some of Pascal’s recent film and television credits include The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Wonder Woman 1984 and Game of Thrones.
Mendelsohn took an Emmy for his work on the Netflix drama Bloodline. The same year, he played the main villain in the Academy Award-nominated box office smash Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Ellis recently starred opposite Tom Cruise in the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, which is nearing $1.5 billion in global box office. He will next be seen opposite Amazon Studio’s Somebody I Use To Know. On the television side, he starred for five seasons in HBO’s Emmy-winning Insecure, FX’s Emmy-nominated limited series Mrs. America and BET’s The Game.
Champion can be seen next in the highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, which bows next month.
Pascal is represented by CAA, Mendelsohn is represented by WME and United Agent, Fleck and Boden are represented by WME and Entertainment 360, Ellis is represented by UTA and Rise Management. Champion is represented by CAA, Industry Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Cloud is represented by A3 Artists Agency and Hirsch/Wallerstein/Hayum/Matlof & Fishman. Thorne is represented by James Swoope at M88, Paradigm and Michael Mahan. Gilchrist is represented by CAA and Thruline Entertainment. Huang is represented by Thruline Entertainment and Ellis Talent Group.
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