Also in Wednesday afternoon's Biz Break: A Taken star takes on another thriller in L.A., Logan Marshall Green gets set to play Tennessee Williams, and Matthew McConaughey and Cuba Gooding, Jr. take a look at White House historical drama.
Elizabeth Olsen Begins Production on Erotic Thriller Thérèse
Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange join Olsen who plays Thérèse Raquin, a sexually repressed young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin and domineered by her aunt. She meets her husband's alluring friend (Isaac) and embarks on a dangerous affair. The film is set in 1860s Paris. Shooting is taking place in Belgrade and Budapest.
Director John Suits Begins Thriller The Scribbler
Katie Cassidy (Taken) stars in the feature, adapted from the U.K. graphic novel. Produced by New Artists Alliance and Caliber Media, the film also stars Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon and Michael Imperioli about a a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using "The Siamese Burn," an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. But the closer she comes to being "cured," what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? Production begins this week in L.A.
Logan Marshall Green Set to Play Tennessee Williams
He will portray the playwright in Lonely Hunter by director/writer/producer Deborah Kampmeier, a feature based on the life of Southern gothic writer Carson McCullers, which Jena Malone is already attached to play. Williams was McCuller's longtime confidant. Shooting will begin this year with Troy Johanson and Blair Breard as producers. Green stars in Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
Holly Herrick Named to Austin Film Society Post
Herrick will serve as Associate Artistic Director of the organization founded by filmmaker Richard Linklater. Her background includes work at the Hamptons, Sarasota and Newport film festivals. She succeeds filmmaker Bryan Poyser, who is currently in production with his new indie feature The Bounceback.
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Roman Polanski To Direct D
The political thriller is based on the Dreyfus affair, one of the most sensational political scandals in history. The project reunites the team behind Polanski's previous film The Ghost Writer, Deadline reports.
Universal to Open Harry Potter Theme Park in Japan
The first Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction overseas will open at Universal Studios Japan in 2014 at its Osaka facility," Variety reports.
Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr. Circle The Butler
Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack and Jane Fonda are already set for director Lee Daniels's White House historical drama headlined by Forest Whitaker. The film will be at the upcoming Cannes Film Market where IM Global will sell international rights. Daniels's The Paperboy will have its world premiere in competition in Cannes. THR reports.
Revenge Actor Gabriel Mann Boards Chavez
Mexican filmmaker/actor Diego Luna will direct the indie biopic — not to be confused with Luna's 2007 boxing documentary Chávez &mdash this summer, featuring Michael Peña as the famed California farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Variety reports.