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Casting: Brie Larson Joins Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire,’ Juliette Bincohe Heads To Bruno Dumont’s ‘Slack Bay’ & More

Casting: Brie Larson Joins Ben Wheatley's 'Free Fire,' Juliette Bincohe Heads To Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay' & More

We were excited as it is for Ben Wheatley‘s “High-Rise,” but just the cast and premise alone for his next movie — the Martin Scorsese producedFree Fire” — now has us salivating. And another great player has joined the mix. Brie Larson is replacing Olivia Wilde in the film that already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Smiley lined up to star.  Set in Boston in 1978, and inspired by films like “The Killing,” “The Big Combo, “The Driver,” “Le Samourai,” “The French Connection,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “Hard Boiled,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Getaway” and more, the story kicks off “in a deserted warehouse where a meeting between two gangs turns into a deadly shootout and all-out survival.” Filming is expected to begin later this year. [Variety]

Juliette Binoche is reteaming with her “Camille Claudel 1915” director Bruno Dumont for “Slack Bay.” Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Jean-Luc Vincent are also on board for the dark comedy, set in 1910, that tells the oddball tale of the Bréfort family, in which all the males are cannibals, and what happens when their appetites cause the disappearances of the middle-class residents of Lille, Roubaix and Tourcoing. Also in the mix is a romance between eighteen-year-old Ma Loute Bréfort and the upper-class Billie Van Peteghem. Filming will begin this summer. [Screen Daily/Ecran Noir]

Michael SheenKelly Macdonald, and Andrew Scott are going “In High Places.” They will star in a biopic about British mountaineer George Mallory who disappeared while climbing Mount Everest in 1924. James McEachen will direct the movie this fall. [Screen Daily]

Kristen Schaal has joined Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklage in “Michelle Darnell.” The comedy that’s currently filming “centers on a captain of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart with the help of a former assistant, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.” [THR]

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