Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Academy-nominated actress Viola Davis (pictured above) has been cast as the female lead in a cyber-crime thriller titled Cyber. According to Indie Wire, the film deals with computer hackers, the crimes they commit and the government task forces that hunt them down. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth and will begin shooting in China next month. Also look for Davis to appear in Ender’s Game and Prisoners.
Indie Wire is reporting that 42 star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped for another sports drama titled Draft Day. Boseman will play a linebacker from Louisiana who’s hoping to get drafted by an NFL team. The film also stars Kevin Costner as the NFL team’s General Manager, who is faced with tough professionals and personal choices in the 24-hour period of NFL draft. Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella will round out the cast. Shooting is reportedly, starting this week in NYC during the real-life NFL draft day.
Will Smith has been pretty busy these days. Last week, we reported that the action star had signed on to play a con artist in the upcoming film, Focus. Now Smith is preparing for two more projects, The American Can and The Accountant.
Indie Wire reports that The American Can is based on the true life story of John Keller, a 6-ft-seven, 260 pound ex-Marine who orchestrated the rescue of hundreds of his neighbors during the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. The film, which has been four years in the making, was initially supposed to star Denzel Washington in the lead role with Smith behind the camera. Now, Smith is back in front of the camera as the lead and is looking to have Ed Zwick as the film’s director.
Smith’s second film is The Accountant. The project is being set up by Media Rights Capital along with Sony Pictures and features him as a government accountant who doubles as an assassin. His latest project, After Earth, has changed premiere dates and is now opening in theaters May 31 instead of June 7th. As previously mentioned, the sci-fi thriller stars Will with his son Jaden.
RC will keep you posted as these projects continue to develop.