Trailer: Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground

News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day.

[Update: 3:55 pm PT]

BBC regular Ruth Wilson snags undescribed female lead in The Lone Ranger
She joins Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer (Deadline)

Freaky Deaky trades down for less inspiring cast
Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, William H. Macy and Craig Robinson were all in talks back in early June but apparently they couldn’t come to terms. Billy Burke (Twilight), Christian Slater and Michael Jai White (Spawn) are the replacements for the once promising adaptation of the Leonard Elmore novel. (Variety – firewall)

Kristen Wiig to produce/star in Imogene
Fresh off the hit that is Bridesmaids, everyone wants a piece of Kristen Wiig and American Splendor directing team Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini have the honors. I have to admit, I wasn’t sold on Wiig at all based on the couple of supporting roles I’d seen on top of her regular gig on SNL, but she totally won me over with Bridesmaids. (THR)

Bruce Campbell says another Evil Dead is in the works
Sam Raimi will supposedly write and produce, but not direct. (Wrap)

Johnny Depp cuddling up with Disney for possible Night Stalker and Paul Revere projects
And why the hell not? He’s made the studio a billion dollars worldwide on what everyone agrees is a middling effort even by Pirates of the Caribbean standards. EW notes that Depp is not officially set to star in either of the projects which at the moment are just development deals, but if you think Disney isn’t counting on his onscreen participation, you’re high. (EW via Deadline)

[Update: 11:20 am PT]

(above) Trailer: Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground
“Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, is a coming-of-age drama in which Farmiga delivers a subtle, nuanced performance completely from the gut, with equally strong and compelling supporting characters. Set against the backdrop of the Sixties, when feminism reached its zenith, the film expertly depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community. Inspired by the resonant memoir from Carolyn Briggs (who also wrote the screenplay) the film is an exquisite study of one woman’s internal struggle with the primary love relationships in her life. John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, Bill Irwin, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Joshua Leonard round out the cast, along with Farmiga’s younger sister Taissa, who proves herself to be an extraordinary new talent as Young Corinne.”(Apple)

SNL’s Will Forte joins rock musical Rock of Ages
It’s a stage manager part that was not in the original Broadway show. (THR)

Posters: The Dark Knight Rises and The Thing
Check out the former here, and the latter here.

5 Responses to “News du Jour: 7/12/11”

  1. The Lone Ranger, whose character was coincidentally inspired, like True Grit, by a real hero of Fort Smith history. And a black one, at that. Bet that doesn’t make it in the movie.

    http://fort-smithar.thedailyglobe.com/2011/05/10/the-lone-ranger-was-really-a-black-man-associated-content/

  2. JB, I don’t think Arnie Hammer in blackface is in the cards, but thanks for the history lesson.

  3. I have no doubt history is the last thing on Disney’s mind.

  4. Yeah, I know. Just couldn’t pass up a chance to plug my city’s history in conjunction with another movie. :)

  5. Well, I’ve been telling you for years to get on that screenplay about Bass Reeves.

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