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‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ Laura Harrier Joins HBO Films’ Adaption ‘FARENHEIT 451’

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Upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming star Laura Harrier has joined HBO Films’ upcoming adaption of Ray Bradbury’s iconic dystopian novel, FARENHEIT 451.

Farenheit 451 takes place in a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and firemen burn books. Young fireman Montag (Michael B. Jordan) forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon) and struggles to regain his humanity.

Harrier will play Millie, Montag’s social media-immersed wife whose cossumptions of all things digital results in a disconnected marriage.

Also starring Sofia Boutella and Lily Singh.

Ramin Bahrani directs and co-writes the script with Amir Naderi.

Youtube Red Picks Up Doug Liman’s Drama Pilot ‘IMPULSE’

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YouTube’s new subscription service YouTube Red has given a series order to their first drama pilot, IMPULSE, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman, for a 2018 premiere.

This announcement follows the series order of sci-fi drama LIfeline, produced by Dwayne Johnson and Studio71, the Dan Harmon produced gaming comedy Good Game as well as a Step Up reboot.

IMPULSE a gender-bending hourlong action-thriller hails from Universal Cable Productions and studio-based Hypnotic (Suits) and marks the first UCP series for YouTube.

Written by Jeffrey Lieber, Jason Horwitch and Gary Spinelli from a story by Lieber, and directed by Liman, the series is based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould. It features a rebellious 16-year-old girl, henry (Maddie Hasson) who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. She soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport.

Also starring Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins, Enuka Okuma, and Craig Arnold. David James Elliot will recur.

Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content at YouTube said:

“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene. We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at UCP and Hypnotic.”

Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President at UCP said:

“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on IMPULSE. It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that is continually breaking new ground.”

 

Freida Pinto Joins Hulu’s ‘THE PATH’ Season 3

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Guerrilla star Freida Pinto has joined Hulu’s upcoming drama series THE PATH season 3 in a series regular role opposite Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy.

Pinto will play Vera, a sleek new publicist for the Meyerism movement, who forges a personal connection with Eddie (Paul), but may have her own secret agenda.

Created by Jessica Goldberg, the series comes from Universal Television and Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions, and examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.

Production on the 13-episode third season began Monday in New York. It’s slated to premiere in early 2018.

Goldberg executive produces with True Jack’s Katims and Michelle Lee.

Ansel Elgort to Play Young JFK in ‘MAYDAY 109’

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Baby Driver and Divergent star Ansel Elgort is set to play young president John F. Kennedy Jr. in MAYDAY 109, an upcoming true story film of the future American president’s feats of heroism as a Navy captain during WWII.

A co-production between Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo, Elgort and Emliy Gerson Saines will produce alongside Flynn and Iwaynk. A director is being searched.

Written by Samuel Franco & Evan Kilgore. Mayday 109 focuses on JFK’s extraordinary real-life nautical adventures as the captain of a PT boat that was attacked and sunk by a convoy of Japanese destroyers. This led to the young Kennedy’s involvement in one of the most dramatic rescues in Naval history.

Iwaynk said:

“We could not be more excited about Ansel coming aboard. Not only is he a tremendous actor, he embodies the charisma, athleticism and looks of a young JFK. We love that this is not a biopic nor a film about politics. This is simply a riveting and unbelievable tale that very few people know– about a young man who was a hero long before becoming the iconic 35th President of the United States. With Ansel, we’ve found our perfect JFK.”

 

The First Trailer For A&E’s Rob Lowe Reality Series ‘THE LOWE FILES’

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A&E Networks has released the first trailer for Rob Lowe’s upcoming new reality series THE LOWE FILES.

From Critical Content, the nine-episode series follows Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel the country exploring infamous unsolved mysteries.

In each episode, Lowe and his son seek out a mysterious story or spooky legend and immerse themselves in the exploration and debate of the experience. Their missions include exploring an “alien base” located 2,000 feet underwater off the coast of Malibu, California working with a renowned shaman at Preston Castle, an abandoned reformatory for boys; and training with a top-secret government operative in methods of Remote Viewing, a challenge to identify images from great distance.

Produced for A&E Network by Critical Content. Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Brad Bishop and Douglas McCallie executive produce. Lowe also executive produces alongside Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Devon Hammonds.

The Lowe Files premieres on Wednesday, August 2 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E.

Hugh Jackman to Lead Gary Hart’s Biopic

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Hugh Jackman is set to play former politician senator Gary Hart for the upcoming biopic THE FRONTRUNNER, to be written and directed by Jason Reitman.

Hart served as a U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987, but is most famous for his two bids for the presidency in 1984 and 1988. During the latter primary campaign he was considered the frontrunner, far ahead of eventual candidate Mike Dukakis, but his momentum became hobbled by accusations in the media of an extramarital affair. Hart famously challenged the media. The tabloids accepted the challenge, and photographs of Hart with a woman named Donna Rice aboard a yacht brought a swift end to his candidacy.

Hart eventually rebounded as a valuable voice on national security– warning the Bush Administration of the possibility of the 9/11 attacks before they happened– and eventually served as Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council from 2008 to 2011. He also became a prolific author, writing 15 non-fiction books and five novels.

Jackman will be seen next this December’s musical P.T Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, while Reitman recently directed Diablo Cody’s written comedy Tully starring Charlize Theron for next year.

Ryan Kwanten Joins Sean Bean’s ‘THE OATH’ Series

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True Blood star Ryan Kwanten has joined Crackle, Sony Picture Television Network’s free, ad-supported streaming network upcoming drama THE OATH opposite Sean Bean.

The upcoming 10-episode original drama series, which is set to debut in 2018. Kwanten will also produce.

Kwanten will play Steve Hammond, son of Tom Hammond (Bean) and the leader of acop gang, The Ravens. A cool, pragmatic, reluctant leader with the mind and instincts of a shrewd tactician, Hammond is a survivor-a natural protector who values tacking care of those closest to him, his family, his team.

Created by Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-0, Secret and Lies), who worked as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in South Central for 17 years, 12 of which as an undercover officer, the series takes an unforgiving look at the complicated dynamics in these organizations and documents the lives of those willing to risk it all, to have it all.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc. will executive produce this gritty, action-packed drama, explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join– only a select few make the cut-but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outsider and from within their own ranks.

Jackson, Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group will executive produce and Joe Halpin who is the creator, writer, and showrunner. Jeff T. Thomas (Blindspot, Wayward Pines) will direct the first episode.

Kwanten is known for starring in HBO’s critically-acclaimed series True Blood for seven seasons. His other TV credits includes FOX comedy The New Girl. On the feature film he will be seen next on Supercon, a comedy alongside John Malkovich, and Rob Cohen’s action film Category 5 with Maggie Grace.