From Will Smith’s Bright to Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Netflix is pumping out high-budget movies quicker than ever before.
The latest addition to their already glistening roster is Sand Castle – starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman), and Logan Marshall-Green (Snowden) – the trailer for which is debuting above on The Independent. Enjoy!
Written by Chris Roessner, who was inspired by his own experiences in Iraq, Sand Castle is an ‘honest and candid depiction’ of the Second Gulf War as told from the perspective of American soldiers.
IFC Films has nabbed North American distribution rights to the J. D. Salinger drama “Rebel in the Rye,” Variety has learned.
The movie, starring Nicholas Hoult as the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.
Danny Strong wrote and directed the movie, which focuses on the early years of Salinger’s writing career as he struggles to find his voice. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as a Columbia University professor, Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s first literary agent, and Zoey Deutch as the starlet Oona O’Neill, who dated Salinger before marrying Charlie Chaplin in 1943.
The pic was produced by Strong, Bruce Cohen, Black Label Media, and Jason Shuman. It was financed by Black Label Media and West Madison Entertainment.
The deal was negotiated by CAA and Arianna Bocco from IFC films.
This year’s Sundance offered a healthy market for filmmakers. But in a drastic change from past years, many of biggest titles went to deep-pocketed streaming players Amazon Studios and Netflix, which spent $12.5 million on the period drama “Mudbound.”
Nicholas Hoult has been cast in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film — a period drama The Favourite that stars the already reported Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Hoult recently wrapped production on The Current War playing Nikola Tesla opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He also plays J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye which will be distributed through IFC this fall.
In The Favourite, Hoult will play “Harley,” the Tory party leader during the reign of Queen Anne at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century. The story was written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Scarlet Films’ Ceci Dempsey and Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday — who produced The Lobster — will produce The Favourite. Element’s Andrew Lowe is exec producing.
Hoult, who audiences can see currently in Collide (bowed this past weekend), is repped by UTA, management company 42 and law firm Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.