Greta Lee (Girls, Wayward Pines) has joined the cast of Universal’s The Nest, the Amy Poehler-Tina Fey comedy about two grown sisters who throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house. Lee, who’s one of the stars of Inside Amy Schumer‘s viral “I’m So Bad” sketch, will play Hae Won, a young mother who by chance gets a pity invite to the party. It’s her second Poehler-EP’ed project after NBC pilot Old Soul, which Lee starred in opposite Natasha Lyonne and Ellen Burstyn. James Brolin recently joined the cast of The Nest, which is directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore from a script from SNL writer Paula Pell. Fey is producing for Little Stranger Inc. alongside Jay Roach for Everyman Pictures and John Lyons. Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell are also exec producing with Poehler. Lee’s credits include Hello I Must Be Going, HairBrained, and the upcoming St. Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray and The Cobbler from director Thomas McCarthy. She’s repped by CAA, Regarding Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa, Drew Roy, Haley Webb and Shane Coffey have been cast in the dark comedy/thriller Sugar Mountain, an indie feature from Yellow Brick Films to be directed by Richard Gray. With the actors set production is now on track to start soon in Alaska. The pic centers on two down-on-their-luck brothers who fake a disappearance in the wilderness so they’ll have a great survival story to sell. But the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned. Grey’s Yellow Brick is also behind The Lookalike, the crime-romance drama starring Justin Long, John Corbett and Gillian Jacobs that Well Go USA picked up last fall at AFM for a summer release.
Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) is set for a lead role in USA Network‘s period alien drama pilot Horizon, executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Set during the height of World War II, Horizon, from Universal Cable Prods, centers on Lauren (Ruth Bradley), a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename “horizon.” The mysterious project provides links to the presumed death of her husband (Taylor Handley) and the disappearance of a young girl. Elwes, repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon, will play Max Hartman, a mysterious man who leads a double life in wartime DC. The casting expands Elwes’ relationship with USA and UCP where he has a memorable recurring role on Psych.
Jordan Hayes (House At The End Of The Street) has been added to another NBCU cable drama project, Helix, Syfy‘s upcoming series from from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore. The project, written by Cameron Porsandeh, directed by David Slade and produced by Sony TV, is a dark thriller about a team of scientists, led by Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell), investigating a possible disease outbreak. Hayes, repped by Thruline and Amanda Rosenthal Talent, will play Dr. Sarah Jordan who is excited to work for the Center for Disease Control.
The actors are set to play the trio in a tale of betrayal and revenge in the indie film A Bit Of Bad Luck, which begins shooting this week.Teri Polo is Amanda, a socialite who puts together a plan to make her husband suffer after she finds out he is planning a weekend getaway with his lover. Cary Elwes is Brooks, the kept and philandering spouse who doesn’t know what’s about to hit him. Agnes Bruckner will play Heather, the husband’s young mistress John W. Fuhrman writes and directs, and Gerrarda O’Beirne is producing in association with Meadow Point Motion Pictures and LolitaMoon Productions. Polo is repped by The Gersh Agency and McGowan Management. Elwes is repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon. Bruckner is repped by APA and Management Production Entertainment.
After a long search, newcomer Saxon Sharbino has landed the lead in Fox’s untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot. Written by Usher and directed by Brett Ratner, the project centers on Jane Forsythe (Sharbino), the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent who serves as her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein produce.
In other pilot castings, Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in Jason Katims’ NBC drama pilot County starring Jason Ritter. The Universal TV-produced project chronicles the lives of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic, underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Butz will play a gregarious new intern at County, a former CPA who is more focused on finding the next party than work most of the time. Also cast in pilots are Cary Elwes, who joined ABC comedy Prairie Dogs, toplined by Kal Penn; and Laila Robbins, who was added to ABC’s untitled Emmerich/Kloser drama.
Czech animation director Jiri Barta and Paris-based Eurocine Films are targeting the U.S. market with an adapation and English-dubbed version of Barta’s newest stop-motion-animated feature, Toys in the Attic. Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes will provide the voices for the US theatrical release that will be handled by Hannover House and is scheduled for April 6, 2012 release. Originally produced in the Czech language, the animated film is set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague. Following the symbolism of the Cold War era that impacted Barta and the Czech Republic, the world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the land of evil in the East. The despotic Head of State rules over the evil empire of the East with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables. When the lovely Buttercup is kidnapped and held prisoner by The Head, it is up to her friends – a teddy bear (Whitaker), a mechanical mouse (Cusack) and marionette puppet (Elwes) – to cross the international boundary and attempt their daring rescue. The Czech language version has won several film festivals, including the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the Sitges Festival and Anima Basauri Festival.
The English-language version is being written, produced and directed by Vivian Schilling, with recording under way at Post Haste Sound in …
Los Angeles, CA (November 8, 2011) – K5 International, a division of K5 Media Group has picked up international rights to Benaroya Pictures’ ELVIS & NIXON. The comedy will mark Cary Elwes’ directorial debut and stars Eric Bana as Elvis Presley and Danny Huston as Richard Nixon. ELVIS & NIXON is produced by Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Holly Wiersma. Bana’s Pick Up Truck Productions is executive producing, marking the company’s first U.S. production.
ELVIS & NIXON tells the story about Elvis Presley visiting President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in December of 1970. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit and suggesting that he be made a ‘Federal Agent-at-Large’ in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Presley brought with him family photos and a Colt 45 pistol as a personal gift to the President.
Eric Bana and Danny Huston will star in Elvis & Nixon, an indie that marks the directing debut of actor Cary Elwes, who wrote the script with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. The film’s funded by Benaroya Pictures. The film is based on a 1970 powwow between Presley (Bana) and Nixon (Huston) when the former petitioned to be a Federal Agent at Large in the war against drugs, which in hindsight seems a bit odd. Presley brought a Colt .45 pistol as a gift to the president. Bana will be exec producer. He’ll next star in the Lakeshore thriller Brilliant and just wrapped Blackbird.
EXCLUSIVE: Cary Elwes is set to co-star opposite Adrienne Palicki in David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot for NBC. The project stars Palicki as comic book heroine Wonder Woman/Diana Themyscira/Diana Prince, who is a successful corporate executive working to balance all the elements of her complicated life. Elwes will play Henry Detmer, the acting CEO of Themyscira Industries, who is deeply devoted to Diana. He runs the day-to-day operations of the company and acts like an uncle to Diana, though he could be a possible love interest down the line. Elwes’ only previous regular TV series gig was his starring role on The X-Files. He recently did a couple episodes of USA’s Psych. The actor, repped by APA and KLWG, is filming Gary Marshall’s New Year’s Eve and was recently seen in No Strings Attached. He has Tin Tin coming out later this year.
Is Epix ready to commit to a scripted series order? That is what creative types have been pondering in the past few days, following the demise of the fledging premium cable channel/broadband service’s first scripted pilot Tough Trade. It was groomed to be Epix’s first original scripted series. But 20 months after originally greenlighting it, Epix, a partnership of Lionsgate, Viacom and MGM, has pulled the plug on the project. The show, created by Chris Offutt and produced by Lionsgate TV, revolved around three generations of a Nashvile music dynasty and starred Sam Shepard, Trace Adkins, Cary Elwes, Lucas Black and Joey Lauren Adams. The project, which was once set up at TNT, also boasted big names behind the camera: Weeds creator Jenji Kohan was executive producer/showrunner, Gavin Hood directed the pilot, T-Bone Burnett served as executive musical producer, and Sean and Bryan Furst also executive produced.
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Lionsgate had their SAW VII event off-site –a cocktail party where drinks were named after the killer Jigsaw and the returning Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), and then footage in 3D was screened across the street. Producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules are introduced, alongside director Kevin Greutert and star Tobin Bell. They announce that this will be the final film in the series. (Really? Because I thought Part 3 was supposed to be. Guess that means if this does well, the next one will be a reboot/remake). And here’s the Editor In Chief of the Guinness Book of Records, back again, to present SAW with a plaque for “most successful horror franchise of all time”. He notes that SAW III holds the record for highest grossing Halloween-timed movie also.