A rising DA (Dominic Cooper) hits a guy with his car and leaves him in the street. Another guy (Samuel L. Jackson) is found with the body and faces a murder charge. The guilty prosecutor manipulates the trial to help the defendant go free. But did he just let a serial killer walk — one who now is targeting the DA’s family? Gloria Reuben also stars in Lionsgate‘s Reasonable Doubt, which was directed by Peter P. Croudins and penned by Peter A. Dowling (Flightplan). Here’s the trailer for the thriller that opens January 17 in theaters and VOD:
Dominic Cooper plays James Bond creator Ian Fleming in Sky Atlantic and BBC America‘s Fleming. The biopic takes a no holds barred look at the 007 master and his early life set against the permissive society of war-torn WWII London. Per BBC America, Cooper will play him as a man “whose real life was as exciting, eventful and sexually charged as his famous creation.” Also starring are Annabelle Wallis, Lara Pulver, Samuel West, Lelsley Manville, Rupert Evans and Anna Chancellor. The four-part mini debuts next year in the U.S. and the UK. Here’s a quick teaser Sky released today.
When the UK feature Summer In February was originally announced in December, Dominic Cooper and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens were to form a love triangle in the film with Ophelia Lovibond. Now comes word from the production that Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning has stepped in for Lovibond. The CrossDay Productions/Apart Films title is directed by Christopher Menaul and adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England before the start of WWI. Principal photography starts Sunday. CrossDay’s Pippa Cross and Janette Day and Apart Films’ Jeremy Cowdrey are producing. Stevens is exec producing, a first for the actor. When I saw him last month in London at the screening of the Downton Abbey Christmas Special, he told me he was looking forward to the experience — if not the cold weather in Cornwall.
Devil’s Double star Dominic Cooper, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and Mr Popper’s Penguins’ Ophelia Lovibond are set to hook up for Summer In February. Adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel, the film is a love triangle set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England in the early 20th century. Cooper will play Alfred Munnings, Stevens is Gilbert Evans and Lovibond is Florence Carter-Wood. Christopher Menaul is directing the film, which will begin principal photography in January. The CrossDay/Apart Films production is produced by Pippa Cross and Janette Day of CrossDay and Jeremy Cowdrey of Apart Films. Bob Benton and Dan Stevens are executive producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard has been chosen for the female lead opposite Dominic Cooper in Motor City, the Chad St. John-scripted revenge tale that Albert Hughes will direct for Joel Silver’s Dark Castle. Heard tested among several young actresses and got the job. Cooper (The Devil’s Double) plays a man released from prison who goes on a revenge mission, hunting down the people who framed him. Heard, who just starred opposite Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary, is repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder are in talks with Julia Ormond to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Man of Steel. I expect the deal to make shortly. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of Jor-El, the father of Superman (Henry Cavill). Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were previously set to play Clark Kent’s Earthbound parents. This comes after Ormond completed the role of Vivian Leigh in the Simon Curtis-directed My Week With Marilyn, which stars Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooper and Kenneth Branagh. Ormond’s repped by Gersh and Artists Independent.
The Lee Tamahori-directed drama The Devil’s Double has a new trailer. It was one of the most buzzed about films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Lionsgate. Dominic Cooper plays Saddam Hussein’s brutal son Uday, as well as the man pressed to be his lookalike. Cooper has jumped from the film to get a role in Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and was on a short list of actors who tested for the lead in The Bourne Legacy. Here is the trailer:
The young male Role To Die For at the moment is the lead in The Bourne Legacy, the Bourne Identity spinoff film that will be directed for Universal by Tony Gilroy. The field is narrowing, and I’m told that the following are set so far to test: Joel Edgerton (The Thing), Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Luke Evans (The Amateur American).
There could be another name or two (Logan Marshall-Green comes up as speculation), but that’s who’ll test first week of April. Now the choice could always come from an actor who doesn’t test. Among the established names in the mix has been Shia LaBeouf (will not test, per insiders) and Battleship‘s Taylor Kitsch (has met with Gilroy and is a possibility). I don’t think the studio feels this needs a big star. It’s hard to find a better branded movie, and while it’s not Matt Damon starring, Gilroy’s writing work has provided the spine for the original series. That gives this some franchise cred.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire The Devil’s Double, the Lee Tamahori drama about the man who was forced to become the body double of Saddam Hussein’s thuggish son, Uday. Lionsgate team has been pursuing the film since it first aired last Saturday at the Eccles Theater, as had Summit and Relativity Media. The subject matter is rough, but festival goers have been talking about the breakout double performance by Dominic Cooper, who plays both Uday and the body double. The picture marks Tamahori’s first independent film since his breakthrough Once Were Warriors, another viscerally-shot drama with disturbing moments. The film seems a good fit for Lionsgate, which has been mentioned as competitive in several festival films. CAA and Paradigm worked together on the deal.
The Devil’s Double is one of the last titles that were on the priority lists of major buyers, in what has been a most satisfying festival for acquisition deals. Developing…
UPDATE, 8:25 AM: As I tipped you yesterday, Paramount’s Adam Goodman and acquisitions exec Matt Brodie and Indian Paintbrush’s Peter McPartlin closed the deal with the UTA team today around 6 AM for the Super Crispy Entertainment production Like Crazy about young love from co-writer and director Drake Doremus (Douchebag). I’m told it was a $4 million minimum guarantee and a “substantial” 7-figure P&A commitment. Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group, and Matt Brodlie, SVP of Productions and Acquisitions for Paramount, along with Indian Paintbrush’s President of Production Mark Roybal, negotiated for the rights with the film’s reps Rich Klubeck and David Flynn from UTA, along with producer Jonathan Schwartz and Doremus’ attorney Lawrence Kopeikin from Morris Yorn. Later Goodman said in a statement, “Along with our partners at Indian Paintbrush, we are extremely pleased to be a part of such a great movie, and look forward to working with Drake, Jonathan, Andrea and a tremendous cast of actors.” Starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence, Like Crazy was written by Doremus and Ben York Jones about a British college student who falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
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