EXCLUSIVE: Hot Cannes seller Equals has been steadily casting up over the past several weeks as it preps for an August start in Japan and Singapore. Already on board are Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil and Aurora Perrineau. I’ve learned that two-time Oscar-nominated Australian actress Jacki Weaver is also now in negotiations to join the futuristic love story that’s being helmed by Drake Doremus from a script by Moon‘s Nathan Parker. The picture is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of humans is called Equals. When “Switched-On Syndrome” infects Silas (Hoult), he becomes an outcast. Nia (Stewart) suffers from the same condition, but is able to hide her emotions. The only way for them to ensure their survival is to escape. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor. She meets Silas in a support group and ultimately helps both Silas and Nia. Producers are Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One which is also financing. Weaver received her most recent Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 2012′s Silver Linings Playbook and is next up in Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight as well as Gracepoint, Fox’s adaptation of hit British drama Broadchurch. She’s repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddelson.
Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) are set to co-star opposite David Tennant in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of UK’s Broadchurch. James Strong, who directed the pilot and multiple episodes of the original series, has come on board to direct multiple episodes of the Fox version — including the opening hour, on which he will serve as executive producer. Gracepoint, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. Gunn, repped by UTA and The Schiff Co., will play Detective Ellie Miller, a wife and mother who was passed over for a promised promotion in favor of an outsider, Carver, but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy. Weaver, repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Toczek, will play Susan Wright, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town.
BREAKING …The cast of Woody Allen’s latest film is growing. Marcia Gay Harden and Jacki Weaver along with Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater and Simon McBurney have all joined the as yet untitled pic. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported back in April, Emma Stone and Colin Firth have already signed on to the project. Currently filming in the south of France, the Gravier Productions film from Allen is being produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. This is the director’s second movie set in France after Midnight In Paris and Allen’s eighth project overall set in Europe. Allen’s Blue Jasmine, starring Alec Baldwin, Louis CK and Cate Blanchett among others, is set to be released by Sony Pictures Classics on July 26. Weaver is repped by ICM Partners. Harden is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Jacki Weaver is set to star opposite Gena Rowlands in the indie film 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks based on Richard Alfieri’s play. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman from a screenplay by Alfieri, 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks is described as a touching comedy about a retired woman, Lily Harrison (Rowlands), who hires a handsome, energetic dance instructor, Michael Minetti (Cheyenne Jackson), to give her private dance lessons — one per week for six weeks — in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing. Weaver will play the role of sassy vixen, Irene, one of Michael’s dance students. Andras Somkuti is producing, with Marc Platt and Jerry Offsay executive producing. Weaver is represented by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Tocezk. Jackson and Rowlands are also repped by ICM Partners.
Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver have signed on for Parkland, a film about the John F. Kennedy assassination. Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing in association with Exclusive Media, which will also be financing. As part of the deal, Exclusive Media has optioned the rights to the book that the film is based on, Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi. Peter Landesman penned the adapted screenplay and will direct Parkland in his directorial debut. Parkland tells the true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The film, to be shot in Austin, Texas is set for a 2013 release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
New York, NY, April 9, 2012 – Dimension Films continues its acquisitions streak with the pick up of the road-trip comedy WILD OATS featuring a talented cast including Academy Award® winner Shirley MacLaine, Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver and Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin . The film is directed by Howard Deutch who helmed the classics PRETTY IN PINK and SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, and recently worked at HBO directing shows such as BIG LOVE and HUNG. Claudia Myers and Gary Kanew penned the script which has been described as a spunky comedy that is a cross between SIDEWAYS and THELMA AND LOUISE.
WILD OATS tells the story of a retired widow (Shirley MacLaine) who hits the jackpot when she receives a Social Security check mistakenly made out for $900,000 instead of $900. She and her best friend (Jacki Weaver) then take off for Las Vegas, only to become media sensations and fugitives from justice.
“Howard Deutch has directed some great classics and the cast is extraordinary,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “This is a clever and offbeat comedy that is sure to entertain.”
“I consider it a great opportunity and honor to work with this amazing cast, which has created some of the greatest work in recent memory,” said Deutch.
The film is produced by Blythe Frank, Agathe David-Weill and Alexander Tabrizi, with Michael Mailer and Mike Dolan executive producing.
The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by Andrew Kramer, President, Business and Legal Affairs; and by Jack Gilardi of
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television, which previously honored Aussie productions, has launched five new award categories that will recognize international product in Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. In other words, the Aussies are going Hollywood. The nominees were announced tonight by Jacki Weaver, the Aussie actress who was Oscar nominated for Animal Kingdom. I am not sure how these will factor into the Oscar conversation, but here are the nominees:
INAUGURAL AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS NOMINEES
The Artist – Thomas Langmann (The Weinstein Company)
The Descendants - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Hugo – Graham King, Tim Headington, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp (Paramount Pictures)
The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver (Columbia Pictures)
Margin Call - Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto (Roadside Attractions)
Melancholia – Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth (Magnolia Pictures)
Midnight In Paris – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures (Sony Pictures Classics)
Moneyball - Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt (Columbia Pictures)
The Tree of Life – Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, Sarah Green (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Jennifer Fox, Luc Roeg, Bob Salerno (Oscilloscope Pictures)
Jacki Weaver, whose murderous matriarch earned her an Oscar nomination for Animal Kingdom, has signed on to star in Stoker, the Fox Searchlight thriller that was written by actor Wentworth Miller under the pseudonym Ted Foulke. Weaver joins Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in the Chan-wook Park-directed thriller about a teen who is mourning the death of her father and has to deal with an eccentric uncle who shows up unexpectedly. Scott Free’s Ridley and Tony Scott and Michael Costigan are producing. Weaver, who just wrapped The Five Year Engagement for Universal and Judd Apatow, is repped by ICM and Elevate Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Oscar-nominated Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver to join the cast of Five Year Engagement, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy that stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans and Lauren Weedman. Nicholas Stoller is directing the script he wrote with Segel. The comedy charts the ups and downs of an engaged couple en route to the altar. Weaver’s repped by ICM and Elevate.
The agency now represents three nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category – Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom, Melissa Leo for The Fighter, and Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit, not to mention nominations for Jesse Eisenberg and director Tom Hooper. Yesterday, Weaver signed with Alex Cole from Elevate Entertainment for management.
Australian actress Jacki Weaver, a supporting actress Oscar nominee for Animal Kingdom, has landed U.S. representation, signing with Alex Cole from Elevate Entertainment for management. Weaver, a seasoned theater, film and TV actress in her native Australia, has won three Australian Film Institute awards and a National Board of Review award for her role in Animal Kingdom.