Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of Universal and Focus Features’ erotic adaptation of EL James‘s Fifty Shades Of Grey. She’ll play Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the adoptive physician mama of emotionally damaged billionaire Christian Grey and his siblings Mia and Elliot. Dr. Grace Grey is the pediatrician who cares for 4-year-old Christian when his birth mother (or “the crack whore,” as Fifty Shades readers may know her) dies. She’s also the one who inadvertently introduces Christian to his cougar lover Elena from whom he learns his BDSM ways. Harden recently wrapped Woody Allen‘s Magic in the Moonlight and stars on HBO’s The Newsroom and ABC’s Trophy Wife. Jamie Dornan has been set to play Christian opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the pic directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, which will now hit theaters February 13, 2015.
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.
TV CASTINGS: Sally Pressman To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Joe, Joe & Jane’, Marcia Gay Harden Joins HBO’s ‘Newsroom’
NBC has cast one of the title characters in its multi-camera comedy pilot Joe & Joe & Jane. Army Wives’ Sally Pressman has been cast as Jane in the project, from writers-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and 20th Century Fox TV. Loosely based on the relationship between Port, Wiseman and Wiseman’s wife, Joe, Joe & Jane centers on a conflict-avoidant children’s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Pressman) and his co-author/ best friend. It’s not about a couple, it’s about a trouple. Pressman, whose casting was first reported by TVLine, became available for pilots after her regular role as Roxy on Army Wives was downgraded to recurring heading into Season 7. NBC has had its eye on Pressman for awhile. When she was in her then-last year on Army Wives in September 2011, the network signed the actress in a development deal. But then Lifetime ordered 10 additional episodes of the veteran drama series in November 2011 to film during last year’s pilot season. While her NBC deal eventually expired, Pressman is back at the network a year later as a lead of a pilot.
Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden Join Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton And Jacki Weaver In JFK Conspiracy Pic ‘Parkland’
BREAKING: Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden have joined Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver in Parkland, which Peter Landesman wrote and will direct based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy. The film is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and also is being produced and financed by Exclusive Media and its co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.
Bugliosi’s mammoth book, which Playtone and Landesman originally set up at HBO, refuted the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination that were embraced in the Oliver Stone-directed JFK. The film does not address the conspiracy aspect and focuses only on what happened at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The film, to be shot in Austin, is destined for a 2013 U.S. theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
Marcia Gay Harden will co-star in the film now known as Get A Job, directed by Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger). The project began production March 12th in Los Angeles. Penned by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel, the feature revolves around four recent college graduates who discover that expectations and the realities of adulthood are two very different things. Harden will play a demanding VP at a company who runs the show according to her rules. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Double Feature Films are producing, and Maria Faillace and Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project for CBS Films. Harden is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Joining Oscar- and Tony-winner Marcia Gay Harden are Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brian Geraghty and Vincent D’Onofrio in the film set in a small Midwestern town. Supreme Ruler follows Steve (Morgan) as he campaigns to become “Supreme Ruler” of his local Buffalo lodge. He soon finds himself challenged by Hank (D’Onofrio), an elder lodge member. To gain more support, he travels to the Order’s annual convention in Chicago where he befriends Nancy (Harden), a more established “Supreme Ruler.” The project is the directorial debut of Duane Edwards, who previously directed the shorts Hit And Run and The Confession. Steven A. Jones (Wild Things) will produce.
Marcia Gay Harden has been tapped to star in NBC’s comedy pilot Isabel. Inspired by the French-Canadian series Le Monde De Charlotte, Isabel centers on an otherwise normal, angry middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising daughter Isabel (Sophia Mitri Schloss) who has magical qualities. Oscar and Tony winner Harden will play the mom, Francis. This is the second consecutive season, in which Harden stars in a comedy pilot. Last year, she did ABC’s half-hour Smothered. She is with UTA and manager Maryellen Mulcahey.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Sony Pictures Classics partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are tying up a deal to acquire US rights to God Of Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. Polanski shot the film in Paris, with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly starring.
This is just one of several plum pictures currently being shopped for distribution. Others include the Phyllida Lloyd-directed Margaret Thatcher pic The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep starring (the ask is $7 million for US rights), and the Paolo Sorrentino-directed This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn as a bored, retired rock star who tries to find his father’s killer, an ex-Nazi war criminal hiding in the U.S.
Back to God of Carnage. It’s a strong cast, and counting Polanski, everyone has won Oscars except Reilly, who has been nominated. The plot: two sets of parents meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and get along worse than the kids did. The Broadway show ran 452 performances with roles originated by James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. ICM packaged the film and is making the distribution deal.
Andrew J. West (Greek) is set as the lead in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor pilot. The multicamera comedy, from writer-exec producer Dan Goor, centers on Adam Foote (West), a young doctor who joins his parents’ medical practice and spends as much time tending to his family as to his patients. Jean Smart was recently cast as his mom. West is with ICM and Group Management.
Marcia Gay Harden is set for a co-starring role in the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Smothered, from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. The project centers on young couple Zack (Kyle Howard) and Gillian, who find themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents. Harden will play Zack’s pretentious, often overbearing mother.
Sherri Saum (Gossip Girl) has landed a lead in ABC’s drama pilot Grace, from writer Krista Vernoff. A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance, it centers on Michael Grace (Eric Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters with different mothers. He is in danger of losing his studio until his daughter Sarah (Abigail Spencer), a dancer-turned-lawyer, decides to buy her father’s studio and run it for him. Saum will play Grace’s second daughter, a beautiful, bright …
With a foot of snow on my Long Island doorstep, it’s already easy to envy anyone in Los Angeles. Now, the original cast of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God of Carnage has agreed to reunite for a six-week run at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre from April 5 through May 15. Opening night is April 13. Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden will star. They were all nominated for Tonys when they opened the show on Broadway. Harden won and so did director Matthew Warchus, who’s also back with producers Stuart Thompson and Robert Fox. The show ended its Broadway run last June, with Dylan Baker, Daniels, Lucy Liu and Janet McTeer taking the final bows.
Roman Polanski is about to get underway with the feature adaptation in Paris. John C. Reilly stars with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in the drama about two sets of parents who meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and get along worse than the kids.
The Italian production starts shooting today in Central Park, New York City. The Oscar-winning actress joins Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Regbo (Harry Potter), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels), Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) in this coming-of-age story. Italian financiers including RAI Cinema are fully financing this adaptation of the teenage novel by New York-based author Peter Cameron, which was a bestseller in Italy. The novel tells a Holden Caufield-ish tale of a teenager working in his mother’s pretentious Manhattan art gallery, where he finds himself accused of sexual harassment. Roberto Faenza is the director and the producer is Elda Ferri (Life Is Beautiful). It’s a wholly Italian-financed production, partly financed by RAI Cinema.
One footnote is that the script is by Dahlia Heyman, step-sister of Harry Potter producer David Heyman. By my reckoning, she’s the fifth member of the Heyman dynasty to enter the business. Her father John Heyman is a producer who’s developing a feature about British Olympic skier Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, with Rupert Grint attached. Norma Heyman is one of Britain’s most respected producers (Mrs Henderson Presents), while her daughter Lil Heyman was production supervisor on Clash of the Titans.