EXCLUSIVE: Tim Blake Nelson is getting more company on his ensemble drama Anesthesia. The Lincoln actor wrote, stars in, and is directing the pic which follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Sam Waterston has been cast as said professor, Walter Zarrow. Oscar-nominated Glenn Close will play Zarrow’s wife Marcia, with Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris) as an investment banker who witnesses the attack and Gretchen Mol as his wife, an alcoholic New Jersey homemaker. As I reported Sunday, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has taken a supporting role in the ensemble drama; she’ll play Zarrow’s troubled student Sophie. Nelson will step in front of the camera himself to play Zarrow’s son.
Tim Blake Nelson’s ‘Anesthesia’ Adds Glenn Close, Sam Waterston, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams, Corey Stoll & More
EXCLUSIVE: While Michael K. Williams‘ Chalky White character seems to be becoming a larger presence on each season of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (I am most certainly not complaining), he’s found a movie to do during his hiatus. Williams signed with BN Films to join Captive, the thriller directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke. Williams joins David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers. The film is a fictionalized thriller based on a well-known true story. While Ashley Smith, a single mom, struggles to overcome her drug addiction to regain custody of her daughter, she’s taken hostage by an escaped, quadruple murderer. Her only defenses: faith in God, a love for her daughter, and the book A Purpose Driven Life, parts of which she reads aloud to her captor during the harrowing ordeal. This leads to a surprising epiphany for both Ashley and the convict. Williams plays a lead detective in the film that begins shooting this weekend in North Carolina.