EXCLUSIVE: Rob Lowe is the latest cast member to join Paramount Animation’s hybrid pic Monster Trucks, which already has set Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Holt McCallany, Thomas Lennon, and Barry Pepper. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the May 29, 2015, release, which will mark Lowe’s second straight summer in a studio movie after this July’s Sony comedy Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. Lowe is a producer and star on NBC’s country club pilot The Pro and leads Comedy Central’s new animated series Moonbeam City, which debuts next year. He’s repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Chrissie Fit Cast In ‘Pitch Perfect 2′; Shohreh Aghdashloo To Narrate ‘Alam High School’; Tucker Albrizzi Joins ‘Monster Trucks’
Chrissie Fit has booked a role in Universal’s sequel Pitch Perfect 2, playing a new member of the Barden Bellas. Many of the original cast members are returning, but plot details are being kept under wraps for director Elizabeth Banks’ film, which is shooting in Baton Rouge, LA. Fit’s credits include Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and Win, Lose Or Draw, along with the feature Filly Brown and a recurring role on General Hospital. She is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Intellectual Artists Management.
Shohreh Aghdashloo has been tapped to narrate the documentary Alam High School. Director Saman Yaghmai-Aledavoud’s film is about an elite, experimental co-ed school established in the conservative Iranian city in 1969, where students were taught in English by young American members of the Peace Corps and Iranian college professors. Ten years later, it became a detention center for political dissidents. Aghdashloo, who won an Emmy for House Of Saddam and earned an Oscar nom for House Of Sand And Fog, next appears in The Last Knights and Rosewater. She is repped by CAA and Roundtable Entertainment and in the UK by Ken McReddie.
Paramount’s 2015 live-action animation hybrid pic Monster Trucks has cast Emmy-winner Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, True Grit) in a role that the studio’s keeping under wraps. Pepper, who next appears in Focus Features’ Kill The Messenger with Jeremy Renner and the romantic drama The Devil’s Harvest, had a busy last year with Broken City, Snitch, and The Lone Ranger. He joins Thomas Lennon, Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the Chris Wedge-helmed Monster Trucks, which hits the road May 29, 2015. Pepper is repped by The Kohner Agency and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Lennon has joined the cast of Paramount’s Monster Trucks, the live-action/animation hybrid also starring Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany. Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is directing Paramount Animation‘s would-be franchise starter, which Mary Parent is producing. Plot details on the original script by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Derek Connolly are under wraps, but Lennon’s is a “significant” role. Filming begins this month ahead of a May 29, 2015, debut. Actor, writer, producer, and director Lennon currently exec produces Comedy Central’s social media-fueled @midnight with partner Robert Ben Garant, with whom he co-created the network’s cop satire Reno 911! and MTV’s The State. The pair also scripted comedy features The Pacifier, Let’s Go To Prison, and the Night at the Museum pics starring Ben Stiller, and wrote and directed the 2013 comedy Hell Baby.
EXCLUSIVE: The actor has booked a baddie gig in the hybrid live-action/CGI pic. Holt McCallany is joining Lucas Till, Amy Ryan and Jane Levy in Paramount Animation’s Monster Trucks for director Chris Wedge (Epic, Ice Age). He’ll play Burke, an intense and dangerous security contractor who will stop at nothing to get his job done — even it means roughing up teenagers. Paramount is hoping to fire up a Transformers-type franchise with the pic scripted Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger and produced by Mary Parent. The pic arrives May 29, 2015. McCallany’s recent credits include toplining the drama series Golden Boy at CBS and Lights Out for FX along with big-screen appearances in Gangster Squad and Bullet To The Head. He recently wrapped shooting on the features Run All Night and Cyber. McCallany is repped by APA, Mosaic, and attorney Rick Genow.
Amy Ryan Gears Up For ‘Monster Trucks’; Blake Jenner Creeps Into ‘Crawlspace;’ Pablo Larrain Helms ‘Scarface’
Amy Ryan has landed a role in Paramount’s live-action/CGI hybrid Monster Trucks. Plot details for director Chris Wedge’s film are being kept under wraps, but Ryan will play a the single mom trying to make ends meet while raising her teenage son. Her credits include Clear History and Breathe In and she recently wrapped the feature Don Verdean. Ryan next will be seen in Birdman and Devil’s Knot. TV credits include The Office, In Treatment and The Wire. She is repped by Gersh and attorney Dave Feldman.
Blake Jenner has been cast in New Line’s Crawlspace. Michael Vartan stars a widower with a daughter who gets remarried and, after a rough patch of unemployment, gets the chance for a new start in a new house in the suburbs. But the house has a dark secret. Jenner will play Tommy, who discovers the horrors hidden within the house’s walls. Principal photography was set to begin today in Los Angeles. Jenner is a regular on Fox’s Glee, following his Season 2 win on The Glee Project. He is repped by Mosaic and CAA.
Chilean helmer Pablo Larrain (No) will direct the Scarface remake for Universal Pictures.
Nikki Finke scooped last night that Paramount Animation is working up a live action/computer animation feature and potential franchise based on monster trucks. Ice Age helmer and Blue Sky Studios Chris Wedge is in final talks to direct the pic, the second film to come out of the division after the SpongeBob SquarePants feature. Now both have release dates: Paramount said today that SpongeBob SquarePants 2 will open wide February 13, 2015, and Monster Trucks will open on May 29, 2015. Monster Trucks is being eyed as a $100M budget film that should start production in first-half 2014. Mary Parent is producing both movies, which are being written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger.
Paramount Animation Plans ‘Monster Trucks’ Live Action-Toon Franchise: In Final Talks With Blue Sky’s Chris Wedge To Direct
EXCLUSIVE: Who hasn’t seen boys big and small intently watching monster trucks do their stuff? I’ve learned that there’s a combination live action/computer animation feature about them which is Adam Goodman‘s priority project for Paramount Animation right now. And he’s kicking off the toon division’s second project by going after one of Blue Sky Studios’ biggest names. Based on an original idea and planned for Summer 2015, Monster Trucks could hopefully become a Transformers-like franchise the way Paramount sees it. So my sources say the studio is in final negotiations with Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots, Epic) to direct the planned $100M budget film which should start production in the first half of 2014. Mary Parent is producing, and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger writing. Those scribes also scripted DWA’s Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation’s first project, the untitled SpongeBob SquarePants, which Parent also is producing as well as Noah for big Paramount.
Wedge is the multi-hyphenate producer, helmer, and voice actor is best known as a co-founder of Blue Sky Studios and for directing that company’s first computer animated film, 2002′s Ice Age. Not only did he voiced Scrat in the film and its following sequels which he …