Peter Sarsgaard has been cast as the lead in NBC’s The Slap. Also cast in a lead role in the 8-hour miniseries, based on the 2011 Australian short-run series, is Weeds‘ Mary-Louise Parker. The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. The seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.
Sarsgaard will play Hector, a husband and father who loves his wife and family but shows signs of weakness when he finds himself succumbing to the advances of his wife’s teenaged receptionist during his own party. Hector’s cousin is the one who slaps the child. Parker will play Anouk, a close friend of Hector’s who’s the head writer on a TV show and is now dating the younger leading man. Sarsgaard, repped by CAA, Jon Rubenstein at Authentic, and Jodi Peikoff, and Parker are the first actors cast in The Slap, written by Jon Robin Baitz and to be directed by Lisa Cholodenko (the first two hours) for Universal TV and Australia’s Matchbox Pictures, producer of the original series. Baitz, Cholodenko and Matchbox’s Tony Ayres executive produce with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald as well as Ted Gold. Read More »
In his first major TV series role, Peter Sarsgaard has joined the third season of the AMC’s drama The Killing, from Fox TV Studios. Season 3 follows Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) as she investigates the disappearance of another teen girl. Sarsgaard will play Tom Seward, a death row inmate for whom the clock is ticking down. A lifelong convict born into poverty and crime, Seward’s been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Also cast in Season 3 is Amy Seimetz as the missing girl’s mother. The two join returning stars Enos and Joel Kinnaman and fellow new cast additions Elias Koteas, Max Fowler and Bex Taylor-Klaus.
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BREAKING: The Match Factory is selling foreign at Toronto for the Kelly Reichardt-directed Night Moves, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as three radical environmentalists who come together to execute the most spectacular direct action event of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam — the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise.
Shooting begins next month and UTA Independent Film Group is handling domestic sales on the co-production of Maybach Film Productions, RT Features and filmscience.
Match Factory today closed a French rights deal with Paris-based Ad Vitam Distribution, with Ad Vitam’s Alexandra Henochsberg and Gregory Gajos making the deal with Match Factory’s Brigitte Suarez and Michael Weber. Reichardt, who last directed Meek’s Cutoff, wrote the script with Jon Raymond. Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing with Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Rodrigo Teixeira. Saerom Kim, Lourenço Sant’ Anna, Alejandro de Leon, Todd Haynes and Larry Fessenden are executive producing. UTA reps Reichardt.
Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek will star in Very Good Girls, a film that will be financed by Ealing Metro International and Prescience. They will shop the film here at Cannes. The film will be directed by Naomi Foner, who wrote the script. The film follows two teenage girls through a summer spent in New York City. After they graduate high school, each becomes determined to lose her virginity, and things get complicated when they fall for the same charismatic street artist.
The girls will be played by Fanning, who’s been working on the conclusion of the Twilight Saga films, and Olsen, who made a splash at Sundance as the star of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Gale Anne Hurd and Hawk Koch produce, and production starts in September. CAA put together the funding and is repping North American rights with Ealing Metro.
Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:
First up is Warner Bros’ GREEN LANTERN writer Geoff Johns, who says the week he spent on the movie set was the best week of his life. And we have some footage to see: The screen goes black, as a voice tells us we all have been selected, but before we can be recruited, we must be tested. Green swirling energy appears on the screen, as the voice tells us to focus our mind and “move the light with your will”. Then images: Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan holding the alien power ring. The purplish corpse of dying alien Abin Sur. Peter Sarsgaard’s head getting bigger and veinier. Blake Lively looking out the window. Voiceover of Reynolds uttering the familiar Green Lantern oath: “In brightest day, in blackest night…” Read More »