EXCLUSIVE: Ben Foster is negotiating to join Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins in 360, the Peter Morgan-scripted drama that will be directed by Fernando Meirelles. The indie drama has been building steam since last year when Weisz agreed to re-team with Meirelles after he directed to a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in The Constant Gardener. Hopkins joined shortly after. 360 is a series of intersecting storylines that deal with love and infidelity. The film is inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen, the play most famously turned into the 1950s film La Ronde. Andrew Eaton is producing, and David Linde is exec producer. Linde and Eaton worked with UTA to square funding through a combination of sources including Austrian financiers and BBC Films. There is no distributor yet.
Foster most recently starred with Jason Statham in the CBS Films remake The Mechanic, reprising the protege role that Jan-Michael Vincent played in the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller. Foster wrapped the Oren Moverman-directed drama Rampart and next stars in the Baltasar Kormakur-directed drama Contraband opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale. He’s repped by WME and manager Ken Jacobson.
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Nolan is lining up actresses he’ll meet for two female lead roles in The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment of the Batfranchise which Warner Bros has dated release on July 20, 2012. I’m told one of the roles is a love interest for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, and the other is a villain. The actresses are: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley. Nolan is keeping the roles under wraps, just the way that he did when he drafted his Inception star Tom Hardy to come aboard to likely play a villain. Deadline broke that story October 13. I’m still not sure what the role is and I believe Hardy took the job without knowing or reading a script that’s still being tweaked.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Universal co-chairman David Linde is aboard as executive producer. Rachel Weisz will reunite with her Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles on the psychosexual drama 360 that Peter Morgan has written. The drama is being produced by Austrian producer Dor Film and co-financed by BBC Films and its Austrian TV counterpart ORF Fernsehfilm. 360 is inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play Reigen. Schnitzler’s Vienna-set fin-de-siècle drama has been filmed many times, including Max Ophuls’ 1950 film La Ronde. Reigen consists of short scenes between couples, shown before or after a sexual liaison. After each scene, one character from the pairing is then shown with another partner, who is then shown with another partner, and so on. Finally, the promiscuity comes full circle.