EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Michael Kenneth Williams, better known as Chalky White if you have HBO and are as addicted to Terence Winter’s Boardwalk Empire as I am. Williams, who first made his mark on HBO’s The …
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director William Monahan has signed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. His company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of projects already in development, including several Monahan originals. The deal comes as the Monahan-scripted reboot of The Gambler is in production at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange starring and Rupert Wyatt directing. Monahan also adapted the book Cocaine Cowboys into Desperado, a film that will re-team Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg with Wahlberg and which Paramount will put into production in the fall.
Monahan separately has turned in a scripted adaptation of John Le Carre’s most recent novel, A Delicate Truth, to BBC Films. He has numerous other projects in the pipeline, including Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, as well as an adaption of Sympathy For Lady Vengeance that will star Charlize Theron, with Monahan producing with Theron and Megan Ellison. He also adapted the adventure novel The Wild Geese, which was previously turned in to the 1978 film that starred Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore. Monahan is producing that with Greg Shapiro and Patrick Milling Smith.
Leland Orser has joined the cast of Paramount’s remake of The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson. He will play Jones, a resentful English professor at UCLA who is the Wahlberg character’s superior. Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the pic from a script by William Monahan. Orser also will star in writer-director Riley Stearns’ Faults, recently named to the 2013 Black List. He plays Ansel Roth, who is hired by parents of a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is caught up in a cult to kidnap and deprogram her. Orser, whose recent credits include TV’s Magic City, Revolution and Touch, next appears in The Guest, which will premiere at Sundance next month. He is repped by Gersh and The Burstein Company.
Ivana Milicevic has landed a role in the Untitled Cameron Crowe project for Sony. The romantic comedy centers on a defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who falls for an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) after he is assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. Milicevic plays Alexis Huff, the biographer of Bill Murray’s character, who follows him to the Aloha State. Scott Rudin is producing the pic, which Crowe wrote and is directing. The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel.