Industry News: Ethan Hawke, Emma Stone, Ron Perlman and More!
TRAILER FOR JULIET, NAKED DROPS: A humble, cardigan-clad Annie (Rose Byrne) is in the throes of an email romance with Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), an early-90s rocker. The prob: Annie heard about him through her ex Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), his biggest fan. The film drops August 17thand is based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.
SAOIRSE RONAN & TIMOTHEE CHALAMET IN TALKS TO STAR IN LITTLE WOMEN: Greta Gerwig is compiling an all-star cast for her adaptation of Little Women after garnering much acclaim for directorial debut, Lady Bird. Currently, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh and Emma Stone are in talks to star. The adaptation of Mary Louise Alcott’s classic novel follows teen sisters Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg and their mother in Civil War-era Massachusetts. Streep would play the matriarch, Ronan would play Jo, Stone would play Meg. Chalamet would play Laurie Laurence, Jo’s love interest.
RON PERLMAN-PRODUCED TO DUST SNAGGED: Good Deed Entertainment has nabbed To Dust, a dark comedy from producer Ron Perlman and director Shawn Snyder. Hungarian actor Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul) and Matthew Broderick play unlikely friends who embark on a dark journey to learn about death. The film follows a Hasidic cantor in upstate New York (Rohrig) who befriends a biology professor (Broderick).
MOVIEPASS SELLING HATS & HOODIES: In a bid to drum up a healthy bottom line, MoviePass is now selling merchandise. The viability of the subscription movie ticketing service has long been in question, and industry observers are greeting this latest development with derision. MoviePass seems to be in on the joke, offering up pun-packed items like a “Hat Damon” for $15.99 along with Marvel-approved Black Panther gear. Everything is more expensive than the service itself, which gives 3 million users access to movies for $10 per month.
GEN-Z STUDIO BRAT BRINGS BOSS CHEER TO SNAPCHAT: Brat is bringing a comedy focused on the world of competitive cheerleading to Snapchat. This will be the digital studio’s first foray onto the platform. Boss Cheer launches Sunday, July 15thand can be found on the platform’s Discover page. Teen influencers Tessa Brooks and Tristan Tales star as the team's coaches.