Jason Clarke to Star Opposite Helen Mirren in ‘Winchester’
Jason Clarke has joined Helen Mirren in the supernatural thriller “Winchester,” CBS Films announced Tuesday.
Michael and Peter Spierig are directing the film, based on a screenplay by Tom Vaughan. It was produced by Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan and Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin.
The film follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester, who was convinced she was haunted by all the souls killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. After the death of her husband and child, she started a 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the ghosts away.
John Krasinski Signs On to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riot Drama
The film is currently in production and also features John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell and Hannah Murray. It will follow the five-day riots that swept the Motor City in 1967 and explore issues of systemic racism in the city.
Mark Boal, who worked with Bigelow on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” wrote the script. Bigelow is producing the movie alongside Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro is the executive producer.
Fox Searchlight Acquires Natalie Portman’s ‘Jackie’
Natalie Portman‘s turn as Jackie Kennedy is coming home to America thanks to Fox Searchlight.
The independent film company purchased the U.S. distribution rights to the Pablo Larraín drama on the heels of public and industry screenings at the Toronto Film Festival. “Jackie” opens stateside on Dec. 9.
“Jackie” debuted at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews, for both Portman’s portrayal of the iconic First Lady and Larraín’s unconventional take on the biopic. It portrays the construction of the mythical Camelot, a nickname for President John F. Kennedy’s administration, through the eyes of Jackie during and after her husband’s assassination.