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On the Set for 7/20/15: Daniel Radcliffe Starts Shooting ‘Swiss Army Men’, Meryl Streep Finishes ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ ‹ SSN Insider

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On the Set for 7/20/15: Daniel Radcliffe Starts Shooting ‘Swiss Army Men’, Meryl Streep Finishes ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Comment  20 Jul 2015
 By SSN Insider Staff

STARTS

Don’t Knock Twice
7/20/2015
Logline: A guilt-ridden mother must save her daughter by uncovering the terrifying truth behind an urban legend surrounding a vengeful, demonic witch.
Production Company(s): Content Media Corporation, Seymour Films
Director(s): Caradog James
Executive Producer(s): Jamie Carmichael
Producer(s): John Giwa-Amu, Claire Moorsom
Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton
Writer(s): Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler
SSN Insight: The film will shoot in the U.K. and was financed by Altara, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Content Media. The project is another team-up between Content Media and James, who worked together on sci-fi action thriller The Machine.

Sleight
7/20/2015
Logline: After his mother’s death, a young street magician turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister. When she kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her.
Production Company(s): Diablo Entertainment
Director(s): JD Dillard
Producer(s): Eric B. Fleischman, Sean Tabibian
Cast: Jacob Latimore, Dule Hill, Tyga, Storm Reid, Seychelle Gabriel
Writer(s): JD Dillard, Alex Theurer
SSN Insight: Dule Hill is best known for his role on USA’s Psych. He currently has a recurring role on HBO’s Ballers as Larry and was cast in the CBS pilot, Doubt.

Southside With You
7/13/2015
Logline: The story of the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” to the site of their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor.
Production Company(s): State Street Pictures, IM Global
Director(s): Richard Tanne
Executive Producer(s): Tracey Bing
Producer(s): Robert Teitel, Richard Tanne, Tika Sumpter, Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson
Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers
Writer(s): Richard Tanne
SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Homegrown Pictures with Stephanie Allain attached to produce.

Stratton
7/15/2015
Logline: The adventures John Stratton, an operative of the special forces of the British Navel Service, are chronicled.
Production Company(s): Amber Entertainment, GFM Films
Director(s): Simon West
Producer(s): Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman, Charlie Cavill, Rex Glensy
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Austin Stowell, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Felton
Details: Based on the 8-novel “Stratton” series written by Duncan Falconer and published by Little, Brown Book Group. The first novel, “The Hostage” was published on March 1, 2003 and the eighth novel “Assassin” was published on published July 26, 2012. “Duncan Falconer” is a pseudonym for the author who drew on his own military background to create the character “John Stratton.”
SSN Insight: Henry Cavill was previously attached to star. Simon West is also directing a remake of The Blob for Goldcrest, currently in preproduction.

Swiss Army Man
7/14/2015
Logline: In this absurdist comedy, a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey to get home.
Production Company(s): Cold Iron Pictures , Blackbird Films
Director(s): Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Executive Producer(s): Gideon Tadmor, Jim Kaufman, William Sten Olsson
Producer(s): Jonathan Wang, Lawrence Inglee, Amanda Marshall, Miranda Bailey, Eyal Rimmon
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Writer(s): Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
SSN Insight: Screenplay was included in 2014 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab

The Brits Are Coming
7/20/2015
Logline: A con artist couple from Britain who owe a huge debt to a Russian gangster travel to Los Angeles and plan a big diamond heist.
Production Company(s): Evolution/Primary Wave
Director(s): James Oakley
Producer(s): Cassian Elwes, J.C. Chandor, Robert Ogden Barnum, William Clevinger
Cast: Uma Thurman
Writer(s): James Oakley, Alexander G. Michaelides
SSN Insight:Kristin Chenoweth and Steven Berkoff were previously attached as cast members.

The Free World
7/15/2015
Logline: Mo Lundy is adjusting to civilian life after 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit when he meets Doris, and soon is willing to risk even his new freedom for the mysterious woman.
Production Company(s): Untitled Entertainment, Memento Films
Director(s): Jason Lew
Executive Producer(s): Emilie Georges, Nick Shumaker
Producer(s): Laura Rister
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook
Writer(s): Jason Lew
SSN Insight: Cillian Murphy was previously attached to star. Bryce Dallas Howard was previously attached to star.

What Happened to Monday?
7/14/2015
Logline: In a world where families are allowed only one child, some resourceful, identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
Production Company(s): Raffaella Productions, Vendome Pictures
Director(s): Tommy Wirkola
Producer(s): Raffaella De Laurentiis, Philippe Rousselet
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close
Writer(s): Max Botkin
SSN Insight: Morten Tyldum was attached to direct. The lead was originally written for a male actor but was rewritten when Rapace met with Wirkola.

WRAPS

Florence Foster Jenkins
7/20/2015
Logline: The true story of New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who aspired to become an opera singer despite an assertive lack of talent, and her aristocratic British “husband” and manager who both championed her skills and sought to protect her from the hard truth about her abilities.
Production Company(s): N1 European Film Productions and Co. KG, Qwerty Films
Director(s): Stephen Frears
Producer(s): Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda
Writer(s): Nicholas Martin
SSN Insight: Streep is also starring in Ricki and the Flash and Suffragette, both awaiting release along with The Good House in active development.

Free Fire
7/17/2015
Logline: In 1978, an arms deal in Boston goes terribly wrong.
Production Company(s): Rook Films
Director(s): Ben Wheatley
Executive Producer(s): Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Producer(s): Andy Starke, Ben Wheatley
Cast: Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley
Writer(s): Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump
SSN Insight: Olivia Wilde was previously attached to the role played by Brie Larson. Luke Evans was previously attached to co-star.

Indignation
7/17/2015
Logline: Two complicated and unique individuals, one the son of a kosher butcher from Newark and the other the daughter of a well-regarded surgeon from Cleveland, explore a relationship at their Midwestern university in the 1950s.
Production Company(s): X-Filme Creative Pool, Symbolic Exchange, Likely Story, RT Features
Director(s): James Schamus
Executive Producer(s): Stefanie Azpiazu, Avy Eschenasy, Lourenco Sant Anna, Logan Lerman, Jonathan Bronfman
Producer(s): Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Rodrigo Teixeira
Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein
Writer(s): James Schamus
Details: Based on the novel “Indignation” written by Philip Roth and published by Houghton Mifflin in September 2008.
SSN Insight: Scott Rudin preemptively acquired the novel by Philip Roth in a reported seven-figure deal. Project was previously in development at Scott Rudin Productions with Scott Rudin attached to produce.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
7/16/2015
Logline: This sequel involves a swashbuckling search across the seas for a legendary and powerful artifact, the Trident of Poseidon.
Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Production Company(s): Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Director(s): Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Ian McShane, Stephen Graham
Writer(s): Jeff Nathanson, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Details: Sequel to Walt Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003).
SSN Insight: Rob Marshall had been mentioned to direct. Jared Leto and Christoph Waltz were reportedly eyed for the villain role. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are best known for directing the Netflix series, Marco Polo.

By SSN Insider Staff
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