Featuring Titular Star Ethan Hawke in Exclusive Tesla Poster


debuting the exclusive Tesla poster from IFC Films upcoming biographical drama starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke ( Boyhood , Training Day ), releasing in theaters and on VOD on August 21. You can check out the full poster now in the gallery below!

The film, written, directed, and produced by Michael Almerevda ( Hamlet ), follows inventor Nikola Tesla (Hawke) as he fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition. Increasingly displeased by the greed of fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks ), Tesla forges his own virtuous but arduous path toward creating the innovative alternate-current motor. His European nature is at odds with budding American industrialism and the landscape of intellectual property is treacherous and Tesla slowly becomes jailed in his overactive mind. His associate, Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson, The Knick ), analyzes and presents his story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice in this scientific period drama.

In addition to Hawke, Hewson, and MacLachlan, the cast for Tesla features Jim Gaffigan ( The Jim Gaffigan Show ) as entrepreneur George Westinghouse, Donnie Keshawarz ( The Wolf of Wall Street ), Rebecca Dayan ( Celeste & Jesse Forever ), Josh Hamilton ( Eighth Grade ) and Lucy Walters ( Power ).

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Tesla is produced by IFC Films alongside Millennium Media, Uri Singer of Passage Pictures, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobham of Campbell-Grobman Films and Isen Robbins of Intrinsic Value Films.

Reboot Taps Jon Hamm to Lead & Produce! by Miramax’s Fletch


It’s been over five years since we last heard that Jason Sudeikis ( Booksmart ) was set to take on the iconic role of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher in a reboot of the Chevy Chase-led franchise at Warner Bros. and now The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Jon Hamm ( Tag ) has signed on for the titular role at Miramax!

Based on the Gregory Mcdonald novels of similar name, Hamm is set to star as I.M. Fletcher, the quick-witted investigative reporter previously portrayed by Chase in the 1985 cult classic neo-noir comedy and its poorly-received 1989 sequel. The new film is set to be penned by Zev Borow ( Chuck ) and helmed by Greg Mottola, best-known for directing Superbad and Paul and previously having worked with Hamm on Clear History and Keeping Up With the Joneses .

“ Fletch’s duration over audiences- whether told on paper or the big screen- entertains all and we could not be more thrilled to see what twenty-first century twist these artists create ,” Miramax CEO Bill Block said in a statement.

Though some plot details are currently being kept under wraps, the story for the film will be based on the second book in the series, Confess , and will see Fletch caught in the middle of multiple murders and must prove his innocence while also finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, which was an inheritance from her father who is missing and presumed dead.

The reboot will be produced by Hamm alongside manager and producer Connie Taval, with David List also attached to the project as executive producer. The rights to the Mcdonald character has been passed around Hollywood for nearly 30 years now, with Kevin Smith being attached from 2000-05 to write and direct for Universal Pictures before leaving over creative differences regarding casting, followed by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence in 2006 in what was supposed to be his directorial debut with Zach Braff starring, though both eventually left. While Steve Pink ( Hot Tub Time Machine ) was briefly attached following Lawrence’s departure, nothing would come of it until 2014, when a script from List attracted the attention of Sudeikis to star for Warner Bros., but it would eventually fall into development hell.

Dual Role Acquired by Saban Films Starring Drew Barrymore in The Stand


Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to Emmy Award nominee Jamie Babbit’s ( The Quiet , But I’m a Cheerleader ) The Stand-In , starring Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore ( E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , Grey Gardens , Santa Clarita Diet ).

The Stand-In is the story of a disaffected comedy actress busted for tax evasion and her adoring, ambitious stand-in who she hires to do community service in her place. A co-dependent relationship ensues as the actress begins to use the stand-in in all parts of her life to escape from the stressful demands of fame. Eventually, the stand-in starts to take the actress’s identity, career, and boyfriend and finally kicks her out of her own house.

“Drew Barrymore’s acting prowess is on full display and will keep audiences laughing as she seamlessly transforms between her two characters,” commented Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “We are thrilled to continue to spotlight indie film, and after seeing it via the Tribeca Film Festival, bring it to our audiences during these tough times.”

The star-studded cast also includes Michael Zegen ( The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ), Emmy Award nominee Ellie Kemper ( Bridesmaids , Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ), T.J. Miller ( Deadpool , Silicon Valley ), and Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor ( Two and a Half Men , Legally Blonde ). An official selection of The Tribeca Film Festival, the comedy was written by Sam Bain ( Four Lions , Magicians ) and produced by The Exchange’s Caddy Vanasirikul and Brian O’Shea, Flower Films’ Ember Truesdell and Chris Miller, and Tom McNulty.

Saban Films is executive producing alongside Flower Films’ Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen; Ingenious Media’s Christelle Conan, Anders Erden, Simon Williams, The Exchange’s Nat McCormick, Giovanna Trischitta; Wrigley Media Group’s Misdee Wrigley-Miller, Jayne Hancock, Ross Babbit, Danny Tepper; J3’s John Jencks and Joe Simpson, Jay Taylor, and Sam Bain.

Just Cause Movie Adaptation Stuber Director Michael Dowse to Helm


TheWrap brings word that Stuber director Michael Dowse is set to helm the movie adaptation of the Just Cause video game for Constantin Film. The feature will be written by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad.

Avalanche Studios and Square Enix’s video game series follows the adventures of Rico Rodriguez, an operative for a fictional U.S. covert agency sent to destabilize and overthrow oppressive regimes. The series’ name stems from the real-life United States invasion of Panama, code-named “Operation Just Cause.” Rodriguez has become one of the few Latino iconic video game characters.

The plot of the film is being kept under wraps, though the outlet reports the movie will follow Rodriguez on a race-against-time mission to stop the Black Hand, a lethal mercenary group.

Constantin Film is reportedly teaming up with Prime Universe Films to launch Just Cause as a global action movie franchise. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Prime Universe Film’s Adrian Askarieh will produce the feature with Kolstad onboard as a producer. Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz will serve as an executive producer on the project along with Square Enix. Constantin Film’s Alex Westmore and Colin Scully will oversee the project.

Justin Timberlake’s Drama Feature Palmer Acquires by Apple


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trolls World Tour star Justin Timberlake’s drama feature Palmer has been acquired by Apple, which will star Timberlake in the lead role.

In the movie, Timberlake plays Eddie Palmer, a former college football phenomenon who, after a stint in prison, returns to his hometown to get his life back on track. There, he faces not only lingering conflicts from his past but also a much more surprising challenge as he finds himself suddenly in charge of a unique young boy who has been abandoned by his wayward mother.

Palmer will also star Juno Temple ( Atonement ), Oscar nominee June Squibb ( Nebraska ), Alisha Wainright ( Raising Dion ), and newcomer Ryder Allen. The movie is directed by Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens ( The Cove ) from a screenplay by Cheryl Guerriero ( Hunting Season ), which appeared on the 2016 Black List.

The project comes from SK Global, Rhea Films, Nadler No GMO Popcorn Co., and the Hercules Film Fund. Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Charlie Corwin, Daniel Nadler, and Charles B. Wessler will produce with Robert Friedland, Terry Dougas, Jean-Luc De Fanti, Mark O’Connor, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, and Bruce Toll executive producing.