Anya Taylor-Joy, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole To Star In ‘Here Are The Young Men’
DEADLINE – The Witch breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy, Dean-Charles Chapman (Game Of Thrones), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders), and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street) have been tapped as the leads in Here Are The Young Men, a film adaptation based on Rob Doyle’s Irish novel of the same name. The pic is written and being directed by filmmaker Eoin C. Macken.
The film takes place in 2003 where, in one last summer of adolescence, an aimless teenager named Matthew (Chapman), is pulled into a world of nihilistic toxic masculinity by his charismatic friend Kearney (Cole). Matthew yearns after his childhood sweetheart Jen (Taylor-Joy), an independent girl on her own trajectory, whilst their precocious friend Rez (Walsh-Peelo), starts to succumb to paranoia.
Lola Petticrew and Conleth Hill are set to co-star in the feature, which begins shooting this month.
Producers are TYM Production’s Richard Bolger and Union Entertainment Group’s Noah Haeussner, with Edwina Casey co-producing. Paul W.S. Anderson, Andrew Davies Gans, Conor Barry and Michael Raimondi are serving as executive producers.
Taylor-Joy’s upcoming projects include X-Men film The New Mutants and M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. Chapman played Tommen Baratheon on GOT and currently recurs on AMC’s Into the Badlands. In addition to the BBC series Peaky Blinders, Cole also stars on the TNT drama Animal Kingdom. Walsh-Peelo plays Alfred the Great in the fifth season of History’s Vikings.
Taylor-Joy is repped by CAA, Troika, and Felker Toczek; Chapman by Troika and WME; Cole by Troika and WME; Walsh-Peelo by WME and Independent Talent Group.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Anya Taylor-Joy, who broke onto the scene with her lauded performance in A24’s The Witch, has been tapped as the title character in Weetzie Bat, the film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s cult favorite 1980s novel that Justin Kelly is directing. Love, Simon star Nick Robinson, American Honey standout Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin (Boy Erased) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Love, Simon, The Flash) also will star in the pic, which is described as a neon-lit fairy tale.
Weetzie (Taylor-Joy) is an ethereal pixie living in 1980s Los Angeles, where she grew up the child of an alcoholic starlet mother and a junkie screenwriter father. She teams up with her Mohawked best friend Dirk (Pellerin) to find love, leading her to mysterious trenchcoat-wearing filmmaker Max (Robinson) and platinum-haired surfer Duck (Lonsdale). But when their bliss is threatened by deaths, breakups and Max’s witchy and bitter ex-girlfriend Vixanne (Lane), Weetzie must take off her pink harlequin sunglasses in order to confront life’s darkness and find happiness in a city known as much for the glamour of fame and fortune as the darkness of cults and crime.
Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly, and Joshua Thurston are the producers on Weetzie Bat.
Block, who also penned the screenplay for the film, has authored more than 25 books spanning fiction, nonfiction, short stories and poetry. Repped by Intellectual Property Group, she has written scripts for Fox Searchlight and MTV and is currently developing other screenplays based on her work.
Taylor-Joy, recently seen in M. Night Shyalaman’s Split and Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, next stars in Fox’s X-Men: The New Mutants and the next film in Shyalaman’s Unbreakable series, Glass. She’s repped by CAA and Troika.
SCREEN DAILY – Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard and Simon Russell Beale have joined Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, Marjane Satrapi’s biopic of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie.
Principal photography is getting underway in Budapest this week.
Director Satrapi was Oscar-nominated for her 2007 feature Persepolis. Producers on Radioactive are Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with Shoebox Films’ Paul Webster. The screenplay was written by Jack Thorne, adapted from Laura Redniss’ graphic novel.
Amazon Studios has come onboard as a co-financier and will also distribute in the US.
Studiocanal will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
During the recent European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Studiocanal also inked deals on the title with Impuls Pictures in Switzerland, AB Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia, Lusomundo in Portugal, Gussi in Latin America, Kino in Japan, Huayi Brothers in China, Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Spentzos Films in Greece, Monolith in Poland, Myndform in Iceland, Blitz in former Yugoslavia, Selim Ramia in the Middle East, Forum in Israel, Catchplay in Taiwan, Shaw in Singapore, Pioneer in the Philippines, Pictureworks in India and PT Prima in Indonesia.
VARIETY – After breaking out in his psychological thriller “The Witch,” Anya Taylor-Joy is looking to reteam with director Robert Eggers on his new take on a cinematic classic.
Sources tell Variety that the “Split” actress is in negotiations to star in Studio 8’s remake of “Nosferatu.”
Eggers is writing and directing the pic. The 1922 silent movie followed the vampire Count Orlok of Transylvania, who wants to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored of the real-estate agent’s wife. It was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Werner Herzog directed a 1979 remake.
Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus will produce.
Eggers has already signed a deal with Studio 8 and is attached to direct “The Knight” for the studio. Jon Silk brought the “Nosferatu” project to Studio 8.
Eggers wanted to reteam with Taylor-Joy on the film early in the process, but after she became a bona fide movie star in M. Night Shyamalan’s hit “Split,” the young actress’ schedule has filled up. She is currently filming Josh Boone’s X-Men film “New Mutants” and is also signed on for the “Split” and “Unbreakable” sequel “Glass,” which also stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Taylor-Joy is repped by CAA and Troika.
Anya is set to star in the X-Men spinoff, New Mutants. The film will be directed by Josh Boone.
Josh Boone is directing the Fox movie from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee.
Fox’s long-awaited X-Men spinoff New Mutants is finally casting up.
Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of The Witch and Split, and Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams have signed on to star in the ensemble young adult superhero movie being directed by Josh Boone.
The movie is headed towards an early July start with a script by Boone and his writing partner, Knate Lee. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.
New Mutants, created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, was the first X-Men comic spinoff, launched in the early 1980s as the franchise began two decades of dominating the comic book industry.
The pic will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teens that include Native American Danielle Moonstar, Scots girl Wolfsbane, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball and Russian teen Magik. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.
Taylor-Joy will play Magik, a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel. She is also the sister of Colossus, an X-Man who appeared in Deadpool.
Williams will play Wolfsbane, a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.
Boone has been eyeing the actresses since last year but was only able pull the trigger on them once the movie was greenlighted earlier this year. New Mutants has a release date of April 13, 2018.
Fox is making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors, conducting wide searches for a Native American to play Moonstar and a South American for Sunspot.
Taylor-Joy broke out with the 2015 award-winning period horror movie The Witch and starred with James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s surprise hit Split. She is repped by CAA, Felker Toczek and Troika in the U.K.
Williams plays Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, which launches its seventh season in July. She is repped by WME, Jackoway Tyerman and the U.K.’s Louise Johnston Management.