Following news that hit about two weeks back, Variety reports that Runner, Runner has made Gemma Arterton the latest member of its sprightly cast. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and his team have already grabbed Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Oliver Cooper (Project X), and Anthony Mackie for the film, which revolves around a Princeton student (Timberlake) who ends up working for the online gambling site that already drained him of funds. Arterton has a thrilling, transgressive role, having been pegged to play the main character’s love interest.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien wrote the screenplay, a job that’s more than likely to bring them back to their Rounders days — only, this time, the gambling is much more modern and “high-tech.” (This aspect might actually be transgressive, now that I think about it.) New Regency, Appian Way, Stone Village Pictures, and Double Features will produce the film for a June shoot, while Fox is distributing sometime in 2013.
Variety has one other item of this sort, telling us that the horror film Nothing to Fear is continuing to expand its slate. Although the Slash-produced feature has already procured Anne Heche, Clancy Brown, Ethan Peck, James Tupper, and Rebekah Brandes — that, to me, almost sounds like enough for a main cast — it’s said that Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place) is coming aboard to play the “edgy and impulsive middle child” of Heche and Tupper; I suppose the Disney Channel days are over. Anthony Leonardi III will direct for Slasher Films and Anchor Bay.
How do you think Arterton and Stone will fare in their respective new projects?
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