An enticing project‘s prospects have just increased by a fair margin, with Deadline reporting that Julianne Moore will take a co-starring position alongside Greta Gerwig in Maggie’s Plan, a Rebecca Miller film (now described as a “romantic comedy of manners”) which follows the latter actress as “a young woman and the joys and pitfalls of trying to make your own way in New York City.” All else — save for the note that its writer-director found a narrative from her friend Karen Rinaldi‘s published novel — is being kept under wraps, and will likely stay that way for some time; the effort won’t go before cameras until fall, despite more roles being cast this month.
Meanwhile, THR peg Harrison Ford as the newest player in The Age of Adaline, from director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever, The Vicious Kind). As penned by Salvador Paskowitz and J. Mills Goodloe — and as revised by Allison Burnett — the tale stars Blake Lively as Adaline, a 29-year-old woman whose near-death experience halts the aging process, leading to a 20th-century-spanning “epic but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life.” Is Ford‘s character that man? Given his high-profile status and relatively early casting, I’d be willing to bet (if I were willing to bet on anything) that this is the case.
Lionsgate, Lakeshore, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are behind Adaline, which will also feature Ellen Burstyn.
THR have more casting news, this time concerning Emory Cohen. The Place Beyond the Pines star — i.e. the son of Bradley Cooper‘s character, he a lover of a clean wife beater — has booked roles in two promising, medium-scale efforts: The Gambler, director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and star Mark Wahlberg‘s new take on the classic Dostoevsky tale of a gambling-addicted English professor, a student of whom the newest addition will play; and Brooklyn, from John Crowley (Boy A) and An Education author Nick Hornby, adapting a novel by Colm Toíbín.
In either corner does he have a fine supporting cast, with The Gambler supplying turns from Brie Larson, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, and Jessica Lange, while Brooklyn boasts the talents of Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Anna Karenina), Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines), Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters (Harry Potter).
Finally, a Variety story announces movement on Lost in Austin, which sees Linda Cardellini, Craig Robinson, Jason Lee, and Ursula Parker (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Louie) partner for an “indie caper comedy.” Helmer Will Raee is behind the tale, co-written by Brenna Graziano, wherein “a wife and mother who — fed up with her mundane lifestyle — comes up with a plan to make her family instant celebrities by having her ex-boyfriend (played by Lee) kidnap her 11-year-old daughter for a month.” Alongside the youngest performer being tapped for the daughter role, the This Is the End star has been set into the part of an ex-con.
Flatiron Pictures and Up Late Productions will back the effort.
Which of these projects are you most looking forward to? Do the casting announcements boast any promise?