Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Wyatt Russell(Lodge 49) are for key roles opposite Ethan Hawke in Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird based on James McBride’s novel, from Blumhouse Television. The eight-part limited event series will premiere on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10 PM ET/PT.
The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel), a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of Brown’s motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.
Diggs will play Frederick Douglass, the well-known orator and leader of the abolitionist movement and Union Civil War effort. Douglass works with Brown and encourages the raid on Harpers Ferry, but finds Brown’s planning and leadership style questionable and his approach dangerous, bordering on suicidal.
Russell will star in several episodes as Jeb Stuart, a federal officer with orders to apprehend John Brown (Hawke). [Source]
EXCLUSIVE: Wyatt Russell has been cast in The Woman In The Window joining Amy Adams in the Joe Wright-directed film adaptation of A.J. Finn’s NYT best-selling novel from Fox 2000.
Adams stars Anna Fox, an agoraphobic child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb. Afraid to leave home, she fills her day watching film noir classics and her interaction is mostly online. She spies on her neighbors like they do in the movies she loves. When she sees a crime take place in the house across the park, should she call the cops? She’s also got a problem with prescription drugs and wine consumption. It adds up to a Hitchcockian thriller.
Wyatt, who was recently seen in Ingrid Goes West and Everybody Wants Some!!, will play David, the tenant who lives in Anna’s basement. [Source]
Ethan Hawke’s new film Blaze premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah January 18-28. Blaze is a biographical drama based on the life of musician Blaze Foley. The screenplay was co-written by Hawke and Foley’s girlfriend, Sybil Rosen. Musician Ben Dickey plays Foley and others in the film include Alia Shawkat (as Rosen), Sam Rockwell, Wyatt Russell, Steve Zahn, Kris Kristofferson, and Richard Linklater. Charlie Sexton plays Townes Van Zandt.
Foley was an up-and-coming singer-songwriter (real name Michael David Fuller) until his untimely and tragic death in 1989. His music still has a huge following and numerous entertainers covered his songs. “If I Could Only Fly” became a hit by Merle Haggard and “Election Day” was covered by Lyle Lovett. John Prine covered “Clay Pigeons” on his Grammy Award-winning 2005 album Fair and Square. [Source]
AMC announced Brent Jennings, Sonya Cassidy, Linda Emond, David Pasquesi, and Eric Allan Kramer have been cast as series regulars in the upcoming comedic drama “Lodge 49.”
They join Wyatt Russell, who was previously announced as playing the lead role of Sean “Dud” Dudley. Jennings plays Ernie Fontaine, a Navy vet, plumbing supplies salesman, longtime bachelor, working class Renaissance Man, and longest member of the Order of the Lynx, Lodge 49. Cassidy portrays Liz Dudley, Dud’s twin sister, who is smart, fiercely independent, deeply cynical, and searching for a way to escape her life. Emond plays Connie Mills, an old-school journalist and lover of words and smoke-filled taverns. She married her third husband, Lynx member Scott Mills, who brought her to Lodge 49.
Pasquesi will portray Blaise St. John, the resident philosopher of the Lynx. He tends bar at Lodge 49 and runs his own pot dispensary. Kramer plays Scott Mills, Long Beach Port Harbor Patrol officer and straight shooter, who enjoys his personal watercraft and playing drums in a surf rock cover band. “Lodge 49” is slated to air in 2018.
Overlord is hitting theaters next October.
The supernatural WWII thriller from Paramount and Bad Robot will be released wide on Oct. 26, 2018. It will open a week after Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web adaptation and Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book: Origins take, and just ahead of Disney’s live-action Mulan and Fox’s actioner Dark Phoenix.
Wyatt Russell and Jovan Adepo star as American paratroopers dropped into enemy territory. As they approach their target — a Nazi-occupied village with a German radio tower — they realize that they are a part of something bigger than a simple military operation. They then take on supernatural forces as part of a Nazi experiment. [Source]