The FX on Hulu series adaptation of “Under the Banner of Heaven” has set its main cast. Based on the Jon Krakauer novel of the same name, the series follows a devout detective whose faith is tested as he investigates a brutal murder that seems to be connected to an esteemed Utah family’s spiral into LDS fundamentalism and their distrust in the government. Production on the series recently began in Calgary. Wyatt Russell will play Dan Lafferty. [Source]
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier actor Wyatt Russell is to star in and executive-produce new action podcast series Classified.
Created by producer-writer-director duo Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg (Distant), Russell will star as “Ivan” alongside Brent Jennings (All American), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Oliver Cooper (Mindhunter), Angela Sarafyan (Caged), Edwin Hodge (The Tomorrow War), Dohn Norwood (Mindhunter), Holland Roden (Mayans M.C.), Eugene Lee Yang (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kyle Kinane (Paradise PD).
QCode and Automatik will executive-produce along with Russell and Cohen and Halberg, who will also serve as writers and directors for the series.
Classified follows Ivan, who arrives at the mysterious Ravenholm Institute to be treated when Lark, the voice in his head, says he can help Ivan break out. He and Lark then organize the other eclectic patients to escape and take down Doctor Bell, the shadowy woman in charge of their “recovery.” [Source]
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]