February 1, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Indie actor Mark Duplass made a name for himself this past year with the surprise hit “Safety Not Guaranteed” and he looks set to continue success, joining the JFK ensemble drama “Parkland” and an adaptation of a Stephen King short novel, “Mercy“.
“Mercy” is a “fantasy-horror project” to be directed by Peter Cornwell and based on the novel titled “Gramma”. It follows two young boys who discover their Grandmother is a witch, and will co-star Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Dylan McDermott, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning.
“JFK”, another adaptation based on Vincent Bugliosi’s “Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy” and to be directed by Peter Landesman, already features an impressive cast including Zac Efron, James Badge Dale, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton. Deadline reports Duplass will star as Kenny O’Donnell who was Kennedy’s campaign advisor as well as being a personal friend.
“Safety Not Guaranteed” premiered at 2012 Sundance Film Festival to acclaim, and Duplass followed that up by starring in Oscar-nominated film “Zero Dark Thirty“.
August 29, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newcomer Taylor Schilling has been given one hell of an introduction to mainstream feature films. Having wrapped up romancing Zac Efron in Nicholas Sparks’ “The Lucky One”, she is now upgrading to an even bigger Hollywood heartthrob. Variety reports Schilling will play Mrs Ben Affleck in political thriller “Argo”, also directed by the actor. Schilling is the first female to jump on board the cast that already includes Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Recently “Monsters” breakout star Scoot McNairy also signed on.
Based on Joshuah Bearman’s April 2007 Wired magazine article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran,” “Argo” is a retelling of true events that surround a CIA operative team smuggled out American diplomats being held hostage by pretending they were a Hollywood movie crew. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, the leader of the operation, while Schilling will be Christine Mendez, a former teacher whose role is, predictably, to sit at home and worry about her husband.
Schilling had been most known for a regular role on the short lived medical drama “Mercy” before landing the female lead opposite Efron in the next Sparks adaptation, which have a history of being box office successes and sometime star makers (see: Mandy Moore, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Liam Hemsworth). Clearly Schilling’s just getting her feet wet landing love interest and wife roles – albeit high profile ones; hopefully we’ll get to report on her landing something a little meatier soon.