Blues musician Chris Thomas King will make his film debut in the Coen brothers’ “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.” King will play a Delta blues musician based on the real-life Tommy Johnson, the man who said he sold his soul to devil. Johnson was also a teacher to Howlin’ Wolf.
King will also record an album of songs from the film and new ones inspired by the movie. The disc will be separate from the soundtrack, which T-Bone Burnette is overseeing. King’s current release, “Me, My Guitar and the Blues,” is an Internet-only disc, but he is already in talks with labels about releasing the film-related disc. King is managed by Jim Bateman.
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Holt McCallany and Aunjanue Ellis have joined the cast of Fox 2000’s “Navy Diver” starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. George Tillman Jr. (“Soul Food”) is set to direct.
Scott B. Smith’s script, based on a true story, focuses on the saga of the first African-American Navy diver (Gooding), and his relationship with a former Navy master chief (De Niro). Ellis plays Gooding’s love interest, whom he eventually marries.
McCallany will appear in several upcoming films this fall, including Fox’s “Fight Club” starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Lawrence Kasdan’s “Mumford,” and “Three Kings,” starring George Clooney. His deal for “Navy Diver” was negotiated by Barry McPherson and Pamela Wagner at APA, and manager Dave Fleming at Baumgarten Prophet Entertainment.
Ellis appeared in last year’s “Desert Blue” and has completed a multi-episode role on ABC’s “The Practice.” She was repped by CAA, and Jonathan Cohen and Tina Thor at TMT Entertainment.
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Dana Delany has joined the cast of “Shake Rattle & Roll,” CBS’ big-ticket miniseries set in the early days of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution. Delaney, a two-time Emmy winner for “China Beach,” will play the wife of a record company mogul who becomes romantically involved with a young turk in a band signed by her husband. James Coburn has been tapped for the role of the mogul, after James Garner bowed out due to scheduling conflicts. “Shake,” produced by Phoenix Pictures, is set to air during the November sweep.
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J.P Pitoc, starring in Fine Line’s “Trick,” has inked to star in the indie “In the Weeds” opposite Molly Ringwald and Eric Bogosian. Peter Glatzer directs from Michael Rauch’s script. Lensing is skedded to begin later this month in New York. Pitoc’s deal was negotiated by Rachel Sheedy and Michael Greenwald of Don Buchwald & Associates, and Joan Green of Joan Green Management.