In today’s film news roundup, Callan Mulvey is joining the cast of David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King,” Aldis Hodge will portray football player Brian Banks, and John Travolta’s “Trading Paint” gets financing.
He will be playing the role of Sir John Comyn in the film, which will follow Scottish patriot Robert the Bruce in his campaign to liberate Scotland from the tyrannical reign of England’s Edward II during the 13th and 14th Centuries. Mulvey’s character belongs to a rival clan with their own claim to the throne.
Billy Howle and Florence Pugh are also starring in “Outlaw King.” Mackenzie is directing from a script by Bash Doran. Gillian Berrie of Sigma Films is producing with Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin.
Pine is portraying Robert the Bruce. He worked with McKenzie on “Hell or High Water,” which over-performed at the box office and received Academy Award nominations for best picture, best supporting actor (Jeff Bridges), best original screenplay, and best film editing.
Mulvey is a New Zealand-born actor known for dramatic roles in Australian dramas such as “Underbelly” and “Rush” and for his work on a pair of tentpoles — as Jack Rollins in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and as Anatoli “KGBeast” Knyazev in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Mulvey is represented by Paradigm, with management from Kim Hodgert at Anonymous Content and Shanahan Management.
Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear have been cast in the football biopic “Brian Banks,” directed by Tom Shadyac (“Bruce Almighty”).
Hodge will play Banks, an all-American high-school football player whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. He accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to a decade of prison and parole but his conviction was overturned in 2012 with the help of the California Innocence Project. Kinnear will portray the criminal defense attorney and co-founder of CIP, Justin Brooks.
The project was originally incubated through Amy Baer’s development fund Gidden Media. Baer will produce alongside Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson (ShivHans Pictures), who also financed the film. Banks, Brooks, Derrick Tseng, and Neal Strum are executive producers.
The script was written by Doug Atchison, who wrote and directed “Akeelah and the Bee.” Production is slated to begin in late September in Memphis.
Hodge’s credits include the WGN series “Underground,” “Hidden Figures,” and “Straight Outta Compton” as MC Ren. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
Hollywood in Pixels has set Oct. 5 for its annual Silver Pixel Awards, celebrating digital innovation in Hollywood film marketing, at the Facebook Playa Vista headquarters.
This year’s event will recognize the achievements of Doug Neil, executive VP of digital marketing at Universal Pictures. Neil has been with the studio since 2006, after spending his formative digital years working on entertainment business at AOL. He is responsible for the “Fast and Furious,” “Despicable Me,” and “Pitch Perfect” franchises.
Last year’s event drew over 200 of digital Hollywood’s leaders and celebrated the achievements digital pioneer Dwight Caines.
Bettina Sherick, founder of Hollywood in Pixels, said, “We have a vibrant and passionate digital culture here in Hollywood, and yet our opportunities to come together as a community and acknowledge our leaders in this space are few.”
Warren Goz’s Sculptor Media has come on board to finance and executive produce, alongside Ambi Media Group and Paradox Studios, the father/son stock car racing film “Trading Paint,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The movie stars John Travolta, Shania Twain, Toby Sebastian, Michael Madsen, and Kevin Dunn. Karzan Kader is directing “Trading Paint.”
Producers are Ambi dia Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, and Paradox Studios’ Silvio Muraglia and Alexandra Klim. Sculptor Media’s Goz and Eric Gold are executive producers.
Written by Craig Welch and Gary Gerani, “Trading Paint” revolves around a down and out dirt track racing legend (played by Travolta), who is drawn back into the winners circle after his son (portrayed by Sebastian) joins a competitor’s racing team and incites an intense and dangerous competition between father and son.
Ambi Distribution is handling worldwide sales. Principal photography is now underway in Alabama.
FilmRise has raised $50 million in financing to further its acquisition of film and television titles, bringing its total acquisition capital to more than $110 million.
The investor group behind the newest round of funding is led by Arena Investors.
“FilmRise has successfully become a leader in the digital market by embracing the opportunities surrounding our content- driven industry,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher.
FilmRise’s recent theatrical releases include “Marjorie Prime” and “Manifesto” and it will release “My Friend Dahmer” on Nov. 3.