Actress-singer Justice who has made her mark in in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Blumhouse/MTV’s Eye Candy, will portray Kathy, Joe Weider’s (Tyler Hoechlin) first wife.
Haynes will play the role of iconic fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who during the 1950s and ’60s was known for his incredible feats of strength, like swimming to Alcatraz handcuffed and doing 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes.
The actor can currently be seen on American Horror Story: Cult, and recently appeared on the big screen in Sony’s Rough Night. His other credits include Arrow and Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens.
Bigger is being produced by Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions and Scott LaStaiti. Eric Weider of Weider Health is executive producing with Camila Castro, of Bee Holder. Gallo starts shooting the film next month in Alabama.
Justice is repped by UTA and attorney Marcy Morris. Haynes is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, and attorney P.J. Shapiro.
Kat Graham, one of the stars of The Vampire Diaries, is joining Frank Grillo and Tyler Posey in Decoy, an action thriller to be directed by Allan Ungar.
Andy Garcia is also starring in the movie, which is eyeing a start later this month in Toronto. Andrew Gunn, Michael Bien and Angela Donald are set to produce for Gunn Films and Cedarvale Pictures.
Billed as a cross between Enemy of the State and Mr. Robot, Decoy follows a young identity thief (Posey) who finds himself being hunted by the NSA after he unwittingly steals the identity of a wanted man.
Graham will play a hacker who forms an unlikely alliance with Posey as they attempt to uncover the truth.
David Benullo wrote the script. Henry Less, Don Young, Tom North, Tannaz Anisi, Greg Schenz and Ben Shahrabani are executive producing.
Graham recently played Jada Pinkett in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me and will be seen in the upcoming Netflix thriller How It Ends alongside Forest Whitaker and Theo James.
She is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
A pin-up model who became a leading role model for women in diet and fitness, Betty Weider was the wife of Joe Weider, and together they co founded Shape magazine, which remains the most successful women’s health and fitness publication today. Bigger tells the story of the Weider brothers, who rose from poverty to create the Mr. Olympia competition, forever changing the face of professional bodybuilding. They would go on to build an empire of equipment and nutrition supplement companies, as well as the powerhouse Weider Publishing.
Hough joins Tyler Hoechlin (Everybody Wants Some!!), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) and Kevin Durand (The Strain). Gallo is helming from a script he wrote with Andy Weiss, from an original script written by Brad & Ellen Furman. Shooting starts next month.
Hough herself has appeared on the cover of Shape four times. She is known to audiences around the world for her roles in Grease: Live!, Footloose, Safe Haven and as a two-time professional champion and judge on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions is producing with Scott LaStaiti and Eric Weider of Weider Health and Camila Castro of Bee Holder are executive producing.
Hough is repped by WME, Alchemy Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
The pic follows the rags-to-riches tale of the grandfathers of the fitness movement, the Weider brothers. Barnard takes on the role of Ben Weider, brother to the iconic Joe Weider (Tyler Hoechlin), who was the brains of the fitness empire. Durand will portray the brother’s foreboding nemesis, fitness magazine publisher Bill Hauk.
Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions is producing with Scott LaStaiti, Eric Weider of Weider Health is executive producing with Camila Castro. Bigger was written by Brad and Ellen Furman, Andy Weiss and Gallo. Production begins next month in Alabama.
Durand stars in FX’s The Strain, which ended its four-season run Sunday night. He also stars in the upcoming comedy horror Tragedy Girls opposite Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool). His other credits include Fruitvale Station, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 3:10 to Yuma.
Barnard also starred in the Weinstein Co. miniseries War & Peace and BBC’s Thirteen.
Barnard is repped by WME, the Artists Partnership and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Durand is repped by Alchemy Entertainment, ICM Partners and Bloom Hergott.
EXCLUSIVE: Bad Boys and Midnight Run scribe George Gallo is set to direct his ninth feature Bigger about bodybuilding pioneer brothers Joe and Ben Weider, who against all odds, battled poverty and anti-Semitism to create the fitness industry as we know it. Tyler Hoechlin from Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, MTV’s Teen Wolf and MGM’s upcoming The Domestics will play Joe Weider, who discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger and founded the International Federation of Bodybuilding which operates today in 55 countries.
Bigger was written by Brad and Ellen Furman, Andy Weiss and Gallo. Production begins next month in Alabama. Weiss and Gallo wrote the latter’s 2009 film Middle Men about internet porn architect Jack Harris. Weiss is one of the writers on Sony’s Yann Demange-directed movie White Boy Rick due out on Jan. 26. Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions banner is producing Bigger with Scott LaStaiti.
“The brothers’ story sets a powerful example of what hard work and extreme focus can achieve for the youth of today. These brothers literally changed the world” says Jones.
Gallo adds, “It’s beyond inspirational, and will resonate with not only the massive crowd of those who have found the balance of body and mind as essential for a healthy life but also the throngs of people that were inspired by Joe and his Mr. Olympia events.”
Eric Weider of Weider Health and Fitness will exec produce with Bee Holder’s Camila Castro. Hoechlin is repped by UTA and Management 360 and attorney Todd Rubenstein. Gallo is repped by Industry and ICM Partners. 13 Films will handle international sales. The deal for Bee Holder was handled by Shannon Hensley and Michael Weiss of AGMB.
Coping with the loss of a parent is an unquestionably traumatic experience for a young child, and that’s certainly the case for the boy at the center of Voice from the Stone, an upcoming supernatural thriller starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Making matters worse here, however, is that along with grief, there are evil forces at play, although one wouldn’t necessarily know it from the scene we’re debuting exclusively at Yahoo Movies (watch it above), in which we see more of Clarke’s initial encounter with her young charge (glimpsed at in the trailer below).
Set in 1950s Tuscany, Verena (Clarke) is a nurse who comes to live with a family headed by Klaus (Marton Csokas), who’s getting over the death of his wife. So too is his son Jakob (Edward Dring), who’s not only gone mute since losing his mother — he’s stopped reacting to anything, in any way, shape, or form. His stoicism holds firm in the face of Verena’s introductory joking and his father’s passive-aggressive comments. As soon becomes clear, though, he’s not just being surly; an unholy presence may be involved in corrupting the sorrowful kid.
Given that Hideo Nakata (director of the original Japanese-language The Ring) was originally slated to helm it all the way back in 2009 — with Maggie Gyllenhaal as the lead — it’s safe to assume that Voice from the Stone will venture into some scary territory when it debuts simultaneously in theaters and on Digital HD on April 28.
It’s a different story when the British actress is placed in a beautiful but moody Italian castle, including one creepy room featuring a real hawk, for the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone. Even Clarke got a little freaked out.
“That hawk never stopped making me scream,” says Clarke, 30. “Oh, man, the castle we filmed in was scary. I don’t believe in ghosts but if there was anything to make me question that, it was shooting there at night.”
Clarke survived the haunting ordeal of making the movie, which reveals its first trailer at usatoday.com before arriving in theaters (it’s simultaneously available via video on demand and digital HD) April 28.
The story marks director Eric Howell’s four-year journey to bring what he calls an “Hitchcockian fairy tale,” based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Silvio Raffo, to the screen. Howell’s prospects for getting his first feature off the ground were boosted significantly by bringing aboard Clarke, the Game of Thrones standout who propelled the love story in last year’s romantic hitMe Before You.
Clarke says the script “stole her heart” and she jumped to play Verena, a young nurse who specializes in helping children deal with trauma in 1950s Tuscany. Verena is hired to work with a young boy named Jakob (Edward Dring), who is so distraught by the sudden death of his mother, a renowned pianist, that he has stopped speaking.
This is no Mary Poppins: Verena has to work with Jakob’s increasingly erratic behavior and belief that his deceased mother is speaking to him from the castle walls. Verena tries to flee the disintegrating situation, but her love for Jakob and her romantic relationship with his father Klaus (Marton Csokas) pull her back.
Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke is starring in a new movie, Entertainment Tonight reports, and it sounds creepy AF.
Based on an Italian novel, Voice From the Stone features a nurse named Verena, who is in charge of a boy possessed by a spirit hiding in the castle where he resides.
“Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own,” the synopsis reads. Select theaters will start showing the film on April 28.
Evanescence’s Amy Lee, who’s still making music and released a new album in September, has contributed to the soundtrack.
Clarke has already shown she’s more than a dragon trainer through her role in Me Before You, and it looks like she’s continuing to diversity her credits. In addition to this project, the actress is working on a Star Wars movie centered on Han Solo.
With only two more seasons of Game of Thrones left, it’ll be hard to say goodbye to Khaleesi. But it might mean we’ll be seeing more of Clarke on the big screen.
Bill Bradley – Entertainment Editor, The Huffington Post
With 30 years in the business, Conleth Hill’s career, well, “Varys,” but how much it changes may be surprising.
The actor told The Huffington Post that with the exception of “Game of Thrones,” he generally doesn’t play the same character multiple times. He switches things up. In fact, Hill said that the only similarity between the mysterious eunuch he plays on the HBO show and the troubled author he portrays in his new thriller, “A Patch of Fog,” is that, you know, he’s both of them. In addition to those roles, Hill is currently in rehearsals for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in the West End.
Like on “Game of Thrones,” Varys is just a busy guy.
Hill’s character on the HBO show has been known as the Master of Whisperers, so while chatting with the actor about his new projects, we asked about some real-life whispers, too. It may surprise some that Hill confirmed he already made a bid to sit on the Iron Throne as another character.
One time, I saw you dispelled that you were once a married fisherman before becoming an actor.
They took it from the Wikipedia entry, which I didn’t do. I don’t really go, apart from reading The Huffington Post, near the internet, but someone had filled in my Wikipedia with lots of mysterious details, which I have to say I found amusing.
There are other rumors, too.
Don’t believe anything you read.
One says you almost didn’t play your character, Sandy Duffy, in “A Patch of Fog.”
Thankfully, fortuitously, the guy who was gonna play him dropped out. I think before principal photography started, so I didn’t have much time to prepare, but I’m dealing with a great script, and everything I needed was on there.
Another rumor says you originally tried out for King Robert Baratheon on “Game of Thrones.”
It is true, to be honest, but I have to say that I came out of the meeting, which went all right, and looked who was in after me, saw who it was, and went, “Well, he’d be all right for it,” and he was, and he got it. You know, that’s showbiz.