VARIETY – “The Girl on the Train” star Haley Bennett is in early talks to join Amy Adams and Glenn Close in Netflix’s adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy,” directed by Ron Howard.
Gabriel Basso is also on board to star.
Based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, the pic is a modern exploration of the American dream and follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale law student forced to return to his hometown.
“The Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder producing for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and Vance will executive produce.
Imagine has been developing the movie since it acquired the rights in 2017. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.
Bennett most recently wrapped production on Antonio Campos’ thriller “The Devil All the Time,” alongside Robert Pattinson and Bill Skarsgard, for Netflix. She serves as an executive producer and stars in “Swallow,” premiering this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. Bennett next stars opposite Chris Evans and Ben Kingsley in “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” also for Netflix, which will be released later this year.
She’s represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Dave Feldman.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Haley Bennett, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough have been set for The Devil All the Time, the Antonio Campos-directed drama that Netflix will put into production this month in Alabama. They join Tom Holland, Mia Wasakowska, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Eliza Scanlen and Sebastian Stan, latter of whom was set to star after his Captain America and Avengers: Endgame co-star Chris Evans dropped out over scheduling.
Randall Poster is producing with Nine Stories’ Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, and Max Born.
The Devil All the Time is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 midwestern gothic novel that Antonio and Paulo Campos co-scripted. In the forgotten backwoods of a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin, Willard’s son, on his path from bullied kid to a man who knows when to take action. He interacts with a nefarious cast of characters: a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff in a story that is told across two decades.
Bennett’s recent credits include Thank You For Your Service and The Girl on the Train; Clarke most recently starred in the historical dramas First Man and Chappaquiddick, and Keough’s most recent films are Hold the Dark and The Earthquake Bird.
Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.
Bennett is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Dave Feldman of Bloom Hergott; Clarke is WME, Robert Stein Managment and RGM Management; Keough is CAA and Thirty Three Management.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Haley Bennett, who starred opposite Emily Blunt in the thriller The Girl on the Train and most recently alongside Miles Teller in Thank You For Your Service, has signed with WME for representation.
The move comes as she is next up starring with Chris Evans in Red Sea Diving Resort, the Gideon Raff-directed true-life drama about the 1981 rescue and transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Bennett, whose credits also include Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven update and Rules Don’t Apply. She soon will begin work on Cyrano, Goodspeed’s stage musical adaptation featuring music from the band The National, playing Roxanne to Peter Dinklage’s Cyrano de Bergerac.
The musical is set to run August 3-September 2 at the Terris Theatre in Connecticut.
PLAYBILL – The new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play will feature music by members of The National.
Game of Thrones Emmy winner Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven, The Girl on the Train) will star in a new musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac for Goodspeed. The musical, simply titled Cyrano, will run August 3 through September 2 at the Terris Theatre in Connecticut.
As previously announced, the musical hails from Erica Schmidt, Carin Besser, and members of the Grammy-winning indie rock band The National: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. Schmidt will also direct.
Dinklage, who has appeared Off-Broadway in A Month in the Country and Things We Want, will take on the title role of the impassioned poet, with Bennett playing his true love, Roxanne.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Cyrano will feature choreography by Jeff and Rick Kuperman, set design by Christine Jones and Amy Rubin, costumes by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Jay Hilton. Olivier Manchon will serve as music supervisor.