Sam has joined Jennifer Aniston on the indie movie ‘Cake’, a project on which Jennifer is also acting as executive producer.
The movie has a huge cast which includes: Sam, Jennifer, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer, Lucy Walters and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
‘Cake’ is written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz and is based on a screenplay which made the 2013 Black List of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood.
The story follows Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston), a recently divorced and severely depressed young woman. When Claire discovers the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain support group, Claire quite literally becomes haunted by her story and begins to uncover details about her, resulting in a poignant relationship developing between her and Nina’s husband (Sam).
Chris Messina is to play Claire’s ex-husband who still cares about her deeply, while Felicity Huffman plays the facilitator of the support group.
Based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book ‘Into Thin Air’, the drama follows an ill-fated attempt at the summit of Mount Everest in 1996 which resulted in the loss of eight climbers, bringing the total killed that year to 15, the single deadliest year in Everest’s climbing history.
Sam will play Guy Cotter, a scaling expert from New Zealand and stars alongside Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes as members of two separate expeditions.
Principal photography started in February and Universal has already announced that the film, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, will be released on September 18th 2015.
The film was also co-written by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” scribe Simon Beaufoy.
More details as we get them…
Sam is joining the cast of ‘Alive Alone’, a drama which was originally announced at Cannes with Noomi Rapace and Mattias Schoenaerts (who has had to pull out for personal reasons) in the starring roles.
The drama is set in New York and follows the story of an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay (Idris Elba) who is working as a taxi driver, and a prostitute (Noomi Rapace), who is on the run from a ruthless crime boss (Sam). When their worlds collide, they unexpectedly find salvation in one another.
The project, which is due to start in March, is being directed by Khurram Longi, who is also writing the script which has featured on both the Black List and the UK Brit List.
Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road (who also worked with Sam on Clash/Wrath of the Titans) is producing with Rapace acting as Executive Producer.
Michael Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures is financing and Protagonist is selling in Berlin.