Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn to star in drug drama Arkansas

Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn have signed on to star in drug drama Arkansas.The Hollywood actors are to headline Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut, with the actor/writer also starring in and penning the script for the project. Hemsworth and Duk…

Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn have signed on to star in drug drama Arkansas.

The Hollywood actors are to headline Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut, with the actor/writer also starring in and penning the script for the project.

Hemsworth and Duke will portray a pair of low-level drug runners named Kyle and Swin who are ordered around by Arkansas-based kingpin Frog, to be played by Vaughn. However, when a deal goes wrong, deadly consequences ensue.

Production on the film is due to begin this month (Oct18) in Alabama. Other casting details and a potential release date have not yet been announced.

Duke previously helmed a short film named Home, which was about a young man in the midst of a personal crisis who goes home to visit his ailing grandfather and childhood best friend. The 33-year-old has also appeared in films such as Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine, A Thousand Words and animated flick The Croods, in which he voiced the character of Thunk.

Meanwhile, Hemsworth has a string of projects lined-up. The Australian star recently completed work on romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic alongside Priyanka Chopra and Rebel Wilson and is currently in the post-production phases of Malik Bader’s crime-thriller Killerman.

And Arkansas will mark another gritty drama for Vaughn. The 48-year-old made his name in comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, but in recent years has been appearing in more serious stories, such as Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and prison movie Brawl in Cell Block 99. He will next be seen onscreen in Against All Enemies, Benedict Andrews’ film about an ambitious young FBI agent who is assigned to investigate actress Jean Seberg when she becomes embroiled in the tumultuous U.S. civil rights movement in the late 1960s.

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Vince Vaughn helped bring Mel Gibson onboard Dragged Across Concrete

Actor Vince Vaughn helped to convince his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson to sign on for new thriller Dragged Across Concrete. The Wedding Crashers star reveals he had been working on Gibson’s 2016 war drama around the same time as he shot gritty ac…

Actor Vince Vaughn helped to convince his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson to sign on for new thriller Dragged Across Concrete.

The Wedding Crashers star reveals he had been working on Gibson’s 2016 war drama around the same time as he shot gritty action thriller Brawl in Cell Block 99 with filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, and he played a small part in bringing the script for their next project to the Braveheart icon’s attention.

“I had worked with Mel on Hacksaw and had overlapped doing Brawl with Zahler,” Vaughn recalled at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

“He (Zahler) came and talked about this other movie (Dragged Across Concrete), and Mel was the name that he recommended for the character of Ridgeman.”

“They sent it to Mel, and I mentioned it to him,” he continued. “Thankfully Mel really responded to it.”

Collaborating with the pair on the new cop movie was a great experience for Vaughn, because he considers both to be “terrific” filmmakers.

“It was just really nice to share the set with those guys, and having a history with those guys makes the job a little easier,” he added.

Dragged Across Concrete stars Vaughn as a volatile police officer, alongside Gibson as his bitter old partner, who are both suspended after their brutal tactics on the job are caught on camera, causing a media firestorm.

The film premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Monday (03Sep18).

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Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell to star in thriller War Pigs

Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell are set to star in revenge thriller War Pigs.The Hollywood stars have signed on to headline the World War II feature, which will be directed by Tommy Wirkola, according to Deadline. Gibson will take on the part of The Past…

Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell are set to star in revenge thriller War Pigs.

The Hollywood stars have signed on to headline the World War II feature, which will be directed by Tommy Wirkola, according to Deadline.

Gibson will take on the part of The Pastor, while Farrell will play Drex, in a story about a group of ex-soldiers who go on one last mission to get revenge on a cartel that killed one of their own and stole their drug money.

The screenplay has been penned by Nick Ball and John Niven, with the film to be overseen by Millennium Films’ Joe Gatta and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures along with Matt Berenson.

No other casting details have been announced, however, production is due to kick off in October (18).

Norwegian filmmaker Wirkola is known for his work on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow and Netflix feature What Happened to Monday.

Gibson will make War Pigs before focusing his attention on directing Destroyer, another World War II film. To be set in 1945, the project will serve as his follow-up to his Oscar-nominated 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge and will be based on Hell from the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II’s Greatest Kamikaze Attack, writer John Wukovits’ non-fiction account of how the crew of an American warship survived 22 suicide attacks by Japanese pilots.

The 62-year-old can next be seen in crime drama Dragged Across Concrete and sci-fi thriller Boss Level.

Meanwhile, Farrell, 42, has appeared in a string of big films, including Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He recently wrapped on shooting Steve McQueen’s Widows, also starring Elizabeth Debicki and Liam Neeson, and is completing work on Disney’s live-action Dumbo movie.

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Teresa Palmer to Ride Like a Girl for Rachel Griffiths’ directorial debut

Teresa Palmer is jumping into the saddle to portray Australian jockey Michelle Payne in her Hacksaw Ridge co-star Rachel Griffiths’ feature film directorial debut. Payne made sporting history in 2015, when she became the first female jockey to win the…

Teresa Palmer is jumping into the saddle to portray Australian jockey Michelle Payne in her Hacksaw Ridge co-star Rachel Griffiths’ feature film directorial debut.

Payne made sporting history in 2015, when she became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup on her horse Prince of Penzance, despite facing odds of 100-1, and now her rise to stardom is being turned into a movie.

Ride Like a Girl will also feature Jurassic Park star Sam Neill as Payne’s dad Paddy, who raised Michelle and her nine older siblings as a single father after losing his wife Mary in a motor vehicle crash when their little girl was just six months old.

Michelle, who dreamed of lifting the Melbourne Cup as a child, began horse racing at the age of 15, becoming the eighth member of the Payne family to pursue a career in the sport.

Written by Andrew Knight and Elise McCredie, the biopic will also feature Sullivan Stapleton, Genevieve Morris, Brooke Satchwell, and Henry Nixon, while Michelle’s brother Stevie Payne, who has Down syndrome, will play himself.

“We are celebrating both Michelle’s resilience and athletic brilliance, as well as her sisters’ inspiring achievements in the sport before her,” filmmaker Griffiths shares in a statement.

“We also explore the profound impact of those men who gave her opportunities and stood by her at critical moments and hope to inspire more men to become champions of change.”

Ride Like a Girl is already in production Down Under, and is scheduled for release in the autumn of 2019, reports Variety.com.

Griffiths previously directed short films Tulip and Roundabout, and episodes of fantasy adventure series Nowhere Boys in 2015.

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