Rosanna Arquette, Frank Grillo, Dennis Haysbert Among 5 Cast In Jason Woliner’s Peacock Series

Rosanna Arquette, Melinda McGraw, Frank Grillo, Dennis Haysbert and Dee Wallace are the first to be cast in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm director Jason Woliner's Peacock series, from The Disaster Artists producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Caviar.
Wallace recently wrapped production on Homestead, a thriller from writer-director Marcos Efron, alongside Leven Rambin, Jake McLaughlin, Shane West and Sohvi Rodriguez. Known for her iconic role as Mary in Stephen Spielberg's ET: The Extraterrestrial, among others, Wallace was most recently seen on television on 9-1-1. She's repped by AEFH Talent Agency.
Arquette's recent credits include Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q and Ryan Murphy's Netflix series Ratched alongside Sarah Paulson. She was most recently seen on the big screen in Eleanor Coppola-directed Love Is Love Is Love. Arquette is repped by Greene Talent and Ellen Meyer Management.
Grillo next will be seen starring in Lionsgate's upcoming feature Paradise Highway alongside Morgan Freeman and Juliette Binoche as well as the Ambi Pictures biopic Lamborghini, playing founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Grillo is repped by CAA, Entertainment 360 and Paul Hastings.
The series will be produced by Caviar and Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey Studios, via their overall deal with Lionsgate.
Woliner also was showrunner and main director for Adult Swim comedy Eagleheart and is set to direct Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’s Paramount+ series Guru Nation.” />
Most recently she recurred in the CW’s Charmed and CBS’ Interrogation. McGraw is probably best known for her acclaimed performance as Bobbie Barrett in Mad Men, Barbara Gordon in The Dark Knight and Erin in Men of a Certain Age. She is repped by AFA Prime Talent Media and Realm Talent.
Haysbert is repped by A3 Artists Agency, GS Management Group, Inc. Haysbert, known for his starring roles in Fox's 24 and in CBS' The Unit, was recently seen in a key recurring role in Season 5 of Netflix's Lucifer. He currently can be seen starring in Hulu/20th Century thriller No Exit. and RGM Global MMA.
Tyler Ben-Amotz produces. Exec producers also include Rogen, Goldberg, James Weaver, Loreli Alanis, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Caviar’s Michael Sagol and Bert Hamelinck. Woliner will direct and exec produce.
There are few details about the series, which Peacock describes as a “mind-bending project” in the style of Woliner's work on Borat Subsequent Moviefilm that “mixes fact and fiction to tell a bizarre and incredible tale.” Woliner, who has directed episodes of The Last Man on Earth and Nathan for You, apparently has been shooting for more than a decade.
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Briarcliff Lands U.S. Rights To ‘El Chicano’, First Latino Superhero Pic With All-Hispanic Cast

rights to El Chicano, a Latino superhero film with an all-Hispanic cast that just had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It's the second film for Briarcliff, the upstart distribution venture launched by Open Road founder Tom Ortenberg, after just opening Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9. EXCLUSIVE: Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired U.S. El Chicano will be released theatrically on March 22, 2019, and sources said the target is 600-800 screens.
Carnahan produced with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Carnahan's WarParty partner Frank Grillo. El Chicano marks the feature film directorial debut of 25-year veteran stuntman Ben Hernandez Bray, who co-wrote the script with Joe Carnahan. It's the first wide release for WarParty and its Calgary-based equity partner WarChest.
WarChest's Art Robinson, Gianni Altobelli, Blair Ward and Ron Schmeichel are exec producers.
Carnahan said: “This marks our fourth film together and that’s no accident. Tom is someone who has proven his bona fides time and again and executed at the highest levels in this business, winning Best Picture Oscars at two different studios. The thought of someone like Tom; a true industry mogul, shepherding El Chicano out into the world, with his taste, track record and a nearly 20-year friendship between us, was just too good to pass up.”
Of El Chicano, Ortenberg said: “Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo are truly forces of nature. Briarcliff CEO Ortenberg has done four films with Carnahan: The Grey, Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane and Narc, and aside from The Grey he worked with Grillo on End of Watch and Homefront. Their passion and commitment to the projects on which they embark is unmatched and I am thrilled to reunite with them and Ben Hernandez Bray on this groundbreaking film.”
Bray is repped by UTA, Circle of Confusion and Paul Hastings.” /> UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal.
The time is now for a film like El Chicano. Said Bray: “Just the fact that we’re making this announcement during Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the vital and important presence of Hispanics and Latinos in North America, is wonderful to me. A Latino superhero franchise is long overdue, but to have the forces of Joe Carnahan, Frank Grillo, Tom Ortenberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the mix just makes it even sweeter and well worth the wait!”
Film Festival. We believe in this, and that it can find a big audience and launch a franchise." It got an amazing response at the L.A. We wrote this on spec, and these white oil and gas guys from Canada gave us the money to make it at an under $8 million budget. "I was frustrated with Bad Boys 3, and Ben had been talking about this for a decade," Carnahan said. "He would tell me that 25% of movie tickets are purchased by Latinos, and so where are their big heroes?
Criminal, Noel G. The film also stars George Lopez, Aimee Garcia, Emilio Rivera, Kate del Castillo, Mr. As adults, their lives took radically different paths as Diego became a celebrated detective for the LAPD, and Pedro turned to a dead-end life of crime. When clues start connecting Pedro’s death to a case Diego is working on, a mythological figure from his youth, The Ghetto Grim Reaper, draws Diego in deeper than he ever expected. The action film tells the story of twin brothers Diego and Pedro (both played by Raúl Castillo), who grew up together on the streets of East Los Angeles. Marco Rodriguez, Marlene Forte, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sal Lopez, David Castañeda and Armida Lopez. He becomes that figure, an Hispanic version of Batman or Black Panther.
Carnahan told Deadline that Bray has been his stunt coordinator forever, and while Carnahan was frustrated waiting for Bad Boys 3 to come together, he succumbed to Bray's rationale and bailed on one franchise in hopes of starting another.

Shudder Scores Rights To Toronto’s Platform Closer ‘Jessica Forever’

Aomi Muyock, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Lucas Ionesco and Paul Hamy star. The pic, in English and French, centers on a woman and her makeshift family of rehabilitated marauders fighting for peace in a dystopian world where violent misfits reign supreme.
“Jessica Forever is a visionary and surprising movie from two amazing first-time filmmakers that we can’t wait to share with Shudder members,” Shudder GM Craig Engler said.
The deal was made by Shudder and MK2 Films, which is repping worldwide sales.
The Platform section kicks off September 7 with Tim Sutton's Donnybrook starring Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, James Badge Dale and Jamie Bell.” /> The Toronto Film Festival runs September 6-16.
The film from first-time directors Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel will now bow exclusively on Shudder in 2019. EXCLUSIVE: Shudder, the AMC Networks genre streaming service, has jumped in to acquire North American rights to Jessica Forever, the dystopian thriller that will have its world premiere as the closing-night film of the Platform section at next month's Toronto Film Festival.