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Lily Collins in joining Simon Pegg in the independent thriller “Inheritance.”

Vaughn Stein, who recently helmed “Terminal” with Pegg and Margot Robbie, is directing. “Inheritance” explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.

Matthew Kennedy wrote the script, and Richard B. Lewis is producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf. It’s Highland’s second collaboration with Stein after partnering on his debut film “Terminal.”

Highland Film Group will continue international sales at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival this week. Highland had launched foreign sales in November at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif., with Kate Mara and Pegg in negotiations at that point. UTA and Highland are co-repping the U.S. rights.

Collins currently stars in BBC’s television adaptation of “Les Misérables” alongside David Oyelowo and Dominic West. She will appear next opposite Zac Efron in Netflix’s Ted Bundy thriller “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which premiered at Sundance last month.

Pegg most recently reprised his role as Benji Dunn alongside Tom Cruise in Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.”

Collins is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Definition Entertainment and Pegg is represented by UTA and Dawn Sedgwick Management.

By Dave McNary, Variety

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EXCLUSIVEAssassination Nation and Famous In Love star Bella Thorne is set to star in writer-director Joshua Caldwell’s (Layover) crime feature Southland, about two young lovers who rob their way across the southland, posting their exploits to social media, and gaining fame and followers as a result.RelatedMelissa Leo & Bella Thorne To Star In ‘Leave Not One Alive’

Colin Bates (Maggie) and Michael Jefferson (Keys To The City) of Lucidity Entertainment are producing alongside Thor Bradwell (Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy) and Scott Levenson (King Cobra). Garrett Clayton, Katie Leary, Bennett Litwin and Adam Litwin will serve as executive producers. Highland Film Group will handle world sales, which commence in Berlin this week. Additional casting is underway.

The story follows Arielle (Thorne) who works in a diner in a small Florida town. When she falls for a recently paroled young criminal she drags him back into a life of danger, learning that posting their criminal exploits on social media is an easy way to viral fame. Obsessed with their rising number of followers, they embark on a dangerous adventure together that leads to robbery, cop chases and murder. Lensing is due to begin this spring.

Caldwell made his feature directorial debut with French-language film Layover in 2014. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. He then directed the first season of Hulu series South Beach and Be Somebody for Paramount Pictures. Most recently, he made spy thriller movie Negative.

Highland’s slate includes Bruce Willis action movie Trauma Center and Al Pacino drama Axis Sally, both of which are Emmett/Furla films.

Thorne is represented by CAA and Thirty Three Management and Caldwell is represented by CAA and Coronel Group.

By Andreas Wiseman, Deadline.com

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EXCLUSIVEBruce Willis has made a three-picture deal with MoviePass Films. MoviePass Films CEOs and Co-founders Randall EmmettGeorge Furla, and Ted Farnsworth set the deal.

It solidified a long relationship that Willis has had with Emmett/Furla/Oasis. He has made 14 films with them, with 10 Minutes Gone in post-production and past efforts that include the Richard Donner-directed 16 Blocks and the Stephen Frears-helmed Lay the Favorite.

The first in the new three-pic pact will be Trauma Center, written by Paul da Silva. It will begin shooting in February in Miami. Additional casting is underway on the film. Emmett, Furla and Lydia Hull will produce Trauma Center, while Ted Farnsworth, Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert will executive produce.

Speaking on the relationship between the company and Willis, Emmett said: “We consider Bruce a part of the MoviePass family at this point. Bruce is not only one of the biggest worldwide movie stars but is also a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to the future with him.”

Said Willis, “After 15 years, I look forward to continuing to work with Randall and George in the coming year.”

EFO is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman along with Willis’ 10 Minutes Gone. The Michael Polish-helmed WWII drama Axis Sally starring Al Pacino is currently in pre-production.

By Mike Flemming Jr., Deadline.com

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EXCLUSIVE: Here are some striking first look stills from the production of Medieval, the historical action-drama starring Ben FosterMichael Caine, Til Schweiger, Sophie Lowe, Matthew Goode and William Mosely.

Currently shooting in Czech Republic, director Petr Jákl’s feature is inspired by the origin story of 14th century warlord Jan Zizka of Trocnov (Ben Foster), who along with his band of mercenaries became entangled with an heiress and battled a rival King in a struggle for greater freedom for the Czech people.

Caine plays Lord Boresh who is the right hand of the Czech King Wenceslaus IV and Goode plays King Sigismund of Hungary and Croatia.

Jákl wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside Cassian Elwes, and Double Tree Entertainment LLC. The film is produced with the support of private investors, the Czech Film Fund, the Prague Film Fund and Creative Europe – Media. Additional support comes from Middle Bohemia Region, the Capital City of Prague and the President of the Senate of Parliament in the Czech Republic.

Highland Film Group handles sales.

By Andreas Wiseman, Deadline.com

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We told you over the weekend that the Greg and Colin Strause’s Skyline franchise would be continuing with Skylines, which will bring upon the return of Beyond Skyline’s Lindsey Morgan as Captain Rose Corley.

In the film, Corley is a human with extraterrestrial superpowers that mean she is the only person powerful enough to vanquish the marauders. When a virus threatens to turn earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Corley assembles an elite team of mercenaries on a mission to the alien world to save humanity.B

Beyond Skyline’s Liam O’Donnell is returning to write and produce the third film in the growing sci-fi franchise. The Strause brothers are also producing with Matthew Chausse.

Beyond Skyline starred Frank Grillo as a tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship

Highland Film Group and XYZ are selling the film at AFM.

Here’s a first look at the film’s sales art that teases a reverse invasion!

By Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting

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