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EXCLUSIVEEmmett/Furla Films has set The Fortress as a trilogy, with Jesse MetcalfeBruce Willis, Chad Michael Murray and Kelly Greyson starring for director Cullen Bressack. The first installment began production today in Puerto Rico, and EFF has set a back-to-back shoot. The franchise has been constructed as a trilogy, and the third film will shoot in the future.

The Fortress was developed by EFF co-CEO Randall Emmett and Emile Hirsch and the scripts were written by Alan Horsnail. The story revolves around a top-secret resort for retired U.S. intelligence officers. A group of criminals led by Balzary (Murray) breach the compound, hellbent on revenge on Robert (Willis), forcing the retired officer and his son (Metcalfe) to save the day.

The Fortress and The Fortress 2 are produced by Emmett and George Furla, Luillo Ruiz and Chad A. Verdi. Tim Sullivan, Nick D’Angelo, Caesar Richbow and Danny Chan are exec producers. Highland Film Group is handling international sales.

Bressack recently directed Killing Field for Emmett/Furla, and he will helm both films. EFF just wrapped Wash Me In the River, which Emmett directed with Robert De Niro, John Malkovich and Jack Huston starring, and is in pre-production on the Jamie Marshall-directed Hair of the Dog starring Gerard Butler.

By Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline

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PEOPLE is excited to share an exclusive first look at their film Midnight in the Switchgrass, co-starring Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch.

In the first image, Fox, 34, wears a black leather skirt, black crop top while Baker, also known as Machine Gun Kelly, leans in close in a matching black ensemble.

In the second image, Fox also appears alongside Willis, who wears a suit, as they survey a crime scene.

Midnight in the Switchgrass follows Fox and Willis as their characters — an FBI agent and a Texas Ranger — lead an unauthorized investigation into the disappearance of a young woman who could become the latest victim of an elusive serial killer.

The film also stars Lukas Haas, Caitlin Carmichael and Sistine Rose Stallone.

The film marks the directorial debut of longtime producer Randall Emmett. In a statement to PEOPLE, he says, “I am so fortunate to make my directorial debut with Midnight in the Switchgrass, and to work with such an extraordinary cast and crew. You cannot go wrong when you pair actors such as Megan Fox, Emile Hirsh and Bruce Willis with an exceptional story of crime, deceit and suspense. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Fox and Baker, 31, met on the set of the film where they got to know each other before dating.

Midnight in the Switchgrass debuts everywhere July 2021.

By Alexia Fernández, People

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In a PEOPLE exclusive look at the first trailer for American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, the Oscar winner takes on the real story of lawyer James Laughlin who defends Mildred Gillars, an American woman accused of treason for broadcasting Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops during World War II.

“You are right now at this very moment the most hated person in America,” Laughlin tells Gillars (played by Meadow Williams). “Eight counts of treason.”

Facing the death penalty, Gillars, then known as Axis Sally, was accused of destroying the “morale” of U.S. troops through her broadcasts, which she claimed she did under duress. 

“I did what I could to survive. I had no choices,” she says. “Men have been taking advantage of me my whole life.”

As Pacino’s Laughlin fights for Gillars’ freedom, her story exposes the dark underbelly of the Hitler’s propaganda machine. 

Directed by Michael Polish, the movie also stars Thomas Kretschmann, Mitch Pileggi, Lala Kent and Carsten Norgaard. 

This is Pacino’s first film since 2019’s The Irishman for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Meadows has previously worked with Pacino’s The Irishman costar Robert De Niro in the upcoming film Wash Me in the River

“This is me reaching one of my life’s goals. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t,” she wrote in an Instagram post in March. “I am a girl from a farming family in Tennessee, dirt poor, 10 kids with one bathroom and no heat or A/C. I worked my a– off then, I work my a– off now….but if you believe it, you put your heart and soul in it, you stay true to all that is good in you—you can make your dreams come true.”

“This is me finishing “Wash Me in the River” with the great Robert DeNiro, a masterpiece of a man, and Rand Emmett, and fabulously talented director. @randallemmettfilms #actress #acting #film,” she added.

American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally is in theaters May 28.

By Alexia Fernández, People

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Pierce Brosnan and Nick Cannon are teaming up for a thrilling new adventure.

In a PEOPLE exclusive look at the first trailer for The Misfits, the duo star in an action-packed high-stakes game where Brosnan stars as Richard Pace, a brilliant international thief taken in by modern-day Robin Hoods calling themselves The Misfits, led by Cannon’s Ringo.

The mysterious group convinces Pace to join them as they pull off the heist of a century: stealing millions in gold bars kept under one of the mose secure prisons on Earth that is used for funding terrorists groups around the world. The prison is owned by Pace’s enemy, Schultz (Tim Roth).

“Steal their gold, stop the terrorists,” Brosnan’s Pace says. “Let’s go to prison, shall we?”

As the group arrive in the Middle East to break into one of the prisons, Pace devises a way to get inside.

“The only way this is gonna run smoothly, is if the prison doesn’t run smoothly,” he says before the group infiltrates and wrecks havoc on the prison system.

Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2: Die Harder), the movie also stars Jamie Chung, Rami Jaber, Mike Angelo and Hermione Corfield.

This is Brosnan’s latest film since last year’s Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

In March, PEOPLE confirmed Brosnan would be costarring opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming DC and New Line movie Black Adam.

Brosnan will play a different kind of hero as Kent Nelson, the original Dr. Fate, who becomes a being of great power when he wears the Helmet of Fate. Dr. Fate also becomes a founding member of the Justice Society of America.

The Misfits is in theaters June 11, and on digital and on demand June 15.

By Alexia Fernández, People

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Luke Kleintank will star in “The Good Neighbor,” a remake of German thriller “Unter Nachbarn.”

The movie will center on new neighbors David and Robert, who find themselves bonded by a hit-and-run accident. According to the official logline: “When the dead girl’s sister shows up to investigate, David, overcome with guilt, wonders if he can find redemption while Robert is determined to bury the past and keep his new friend for himself, no matter the cost.”

The film will be directed by Stephan Rick (“The Dark Side of the Moon”), from a script by Rick and Ross Partridge (“Room 104”). Rick also directed the original movie.

Dean Altit (“Misfits”) and Yulia Zayceva (“WarHunt”) are producing. Kia Jam and Igor Pronin are executive producing, alongside Rami Jaber and Qais Qandil of RNG Entertainment, with casting by Ricki Maslar. CAA Media Finance is handling domestic sales, while Highland Film Group will oversee international sales.

Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe for his performance in CBS’ limited series “Elvis,” and starred as a youthful and randy King Henry VIII in Showtime’s “The Tudors.” He also starred in NBC’s “Dracula” and History Channel’s “Vikings,” as well as “Mission: Impossible III,” “Match Point” and “Velvet Goldmine.”

Kleintank recently starred in the World War II epic “Midway,” “The Goldfinch” and “Max.” He also appeared in Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle.” He previously had recurring roles on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and CBS’ “Person of Interest.”

Rick recently directed his English-language debut with “The Super,” which starred Val Kilmer.

Rhys Meyers is represented by Artist International Group, Kleintank is represented by Robert Stein Management, and Rick is repped by Above the Line and Gotham Group.

By Brent Lang, Variety

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