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Simon Pegg and Annabelle: Creation‘s Lulu Wilson have been set to star in Becky, an action thriller from Yale Productions and BoulderLight Pictures.

The pic, which will be directed by Bushwick duo Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, is set to begin production in the summer, and Highland Film Group is launching international sales starting next week at the Cannes film market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. sale.

The pic centers on Becky (Wilson), a rebellious 13-year-old who is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father in an effort to reconnect after her mother’s death. The trip takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Pegg), invades the lake house. Becky decides to take matters into her own hands.

Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman are producing with Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz of BoulderLight.

Pegg, who is also in the Highland-selling Cannes market pic Inheritance starring with Lily Collins is repped by UTA and Dawn Sedgwick Management and UTA.

Wilson, most recently on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and HBO’s Sharp Objects and next up as the young Gloria Steinem in The Glorias: A Life on the Road, is repped by UTA, Authentic and Jackoway Austen.

By Patrick Hipes, Deadline

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Highland Film Group will launch international sales in Cannes on the sci-fi Persephone to star Mary Louise Parker, Brianna Hildebrand, Emile Hirsch, and Malcolm McDowell.

Writer-director Jeffrey Morris’ feature is set in the year 2185 when humans have fled an uninhabitable earth in search of a new world. When a team of three astronauts discover a massive planet, they are dispatched to engage with an unexpected lifeform that threatens the future of humanity.

Cassian Elwes will produce and represent US rights. Anne Marie Gillen also produces, and Jere Hausfater serves as executive producer. Pixomondo Studios (Game Of Thrones) is co-producing and creates the VFX. Principal photography is scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of this year.

Elwes produced MudboundDallas Buyers Club, and The Butler, among others, and is in post-production on Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted for Netflix starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck, and Medieval starring Ben Foster, Sophie Lowe, and Michael Caine.

Highland Film Group’s Cannes sales slate includes Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Dimitri Logothetis’ Jiu Jitsu with Nicolas Cage; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon The Darkness starring Alexandra Daddario; MoviePass Films’ Trauma Center starring Bruce Willis; Michael Polish’s Axis Sally with Al Pacino; Southland starring Bella Thorne; Skylines starring Lindsey Morgan; and Ghosts Of War with Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, and Skylar Astin.

By Jeremy Kay, Screen Daily

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EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis is set to star in Matt Eskandari’s action thriller The Long Night for Emmett/Furla/ Oasis Films.

The pic marks the 16th collaboration between Willis and producers Randall Emmett and George Furla. It’s also the second feature between the Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films CEOs and co-founders and Eskandari following Trauma Center which is currently in post and in which Willis also stars.

In The Long Night from screenwriter Doug Wolfe, two ruthless criminals break into a disgraced doctor’s home to be given medical attention after one of them is shot during a robbery gone wrong. Knowing that he lacks the expertise to patch up the injured trespasser, the doctor must protect his family at all costs. Cameras will roll on June 3 in Columbus, Georgia in concert with the Columbus Film Fund. Emmett and Furla will produce with Tim Sullivan, Alex Eckert, and Ted Fox serving as executive producers. The Long Night will be selling at Cannes via Highland Film Group.

EFO is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s Netflix movie The Irishman and the Michael Polish helmed WWII drama Axis Sally starring Al Pacino.

Willis’ cinematic canon has grossed over $7.5 billion at the global box office. He starred in Universal/Blumhouse/BVI’s Glass earlier this year which made close to $247M at the worldwide B.O. and can be seen next in Edward Norton’s Warner Bros. crime drama Motherless Brooklyn. He is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Abrams Artists Agency and Seth Nagel rep both writer Wolfe and director Eskandari.

By Anthony D’Alessandro, Deadline

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Evangeline Lilly, who most recently appeared in Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, and The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholtz have been tapped to play wife and husband in Happy Life, adrama from former Mindy Project writer and producer David Stassen. Stassen wrote the script and will direct the project as his debut feature. Frequent collaborators Stassen and Barinholtz are producing the pic. Besides TMP, the two have previously worked together on Central Intelligence, which they co-wrote, The Oath, which was helmed by Barinholtz, and the comedy Blockers.

Stassen and Barinholtz will produce Happy Life alongside Andrew Robinson and Aperture Media Productions. Highland Film Group is overseeing international sales which will begin in Cannes this month. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the US sale.

Slated to begin shooting this summer, the film follows new mom Allison Beck (Lilly), who suspects her workaholic husband Eli (Barinholtz) of having an affair with an Instagram star. One mistake after another leads her into the arms of a younger man as she struggles to come to terms with her life decisions and be the mother she aspires to be. Principal photography will commence this summer.

Lost alum Lilly will next be seen in Dreamland starring opposite Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer. Barinholtz upcoming slate includes Amazon’s Late Night, alongside Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, and Universal’s political drama, The Hunt.

Lilly is repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment; Barinholtz by UTA and Artists First; Stassen by UTA and Mosaic.

By Amanda D’nuka, Deadline

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Following the success of Mandy, Nicolas Cage reunites with RLJE Films.

RLJE Films has acquired the action-thriller A Score To Settle. Written by John Newman (“Get Shorty”) and directed by Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy), produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan (Beautiful Boy) and Minds Eye Entertainment’s Kevin DeWalt (The Humanity Bureau), and Danielle Masters (The Recall), the film stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy), Benjamin Bratt (Doctor Strange), Noah Le Gros (Wolves) and Mohamed Karim. A Score To Settle will be In Theaters and On Demand on August 2, 2019.  Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films, made the announcement today.

“We are excited to collaborate for the fifth time with the legendary Nicolas Cage,” said Ward.  “Following the success of Mandy, we cannot wait to take audiences on another adventure.”

In A Score To Settle, Frank (Cage), a former mob enforcer, is released from prison after serving 22 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now free, he sets out on a path for revenge against the people who wronged him.

Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE Films and Arianne Fraser and Alana Crow from Highland Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Highland Film Group is also handling international sales.

Fraser commented: “After our experience collaborating on Terminal, we are delighted to be partnering again with Mark and the team at RLJE Films. A Score To Settle has found its perfect home and we can’t wait for audiences to experience this action-packed ride come summer!”

“We at Goldrush Entertainment are thrilled to have worked with Nicolas Cage whom brilliantly embodied the complex character of Frank Carver,” says Producer Eric Gozlan of Goldrush Entertainment.  “We are ecstatic to have found a home for A Score To Settleat RLJE Films!”

“It has never been more difficult to produce a truly independent film,” says Producer Kevin DeWalt of Minds Eye Entertainment.  “We are delighted to have amassed such an outstanding cast for A Score To Settle and to be working with great distribution partners such as the Highland Film Group and RLJE Films.”

A Score To Settle is a Goldrush Entertainment and Minds Eye Entertainment Production and was produced by Spartiate Films in association with Paragon Media Productions. Produced by Eric Gozlan, Kevin DeWalt and Danielle Masters, the film is Co-Produced by Benjamin DeWalt and the Executive Producers are Nicolas Cage, Richard Iott, Mark Weissman, Robert Bricker, Arianne Fraser, Delphine Perrier, Henry Winterstern, Daniel Negret, Stephen Dailey, Simon Williams, Silvia Schmidt, Sam Al, Mike King and Co-Executive Producer Ryan Winterstern.

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