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Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway & Nicky Whelan Star In ‘Inconceivable’

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winners Nicolas Cage and Faye Dunaway have signed on to star in Inconceivable, with Nicky Whelan co-starring in the Jonathan Baker-directed thriller. Chloe King wrote the script, and Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films are producing with Baker and Daniel Herther of Baker Entertainment. Wayne Marc Godfrey of the Fyzz Facility and Arnaud Lannic and Barry Brooker are exec producing.
The picture shoots next month, and it’s part of the Emmett/Furla/Oasis distribution arrangement with Lionsgate Premiere. LP will release domestically, and Highland Film Group will sell internationally. This marks the fifth film that Emmett/Furla and Cage have made together, and E/F/O’s 15th with Lionsgate.

When Katie (Whelan) moves to town with her young daughter in order to start a new life after enduring abuse in her past, she quickly befriends another mother, Angela, and her husband Brian (Cage). Angela notices odd behavior from Katie and begins to question whether Katie’s intentions are as innocent as she makes them out to be, or if something dark is lurking beneath the surface.

Emmett/Furla is in postproduction on Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and production just wrapped on the Kevin Connolly-directed Gotti, with John Travolta playing the Teflon Don John Gotti. The Bruce Willis starrer First Kill is in production with director Steven C. Miller.

-Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline Hollywood

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EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis has been set to star in First Kill, a Steven C. Miller-directed action thriller that Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce, finance and release through its U.S. deal with Lionsgate Premiere. It’s the 11th collaboration between EFO and Willis, and the producer/financier’s fourth film with Miller. Highland Film Group is handling international. The script was written by Nick Gordon with production slated to begin late August in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Willis will play a police chief who tries to solve a kidnapping, with a ticking clock. After a man and his son witness a thug shooting a bank thief while on a hunting trip, the bank robber takes the boy hostage, in order to recover the key to a locker that contains the loot from the bank heist. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce. Trevor Matthews of Brookstreet Pictures, Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will serve as executive producers. Tim Sullivan, Tony Callie, Ryan Black, and Nick Gordon will Co-Produce.

Emmett/Furla is about to start production next week on Gotti, with Kevin Connolly directing John Travolta as the late crime boss John Gotti. The company is also currently in post-production on the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence as well as the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Scoot McNairy starrer 478, from director Elliott Lester and producer Darren Aronofsky. Willis is repped by CAA.

By: Mike Fleming Jr.

Bruce Willis Set To Star In ‘First Kill’ For Emmett/Furla/Oasis

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Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass) have joined Margot Robbie in the cast of Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal.

Terminal tells the story of two hit-men (Fletcher and Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair come across a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had originally suspected.

It is being produced by David Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Legend Of Tarzan) Molly Hassell (Braven, The Trust) and HFG’s Arianne Fraser alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Robbie under their LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
HFG arranged financing with Ingenious Media, RuYi Media and Miscellaneous Entertainment. Executive producers are John Jencks, D. Todd Shepherd, Joe Simpson, George Waud, Shelley Madison, Charles Auty, Simon Williams, Delphine Perrier and Henry Winterstern.

HFG is handling international sales and CAA represents the U.S. rights.

Pegg will next appear in Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, while Irons will soon be seen in ITV’s Tutankhamun. Fletcher will next be seen in Eddie The Eagle for 20th Century Fox, and Myers is creating a new series for HBO.

Pegg is represented by Dawn Sedgwick Management and UTA, while Irons by Tavistock Wood and UTA. Fletcher is represented by WME and Independent Talent Group, and Myers by Untitled Entertainment.

The Highland Film Group slate includes Jon Avnet’s Three Christs starring Richard Gere; Scott Mann’s action-packed thriller Final Score; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Kevin Connolly’s Gotti starring John Travolta; Steven C. Miller’s Southern Fury with Nicolas Cage and Marauders starring Bruce Willis; the Brewer Brothers’ The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood; and Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter starring Emma Roberts, which had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A24.

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The film centers on a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ.
Call it a holy trinity of sorts.

Richard Gere is set to star in Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, playing a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ.

Three Christs, a potentially hot-button film, marks Gere and Avnet’s second collaboration. The first was MGM’s controversial Red Corner in 1997, a film that led to Chinese star Bai Ling having her Chinese citizenship revoked.

Based on a biographical novel by Milton Rokeach titled Rokeach’s Christs of Ypsilanti: A Narrative Study of Three Lost Men, the film was adapted by Eric Nazarian and Avnet.

Highland Film Group is financing and will unveil the project to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes film market. CAA is repping domestic rights.

Avnet is producing alongside Brooklyn Films’ Aaron Stern and Highland’s Arianne Frasier and Delphine Perrier. Molly Hassell (Terminal) also is producing.

The doctor treated the trio of patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, and what transpired is both comic and deeply moving.

Gere will next be seen in Oren Moverman’s star-studded family drama The Dinner alongside Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney.

Gere is repped by WME; Avnet is with CAA.

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Nicolas Cage will star in the thriller “Philly Fury,” with helmer Steven C. Miller set to begin shooting in May.
Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films are producing. “Philly Fury” will be released in the U.S. through Lionsgate Premiere via its distribution deal with Emmett/Furla.

Highland Film Group will handle international sales.
Jason Mosberg wrote the script about a Philadelphia businessman whose deadbeat brother is kidnapped for a large ransom — leading everyone to believe that the brother is involved in the kidnapping. Cage’s character, who’s also a mobster, is forced to take action on his own.

Cage announced on March 7 that he would direct and star in the independent thriller “Vengeance: A Love Story.” Cage will play a detective in that film with shooting to begin in April in Atlanta.

Cage starred as Capt. Charles Butler McVey in the World War II movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” which was filmed last summer in Alabama. He starred in 2014’s faith-based drama “Left Behind.”

Emmett/Furla is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds.

Cage is repped by CAA and Link Entertainment. Miller is repped by UTA, Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm and attorney Wayne Alexander. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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