Nicolas Cage, Bill Skarsgård Set For Andrew Niccol’s ‘Lord Of War’ Sequel For Vendôme Pictures; FilmNation To Launch Sales At Cannes
DEADLINE – Nicolas Cage (Renfield) and writer-director Andrew Niccol (Anon) will reteam with Vendôme Pictures, the Academy Award winning studio behind CODA, on Lords of War — a sequel to the 2005 crime thriller Lord of War, which starred Cage as Yuri Orlov, a composite character based on numerous arms dealers.
Bill Skarsgård (John Wick: Chapter 4) is also on board to star as Orlov’s son, with FilmNation Entertainment to rep international sales and introduce the film at Cannes, and CAA Media Finance to handle domestic rights.
In Lords of War, Yuri Orlov (Cage), the world’s most notorious gunrunner, discovers he has a son, Anton (Skarsgård), who isn’t trying to right his father’s wrongs — he’s trying to top them. Not only selling guns but the “trigger pullers” too, Anton is amassing a mercenary army to fight America’s Middle East conflicts. This is the story of Yuri and Anton’s bitter rivalry — even at odds over the same woman. Who will prevail when father and son go to war?
Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi (CODA, Lord of War) are returning to produce under their Vendôme Pictures banner, with Cage for Saturn Films. Skarsgård will serve as exec producer on the film heading into production this fall.
Skarsgård most recently starred opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4, also starring opposite Georgina Campbell in 20th Century Studios’ acclaimed horror pic Barbarian from filmmaker Zach Cregger. He’s in post on director Rupert Sanders’ reimagining of The Crow and is currently shooting Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu for Focus Features, which has him sharing the screen with Nicholas Hoult, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Willem Dafoe, Lily-Rose Depp, Emma Corrin and more.
Skarsgård by WME, Magnolia Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum.
Robert Eggers’ long-awaited new take on the Nosferatuis gaining some serious momentum as sources tell Deadline that Bill Skarsgard is attached to play the titular character and Lily-Rose Depp is in talks to co-star. The pic now is set up at Focus Features, with Eggers directing and penning the script. Jeff Robinov, John Graham, Robert Eggers, Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus are producing.
In the new reimagining, Nosferatu is a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Depp) in 19th century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire (Skarsgard) who stalks her, bringing untold horror with him. Focus had no comment on the project.
‘The Things They Carried’: Tye Sheridan, Tom Hardy, Stephan James, Bill Skarsgard, Pete Davidson & Ashton Sanders Lead All-Star Vietnam War Movie — AFM Hot Pic
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: In the starriest new package announced so far for this year’s virtual AFM, we can reveal that Tye Sheridan (Mud), Oscar-nominee Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Golden Globe-nominee Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk), Bill Skarsgard (It Chapter One & Two), Pete Davidson (The King Of Staten Island), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Martin Sensmeier (The Magnificent Seven), Moises Arias (Monos), and Angus Cloud (Euphoria) have been set as the impressive ensemble for Vietnam war movie The Things They Carried.
‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgård To Play Notorious Swedish Criminal Clark Olofsson In Netflix Series ‘Clark’
DEADLINE – Bill Skarsgård, the actor who played Pennywise in the 2017 adaptation of It, has been set to play Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson in a six-part Netflix series.
Skarsgård will star in Clark, a Swedish language adaptation of Olofsson’s autobiography in which the convicted drug trafficker and bank robber reflected on his criminal escapades which began in the 1960s.
VARIETY – Bill Skarsgard, who broke out as Pennywise the Clown in “It,” is attached to star in the drama “Gilded Rage,” sources tell Variety.
Director Charlie McDowell is set to write and direct the movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker producing via their Nine Stories banner. Jeremy Steckler of Conde Nast Entertainment is also producing.
The film is based on Benjamin Wallace’s Vanity Fair article about the infamous murder of Investment banker Thomas Gilbert Sr., whose death was originally believed to be a suicide until an investigation proved otherwise. Skarsgard will play Thomas Gilbert Jr., who was arrested for the crime and is still awaiting trial to this day. Gilbert originally pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, but he has resisted subsequent plea deals, while his mother foots the bill for his defense.
Skarsgard became a household name as Pennywise the Clown in the box office hit “It” and is set to reprise the role in the sequel this fall. He also appeared in the Hulu series “Castle Rock” as the mysterious “Kid” and in the Sundance darling “Assassination Nation” as Mark. Most recently, Skarsgard wrapped production on the Antonio Campos’ and Netflix adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which also stars Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson.
Skarsgard is repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment.