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Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal Join Philip Seymour Hoffman-Directed 'Ezekiel Moss' & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 1, 2014 11:03 AM
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Update 2/2: Horrible news. Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment today. More info here. 

You'll have to jog your memory a bit, but way back in the fall of 2012, it was announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman would be following his feature directorial debut "Jack Goes Boating" with "Ezekiel Moss," a period-set ghost story. And then nothing much was heard from it. But today the project got a kick in the pants with the addition of two big stars.

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal have joined the film, which has Black List-approved script by Keith Bunin (HBO's "In Treatment," "Horns"), and tells the story of "Iris (Adams) who, emotionally fragile by the recent loss of her husband, manages to scrape by to provide for her spirited son by running a boarding house in a small town overrun by religious fervor. Their lives are forever changed when she begins to fall in love with Ezekiel Moss (Gyllenhaal), a mysterious drifter who has the divine ability to channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead." Sounds intriguing, and frankly, we'd watch anything involving Hoffman, Adams (with the pair working for a fourth time following "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master") and Gyllenhaal. No word yet on when it will lens, but hopefully we won't be waiting too long. [Deadline]

In other casting news: With a recent filmography that includes work with J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck and Martin Scorsese, Kyle Chandler is continuing to seek out work with great storytellers. And so he's joined the cast of Todd Haynes' "Carol," where he'll feature alongside Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson in the story set in 1950s New York, which follows a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life and falls for an older, married woman. Production starts in March. [Deadline]

Nikki Reed ("Thirteen," "Twilight") will star in the horror film, "Email." Yes, that's what it's called. The actress will play "a young journalist who travels to Singapore to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her sister’s death and discovers a string of bizarre killings involving a cursed email. Along the way she meets Ted, an ex-pat technology reporter, and together they face the supernatural forces and unravel a mysterious conspiracy far bigger than they expected." Kelvin Tong directs and filming will begin in May. [THR]

Alfre Woodard has taken a role in the "The Conjuring" spinoff, "Annabelle." No word yet on the plot of the movie—which is presumably centered around the haunted doll from the horror hit—but she joins Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton in the flick, with "The Conjuring" cinematographer John Leonetti directing. Production is now underway. [Variety]

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  • Norman Lowther | February 2, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Terrible news ! So sad he died alone-loved his interaction with Meryl Streep in DOUBT

  • Tim | February 2, 2014 2:16 PMReply

    Oh well. He left 3 children behind.

  • finn | February 2, 2014 2:04 PMReply

    Sad. One of my favorite actors. State and Main...

  • jaymie | February 2, 2014 1:59 PMReply

    i cant help but wonder if he was celebrating this good news and overcelebrated :(

  • Jackie | February 2, 2014 1:51 PMReply

    Oh no :(

  • prit | February 2, 2014 1:36 PMReply

    Life is unpredictable. RIP Philip Seymour-Hoffman

  • L. Bloom | February 1, 2014 1:50 PMReply

    Jake Gyllenhaal keeps making great choices. End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler, Everest, now the lead in Ezekiel Moss. Only serious, dark, challenging projects. Nothing superficial or glitzy. What he did with the character of detective Loki in Prisoners is, I believe, only a glimpse of what he's capable of. And what a glimpse!

  • oogle monster | February 1, 2014 11:32 AMReply

    Adams is on the hottest of all hot streaks right now. The Fighter, The Master, Man of Steel, American Hustle, Her, Big Eyes and now this? Damn. I can't think of another actor with such a diverse filmography at the moment. Really happy for her- she's doing big things and working with great directors (Synder not included).

  • jimmy | February 3, 2014 12:59 PM

    Oogle Monster , I didn't like Amy Adams' overrated performance in American Hustle ( all of the performances are mediocre and forgettable ) , Man of Steel ( nothing role ) , and The Master ( to be fair , she had nothing to work with ) . I like Adams , but she is not good in everything , and I still feel her best work is in Junebug and Enchanted .

  • Stephanie | February 3, 2014 9:21 AM

    Jessica Chastain is another actor who is making great choices and has a string of interesting projects coming up. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see her get another nomination next awards season.

  • Kate | February 2, 2014 2:13 PM

    Adams is on fire as a movie star and I couldn't be happier about it. She's a rare breed of talent and natural beauty. She's funny and sexy and charming. She can do anything. A ghost story? Of course. It's one of the only things she hasn't done yet so of course she is doing it. She's brilliant. A modern day Carole Lombard and Hayworth in one.

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