A movie set in the world of '90s Britpop? That's right up our alley, so we'll be playing close attention to the provocatively-titled "Kill Your Friends." Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock will star in the adaptation of the novel by John Niven, that follows "an A&R man who goes to extremes to find the next hit." Here's the Amazon book synopsis:
AS the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels.
Owen Harris ("Misfits," "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl") will direct a script adapted by Niven himself. [Deadline]
"Goodbye First Love" and "Something In The Air" star Lola Créton will take the co-lead opposite Bastien Bouillon in Anne Villacèque's adaptation of Irène Némirovsky's "Deux." The film chronicles a post-WWI romance that finds a young couple getting married after their desire for each other has burned out, with both embarking on tragic affairs. Production begins in April. [Tout Le Cine]
Ashley Greene will play Priscilla Presley opposite Ron Livingston as Elvis in "Shangri-La Suite." Eddie O'Keefe directs the drama set in 1974 about "two troubled 20-year-olds who set out to kill The King." Production is now under way. [Deadline]
Lastly, the always busy and always awesome Shea Whigham has joined Vince Vaughn's thriller "Term Life." Hailee Steinfeld, Jonathan Banks, Bill Paxton, Mike Epps, William Levy and Jordi Mollà co-star in the film about "a low-life whom everybody -- including mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops -- wants dead. In a rare act of selflessness (and desperation), he takes out a million-dollar life insurance policy to benefit his estranged daughter, but soon after, he realizes it doesn't take effect for 21 days, meaning he'll have to keep himself alive for that long -- at least." Peter Billingsley directs and production is now underway. [THR]