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Casting Watch: Rising Stars Isaac and Clarke Set for 'Departed' Writer's Next Feature 'Mojave'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2012 at 12:46PM

Oscar Isaac ("The Bourne Legacy," "Drive") and Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Lawless") are set for the lead roles in William Monahan's thriller "Mojave," from the director's original screenplay. Monahan is best known for his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar win for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."
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Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac ("The Bourne Legacy," "Drive") and Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Lawless") are set for the lead roles in William Monahan's thriller "Mojave," from the director's original screenplay. Monahan is best known for his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar win for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."

Monahan will be collaborating with Scorsese again, having recently finished the script for "The Gambler" at Paramount. Also in the pipeline is the screenplay for Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." "Mojave" is Monahan's second directorial gig, following 2010's under-the-radar Keira Knightley-Colin Farrell thriller "London Boulevard."

Both Isaac and Clarke are on the rise. Brit American Isaac recently wrapped "Therese Racquin" opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange, as well as the Coen brothers' mysterious folk music film "Inside Llewyn Davis," which looks like it's heading for Cannes. Aussie Clarke's part opposite Tom Hardy was trimmed in "Lawless"; his breakout role is his CIA agent in Kathryn Bigelow's current Oscar contender "Zero Dark Thirty"; we'll have to wait for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby." He plays Abraham Lincoln's father in "The Green Blade Rises," about Lincoln's formative years, and just finished shooting Roland Emmerich's Channing Tatum-starrer "White House Down."

"Mojave" is production company Atlas Independent's fourth feature.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.