Julia Roberts Might Star In A New Series From The Creator Of ‘Mr. Robot’

Roberts is in talks to star in Homecoming, a drama series from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Based on the Gimlet Media podcast, Homecoming’s first season featured a character-driven mystery about a caseworker at a secret government facility, her supervisor, and a soldier adjusting to regular life. (VUL)

‘The Shallows’ Director Jaume Collet-Serra To Direct ‘Waco’ Movie

Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the upcoming Waco movie for Annapurna Pictures. Mark Boal and Marc Haimes have written the script for the film. (CS)

Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria Producing And Starring In Workplace Comedy ‘24-7’

Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria are producing 24-7, a workplace comedy that’s been set up at Universal, with the aim of starring in the project. The project is based on a pitch by screenwriter Sarah Rothschild. (VAR)

Al Pacino To Play Joe Paterno In HBO Pic About Penn State Scandal

The Oscar winner is set to play late college football legend Joe Paterno in a currently untitled HBO movie that chronicles the coach’s downfall in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. (TVL)

Paramount Names Chris Petrikin New Communications EVP

Paramount has named communications strategist Chris Petrikin as its new Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Corporate Branding. (WRAP)

‘Misfits’ Reboot From Fake Empire Gets Freeform Pilot Order, Casts Four Leads

Freeform has given a pilot order to Misfits, a supernatural drama inspired by the British series of the same name. It comes from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, who wrote the adaptation and serves as showrunner. (DH)

Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama Adds Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie

The Fox and Amblin Entertainment film, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, has added Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods to its ensemble cast. (THR)

Theo James To Star In Netflix’s ‘How It Ends’

Theo James has been set to star in the David M. Rosenthal-directed action thriller How It Ends for Netflix. Production is slated to begin next month in Canada. (DAR)

Rhythm And Hues Co-Founder John Hughes Opens PH D In L.A.

PH D, a new L.A.-based production and post studio, has been founded by Rhythm and Hues co-founder John Hughes, along with VFX supervisor and producer Helena Packer and director Kevin Donovan. (SD)

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