With the culmination of the “Avengers” storyline on the horizon, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is in talks to star in the Russo brothers’ “Cherry,” which is expected to be the directing duo’s first feature non-Marvel gig. “Avengers: Endgame” helmers Joe and Anthony Russo will direct from a script by Jessica Goldberg, who adapted the novel “Exit West” for the brothers’ studio AGBO and was creator and EP of Hulu series “The Path.” AGBO acquired the rights to Nico Walker’s book, “Cherry,” in August, with plans to shoot over the summer.
“Cherry” parallels the true life story of the author, a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme undiagnosed PTSD, fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks. Walker was caught and convicted in 2011 and is scheduled to be released in 2020.
The brothers will produce along with AGBO’s Mike Larocca. AGBO has made its presence known as it continues to build its development slate. After it won the rights to “Cherry” following a highly competitive bidding war last summer, the pic became a top priority at the upstart studio. Holland became an easy choice for the lead role due to the trio’s involvement in “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Holland is reprising his role as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which bows this summer, and stars in Lionsgate tentpole “Chaos Walking.” Both the Russo brothers and Holland are repped by WME. Holland is also repped by The Curtis Brown Group.
Spider-Man star Tom Holland is in talks to take on the lead role in 1917, a World War I drama from director Sam Mendes. The movie is set to begin production in April 2019 and will have a $100 million budget.
There are currently no plot details at this time. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners gained the rights to project with Universal distributing. Paramount, Sony and New Regency were also pursuing the project.
Mendes co-wrote the script for 1917 with Wilson-Cairns in London while he was working on Jez Butterworth’s London stage debut of The Ferryman, and he explained to Deadline that he’s not only excited to finally get the movie produced (he had been working on the script for over a year), but he “couldn’t be happier to be back working with Amblin and Steven Spielberg again.”
1917 is set to hit theaters in December 2019.
Christine and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos has set up his next film just in time to be a hot Toronto sales package. Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Chris Evans and Tracy Letts are in talks to star in The Devil All the Time. The pic is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel that Campos and Paulo Campos penned. Antonio Campos will direct. The film will be produced by Randall Poster, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Ninestories Productions.
The novel’s plot: In a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods of this country – a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, our protagonist Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. His son Arvin (Holland) is growing from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action. The cast of characters includes a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff (Evans) in a story told across two decades.
Production is set to get underway in February 2019.
Tom Holland is contemplating how has changed since becoming the youngest actor ever to pull on a Spider-Man suit. “It’s crazy,” he says, nonplussed. “Crazier than I thought it would be.”
Tired after a late night and a gruelling press tour, the 21-year-old is nevertheless upbeat, cheerful and enjoying every moment of the newfound mania that is surrounding his every move. He explains that Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker has become his role model because
“his life changes too but he stays true to himself. It’s very important to me that I stay the same as I was before this crazy thing happened to me.”
We are talking a few hours before the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming, during which thousands of screaming fans shut down Hollywood Boulevard. Holland, from Kingston-Upon-Thames, was accompanied to the premiere by a family entourage which included his mother, two grandmothers, two great-grandparents and his cousin.
“My mum brought them all over, which is so lovely,” he says.
His best friend and 18-year-old younger brother Harry, who have accompanied him on his travels by private jet around the world, were also there. The only close family member absent was his father, the comedian Dominic Holland, who is currently appearing at the Edinburgh Festival.