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Hopkins, Kingsley, Jones join Hoult in ‘Autobahn’ Britton replaces Stone in ‘American Ultra’

LOS ANGELES, May 2, (RTRS): Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, as well as Felicity Jones, have signed on to join Nicholas Hoult in Silver Pictures’ action-thriller “Autobahn,” it was announced Thursday by Joel Silver and Stuart Ford, CEO of financier IM Global. Production starts Monday on the film, which has received additional financing from Sycamore Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Eran Creevy (“Welcome To the Punch”) is directing from a script by F. Scott Frazier. In “Autobahn,” a young American couple played by Hoult and Jones are plunged into an adrenaline-pumping game of cat-and-mouse across Germany when they find themselves caught between two ruthless criminals, played by Hopkins and Kingsley. Silver will produce through his Silver Pictures banner along with Ben Pugh of 42 (“Welcome to the Punch”), Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik (“Insidious”) and Tom Rice and Ben Nearn of Sycamore Pictures (“The Way, Way Back”).

Silver Pictures’ Steve Richards and Aaron Auch are executive producing with Ford and Matt Jackson of IM Global. Additional executive producers include DMG’s Dan Mintz, Wu Bing, and Peter Xiao, as well as DMG’s LA-based Motion Picture Group president Chris Fenton and producing partner Chris Cowles.

“When I first read F. Scott Frazier’s script for ‘Autobahn,’ I knew it had the makings of a great action movie. It’s a gritty, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through Europe with an incredible cast,” said Silver. “We are firm believers in Eran Creevy as one of Europe’s most talented young directors and it’s exciting to have assembled such a great pool of both up and coming and illustrious talent,” added Ford. The feature shoots entirely in Germany and has subsidies from DFFF, the German Federal Film Fund (Deutsche Filmf-rderfonds) and NRW, the North Rhine-Westphalia funding entity (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW). DMG Entertainment developed “Autobahn” and the film joins “Point Break” on DMG’s upcoming slate of international films. Hoult next appears in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” while Jones can be seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

In a last-minute casting switch, Connie Britton has signed on to replace Sharon Stone in Lionsgate’s action-comedy “American Ultra,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, the studio announced Thursday. Stone exited the project due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Uma Thurman was originally linked to the role, though she never had a formal deal in place. Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) is directing from a script by Max Landis (“Chronicle”).
Eisenberg stars as Mike, a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent in a government program created by Victoria Lasseter (Britton). When his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

The film, which is currently in production, boasts a strong supporting cast including Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, “American Ultra” is being produced by Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio, while Ray Angelic is executive producing. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales. Four-time Emmy nominee Britton, who has a strong relationship with Lionsgate, is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

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