British filmmaker Chris Morris is beginning to plan the follow-up to his 2010 BAFTA-winning dark comedy Four Lions, and a number of American actors including Anna Kendrick and Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) have already signed on, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Denis O’Hare, Kayvan Novak, James Adomian, Pej Vahdat, Mousa Kraish and Marchant Davis are also part of the cast.
The untitled film is Morris’ second movie as a director and though details about the plot are scarce, the project will be produced by See Saw Films and Archer Gray Productions and will be partially financed by Film4. See Saw and Archer Gray previously worked together producing the Oscar Best Picture winner The King’s Speech and Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes.
Kendrick first got attention for Jeffrey Blitz’s 2007 indie Rocket Science, but her Oscar-nominated role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 Oscar-nominated Up in the Air gained her even more acclaim. Soon after, Kendrick was cast in Universal’s Pitch Perfect trilogy, the third installment which is due out for Christmas this year. Kendrick’s upcoming films include her playing a female Santa Clause in Noelle, starring in Paul Feig’s crime-comedy A Simple Favor and providing her voice in the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls.
Best known for her role as “Taystee” on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, Brooks has appeared on Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show Master of None and on HBO’s Girls, in Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind and provided a voice for The Angry Birds Movie.
Morris’ earlier film Four Lions was well-received both in the UK and the U.S., where it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan. 2010 and became one of the first films distributed by Drafthouse Films when other indie distributors balked at the controversial subject matter.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor