June 2017 Agency Moves, From Aaron Sorkin and Aaron Rodgers to the New “Deadpool 2” Villain

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The Highlight Reel

  • CAA’s lit department had a heck of a month, signing Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin and Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan, both of whom are now writer-directors thanks to their upcoming films Molly’s Game and Wind River, respectively. Sorkin and Sheridan are two of the best writers in the biz and while Sorkin has always had a style all his own, we’re beginning to get a sense of what a Taylor Sheridan script sounds like. The Hell or High Water scribe continues to develop his voice as a filmmaker and a storyteller, and I, for one, can’t wait for Wind River. I also caught some footage from Molly’s Game at CinemaCon in March, and came away impressed. Sorkin is working with a juicy story there, so let’s hope his directorial debut is just as thrilling as the past films that he wrote.
  • CAA also signed a pair of up-and-coming actors in Jack Kesy and Eve Hewson. Kesy recently appeared in Baywatch and was just cast as the villain in Deadpool 2, which should open a lot of doors for him. He’ll also be seen in Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced war movie Horse Soldiers starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Trevante Rhodes. Meanwhile, Hewson (the daughter of U2’s Bono) recently wrapped the role of Maid Marian in the new Robin Hood movie starring Taron Egerton. She previously worked with Steven Spielberg on Bridge of Spies and earned strong reviews for her turn as nurse Lucy Elkins on The Knick. The Irish actress will  soon be seen in the Papillon remake starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. There wasn’t a lot of young talent signed elsewhere this month, but WME nabbed new Dark Phoenix actor Lamar Johnson and The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun was a coup for UTA, while Paradigm welcomed Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) into the fold.
  • ICM signed Terry Zwigoff, a really interesting director who Hollywood doesn’t seem to know what to do with anymore. I really enjoyed his Amazon pilot Budding Prospects, but the show didn’t get picked up. Zwigoff is due for a comeback, so here’s hoping his new reps find him something worthy of his unique brand of comic genius. His creativity is sorely missed in today’s marketplace.
  • Speaking of shaking things up, I’m glad John Malkovich, Anthony Michael Hall and Olivier Martinez found new homes this month. Martinez was so good as Diane Lane’s lover in Unfaithful, and though he’s 15 years older now, his smoldering looks can still be put to good use. The 007 franchise has Bond Girls, right? Couldn’t we find a similar role for him in one of these female-driven action/spy movies? Hall has become a really interesting character actor of late, and Hollywood’s A-list has certainly noticed, given his roles in The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher, Live by Night and War Machine. He could keep tackling small supporting roles in big movies, or he could head back to TV if his new reps can find him a show like The Dead Zone with a role he can really sink his teeth into. The same goes for Malkovich, who keeps winding up in crap movies that don’t deserve him. The man is a two-time Oscar nominee! I’d like to see more directors use him the way Peter Berg did in Deepwater Horizon. Hell, give him his own TV show where he can interrogate someone as well as he did Andy Garcia in Jennifer 8.
  • On the dealmaking front, CAA hired up-and-coming agent Danielle Shebby away from WME. She’s a rising star in the talent department, having worked with Janelle Monáe, Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Florence Pugh, Naomi Scott and Jared Abrahamson at WME. I’ve always liked Danielle, and wish her well at her new job. Congrats are also in order for Ryan Bartlett, who left UTA to launch his own Hyperion Talent Agency, and to Jon Levin, the longtime CAA agent who will now be a manager at ROAR. Good luck, gents!
  • And finally, UTA has taken on the extraordinary challenge of resurrecting Billy Bush‘s career. Even before “the Trump tape” leaked, did anyone really like Bush, whose smile always felt a bit phony? I understand that Access Hollywood hosts have a certain job to do, but I’m of the belief that entertainment journalism should be left to actual entertainment journalists. But hey, that’s just me, and who the hell am I? Exactly…

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NAME FROM TO
Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game writer-director) WME CAA
Taylor Sheridan (Wind River writer-director) Gersh CAA
Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects writer-director) UTA CAA
Jack Kesy Paradigm CAA
Eve Hewson UTA CAA
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers quarterback) N/A CAA
Danielle Shebby (MP Talent Agent) WME CAA
Kate Bosworth CAA ICM
Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho writer-director) CAA ICM
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (Hairspray/Chicago producers) CAA ICM
Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa director) WME ICM
Steven Yeun Paradigm UTA
Billy Bush (former TV personality) WME UTA
Wim Wenders (Submergence director) WME UTA
Clay Walker (country music star) N/A UTA
Allan Loeb (21 writer) CAA WME
Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction writer) CAA WME
John Malkovich N/A WME
Lamar Johnson N/A WME
Olivier Martinez N/A APA
L.T. Hutton (All Eyez on Me producer) N/A APA
Casey James (country music star) N/A APA-Nashville
Keith Powers N/A Paradigm
Anthony Michael Hall N/A Primary Wave
Rohit Kumar (13 Reasons Why writer) ICM Verve
Kristof Deak (Oscar-winning short film director) N/A Gotham Group
Pamela Gray (Megan Leavey co-writer) UTA Gersh
John Irving (The Cider House Rules author) N/A Gersh
Brian Weinstein (new President/COO) CAA Bad Robot
Ryan Bartlett (Talent Agent) UTA Hyperion Talent Agency
Jon Levin (Talent/Literary Agent) CAA ROAR
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