Scott Eastwood Joins Morgan Freeman in Nick Cassavetes’ Thriller “The Manuscript”


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Just as Pacific Rim: Uprising ramps up its campaign, its star has signed on to join Oscar winner Morgan Freeman in the cat-and-mouse thriller , it was announced Friday by Highland Group.

Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) will direct from a script by Louis Rosenberg and Joe Rosenbaum.

The Manuscript follows a jailed genius (Freeman) who writes and sends chapters from a mysterious novel to an aspiring young writer (Eastwood), ensnaring him in a high-stakes ploy to recover $100 million in stolen diamonds.

Rob Paris has just come on to produce via his Paris banner alongside Mike Witherill (John Wick) and Mark Williams (The Accountant). Production will begin in late April in New Orleans. Highland Group is handling international sales at EFM.

In addition to the Pacific Rim sequel, Eastwood is coming off of two other tentpoles — The Fate of the Furious and Suicide Squad, as well as a supporting turn in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

Cassavetes is best known for directing The Notebook, Alpha Dog and John Q. He’s represented by and , the latter of which reps Eastwood along with .

Highland Group’s slate includes The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan; Berlin, I Love You featuring Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Diego Luna; Terminal starring Margot Robbie; Three Christs starring Richard Gere; the psychological thriller Ghosts of War starring Brenton Thwaites; Braven starring Jason Momoa; Final Score starring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan; and the highly-anticipated remake of The Crow directed by Corin Hardy, which HFG is producing and financing.

Paris is currently in post- on the Netflix movie The Last Laugh starring Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss. Its recent credits include A24’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Netflix’s supernatural movie I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.