Quinta Brunson to play Oprah opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Weird Al Yankovic biopic; Peter Dinklage to star in Hunger Games prequel; Andrew Garfield to portray Richard Branson in Hot Air; Willem Dafoe joins Gonzo Girl adaptation


There are quite a few interesting news of fresh cast announcement coming in from Hollywood. Take a look at all the new cast additions to highly awaited projects in our Hollywood round-up.

Quinta Brunson to portray Oprah Winfrey in Weird Al Yankovic biopic

Quinta Brunson is all set to essay the role of Oprah Winfrey in Eric Appel's new movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story opposite Daniel Radcliffe who plays the titular role. The official logline reads, “From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him.” Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is co-written by Yankovic and Appel. Apart from Brunson and Radcliffe, the film also features Evan Rachel Wood, Julianne Nicholson, and Toby Huss.

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Peter Dinklage to star in Hunger Games prequel ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is set to join the ensemble cast of Lionsgate’s Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. Dinklage will play Casca Highbottom, dean of the Academy. The film also stars Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler. Francis Lawrence, who directed the franchise’s Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part One, and Mockingjay Part Two, will direct the adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel.

Andrew Garfield to star as Richard Branson in ‘Hot Air’ limited series

Andrew Garfield is all set to play British entrepreneur Richard Branson in limited series project Hot Air. The series comed from Universal International Studios with David Leitch set to direct. Written by Jon Croker, the six-part Hot Air is based on the book Dirty Tricks by award-winning investigative journalist Martyn Gregory and tells the story of Branson and the meteoric rise of Virgin Airways.

Willem Dafoe to star in Patricia Arquette's 'Gonzo Girl' film adaptation with Camila Morrone

Willem Dafoe will be soon seen in the film adaptation of Gonzo Girl. The film marks Patricia Arquette's feature directorial debut with Rh Negative Entertainment and Catch & Release Films. In addition, the film also stars Camila Morrone, Willem Dafoe and Arquette, reports 'Deadline'. The film is based on the acclaimed same-name novel by Cheryl Della Pietra and will be adapted by Rebecca Thomas and Jessica Caldwell. According to 'Deadline', Tom Heller is producing through Rh Negative Entertainment as is Frank Hall Green through Catch & Release Films, Cameron O'Reilly through Bayard Productions and Arquette. Heller and Green have been the driving force on pushing this through with production set to begin this week in Utah.

The novel, set in 1992, traces the journey of aspiring writer Alley Russo (played by Morrone). Russo has an exciting new job, as the assistant to legendary "gonzo journalist" Walker Reade (Dafoe), living in his compound/party house in Aspen.Under orders to help the famously chaotic Walker settle down to work on his long-promised latest blur of fact and fiction, Alley soon learns the truth: a lifetime of chronic substance abuse has chipped away at Walker's writing ability, until all he can produce from his drug-drenched brain are pages of word salad.

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