Not a lot happened this past weekend but here’s a quick recap of a few of the industry news tidbits that did…
On Friday, Hulu released the first pictures of Lily James and Sebastian Stan as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee from the comedic series, Pam and Tommy, which tells the story of the sex tape between the two celebrities, although neither Anderson nor Lee are involved with the project. It co-stars Seth Rogen as Rand Guathier, the man who stole and sold the tape, along with Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling, Andrew Dice Clay, Pepi Sonuga, Spencer Granese, and Mozhan Marnò. The series ordered in December is written and exec. produced by showrunners Robert Siegel and DV DeVincentis, while Rogen also exec. produces with his Point Grey collaborators Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Alex McAtee. The series is directed by Craig Gillespie, who is also an executive producer.
Stan later released another photo of himself as Lee on Instagram which you an also see below.
Other casting news from the weekend included reports that Pose star Michaela Ja’e (Mj) Rodriguez would be joining Maya Rudolph in a new untitled half-hour comedy series from Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard for Apple TV+ with Pose wrapping up its third and final season on Netflix. Created by Yang and Hubbard, the series follows Rudolph’s Molly, a woman whose life is upended when her husband leaves her with $87 billion. Rodrigez will play Sofia, the executive director of the non-profit funded by her absentee billionaire boss.
The Lionsgate comedy, The Valet, a remake of Francis Veber‘s hit French comedy, also cast up this week, as Max Greenfield (New Girl), Marisa Nichols and Betty Brandt (Breaking Bad) joined stars Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving in the film directed by Richard Wong. Weaving plays movie star Olivia who hires Derbez’s Antonio, a parking valet, to play her lover to cover up her actual affair with a married man. The movie is currently in production according to Derbez who made the statement, “Production has begun and we couldn’t be more excited about the way this cast came together or this story. This is a romantic comedy with heart and soul starring some of today’s most talented young actors sharing the screen with a living legend of Mexican cinema.”
Lastly, the MSR Media suspense thriller Assailant assembled its own cast of Poppy Delevigne, Chad Michael Collins, Casper Van Dien and Jeff Fahey, all joining the suspense-thriller written and directed by Tom Paton. Principal photography has begun on the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis under a far-reaching six-picture production deal between MSR Media and the local authorities of the Caribbean island. The film is about a couple going through marriage counseling who decide to head to the Caribbean on a “make or break them” sailing holiday to heal wounds but the husband gets into a bar fight that has the couple chased by someone hellbent on killing them.
You can read more about these and other projects in our Production Listings, which are updated daily.
It was also a fairly uneventful weekend at the box office with the widest new release being the action-thriller, Wrath of Man, reuniting director Guy Ritchie with Jason Statham, the latter after a number of blockbuster hits in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The Miramax/MGM released opened in first place with $8.1 million in 2,875 theaters or $2,817 per theater. The only other wide release was Billy Crystal‘s return to directing with the comedy, Here Today, co-starring Tiffany Haddish, a movie Crystal co-wrote with Alan Zweibel about an unlikely friendship. Sony Pictures/Stage 6 opened the movie into roughly 1,200 theaters where it grossed $900,000 ($750 per venue) which put it in seventh place behind other returning movies.