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In today’s edition of “casting news pieces that aren’t quite big enough to get their own story but are certainly more interesting when lumped together”:

  • Chris Evans leads a rescue mission in a film based on a remarkable true story;
  • Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth, and Rebel Wilson star in a rom-com together;
  • The third Maze Runner is in production and the cure is more Walton Goggins.

Now, let’s go into detail.

Chris Evans Heads to the Red Sea Diving Resort

Based on the real-life rescue mission of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel in the early ’80s, Chris Evans will star as Mossad agent Ari Kidron in Red Sea Diving Resort. Here’s the synopsis of the Gideon Raff film from ComingSoon.net:

The story begins in the late ’70s, when the spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities when it was ordered to help in the transfer of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who were stuck in refugee camps in Sudan and deliver them to the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan and deployed a handful of operatives (including a team of Ethiopians on the ground) to launch and oversee the exodus to the Promised Land, by sea and by air, in the early 1980s. The Mossad’s Red Sea Diving Resort operated for five years and saved thousands of refugees and brought them to Israel.

Evans will lead a confirmed cast of Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael K. Williams, Michiel Huisman, Alex Hassell and Mark Ivanir, as well as Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley.

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Adam Devine and Liam Hemsworth Are in a Love Triangle With Rebel Wilson in Isn’t It Romantic

Rebel Wilson will be living every romantic comedy sidekick’s dream in Isn’t It Romantic, a comedy in which a cynical woman (Wilson) discovers that her life has become a rom-com. Wilson goes from sidekick to romantic lead, getting caught in a love triangle between Adam Devine and Liam Hemsworth. Devine, who co-starred with Wilson in Pitch Perfect, will play a character who is stuck in the friend zone while Hemsworth the hunky object of Wilson’s affections.

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, Isn’t It Romantic was initially written by Erin Cardillo, with revisions by Dana Fox, Katie Silberman, Paula Pell, Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly. Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews and Jeremy Stein are producing the comedy, which is set to start production in June.

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Walton Goggins Enters Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The third installment of Maze Runner is getting off the ground with Walton Goggins joining the cast. Maze Runner: The Death Cure was delayed due to star Dylan O’Brien being injured on set, but production has resumed in South Africa.

Based on the third novel in James Dashner’s trilogy, Maze Runner: The Death Cure follows O’Brien’s Thomas as he embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease knows as the “Flare.” Along the way, he meets Goggins’ character Lawrence, “an unusual and dangerous character who is part-revolutionary, part-anarchist, and a voice for the voiceless people,” according to Deadline.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is directed by Wes Ball with T.S. Nowlin penning the script. The film is set to hit theaters and finish the Maze Runner series on February 9, 2018.

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