WHO Chiwetel Ejiofor
THE MOVIE "The Secret in Their Eyes"
THE DEAL The Oscar-nominated actor from "12 Years a Slave" is set to star opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an espionage thriller written by Billy Ray ("Captain Phillips"), Deadline.com reports. Though Paltrow's role is unclear, Ejiofor plays a former MI5 agent who returns to Boston to team up with the FBI on an unsolved murder. The movie, slated to begin production in Boston this fall, comes with an impressive Oscar pedigree: It's based on a 2009 foreign-language film winner, and Ray also was a recent nominee.
THE MOVIE "Time Is Illmatic"
THE DEAL The documentary on the iconic New York rapper has been picked up by Tribeca Film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written by Erik Parker and directed by One9, the movie recounts the making of Nas' 1994 album "Illmatic," often cited as one of hip-hop's greatest albums for its gritty, autobiographical narratives and sophisticated rhyme schemes. It premiered at last month's Tribeca Film Festival and is slated for theatrical release in October.
THE MOVIE "It Felt Like Love"
THE DEAL Eliza Hittman's first feature film, about a Brooklyn teenager (Gina Piersanti, also making her debut) who chooses the wrong man for her first sexual experience, hasn't been seen much outside Manhattan, though it met with glowing reviews from The New York Times, The New Yorker and other publications. It screens locally next week as part of the Filmmakers to Watch series with Hittman in attendance.
INFO Next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $15; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org.