WHO Pharrell Williams
THE MOVIE “Hidden Figures”
THE DEAL The music producer has signed on to be a movie producer on a new project by director Ted Melfi (“St. Vincent”), Variety reports. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as brilliant African-American women at NASA who played key roles in the 1962 launch of John Glenn into orbit. Also in the cast are Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner. Williams will write original songs for the soundtrack. “Hidden Figures” is scheduled for release Jan. 13.
WHO Jared Leto
THE MOVIE “The Outsider”
THE DEAL The Oscar-winning actor (“Dallas Buyers Club”) will star in an action thriller set in the post-World War II era, according to production company Waypoint Entertainment. Leto will play an American soldier imprisoned in Japan who is released with the help of a Yakuza cellmate, and then must navigate a dangerous criminal underworld. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall.
WHO Richard Leakey
THE DEAL The anthropology professor at Stony Brook University is one of 16 people who will receive the Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Award, which is given to those who have made an impact in areas ranging from media to politics to philanthropy. Leakey, 71, is being honored with a lifetime achievement award for his “past and current efforts in shutting down the ivory trade in Africa.” He will reportedly be played by Brad Pitt in a film to be directed by Angelina Jolie.