WHO Chloë Sevigny
THE MOVIE “Lean on Pete”
THE DEAL The actress has joined the cast of a big-screen version of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel, Deadline reports. The film already stars Charlie Plummer as a wandering teenager whose traveling companion is a stolen racehorse named Lean on Pete. Sevigny will play a jockey. Travis Fimmel also has joined the cast. The director is Andrew Haigh, whose drama “45 Years” was one of last year’s best-reviewed films.
WHO Ava DuVernay
THE MOVIE “The 13th”
THE DEAL A new documentary by the director of “Selma” will kick off this year’s New York Film Festival in September, marking the first time the 54-year-old festival has opened with a nonfiction film. “The 13th” examines America’s high rate of incarceration of blacks and includes interviews with Angela Davis, Cory Booker and Henry Louis Gates Jr. It takes its title from the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. “The 13th” will open theatrically and debut on Netflix Oct. 7.
WHO Woody Allen
THE DEAL Amazon is in talks with the writer-director to fully finance his next film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in Coney Island and starring Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple, the movie reportedly is budgeted at $25 million. Amazon is the distributor of Allen’s current film, “Café Society,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. It opened last weekend with an encouraging $355,000 at five theaters.