WHO Elisabeth Moss
THE MOVIE “Mad to Be Normal”
THE DEAL Hot on the heels of her dual Emmy wins for lead actress and producer of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired a biopic that features Moss in a supporting role, according to Deadline. “Mad to Be Normal” stars David Tennant, best known as British television’s Dr. Who, as R.D. Laing, a counterculture psychiatrist of the 1960s and ’70s who advocated for accepting mental illness as a valid experience. In the film, Moss plays a fictional graduate student who becomes Laing’s lover. “Mad to Be Normal” premiered in February at the Glasgow Film Festival and is tentatively scheduled for release in winter of 2018.
WHO Annette Bening
THE DEAL The actress will sit for a live interview in London next month as part of the popular series “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” produced by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The interview, scheduled for Oct. 12, comes soon after Bening’s scheduled appearance at next month’s Hamptons International Film Festival in support of her upcoming drama, “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Her increased visibility suggests that the movie, in which Bening plays 1940s and ’50s film star Gloria Grahame, may have Oscar potential. The film arrives in theaters Dec. 8.
WHO Matt Damon
THE MOVIE “Charlatan”
THE DEAL During a busy year that includes lead roles in Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” and George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Damon has signed up for another movie, according to Variety. The actor will play John R. Brinkley, an early 20th century doctor who convinced patients he had found the cure for impotence. Brinkley’s practice, which started in Kansas in 1918, made him rich until he was accused of causing the death of several patients. The film will be written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Ocean’s Thirteen”) from Pope Brock’s nonfiction book.