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In "Minamata," Johnny Depp plays celebrated war photographer

In "Minamata," Johnny Depp plays celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith. Credit: Metalwork Pictures

WHO Johnny Depp

THE MOVIE “Minamata”

THE DEAL A still from the movie has been released offering a glimpse of the actor in the role of war photographer W. Eugene Smith. The film dramatizes the events behind Smith’s 1975 photo essay for Life magazine documenting severe mercury poisoning and birth defects in Minamata, a Japanese village where water was polluted by Chisso Corp. a chemical company ). The independent film is directed by Andrew Levitas and written by David K.Kessler from a book Smith wrote with his wife. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Minami and Hiroyuki Sanada.all names spcq/lii

WHO Zach Braff

THE MOVIE “The Comeback Trail”

THE DEAL The filmmaker-actor has joined the all-star cast of a new comedy, according to Deadline. Braff will play the business partner of Max Barber (Robert De Niro), a film producer in debt to a mob boss (Morgan Freeman). Max’s idea: Cast washed-up actor Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones), in a poorly made Western, then kill him off quickly and collect the insurance money. When Montana unexpectedly rises to the occasion, plans change. “The Comeback Trail” is directed by George Gallo, who co-wrote the screenplay with Josh Posner. It’s based on a 1974 film that never saw wide release.

WHO Sebastian Stan


THE DEAL The star of “I, Tonya” and many Marvel movies has joined the cast of Jessica Chastain’s female-led spy thriller, Variety reports. Also newly on board is Edgar Ramirez, whos credits include FX’s Emmy-winning “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Chastain is starring in and producing the film about female spies who must overcome mutual suspicion and stop a civilization-threatening event. The cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Fan Bingbing. No word on what characters the new male actors will play.

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