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Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina are in various stages of negotiations to join Chadwick Boseman in Message From the King, the action-thriller that Entertainment One and The Ink Factory are co-producing and co-financing.
Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia) is on board to direct the project, which tells of a man from South Africa named Jacob King who descends into the Los Angeles underworld in an attempt to avenge his sister and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he’s been sold.
Evans will play a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist who provides services both legal and illegal and offers to help King find his sister (don’t take his help, Boseman!).
Palmer will play a mother who turns tricks to support both her drug habit and 6-year-old daughter.
Molina will play a Hollywood producer who has underworld connections and may or may not know where the stepson is.
The movie, with a budget under the $10 million mark, is eyeing a March shoot in the City of Angels.
The Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell are producing with Rumble Films’ David Lancaster. Boseman is among the exec producers.
Evans recently starred in Dracula Untold and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Palmer will be seen in the remake of Point Break, which opens Dec. 25, and recently wrapped ensemble crime movie Triple Nine, whose cast includes Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Norman Reedus and Aaron Paul, among others.
Molina is coming off a villainous turn in Robert Rodriguez’s TV series Matador.
All three are repped by WME.
Evans is additionally repped by United Agents; Palmer by Management 360 and Shanahan Management; and Molina by Hyler Management and Lou Coulson Associates.
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