Deadline is reporting that The Hunger Games actors Liam Hemsworth and Wes Bentley have signed on to new projects, movie Cut Bank and TV pilot Open respectively.
The killer cast for the Kilburn Media thriller now includes a starring role for Liam Hemsworth (Armie Hammerwas originally attached as the lead). Hemsworth now joins John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Teresa Palmer, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt and Michael Stuhlbarg in the pic that is serving as the feature directorial debut of Matt Shakman (Mad Men, Six Feet Under). Cut Bank, a 2009 Black List script from Sons Of Anarchy‘s Roberto Patino, centers on 25-year-old Dwayne McLaren (Hemsworth), a former-athlete-turned-auto-mechanic who dreams of getting out of Cut Bank, MT, the coldest town in America. But his efforts to do so set in motion a deadly series of events that change his life and the character of the town forever. Production began this week in Edmonton. It is produced by Laura Rister.
Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) is set to star in Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Glee and American Horror Storyco-creator Ryan Murphy. The project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Bentley will play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality. Open hails from Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV where Murphy is under a rich overall deal. This marks a rare foray into television for Bentley, whose only previous TV gig was a starring role in another HBO pilot, Tilda, opposite Diane Keaton.