‘Snowpiercer’: Annalise Basso & Sasha Frolova Cast In TNT Drama Pilot

Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic) and Sasha Frolova are set as series regulars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s pilot Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho.

The hourlong drama pilot, directed by Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson, is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. It explores class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.

Basso will play LJ Anderson, a quiet, diligent, Midwestern girl who lives with her parents in a fourth-class cabin and works in the greenhouse car. Poor but not as desperate as those that live in the tail of the train, LJ has made peace with her daily routine until a major event shakes up her world.

Frolova will portray Pixi Aariak. Pixi is strange, mysterious, and inscrutable, a charismatic chameleon and probably inspired by the expression “still waters run deep.” She returns to the front of the train after a three-year sentence in the prison car and struggles to acclimate to her old life. You can’t take your eyes off of her. And you probably shouldn’t.

Basso will next be seen in Screen Gems feature The Slender Man opposite Joey King and Julia Goldani Telles, and in a lead role opposite Maura Tierney in Philip K. Dick’s: Electric Dreams’ “Safe & Sound” episode. She’s repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum.

Frolova will next be seen in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming features The Empty Man opposite James Badge Dale, and Francis Lawrence-directed Red Sparrow opposite Jennifer Lawrence. She’s repped by UTA, 3 Arts, & Jordan Gill Dornbaum.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

‘Oujia 2’ Updates: Reaser to star alongside Annalise Basso

‘Oujia 2’ Updates: ‘Twilight’s’ Elizabeth Reaser to star alongside Annalise Basso; Director Mike Flanagan’s film release in October 2016

‘Ouija 2’ is set to feature Elizabeth Reaser of ‘The Twilight Saga’ fame. She will star alongside female lead Annalise Basso for a yet confirmed character. Director Mike Flanagan’s film is scheduled for release on October 21, 2016.

According to Deadline, Elizabeth Reaser is the latest to join the cast of the upcoming supernatural film based on the popular board game by toy company Hasbro. The 40-year old actress is best known as Esme Cullen of ‘The Twilight Saga’ series of films. She also appeared in notable several television shows such as ‘Mad Men’, ‘True Detective’, ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

Reaser is set to star alongside Annalise Basso according to another article by Empire. The latter previously worked with director Mike Flanagan on the 2013 supernatural-horror film ‘Oculus’. It was reported that ‘Ouija 2′ will revolve around Basso’s character who will use the Ouija board as a means to contact her departed father in the spirit world.

Flanagan is co-writing the screenplay with Jeff Howard, according to another article by Bloody Disgusting. It will be produced by Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, and Michael Bay, Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, and Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis. The project, to be released on October 21, 2016, is a collaboration between Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions and Hasbro.

The American filmmaker is credited for his work on films such as ‘Gerald’s Game’, ‘Before I Wake’, and ‘Absentia’. He is also tagged to write a 2016 remake of the cult favorite ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’.

‘Ouija 2’ is a sequel to the 2014 surprise hit directed by Stiles White. Although its predecessor was met with fairly negative criticism, it proved to be a box office success earning $102 million against a $5 million budget. The film was also adapted into a novel by author Katharine Turner.

Source: Venture Capital Post

‘Ouija 2’ Lands Director and a Leading Actress

Mike Flanagan, who is co-writing the screenplay, also will direct while Annalise Basso has nabbed a lead role.

Mike Flanagan and Annalise Basso are ready to summon spirits.

Flanagan, who is co-writing the script for the horror sequel Ouija 2 with Jeff Howard, has signed on to also direct the film, while Annalise Basso has nabbed one of the female lead roles.

Flanagan is reuniting with Blumhouse, which produced his previous horror film Oculus. Flanagan and Howard also wrote the screenplay for 2014’s Oculus, which starred Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites. It earned $44 million worldwide.

It’s an Oculus reunion all around: Basso, who will star as a young girl grieving the death of her father, is also reuniting with Flanagan and Blumhouse, whom she worked with when she appeared in Oculus as well.

Universal, Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro’s Ouija 2, set for release on Oct. 21, 2016, will again revolve around the ancient spirit board that was at the center of the first film. Ouija, which was made through the Blumhouse microbudget template for $5 million, scared up a huge $102.5 million worldwide after opening in October 2014.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter