aley Bennett is being eyed for one of the lead roles in DreamWorks’ PTSD drama “Thank You for Your Service,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
While Bennett hasn’t received an official offer yet, insiders say she’s the top choice to join Miles Teller, who TheWrap first reported would star in the film. The up-and-coming actress clearly has fans at DreamWorks, as she’s also set to star alongside Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson in the studio’s adaptation of “The Girl on the Train.”
“Thank You for Your Service” will mark the directorial debut of Jason Hall, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “American Sniper.” Hall adapted David Finkel’s nonfiction book about three U.S. soldiers who return from Iraq and struggle to integrate back into their civilian lives with their families since they are still haunted by the horrific memories of war.
“American Sniper” grossed $547 million worldwide and made Hall one of Hollywood’s go-to creatives for military-themed projects. His latest comes with a starry history, as Steven Spielberg once planned to direct Jennifer Lawrence in the film.
Bennett recently wrapped Antoine Fuqua‘s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington after working with both of them on “The Equalizer.” She’ll soon be seen in Warren Beatty‘s untitled Howard Hughes movie and Ilya Naishuller’s wild action movie “Hardcore,” which drew raves at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Bennett is represented by CAA.
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Haley Bennett has landed the role of Megan in The Girl On The Train, starring alongside Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson in the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ runaway bestseller novel for DreamWorks. Bennett is coming off The Equalizer, and she is starring in the currently shooting The Magnificent Seven. She also stars in the upcoming untitled Warren Beatty film.
Blunt plays Rachel, a recent divorcee who narrates the tale and spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds, involving the other two women. Ferguson, hot off Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, plays Anna, and Bennett rounds out the trio. Now they’re casting the male roles.
The project has been likened to Gone Girl for its thriller elements and that it is an adaptation of a publishing phenomenon. Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the script and Marc Platt is producing the film, with Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas the exec producers. Bennett is repped by CAA and attorney Dave Feldman.
Following a career boost from Terrence Malick’s taste for unknown female leads, Haley Bennett is moving on to “Kristy,” the psychological thriller from the Weinstein Company.
Oliver Blackburn (“Donkey Punch”) helms, with Anthony Jaswinski penning the script.
Described as a “Rosemary’s Baby” type thriller, the story follows a girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break when a random encounter with a gang of violent outcasts leads them to target her as their next victim. To survive, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.
In April it was confirmed that Sony gave the green light to a super remake of “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch” and now upandcomers.net are suggesting a few actresses for the role. Here’s what they had to say about Haley:
One young actress who has been getting tons of notice lately is Haley Bennett, one time stuck in mindless bad teen movies like “The Hautning of Molly Hartley”. But when Terrence Malick cast her as one of the female leads in his follow-up to “The Tree Of Life”, she suddenly became one to watch. While she’s the oldest on our list at 24, she still looks as youthful as a teenager and is obviously not above playing younger than her age, as she fought to the very end to play teenage horror icon “Carrie” before losing out to Chloe Moretz. Sabrina is a bit of a lighter character, but Bennett has shown comedic chops in her previous work too. Who remembers slutty-spiritual pop star Cora Corman in Hugh Grant rom-com “Music & Lyrics”?
Keep in mind that this is nothing but a personal opinion by this reporter.