Thomasin McKenzie Is Joy Womack In ‘Joika’, Patrick Wilson Joins Roland Emmerich’s ‘Moonfall’

With so few productions going forward, casting announcements have been pretty quiet. So here are a few that have emerged now that it looks like things are starting to ease up.

Jojo Rabbit and Leave No Trace star Thomasin McKenzie will star in the dance drama Joika, in which she’ll play ballet dancer Joy Womack. Womack is a California native of Russian ethnicity, and the second American to ever graduate and sign a contract with Moscow’s infamous Bolshoi Ballet.  The 26-year-old Womack is personally overseeing McKenzie’s ballet training, as well. [THR]

Roland Emmerich is returning to the disaster movie genre that he’s well-known for with Moonfall, and Patrick Wilson will be one of those hoping the moon doesn’t literally come crashing down to Earth. Wilson plays a “disgraced former NASA astronaut whose last mission, which ended in tragedy, holds a clue about the impending catastrophe.” He joins a cast that already includes Halle Berry, Josh Gad, and Charlie Plummer who is a new addition. Wilson most recently starred in Emmerich’s war film Midway. Moonfall hits theaters in 2021. [THR]

In news that’ll make PDC co-founder John Nolan very happy, Gabrielle Union will star in and produce The Perfect Find, which has just been acquired by Netflix. The film will be directed by Numa Perrier (Jezebel) with Leigh Davenport adapting the bestseller by Tia Williams. Union will play “Jenna Jones, a woman hopeful that her new job in beauty journalism will rep a fresh start in her life. She soon learns that her new boss, Darcy, is her frenemy. Jenna starts a relationship with the company’s videographer, Eric, and things get complicated when she learns he’s Darcy’s son.” [Deadline]

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