Julia Stiles joins Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins in ‘Beyond Deceit’ Thriller

Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to Beyond Deceit, the legal thriller that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Shintaro Shimosawa.

The movie, currently in production in New Orleans, features a cast led by Josh Duhamel that also includes Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman, Alice Eve, Julia Stiles and Byung-hun Lee.

Release plans were not revealed, but a potential first-quarter 2016 opening is being eyed.

Deceit tells of an ambitious young lawyer (Duhamel) who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company (Hopkins), only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (The Hangman) wrote the original draft of screenplay, which was originally set up at Skydance Productions. Shimosawa did a rewrite.

The film is being produced by Ellen S. Wander with William DeLaney co-producing. Scott Willmann will serve as the line producer.

Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb and Chris Brown are the executive producers, and Ryan Black is the co-executive producer.

The project was brought into the studio by Brooker and Wertlieb.

Julia Stiles joins The Great Gilly Hopkins

Julia Stiles has joined the cast of The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of Bridge To Terabithia author Katherine Paterson’s novel of the same name. The Book Thief‘s Sophia Nelisse is playing young protagonist Gilly, who dreams of being reunited one day with her mysterious and exotic mother. Stiles will play Gilly’s mother.

Also newly added to the cast is Bill Cobbs (The Bodyguard, Rake) as Gilly’s blind, kindly neighbor Mr. Randolph. Cobbs stepped into the role replacing previously cast Danny Glover, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Rounding out the cast is Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods, The East) as the youngster’s overworked and underpaid social worker. Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, and Glenn Close also co-star.

Script is adapted by Paterson’s son David Paterson, who also co-adapted his mother’s Terabithia tome into the 2007  film. Picturehouse will distribute The Great Gilly Hopkins, which is now filming in and around New York City. Stiles is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.