MGM Eyes ‘Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke For Katie Silberman Spec ‘Set It Up’
MGM has acquired the Katie Silberman spec script Set It Up, and the studio has moved quickly to attach Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. MGM has high hopes for Me Before You, an adaptation of the JoJo Moyes novel which Clarke stars in with Sam Claflin. MGM is teamed on the film with New Line and Warner Bros for a June 3 release, and a recently debuted trailer got tremendous global response. Justin Nappi’s Treehouse Pictures developed the Set It Up script with the writer and will produce. The script carves a nice little romantic comedy niche in the The Devil Wears Prada corporate world. The logline: two overworked assistants with nasty bosses try to get their supervisors out of their hair, by setting them up romantically. Clarke recently received her second Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which returns for its sixth season in April. She was last seen in Terminator Genisys. CAA reps her with UK-based Emptage Hallett. It’s the first big screen deal for Silberman, who has been a co-producer on How to be Single and Hot Pursuit. She’s also repped by CAA.
Glen Powell to Star With Emilia Clarke in ‘The Set Up’
Following his performance in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Glen Powell has found his next role. The actor is in negotiations to join Emilia Clarke in the MGM romantic comedy “The Set Up,” sources confirmed to Variety.
Claire Scanlon will direct from a script by Katie Silberman. Justin Nappi is producing under his Treehouse Pictures banner along with Juliet Berman.
The story follows two overwhelmed assistants who set up their tyrannical bosses romantically in order to get them out of their hair.
Production is slated to start later this year.
Besides his scene-stealing role as Finnegan in “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Powell was also recently seen in Universal’s “Ride Along 2” opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Powell just finished production on the war pic “Sand Castle” opposite Henry Cavill and is about to start production on Fox’s “Hidden Figures” where he will portray real life astronaut John Glenn.
Powell is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
Scanlon comes from the TV world, working on such shows as “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” She is repped by 3 Arts.