Film News Roundup: ‘Project X’ Draws Amadeus Serafini Opposite John Cena, Jackie Chan (EXCLUSIVE)

In today’s film news roundup, Amadeus Serafina gets a major role, Film Independent starts a residency program, Legendary is developing a heist project, Glenn Close is honored and the Haifa Film Festival receives support.

CASTINGS

“Scream” star Amadeus Serafini has scored his first major movie role, joining John Cena and Jackie Chan in the independent action-thriller “Project X,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Scott Waugh is directing from a script by Arash Amel. The project had formerly been titled “Ex-Baghdad” and is set at a Chinese-run oil refinery in the Middle East.

Serfaini will portray an American mercenary and Chan will play a Chinese private security contractor who is tasked with extracting oil workers from a refinery that’s been attacked. Char’s character is teamed up with a former U.S. Marine (Cena), when he learns that the attackers’ real plan is to steal the oil.

Chan will also produce “Project X” along with Joe Tam, Esmond Ren, and Hans Canosa. Cena was announced in June as a replacement for Sylvester Stallone in the part. Waugh’s credits include “Act of Valor” and “Need for Speed.”

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