Jonah Hill Finds 'Uncut Gems', Viggo Mortensen Goes Off Grid For 'Unabomb'

So who went and made today Safdie Brothers Day?  After debuting the wild trailer for their film Good Time (starring Robert Pattinson), now comes word the siblings have a new project on the way that will star Jonah Hill. And if that wasn't enough, Martin Scorsese will produce. Damn. Hill has taken the lead in Uncut Gems, which Josh and Benny Safdie will write and direct. Plot details are slim, but Hill takes on the role of Howard Ratner in a story set in New York City's corrupt diamond district. Hill is prepping his directorial debut, Mid 90s, and has Cary Fukunaga's Netflix series Maniac coming up, so we may be waiting a while for this one. [Deadline]

If Viggo Mortensen's Oscar nomination for Captain Fantastic means we'll see more of him on the big screen then I'm all for it. Mortensen will star in Unabomb, which you probably guessed is all about the Unabomber, the reclusive terrorist and boogeyman who led a terror campaign stretching for nearly two decades until the FBI apprehended him in 1996. Screenwriter Randy Brown and director Robert Lorenz, who previously teamed on Trouble with the Curve, are behind this project which is an adaptation of FBI agent Jim Freeman's book about the manhunt to capture the Unabomber aka Ted Kacyznski. Much like Captain Fantastic, it's another film in which Mortensen plays a guy who has withdrawn from society at large, the same way he withdrew from Hollywood. Think he's trying to tell us something?