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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joins crime thriller ‘By All’; Jesse Williams to star in TV adaptation of ‘Take Me Out’


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Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is staying booked and busy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul-Mateen II has signed on to Steven Caple Jr.‘s new dystopian crime thriller, By All. Directed and produced by Caple Jr., the new film follows Donte, a man “struggling to make ends meet [while being] forced to go on the run in a world without police.” A release date for By All has yet to be announced.

In other news, Grey’s Anatomy alum Jesse Williams is headed back to television, Deadline has learned. Williams, who is set to star in the rescheduled Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out in spring of 2022, will now lead the cast of a TV adaptation of the Tony-winning baseball drama. Set in the early 2000s, the play follows Darren Lemming, a mixed-race center fielder for the Empires, who comes out of the closet, revealing “a tradition of long-held unspoken prejudices off the field.” Williams will play Lemming both on stage and on screen. Additional casting for the TV version has yet to be announced.

Finally, Idris Elba is channeling his inner animal for his next big gig. According to Deadline, Elba has signed on to Paramount’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2, where he will voice the character of Knuckles. Like in the video games, Knuckles is a “hot-headed” red echidna who’s the guardian of the Master Emerald. Elba joins the previously announced cast of James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, and Jim Carrey.

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