News Briefs: Grillo And Pettyfer in BRANDED; THE BEEKEEPER Lands Statham, Ayer Directing; Beckinsale In Morel’s CANARY BLACK

• Kieran Hawkes will direct prison drama Branded from a script by Alessandro Camon, which takes its cues from David Grann’s The New Yorker article, “The Brand”. It centers on Taylor (Alex Pettyfer), a once promising football player now serving life for murdering a drug dealer, and soon finds himself as the lynchpin of a growing major criminal empire, forcing him to choose between gang life, and a second chance on the outside.