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Producer creating indie film boom

From bootlegging to Bin Laden's killers, movies are seeing the light of day thanks to a young mogul.

May 19, 2012

Upcoming films produced by Megan Ellison

"Lawless"

A Prohibition-era bootlegging drama based on the novel "The Wettest County in the World."

Director: John Hillcoat ("The Road")

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBoeuf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska

Debuts: May 19 (Cannes Film Festival); Aug. 31 (in U.S.)

"Killing Them Softly"

Gritty drama about a mob enforcer. Based on the novel "Cogan's Trade."

Director: Andrew Dominik ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford")

Stars: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta

Debuts: May 22 (Cannes); Sept. 21 (U.S.)

"The Master"

A charismatic figure founds a new faith-based group in the 1950s.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood")

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Debuts: Oct. 12

"Zero Dark Thirty" (tentative title)

A Navy SEAL team hunts Osama bin Laden.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker")

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong

Debuts: Dec. 19

Untitled Spike Jonze project

Satire, plot unknown.

Director: Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich")

Stars: Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix

Debuts: TBD

"Foxcatcher"

True story of schizophrenic chemical fortune heir John du Pont, who killed an Olympic wrestler.

Director: Bennett Miller ("Moneyball")

Stars: Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

Debuts: TBD

"Bitterroot"

A rancher seeks revenge after being swindled out of his life savings.

Director: Chris Milk (music videos)

Stars: Nick Nolte

Debuts: TBD

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