Casting Net: 'Thor 2,' 'Iron Man 3' land new villains. Plus: Anthony Hopkins, Bradley Cooper, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde

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• Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is in talks to torment the citizens of Asgard in Thor 2, as an unspecified villain who joins Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) will direct the film. [THR]

• Speaking of Thor 2, that sequel may stand in the way of Anthony Hopkins joining another sequel, RED 2. Hopkins would play a baddie in the latter film — which will star Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, and Catherine Zeta-Jones — but his involvement hinges on his ability to schedule around playing Odin in Thor 2. [Deadline]

• Elsewhere in the Marvel-verse, two actors have signed onto Iron Man 3, which just started filming this week. One is quite familiar: Jon Favreau will return to play Tony Stark bodyguard Happy Hogan, notable since Favreau passed the directing reins for the franchise to Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). And actor Ashley Hamilton (Sunset Beach) is in talks to get in Stark’s way as the cyborg Firepower, alongside villains played by James Badge Dale and Ben Kingsley. [THRVariety]

Check out project news for BRADLEY COOPER, OWEN WILSON, OLIVIA WILDE, BRIE LARSON, MORRIS CHESTNUT, ERIC STONESTREET, and KEVIN HART below: 

• Navy SEALs are, like, so hot right nowBradley Cooper has partnered with Warner Bros. to produce and likely star in an adaptation of American Sniper, the autobiography of SEAL Chris Kyle. Jason Dean Hall (Spread) will pen the script. [THR]

• Quirk alert! Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are attached to Squirrels to the Nuts, an indie comedy written and directed by Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) and produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. The film follows an ex-prostitute (Larson) through her attempts to become a Broadway actress. [Variety]

• The ever-expanding cast of the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief has added two more names: Morris Chestnut will play a Boston police detective, and Eric Stonestreet will play a realtor named Big Chuck. [Deadline, THR]

Think Like a Man star Kevin Hart is in negotiations for Valet Guys opposite Kevin James. The title for the comedy pretty much speaks for itself. [Deadline]

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