Casting Net: Berenice Bejo replaces Marion Cotillard in new film from 'A Separation' director. Plus: Brad Pitt, and a new baddie for 'Thor' 2

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• The Artist's Bérénice Bejo has signed onto the untitled film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), costarring Tahar Rahim (A Prophet). Story details haven't been released, but one telling note: Bejo is stepping into the film after scheduling conflicts prevented Hollywood's other gorgeous French actress-turned-Oscar darling from starring in the film: Marion Cotillard. Ah, c'est la vie. [Deadline]

• Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are entering into introductory negotiations to star in Candy Store, which Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) is set direct from his own screenplay. The crime thriller follows a one-time government spook whose attempt to reboot his life as a New York City cop is derailed when he realizes the same bad guys he had been fighting in his old job are alive and well in his new one. [THR]

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LostG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has joined Thor: The Dark World as Algrim the Strong, one of the evil Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (gesundheit!). Christopher Eccleston plays their leader, Malekith. [THR]

• The Killing‘s Mireille Enos has joined the ensemble cast of the thriller Ten, about a DEA team that starts dying one by one after they use an official operation to abscond with an illicit fortune. She’ll play the wife of Sam Worthington‘s character, as well as a member of the team, which also includes Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerrence Howard, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies). David Ayer is directing from a screenplay by Skip Woods (Swordfish). [Deadline]

• Alexander Ludwig is trading in the arena of The Hunger Games for the battlefield of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor, writer-director Peter Berg‘s film based on the true story of  Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschBen FosterEmile Hirsch, and Eric Bana costar. [Deadline]

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