Casting Net: Christoph Waltz will play Gorbachev to Michael Douglas's Reagan. Plus: Jim Carrey, Mike Epps, Jai Courtney

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• Christoph Waltz better get used to people wanting to touch his head: The Oscar winner has signed up to play former Soviet Union chairman Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, about the historic 1986 nuclear arms summit between Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan (Michael Douglas). Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is directing from a script by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane). [Deadline]

Jim Carrey is in talks to headline Loomis Fargo, a comedy about the real-life robbery of $17.3 million from a Loomis Fargo armed truck. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct, with Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (MacGruber, Baby Mama) producing. [TheWrap, Variety]

• Actor-comedian Mike Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, writer-director Cynthia Mort‘s biopic about famed soul singer Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). Pryor often opened for Simone when the two were coming up together in the 1960s. [THR]

• Jai Courtney, who will play Bruce Willis’ son in next year’s A Good Day to Die Hard, will star with Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in the drama Felony, about a police officer (Edgerton) who lies after running a cyclist off the road, killing him. Courtney will be the detective who realizes the cop’s story doesn’t hold water. Edgerton also penned the script, which will be directed by Matthew Seville (Noise). [Deadline]

• Hip-hop star Scott Mescudi (a.k.a. Kid Cudi) has joined the cast of the romantic comedy Two Night Stand, about a couple who hook up after meeting online (Crazy, Stupid, Love‘s Analeigh Tipton and Project X‘s Miles Teller), and find themselves stuck together after they get snowed in from a blizzard. Mescudi will appear as the boyfriend of Tipton’s roommate (Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr). First-time feature director Max Nichols is helming from a script by Mark Hammer, a writer on MTV’s short-lived series Skins. [THR]

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