Casting Net: Laura Linney, James McAvoy circling Benedict Cumberbatch/WikiLeaks movie. Plus: Marisa Tomei, James Corden

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• Pssst! Laura Linney and James McAvoy are negotiating to join Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch) in an untitled film about WikiLeaks and its infamous founder Julian Assange. Bill Condon (DreamgirlsThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct from a script by Fringe scribe Josh Singer, based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, and David Leigh and Luke Harding’s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. [TheWrap]

• Marisa Tomei is in talks to star opposite Hugh Grant in an untitled romantic comedy about a down-on-his-luck Oscar-winning screenwriter who falls for the single mom taking his screenwriting course at a small college. Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice) is directing from his script. [TheWrap]

• Tony award winning actor James Corden (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors) is attached to star in School for Santas, a holiday comedy about a father who seeks out his inner Saint Nicholas to repair his relationship with his kids. One Man, Two Guvnors‘ playwright Richard Bean is penning the script. No director is yet attached. [Deadline]

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