Casting Net: Penn Badgley signs on for drama 'Parts Per Billion.' Plus: Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Scott Bakula

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Penn Badgley, on the heels of Gossip Girl ending and his musical starring role in Greetings From Tim Buckley, due out next year, has signed on for the drama Parts Per Billion, alongside Alexis Bledel, Hill Harper, and Teresa Palmer. Directed and written by Brian Horiuchi, the movie also stars Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Hartnett, about three couples dealing with an event that could destroy their relationships. [Deadline]

• Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) and equably formidable Samantha Morton (John Carter, Control) have been cast as the leads in thriller The Harvest, directed by John McNaughton (Wild Things) from a script by Stephen Lancellotti. The movie follows the story of an in-control heart surgeon (Morton), whose retired husband (Shannon) cares for their ill son. The son befriends a 13-year-old neighbor, causing family dynamics to break down. Knowing the sheer intensity wild-eyed Shannon and serious Morton both pour into roles, this should be an electric pairing. [Deadline]

• Scott Bakula has joined the cast of Elsa and Fred – co-starring vets Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer – as the banker son of a quirky woman (MacLaine) who becomes friends with a widower (Plummer). Michael Radford is directing from a script he co-wrote. Bakula has been making the TV rounds, from most recently recently Law & Order: SVU to HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, due out next year. [Variety]

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