Casting Net: Jim Carrey turns to crime in comedy 'Loomis Fargo'; Plus Jeremy Renner, Frank Langella

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• Jim Carrey has signed on to star in the upcoming comedy heist film, Loomis Fargo. Inspired by true events, the press release announcing the news says the story follows a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with a girl to steal nearly $20 million. The film will be directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey (Up All Night).

Jeremy Renner will produce and star in the upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The Pulitzer Prize winner was known for uncovering the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking during the Reagan Administration as a method of funding the Contra war in Nicaragua. Webb published his findings in a series of articles in 1996 in the San Jose Mercury News, and endured intense public scrutiny in the years that followed, before taking his own life in 2004. Michael Cuesta (Homeland) is set to direct the film. [THR]

Frost/Nixon’s Frank Langella will star in Reykjavik, a political drama about the 1986 peace summit between Ronald Reagan (Michael Douglas) and Mikhail Gorbachev (Christolph Waltz). Langella will portray U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Reagan adviser Paul Nitze, and Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) will direct. [Deadline]

• Mark Duplass (The League) has signed on to star in Peter Cornwell’s (The Haunting in Connecticut) adaptation of Stephen King’s Mercy alongside Frances O’Connor and Dylan McDermott. Duplass just joined the cast of Parkland as well, and recently had a small role in Zero Dark Thirty. [Deadline]

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