Casting Net: Bryan Cranston may star in 'Godzilla'; Plus Matt Smith joins Ryan Gosling pic, Melissa McCarthy, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and more

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The Godzilla reboot may not have a final script yet, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t continuing to move forward on other fronts. Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are reportedly in talks for the film, though no final decisions will be made till the script is set. Cranston has been popping up in smaller film roles recently, including Argo, while he shoots Breaking Bad, but it’s likely that he’ll start taking on more leading roles after this final season. [Variety]

Doctor Who fans, get excited: Matt Smith has been confirmed to star in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster. The film is being described as a fantasy, and follows a single mother and her teenage son into a dark underworld. Christina Hendricks (who co-starred with Gosling in Drive) and Eva Mendes (Gosling’s love interest in the upcoming The Place Beyond the Pines) have been confirmed to star in the film as well. [Variety]

• Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, her husband and Bridesmaids co-star, announced three upcoming projects for their new production company on Wednesday: Michelle Darnell, a secretive project that they’ll write together and star in, Cousin Irv From Mars based on an upcoming Bruce Eric Kaplan book (Seinfeld), and Just Do It: How One Couple Turned Off the TV and Turned On Their Sex Lives for 101 Days (No Excuses!), based on Douglas Brown’s memoir, in which McCarthy will star. [THR]

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are set to star in Rowan Joffe‘s (screenwriter for 28 Weeks Later) upcoming thriller Before I Go to Sleep, based on the bestselling S.J. Watson novel. Kidman will play a woman plagued by amnesia and attempting to reconstruct the facts and truth of her life daily through her journal entries. Firth will play her husband Ben, who she begins to doubt.  Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Strong will also star. [Variety]

Antonio Banderas will direct his wife, Melanie Griffith in his new film Akil, about an African boy on the run from the police who must take shelter in the home of an American woman. Banderas said in an interview that it “is a love story between two completely different people — in age, attitude, religion, wealth — who end up being essential to each other.” [Variety]

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