Casting Net: Jennifer Aniston joins Peter Bogdanovich film; Plus Sandra Bullock, Saoirse Ronan, and Nicholas Hoult

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• Jennifer Aniston is set to join the ensemble cast of the new Peter Bogdanovich film She’s Funny That Way. The film, previously titled Squirrel to the Nuts, tells the story of a Broadway director who has an affair with an aspiring actress (she also happens to be a former prostitute). Aniston will reportedly play a therapist alongside her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Cybill Shepherd, who Bogdanovich directed in The Last Picture Show and Daisy Miller. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are serving as producers on the project. [Variety]

• Sandra Bullock is confirmed to star in the animated flick Minions, a spinoff of the Despicable Me movies. Going against type, Bullock will provide the voice for Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain with designs to rule the world, and potentially the new master to the Minions. The movie will be released in 3-D CG on December 19, 2014. Bullock can be next seen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Paul Feig’s The Heat. [Deadline]

Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan will join Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster. The film is set to shoot this spring in Detroit. According to the press release announcing the news, the story “weaves elements of fantasy, noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale.” [Deadline]

• Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) has signed on to star in Birdsong, an adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s 1993 novel about a man and his experiences before and during World War I. In the novel, his tale is interspersed with the story of his granddaughter, who is trying to find out information about his wartime experiences in the 1970s. Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy starred in a BBC adaptation of the novel in 2012. [THR]

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