Casting Net: Megan Fox reunites with Michael Bay; Plus Adam Sandler and James Marsden

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• It’s a Transformers reunion: Megan Fox is joining Michael Bay‘s TMNT reboot. Bay, who is producing the movie, announced the news on his blog with the simple, one-sentence post, “TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!” EW has confirmed that Fox will play April O’Neil, the Turtles’ human friend, and that the movie is set to start shooting this spring. Fox has spoken publicly about her on-set friction with Bay – she once said the blockbuster mastermind is “like Hitler on his sets” – but now, lucky for Michelangelo and co. (or not so lucky, depending on whom you ask), it looks like Fox and Bay have patched things up. [Michaelbay.com]

• Adam Sandler is switching up his schedule. His comic Western Ridiculous 6 will be delayed as a result of Sandler signing on to star in an untitled romantic comedy about a blended family. Drew Barrymore is being considered for the female lead. The film is being developed at Warner Bros., and will now also be produced by Sandler’s company, Happy Madison. [Variety, Deadline]

• The long-awaited sequel to 2004′s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy just scored another cast member. James Marsden (X-Men) joins the Adam McKay-directed comedy. News broke earlier this month that Kristen Wiig will also be in the film. Reprising their roles in the original are Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul RuddChristina Applegate, and David Koechner. Anchorman: The Legend Continues is set for a Dec. 20, 2013 release. [Deadline]

• Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan (Joyful Noise) just scored his next big film deal. The Tony-nominated Newsies star, who is also currently appearing on NBC’s Smash, will star opposite Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) in the film adaption of the 2001 stage musical The Last Five Years, about the five-year relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress. The project, directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) is told with an unusual narrative device: Jamie’s (Jordan) side of the five-year story is told chronologically, while Cathy’s (Kendrick) is told in reverse chronological order. [Deadline]

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