Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more

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• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]

• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]

• End Of Watch’s Michael Pena has signed on to join David O. Russell’s star-packed ABSCAM pic, which now boasts Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams, among others. Russell and Eric Singer (The International) are currently re-writing the script, previously titled American Bulls—, which tells the true story of the FBI sting operation that ended exposing public corruption leading to the resignation of various members of the House and Senate. It’s expected to hit theaters December 13. [Deadline]

• Dan Aykroyd isn’t a name we frequently see in casting reports these days, but he’s currently in talks to join Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy, as the father of Mark Duplass’s character. Per the story, after McCarthy’s character discovers that her husband is basically awful, she decides to take a road trip with her lewd grandmother (Susan Sarandon), where they encounter a man (Duplass) and his father (potentially Aykroyd). Aykroyd can be seen next in HBO’s Liberace pic Behind the Candelabra. [Variety]

• Susan Sarandon doesn’t just play drunken, hard-gambling grandmothers! She’s also just signed on to portray a small town detective, on the hunt for a serial killer in Jason Stone’s The Calling. Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) will also star as a big city cop who gets transferred to the small town and ends up helping Sarandon’s character with the case. Stone served as an executive producer on This Is the End and has directed a variety of shorts, but this will be his feature debut. [Deadline]

English actress Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Layer Cake) has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot. She’ll play a scientist in the film and will also be appearing in Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine, out July 26. If you’re keeping track, the Godzilla ensemble currently includes Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and David Strathairn.[Deadline]

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