Casting Net: Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg pic rounds out cast; Plus, Will Ferrell and Jack Black, more

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• For some directors, the more absurd the log line, the better the movie. David Cronenberg’s (Videodrome) next film, which will reunite him with his Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, is described as a ghost story that also serves as a withering critique of the fame and celebrity-obsessed culture in Los Angeles. Called Maps to the Stars, Julianne Moore and John Cusack have just signed on to join the film as well. Moore can be seen in a number of big films in the next year including the Carrie remake, Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, and The Seventh Son.  [Deadline]

• What started as a  Wall Street Journal article (published just recently on January 28) may now be a movie starring comedic powerhouses Jack Black and Will Ferrell, who are both currently attached to New Line Cinema’s Tag Brothers about a bunch of adults who never called an end to their childhood game of tag. The report says that Ferrell and Black’s involvement will be dependent on the screenplay which is currently being written by Mark Steilen, who served as a second unit director on The Three Stooges and Hall Pass, and wrote and directed 1999′s The Settlement. If Tag Brothers ends up going through, maybe Ferrell will have the opportunity to avenge Baxter.  [The Wrap]

• The highly secretive Tomorrowland (written by Damon Lindelof and EW’s own Jeff Jensen) has just cast a key role — a young girl robot to be played by Raffey Cassidy, who so far is best known for playing younger versions of actresses in films including Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman and Eva Green in Dark Shadows. She’ll be joining a cast which currently includes George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. [THR]

• Keanu Reeves’ next movie Passengers, a sci-fi epic, will be directed by Brian Kirk (responsible for the Luther pilot and a few episodes of Game of Thrones including “The Wolf and the Lion”). Written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus co-writer), the story is about a man who wakes up from hyper sleep 90 years earlier than the rest of the passengers on his spacecraft. He gets lonely and decides to wake up a fellow lady passenger to keep him company. [Deadline]

• The NFL draft is imminent, and so is the production of Ivan Reitman’s comedy Draft Day which will shoot live at Radio City Music Hall during the actual draft. Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast to play the mother of the Cleveland Browns general manager (Kevin Costner), and little known actor Josh Pence (who hilariously played the Young Ra’s Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises) will play the part of the coveted draft pick. Jennifer Garner and Dennis Leary also star. [The Wrap]

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