Casting Net: Owen Wilson in heist comedy; Plus 'Veronica Mars' casts another vet, more

• Owen Wilson is joining Jim Carrey in Relativity’s as-yet-untitled action heist comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. The story focuses on an armored car driver who is pressured into helping steal $20 million and then left high and dry in Mexico. The driver is determined to get even. Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing. [Deadline]

• More in untitled news — Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) will co-star in a romantic comedy from Screen Gems and Miramax about a best man-for-hire (Hart) who covers for the socially awkward (shocker!) Gad by providing a best man and a set of groomsmen for his nuptials. [THR]

• Producer Jason Blum already has the biggest movie out this week (The Purge) and just announced its sequel is in the works. But next up is the thriller Stretch and funnyman Ed Helms is in talks take a turn away from comedy by joining the cast of the film about a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) with a passenger from hell, played by Chris Pine. [THR]

• And finally, another announcement in the ongoing Veronica Mars saga. Series creator Rob Thomas announced in an email sent to Kickstarter backers Monday that Francis Capra will come back to play Eli “Weevil” Navarro in the film reboot of the cult TV show. “Playing a wrong-side-of-the-tracks-kid in a town full of privileged peers, Francis found a terrific — and difficult — balance between tough and soulful. I couldn’t be happier that he’ll be back with us for the film,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas also shared the video below from Capra:

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