Casting Net: Joey King to play Zach Braff's daughter; Plus, Brendan Gleeson, more

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• Joey King has a pretty stellar career for a 13-year-old. Not only did she get to play every kid’s dream part of Ramona Quimby, she’s appeared in New Girl, Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Dark Knight Rises (as the little kid who climbs out of the dungeon…just in case someone out there might be spoiled by any more information), Oz the Great and Powerful, and White House Down. Soon, she’ll be tormented by demon spirits in The Conjuring, too. It’s no wonder that Zach Braff wanted her in his Kickstarter project Wish I Was Here. She’ll play the role of his and Kate Hudson’s daughter. [Deadline]

• Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter), has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s whale ship drama In the Heart of the Sea. He’ll play one of the surviving crew members who recounts his story to Herman Melville, which gives some insight into how Howard is structuring the epic story of the Essex that is said to have inspired Moby DickChris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy also star in the adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel.  [Variety]

• William H. Macy (Shameless), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Peter Facinelli (Twilight) are all starring in Walter, which is already well into production, about a small town movie theater ticket-taker who believes that he is the son of God. Anna Mastro is making her feature directorial debut on the project. [Deadline]

• Dylan Minnette (Awake) and Kerris Dorsey (Ray Donovan) have joined the cast of Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to play Alexander’s (Ed Oxenbould) brother and sister. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as their parents in the Miguel Arteta pic. [Deadline]

• The mostly unknown actress Bianca Haase joined the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 to play the part of Jacob’s (Clark Duke) love interest. She appeared on How I Met Your Mother recently as Cheryl in “The Fortress.” [Deadline]

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