Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks for 'A Most Violent Year'; Plus, Linda Cardellini, Anna Kendrick

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• Jessica Chastain is eyeing the starring role in J.C. Chandor’s new film A Most Violent Year. Chastain would play opposite Javier Bardem in the film. [Variety]

• Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar has rounded out its cast nicely today with the addition of John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, and Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2). Sources close to the project told The Wrap that the actors were in talks to join the project — a story about explorers who travel through a wormhole into a different dimension. Already attached to the star-studded film are Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. [The Wrap]

• Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Tim Robbins (Thanks for Sharing), and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Spectacular Now) have all been cast in Kristin Wiig’s comedy Welcome to Me. The film, produced by Wiig and Will Ferrell, is about a woman who wins the lottery and uses the money to finance her own cable access talk show — about herself. The new cast members roles have not been specified, but its’ safe to assume they will play the friends and family that Wiig’s character alienates with her self-absorbed fame whoring. [Variety]

• Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be stepping into the shoes of real-life editor Dawn Garcia in Kill the Messenger, the film adaptation of the story surrounding the suicide of journalist Gary Webb (played by Jeremy Renner). Webb wrote stories accusing the government of being involved in a scheme to import cocaine into California, which garnered so much criticism, he saw no other way to avoid the attacks. Rosemarie DeWitt and Barry Pepper also star. [Deadline]

Focus may have found its leading lady in Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street), the lucky girl who will get to star opposite Will Smith in the long-awaited tale of a novice con artist who teams up with an older, more experienced one. A slew of actors have been approached to fill the roles, and it appears the project may finally get underway. [Variety]

Life After Beth has added additional cast members to the zombie comedy love story, which started shooting in LA this week. Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, and Cheryl Hines have all signed on to play in the story of a kid (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back to life. [Deadline]


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