Casting Net: Alec Baldwin in talks for Cameron Crowe pic; Plus, Ethan Hawke does Shakespeare again, more

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• After his turn as another suave one percent-er in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Alec Baldwin is reportedly in talks to join Cameron Crowe’s next movie. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, but Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, and Emma Stone are all on board for Crowe’s post-We Bought a Zoo effort.  [Deadline]

• Ethan Hawke is no stranger to Shakespeare, having played the titular character in director Michael Almereyda’s present-day re-telling of Hamlet. Now, the Before Midnight star is set to re-team with Almereyda for Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, which will also be staged in a modern setting dealing with a war between bikers and cops. It’s described as “Sons of Anarchy meets Romeo + Juliet.” [Deadline]

• She coached Ellie Kemper’s prudish newlywed on the ways of the world in Bridesmaids, and now comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey will get a chance to dispense some sage advice to Drew Barrymore in Blended. Chelsea Handler was originally going to play the part of the best friend.  [The Wrap]

• Bella Thorne, who plays CeCe on The Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, has joined the ensemble cast of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, also a Disney production. She’ll be playing the girlfriend of Alexander’s older brother. Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell star as Alexander’s (Ed Oxenbould) parents in the Miguel Arteta-directed project. Thorne will also be appearing in Blended. [THR]


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