Casting Net: Salma Hayek shows Pierce Brosnan 'How To Make Love Like an Englishman,' Plus; Lake Bell, more

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• Salma Hayek (Frida) has joined the cast of the indie sex comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman, about a hedonistic, romantic poetry professor at Cambridge (Pierce Brosnan) who questions his lifestyle after he meets the perfect woman (Hayek, of course). The only complicating factor is that he’s just impregnated her stepsister, a grad student played by Jessica Alba. Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas, Starter for 10) is directing the comedy, which is slated to begin shooting this fall. [Deadline]

• Lake Bell (In a World…) is set to team up with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in The Coup, an action flick about an American family living in Southeast Asia when a violent revolution erupts and they must flee for safety. John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) is directing from his own script. [THR]

 Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Abigail Spencer (Rectify), and Marcus Thomas (You Kill Me) have joined the cast of Philip Martin’s The Forger, starring Christopher Plummer, John Travolta, and Tye Sheridan.

• Ehle has also boarded Fifty Shades of Grey to play Carla, the mother of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of the racy best-seller. [THR]

• Jessica Biel (Hitchcock) and Zosia Mamet (Girls) will play long-lost sisters in Shiva & May from Obselidia writer and director Diane Bell. Biel will play a yoga instructor and Mamet will play a sex worker looking for protection from a dangerous boyfriend. Scandal’s Kate Burton will play the mother. [The Wrap]

• Australian actor Brenton Thwaites snagged the lead role in Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Geoffrey Rush. Alex Proyas (I, Robot) is directing the action fantasy about a thief (Thwaites) who travels through Egypt with a god. Thwaites is still relatively unknown but has a couple of high-profile roles coming up including Maleficent, where he plays Prince Phillip, and The Giver, where he’s starring as Jonas. [Deadline]

• Angelina Jolie has added Not Fade Away’s John Magaro to her adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, about WWII vet and Olympian Lou Zamperini. He’ll play an Air Force pilot who befriends Zamperini. Jolie plans to shoot the film in mid-October with Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall) for a Dec. 25, 2014 release. [Deadline]

• India Ennenga (Treme) will join Nikki Reed, Danny Glover, and Ellen Burstyn in Scout, about a goth teen who teams up with a suicidal peer to find her little sister who has gone missing in Texas. [Variety]

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