Casting Net: Dustin Hoffman joins Lance Armstrong biopic, more

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• Dustin Hoffman will appear in director Stephen Frears‘ Lance Armstrong biopic. The still-untitled project stars Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) as the disgraced cyclist. Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), and Lee Pace (The Hobbit) also star. The movie is currently shooting in Europe, and Hoffman is set to join when the production moves back to the U.S. The two-time Oscar winner recently wrapped work on Jon Favreau’s Chef (out May 9) with Robert Downey Jr. and is currently filming The Cobbler with Adam Sander. [THR]

• Amr Waked, an Egyptian actor who has appeared in Syriana and Contagion, will play a French cop in Luc Besson‘s sci-fi action pic Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Plot details are scarce, but we do know that Johansson plays a drug mule who gains superpowers when the drugs enter her system. [Variety]

Universal and Blumhouse added Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith (Big Love) to the cast of Ouija, a movie based on the classic Hasbro game. Stiles White, who co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden, will make his directorial debut on the project.

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