Casting Net: Russell Brand in talks for school shooting satire; Plus, Jay Baruchel boards Stephen King film, more

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• Russell BrandSasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), and Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are reportedly in talks to star in Vernon God Little for director Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans). Based on DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the story is a dark, satirical portrait of a Texas town in the aftermath of a school shooting told from the point of view of its 15-year-old protagonist. [The Wrap]

• Jay Baruchel (This Is the End) is set to star in and produce an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Ten O’Clock People. Fright Night‘s Tom Holland will write and direct the adaptation of King’s short story about the side effect of an anti-smoking medication that causes patients who resume smoking to see that politicians and government employees are actually monsters. [THR]

• Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) has boarded the ballet comedy Prima from director Evan Greenberg (Sex Farce) about a young girl accepted into a prestigious dance school and her mother who is struggling to adapt to the fancy surroundings. [Deadline]

• Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) will star in the drama First Law, which is based on a true story about two brothers in Argentina who are faced with the destruction of their ancestral home. One is spiritual, the other works for a corrupt corporation. Diego Rafecas is writing and directing the project. [Deadline]

• Clea DuVall (Argo), Sheryl Lee (Winter’s Bone), Emily Alyn Lind (J. Edgar), and Ryan Bingham (wrote Crazy Heart‘s “The Weary Kind”) will join Katherine Heigl in Right Your Mind, about a traveling folk singer who delays his career when he meets Heigl’s Jackie — a former country singer dealing with a custody battle. Texas Killing Field‘s Ami Canaan Mann is directing off of her own script. [THR]

• Cuba Gooding Jr. (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) is set to star in Gridlocked as a former SWAT team leader forced to let a movie star shadow him for role research. [The Wrap]

• Avan Jogia (Twisted) has signed on for Ten Thousand Saints. He’ll play the guy who impregnates Hailee Steinfeld‘s character and essentially gets the plot going in the Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini-directed pic. He’s also in talks to star alongside Emily Browning in Shangri-La Suite from first-time director Eddie O’Keefe. [Deadline]

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has boarded the Entourage movie and is attached to a big-screen adaptation of Brad Thor’s Athena Project about an all-female counter-terrorism team. [Variety]

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