Casting Net: Zach Galifianakis may team up with Julianne Moore; Plus, 'Goosebumps' movie news, more

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• Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) will take on a supporting role in the indie drama Freeheld, starring Ellen Page (Juno) and Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven) as domestic partners battling New Jersey pension laws. Based on Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning documentary short, Moore will star as Laurel Hester, a detective who becomes terminally ill. Page would play her partner Stacie Andree, and Galifianakis is set to portray equality activist Steven Goldstein. Philadelphia scribe Ron Nyswaner wrote the script, and Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) will direct. [THR]

• Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) has scored the role of Jack Black‘s niece in Goosebumps, based on R.L. Stine’s children’s book series. Rob Letterman is set to direct for Sony. According to The Wrap report, Black is playing “Mr. Shivers, a Stine-like author whose scary characters literally leap off the page, forcing him to hide from his own creepy creations.” His niece then has to battle the monsters. Rush is also playing the part of Fiona (Jonas’ crush) in the big-screen adaptation of The Giver. [The Wrap]

• Mo’Nique (Precious) and Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) are set to co-star in We Are Family about five estranged siblings who reunite around the funeral of their alcoholic father (Washington). One of the brothers is charged with the murder. The story includes flashbacks from the previous 25 years. Choice Skinner is directing. [Deadline]

• David Harewood (Homeland) and Edwina Findley (The Wire) will star in Free in Deed, about a man who tries to heal a young autistic child. [Deadline]


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