Casting Net: Brad Pitt to star in WWII romantic thriller; plus 50 Cent, Meryl Streep, more

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• Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) is in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller from Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. No director or distributor is attached yet. Graham King’s GK Films will produce. [Deadline] 

• Meryl Streep (August: Osage Country) will star as a rock-and-roll-loving mama in Rick and the Flash, written by Diablo Cody (Juno). Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) will direct the film, which finds Streep’s character reconciling with her estranged daughter. TriStar Productions will finance and distribute the movie, with shooting beginning in the fall. [Deadline]

Rapper and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will play himself in Paul Feig‘s upcoming comedy Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy (The Heat). The upcoming comedy also stars Jude Law (Anna Karenina), Jason Statham (The Transporter), and Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class). [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Toby Kebbell (War Horse) has nabbed the coveted role of Victor von Doom, a.k.a. Doctor Doom, the archnemesis of The Fantastic Four. Kebbell joins Miles Teller (Divergent), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), and Jamie Bell (Jumper) in the reboot of the Marvel franchise, slated for a June 19, 2015, release, with a second installment due in summer 2017. [Variety]

• Jason Bateman (Bad Words) will narrate the new documentary Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary, which will debut later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is the first official Lego documentary and will track the global success and popularity of the toy. Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and Kief Davidson (Open Heart) will co-direct and write the film. Bateman currently narrates the NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher. [Deadline]

• Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) has joined the cast of the romantic drama Brooklyn. Currently shooting in Ireland, Ronan stars alongside Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Emory Cohen (Smash), Jim Broadbent (Iris), and Julie Walters (Billy Elliot) as a young woman in the 1950s who moves to Brooklyn from small-town Ireland for work and returns to her old community after a family tragedy. John Crowley (Intermission) directs a script by Nick Hornby based on Colm Toibin’s novel. [Variety]

• Topher Grace (The Big Wedding) will play a hotshot CIA agent in the action comedy American Ultra. Grace joins Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), and Walton Goggins (Django Unchained) in the film, directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) with a script from Max Landis (Chronicle). The film follows Eisenberg’s character as his life of a small-town stoner is turned upside down when his past catches up to him. [Deadline]

• Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) has joined the cast of Paramount and Skydance’s reboot Terminator: Genesis. The time-travel saga will see Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator) reprising his robotic role from the original films. They will be joined by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), and Jai Courtney (Divergent). Holt will play Detective Cheung in the film, directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), which has a July 1, 2015, release date. [Deadline]

• Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) and Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) will co-star in the indie disaster pic 10.0 The Big One as a chief engineer and his boss who accidentally cause a series of earthquakes during a fracking operation along the San Andreas Fault. [Variety]

• Danny Glover (Tokarev) and Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction) will join Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Bone), Holt McCallany (Fight Club), and X-Men: First ClassLucas Till in Ice Age director Chris Wedge‘s upcoming live-action film Monster Trucks. While plot details for the upcoming film are being kept under wraps, the film is being described as “Transformers meets Gremlins.” [THR]


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