Casting Net: Rebel Wilson for 'Private Benjamin' remake; Plus LeBron James, more

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• Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is attached to star in a re-imagining of the now-classic 1980 Goldie Hawn comedy Private Benjamin. In the original, scripted by Nancy Meyers, after Judy Benjamin’s husband dies on their wedding night, a recruiting agent tricks the prissy widower into enlisting in the U.S. Army. It’s obviously not what she expected. The new take finds a “redneck” (Wilson) and a city girl who enlist in the Marines as an escape from their lives. [Den of Geek; The Wrap]

NBA superstar LeBron James has signed on to join the cast of Judd Apatow‘s Trainwreck. Method Man is reportedly on board too. No plot details are available for the star-studded comedy penned by and starring Amy Schumer. Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader, Barkhad Abdi, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, Colin Quinn, John Cena, and Ezra Miller also star. [Variety]

Documentary director Joe Berlinger has cast Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Rita Wilson (who has had recent stints on Girls and The Good Wife), and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) in the crime story Facing the Wind, based on the best-selling true account of Bob Rowe, who murdered his wife and children in 1978. [The Wrap]

• Jennifer Beals has joined Matthew Modine‘s coming-of-age pic The Rocking Horseman about five teens trying to form a rock band in 1962. [THR]

• Steve Valentine (Supernatural) will co-star in TriStar’s 3-D pic The Walk (which might be a tentative title) about Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tightrope trek between the Twin Towers. [The Wrap]

• Andre Holland (42) will play the politician Andrew Young in the Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma, starring David Oyelowo (The Butler) as the civil rights leader. [THR]

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