Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch replaces Guy Pearce in 'Black Mass'

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• Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) will replace Guy Pearce (The Rover) in the upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp (Transcendence). According to Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver, Pearce dropped out of the upcoming crime drama, which has already started filming in Boston, due to scheduling conflicts. Cumberbatch will take over the role of Billy Bulger, Whitey’s (Depp) law-abiding brother, in the upcoming film, which tells the true story of the FBI’s unconventional alliance with the Irish Mob. [Variety]

Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott will star opposite Johnny Depp (Transcendence) in the Warner Bros. crime drama Black Mass. Scott will play FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick in the upcoming film, which tells the story of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (Depp), who was sentenced to two life terms plus five years of imprisonment after being found guilty of 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and weapon charges. Helmed by Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper, the upcoming drama also stars Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Juno Temple (Maleficent), and Joel Edgerton (Jane Got a Gun). [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace) are currently in talks to star in the evangelical ministers biopic Come Sunday. Redford is set to play televangelist and Christian charismatic Oral Roberts in the upcoming film, which tells the true story of renowned evangelical minister Carlton Pearson (Wright), who sparked controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia) is set to direct the upcoming drama from a screenplay written by All Good Things scribe Marcus Hinchey. [THR]

Cougar Town‘s Christa Miller will star opposite Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Jere Burns (Justified), and Schuyler Fisk (The Best of Me) in the upcoming indie comedy Hot Air. Helmed by Derek Sieg (Wasteland), the film focuses on a man (Burns) who decides to fake his own death in order to get out of a life sentence in jail; the man uncovers a hitch in his plan, however, when he winds up meeting the son he never knew he had (Gubler) at his own funeral. [THR]

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