Casting Net: Ron Paul to make his acting debut; Plus, Alison Brie, more

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• Ron Paul will make his acting debut as a “commentator” in Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?, the third installment of the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy based on the novel by Ayn Rand. The book, and subsequent films, tells a story of a withering U.S. economy as a result of taxation and over-regulation. The former congressman and three-time presidential candidate will be joined by conservative personalities Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity in the film, directed by James Manera. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Alison Brie (Community) is in talks to star in the New Line comedy How to be Single. Based on the Liz Tuccillo novel, the film tells the story of a woman searching for love in New York. Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) is also on board for the romance, directed by Christian Ditter. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn wrote the adaptation, and Dana Fox is currently working on the most recent draft. [Variety]

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is closing a deal to star in the DreamWorks adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans. Vikander will star alongside Michael Fassbender and Derek Cianfance will direct the film, which tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue and raise a baby they find in a rowboat. Additionally, Tom Hooper reportedly has his eye on Vikander to star opposite Eddie Redmayne in Working Title’s The Danish Girl. The film follows Danish painter Einar Wegener, the first man to undergo a sex change in 1931, and his wife. [Deadline]

Broadway star Oona Laurence (Matilda the Musical) will play Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams’ daughter in the Weinstein Co.’s boxing drama Southpaw. Antoine Fuqua will direct the film, which follows a welterweight champion who fights his way to the top only to see his family life wither away. The film was written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and produced by Fuqua, Alan Riche, and Peter Riche. [THR]

• Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12) will star alongside Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor in Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis movie. The film, which chronicles a few days in the famous jazz musician’s life, serves as Cheadle’s directorial debut. Cheadle also co-wrote the script with Steven Baigelman and is producing the film alongside Crescendo partner Lenore Zerman and BiFrost’s Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum, among others. [The Wrap]

Australian actor Benedict Samuel has joined TriStar’s untitled Robert Zemeckis film. Based on Philippe Petit’s memoirs To Reach the Clouds, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Badge Dale and Ben Kingsley. Gordon-Levitt will play Petit, the highwire artist who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974; Samuel will play a member of Petit’s crew. Zemeckis will produce the film along with ImageMovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. He is also co-writing the script with Christopher Browne. He plans to shoot the film in 3-D. [Variety]

• Delroy Lindo (Believe) has joined Alcon Entertainment’s reboot of the 1991 film Point Break. Luke Bracey stars as an FBI agent, Utah (Bracey), who goes undercover to stop a gang of organized criminals from pulling off heists worldwide. Lindo will play Utah’s instructor who encourages him to pass training. Kurt Wimmer wrote the script and Ericson Core will direct. [THR]

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