Casting Net: Ansel Elgort to play American piano prodigy; Plus, Ewan McGregor, more

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 The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn. The film tells the story of the Texan piano prodigy who has been credited as bridging the Cold War gap between America and Russia when, at age 23, he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Andrew Stern (Disconnect) is penning the script, and Elgort, a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, will perform the piano playing himself. [Deadline]

• Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) will star in the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral. McGregor will play a former high school athlete whose perfect life is shattered when his daughter is involved in a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Phillip Noyce, whose next film is the adaptation of The Giver, will direct for Lakeshore Entertainment with an adapted screenplay by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer). Filming is expected to begin in Pittsburgh in March. [Variety]

 Casting continues on Nancy Meyers‘ upcoming workplace comedy The Intern. Joining stars Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro will be Zack Pearlman (The Inbetweeners), Rene Russo (Thor), Andrew Rannells (Girls),  Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Linda Lavin (Wanderlust), Christina Scherer (Living With Uncle Charlie) and Meyers’ former assistant Jason Orley. [THR; THR]

• Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) have joined the cast of Folk Hero & Funny Guy. The indie buddy comedy written and directed by Jeff Grace (It’s a Disaster) stars Alex Karpovsky (Girls) as a struggling comic going on the road with his successful singer-songwriter friend. [Variety]

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