Casting Net: Tom Hanks may be directed by Meg Ryan in WWII drama; Plus Kevin Bacon, Benjamin Bratt, more

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• Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan may reunite on screen for the actress’ directorial debut Ithaca. Hanks would have a cameo role in the World War II coming-of-age drama based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy and already serves as an executive producer. Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) adapted the script that will also feature Ryan onscreen, as well as the previously announced Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), and Jack Quaid, Ryan’s son with actor Dennis Quaid. This would be the fourth time the pair has appeared on screen together after Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. [Variety]

The Following star Kevin Bacon will take a break from filming his Fox TV show this summer to shoot roles in three upcoming films. Bacon joins the cast of Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp as notorious Irish mobster Whitey Bulger, playing FBI Special Agent Charles McGuire. Bacon has also been filming the indie thriller Cop Car from Jon Watts (The Fuzz) as a corrupt sheriff searching for the dead body left in his car’s trunk after being stolen by two kids on a joyride. Finally, Bacon has already filmed his part in the Blumhouse-produced thriller 6 Miranda Drive as the father of a family that returns from a vacation to find some supernatural force may have followed them home. [Deadline]

• Benjamin Bratt (24: Live Another Day) will take a ride with Ice Cube (22 Jump Street) and Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man Too) in Ride Along 2. Tim Story will direct the comedy duo with a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi taking the action to Miami. All three men are repeating their work from the first movie. No other plot details or who Bratt would be playing have been released. The film is expected to be realized Jan. 15, 2016. [Variety]

• Scoot McNairy (12 Years A Slave) has reportedly joined the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in an unspecified role. [Deadline]

• Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will play the title role in Claire, an American remake of Eric Rohmer’s 1982 French film Le Beau Marriage about an eccentric young woman trying to marry. Grammy-nominated music video director Dori Oskowitz will make his feature debut, with a script from Juan Iglesias and Jonathan Saba. [Deadline]

• Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (Thor) will star together in the psychological thriller Broken Vows about a man sent into a psychotic rage after being rejected by a woman he tries to seduce. Bram Coppens will make his directorial debut with the film from a script by James Agnew and Sean Keller (Rage). [THR]

• Nick Frost (The World’s End), Hope Davis (Louder Than Words), and Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) will all star in the comedy Look Away by the directing duo Big TV!, a.k.a. Monty Whitebloom and Andy Delaney. The script, by Jennifer Schurr (Big Love), tells the story of a young woman suffering from “selective blindness” that has left her unable to see her mother in search of a cure. [Deadline]

• John Heard (Home Alone) has joined the indie drama Searching for Fortune from director Joseph Matarrese. [Variety]

Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen has joined Pitch Perfect 2 as an international a cappella rival for the Barden Bellas. Elizabeth Banks is directing the film, which will reunite her with original co-stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, and Adam DeVine for a May 15, 2015, release. [Deadline]

• India Eisley (Underworld) has joined the cast of indie thriller Sitter-Cam, the directorial debut by Nancy Leopardi about a nanny who gets spied on via hidden cameras by her employers when looking after a 5-year-old. [Deadline]


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