Casting Net: 'JAG' star David James Elliott joins indie thriller 'American Hangman'

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• JAG star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]

• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Rich Hill, co-wrote the script with Neima Shahdadi. [Deadline]

• Comedian Tom Green and Drop Dead Diva‘s Justin Deeley have joined the cast of Total Frat Movie, based on the popular Total Frat Move website. Green will play Dean Kravitz to Deeley’s Charlie Kent, a member of the Alpha Chi Gamma fraternity who finds a loophole that allows the house back on campus three years after a rival frat sabotaged their annual fireworks display. Warren P. Sonoda is directing the comedy from a script by Sacha Pavlovic and Stephen Fromkin. [Deadline]

• X-Men: Days of Future Past star Lucas Till is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the thriller The Disappointments Room. Beckinsale plays a mother who discovers a secret room in her family’s new country home that unlocks a bloody secret from the past. Till has been cast as a mysterious carpenter working on the house. Prison Break star Wentworth Miller wrote an original screenplay for the film that has since been adapted by director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia). Miller previously wrote the 2013 thriller Stoker, which also featured Till. [THR]

• Jena Malone and Douglas Smith (Big Love) are heading to the Bottom of the World. The two actors will star as Scarlett and Alex, a young couple in director Richard Sears’ indie horror film about the nightmarish world he is plunged into after she vanishes. Ted Levine (The Bridge) has also been cast as sinister priest in the movie from writer Brian Gottlieb. [Deadline]

• Nicholas Braun (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) has joined Kyle Patrick Alvarez‘s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup as Philip Zimbardo. Braun plays Vandy, an abusive and sadistic student guard in the infamous 1971 experiment. [Deadline]

• Australian actor David Coussins has landed a supporting role in Good Kids, the directorial debut of of Chris McCoy from his own 2011 Black List script about four high school students looking for a new start after graduation. [Deadline]

• Lauren Holly (Motive) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl) have joined an orgy - How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, that is. The actresses will star alongside The Killing‘s Jewel Staite in the Canadian indie pic about a big-city sex writer who seeks revenge on her former friends during a trip back home. Writer/director Jeremy Lalonde is helping the film that already includes Christine Horne, Lauren Lee Smith, Katharine Isabelle and Ennis Esmer in the cast. [THR]

• Beth Riesgraf (Leverage), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars) and Jack Kesy (The Strain) will star in the psychological horror thriller Shut In. Riesgraf will play a woman suffering from agoraphobia trapped in her in home by a trio of criminals who break in. TJ Cimfel and David White wrote the film that will be directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within). [THR]

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