Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to star in comedy 'The Politician'

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• Vince Vaughn has sworn in to star in the comedy The Politician. Vaughn will play the title role, a D.C. elected official on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and a gang of drug dealers after getting caught in a prostitution scandal. What If director Michael Dowse will helm the project from writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman while Seth Rogen will produce with his Point Grey production company. [THR]

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) are in talks to star together in Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel of the same name. TV and stage director Thea Sharrock (Call the Midwife) will make her feature debut on the film. Clarke would play Lou, a small-town girl who gives new hope for life to William (Claflin), a wheelchair-bound man who hires her as his caretaker. (500) Days Of Summer writers Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber have adapted the novel from an original draft written by Moyes. The MGM/Warner Bros. production is slated for release next August. [Deadline]

• Pretty Little Liars actor Sean Faris and True Blood star Mehcad Brooks are set to face-off in the indie thriller Avouterie. Faris plays a man who walks in on his wife with her lover (Brooks) on their anniversary and holds them captive at gunpoint while deciding what to do next. The Black List script inspired by true events was written by H. M. Coakley, who is also directing the film now shooting in Los Angeles. [THR]

• Miltos Yerolemou, the actor who played Arya Stark’s sword teacher on the first season of Game of Thrones, has reportedly joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. There are no details about what part he may be playing in the galaxy far, far away, but replacing a sword with a lightsaber doesn’t sound so difficult. Yerolemou would be the second Game of Thrones actor to join the force alongside Gwendoline Christie. [THR]

• Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine) has joined the all-star cast of the Coen Brothers’ latest dramedy Hail Caesar! The 1950’s set Hollywood-themed film will also feature Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson and be distributed by Universal. [Variety]


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