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Casting Net: Channing Tatum to be 'Struck by Genius' in new drama

• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as PTSD and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]

• Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join the Ben-Hur remake starring Jack Huston. Kebbell would play the villainous Messala, former friend to the title slave who is now a Roman commander. Wanted‘s Timur Bekmambetov is already set to direct Huston and Morgan Freeman in the adaptation written by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley. [Variety]

• The Big C star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan‘s directorial debut Ithaca. The film written by Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) is adapted from the William Saroyan novel “The Human Comedy” and follows life in a small California town during World War II. Ryan will also appear in the film alongside Tom Hanks, son Jack Quaid, and Sam Shepard. [The Wrap]

• King Arthur has found his queen. French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey has been tapped to play Guinevere in director Guy Ritchie‘s Knights Of The Roundtable: King ArthurCharlie Hunnam is already set to wear the crown of the title role for the Warner Bros film. Previously, Berges-Frisbey appeared as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which required the actress to learn English. The story of the royal legend has been adapted by Joby Harold (Awake) with the potential for six installments of a franchise being created. [Deadline]

• Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has joined Sandra Bullock in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is directing the movie based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Oscar winners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film written by Peter Straughan (Frank). [The Wrap]

• Paul Reiser will play Dr. Elliott Pellman, the chair of the NFL medical committee in Sony’s untitled football concussion movie. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is writing and directing the drama based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. It will star Will Smith as neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu with Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in supporting roles. [THR]

• Dennis Haysbert (24) will appear in two upcoming films. The first is as one of the leads in the zombie movie Dead Rising from director Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins). The freaky film from Legendary Digital and Crackle is based on the video game of the same name. In addition, Haysbert has also booked a cameo role in Seth MacFarlane’Ted 2, currently filming in Boston and starring Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and of course America’s favorite foul-mouthed teddy bear. [The Wrap]

• This won’t be your mother’s Mark Twain. Kyle Gallner (American Sniper) and Adam Nee (Drunk History) will play modern versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, respectively, in the comedic thriller Band of Robbers. Adam and Aaron Nee will direct the film, in which the criminal Huck and corrupt cop Tom join together to form the titled group of misfits including Becky Thatcher, played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist and Injun Joe, played by Avatar‘s Stephen Lang. [Variety]

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Chris Evans has a hard time 'Playing It Cool' in new trailer

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Captain America fans won’t have to wait long to see Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson reunite on the big screen. But, rather than in a superhero film, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie will actually appear together next in the romantic comedy, Playing It Cool.

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Casting Net: Stephan James, Anthony Mackie eye different Jesse Owens biopics, more

• Stephan James (The L.A. Complex) is in talks to star as famed Olympian Jesse Owens in Race. He’d be replacing John Boyega in the role, who had to drop out due to his Star Wars: Episode VII commitments. Stephen Hopkins is directing the biopic, which will follow Owens from his humble beginnings to the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won four gold medals. Not quite yet a household name, James has a number of higher profile projects coming up, including the football pic When the Game Stands Tall and Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama Selma. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Adam Scott eyes 'Sleeping With Other People'; Plus, Christian Bale, more

• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Alison Brie (Community) are in negotiations to join the womanizer-befriends-a-serial-cheater comedy Sleeping With Other People from writer-director Leslye Headland (who Scott worked with on Bachelorette). Kirsten Dunst was previously set to star alongside Jason Sudeikis but had to drop out. Brie would be replacing Dunst. Sudeikis is still involved. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Olivia Munn in talks to join thriller 'Mortdecai'; Plus Benedict Cumberbatch exits Guillermo del Toro pic, more

Newsroom favorite Olivia Munn is in talks to join Mortdecai, based on the rakish art-dealing anti-hero Charlie Mortdecai created by author Kyril Bonfiglioni. There’s no word on what her part might be, but she would be joining an all-star cast that currently includes Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor. Writer-director David Koepp (Premium Rush) is helming the project. In addition to her role as Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom, Munn is currently filming the feature Beware the Night with Eric Bana and Joel McHale. [Deadline]

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'Captain America: Winter Soldier' makes a Comic-Con stop at the EW.com suite

Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and the rest of the posse from Captain America: Winter Soldier popped into the EW.com Comic-Con studio on Saturday to discuss some of the nuances of playing characters in the Marvel universe. Watch the video below. READ FULL STORY

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Anthony Mackie eager for the Falcon to take wing

Anthony Mackie has covered a lot of ground during a 12-year Hollywood adventure, but now he’s ready for a new type of stardom — one that comes with an aerial view.

“Trust me, it’s a lot of fun to be a superhero,” the New Orleans native said of his ongoing work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and his role as the high-flying Falcon. “All of it, everything that’s come together, it feels like a special moment.”

Now filming in ClevelandCaptain America: The Winter Soldier will be the ninth Marvel Studios release when it arrives in April 2014. Chris Evans is back in the red, white and blue battle togs of the title hero, the time-tossed patriot, Steve Rogers, who was introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. The cast of this modern-day tale also includes Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, and Mackie as a character who holds a special place in comic book history as the first African-American superhero.
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'Pain & Gain' red-band trailer: Dwayne Johnson gives his blood, sweat and toe -- NSFW VIDEO

Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain is about more than really large biceps. It’s about what happens when those biceps devise a plan to kidnap a rich man and take all of his assets. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as the half-smart goons with a get-rich-quick scheme, the film’s red-band trailer gives R-rated insight into a world of poolside parties and the mayhem that erupts when things go awry. Wahlberg brings new meaning to, “Say hello to your mother for me,” the Rock toes the line for the job, and Mackie makes nice with Rebel Wilson in leopard-print lingerie. Plus, Ken Jeong has a very important lesson to share: “Don’t be a don’ter. Do be a doer.”

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Casting Net: Seth Green to rock out in 'The Identical.' Plus: Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Costner

• Aubrey Plaza, Topher GraceAnthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Philip Baker Hall are all likely to join Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan in the romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing, about a guy who tries to woo an engaged woman after they meet at a charity dinner at which he impersonates a wealthy benefactor. Commercial director Justin Reardon will helm the film from a Black List script by Christ Shafer and Paul Vicknair. [VarietyDeadline]

• Kevin Costner has officially signed a deal to star in an untitled thriller (previously titled Three Days to Kill) about a dying secret service agent going on one final mission. McG is attached to direct from a script by seasoned-actor-action-movie specialists Luc Besson (Taken) and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love). [Variety]

• Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, and Paul Giamatti are being considered for roles in George Clooney‘s next directorial effort, The Monument’s Men, about the effort to find stolen art during World War II — but no deal is yet in place for any of the  actors. Clooney would also star, and is writing the script with regular collaborator Grant Heslov from Robert M. Edsel’s book of the same name. [TheWrap]

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Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, and the rest of young Hollywood star in high school reunion film '10 Years' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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One day, while hanging out on the Charleston, S.C. set of the 2010 Nicholas Sparks weepie Dear John, star Channing Tatum got to talking with costar Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) and the film’s screenwriter, Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall). Porter and Linden were old high school buddies, and they’d just come back from their 10 year reunion. “Channing didn’t go to his,” Linden tells EW, “so he had a bunch of questions.” Soon, producers Reid Carolin, Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey joined in.

Sometimes, filmmaking is just that simple: Stars + writer + producers + personal experience = The indie ensemble comedy 10 Years, written and directed by Linden, and starring Tatum, Porter, and a who’s who cavalcade of young Hollywood. EW has an exclusive first look at the poster for the film, which opens Sept. 14 — check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

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