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Casting Net: Jason Biggs, Ashley Tisdale claim lead roles in 'Drive, She Said'

• Jason Biggs and Ashley Tisdale have been cast as the leads of Drive, She Said. The story follows an unconfident, expectant father (Biggs) who takes a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy). Husband and wife team Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario wrote and directed the film, which was inspired by Syracuse’s experience driving call girls around LA. Jenny Mollen, Adrian Voo, and Steven Weber also star. [THR]

• Chris Pratt is in early negotiations for Magnificent Seven. Antoine Fuqua is directing the remake, which stars Denzel Washington. The 1960 film for which its based followed seven gunmen who defend a Mexican village from outlaws. Nic Pizzolatto wrote the original draft of the script with updates from John Lee Hancock. [Deadline]

• Jonah Hill is in discussions for Todd PhillipsArms and the Dudes. The story, based on Guy Lawson‘s Rolling Stone article, tracks two arms dealers who are contracted to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanista, but trouble ensues abroad and at home. [Variety]

• Kit Harington will star opposite Jessica Chastain in writer-director Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Harrington will play Donovan, an American film star, whose career falls apart when his communication with an 11-year-old actor comes to light. Chastain will play a gossip journalist who attacks Donovan’s relationship in the media.  [Deadline]

• Ben-Hur has found its female lead, Esther, in Homeland‘s Nazanin Boniadi. The remake, from director Timur Bekmambetov, stars Jack Huston as the titular character, a prince betrayed into slavery. Gal Gadot was previously circling the role but had to drop out of the race due to scheduling conflicts. [Deadline]

 Alona Tal has signed on for One Shot. The movie musical stars Topher Grace as a failed actor who turns to stage managing and must save his new show from opening night failure. Tal will take the role of KT, the ex-girlfriend and star of the production. Isaac Rentz is directing the film, which also stars Taye Diggs, JC Chasez, and Lesli Margherita. Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi wrote the script. The film is shooting in Mexico City. [Deadline]

'Scary Movie 5' trailer takes spoofing to new lows -- VIDEO

Two things you probably didn’t expect to hear about the Scary Movie franchise: the fifth movie has a new trailer — and it doesn’t really spoof anything.

OK, yes, the movie’s story does send-up Mama (two heathen children adopted by a smiling white couple), with dashes of found footage, Evil Dead, and a sequence featuring Honey Boo Boo in a box. And…that’s it: In the more than two minute-long trailer, the references keep circling back to those earlier films. The heathen children are mistaken for lesbian lovers. The exorcist the family hires is actually a black con man. Honey Boo Boo is a contortionist living in a cardboard box.

The cast is mostly all-new, scrubbed clean of the repertory company who palled around for the earlier Scary Movie(s) (goodbye, Anna Faris; hello, Ashley Tisdale) and David Zucker, hallowed for his Airplane! script, has a writing credit. But is Scary Movie 5 funnier for the changes?

Judge for yourself after the jump.


Casting Net: Maggie Gyllenhaal joins Michael Fassbender's band in 'Frank.' Plus: Ashley Tisdale, Stephen Lang, Vinnie Jones

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been a quiet week in Hollywood, so here’s the top casting news of the last few days:

• Maggie Gyllenhaal will star opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, an indie comedy about a wild band lead by the titular character (Fassbender) and his fearsome right-hand woman (Gyllenhaal), as seen through the eyes of the group’s newest addition (Domhnall GleesonAnna Karenina). Scoot McNairy (Argo), and Jack White drummer Carla Aza costar. Leonard Abrahamson (Adam & Paul) is directing from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare At Goats). [THR]

• Ashley Tisdale will play Nicolas Cage‘s daughter in Left Behind, a remake of the popular faith-based novel series about what happens after the Rapture removes all Christians from the Earth. Longtime stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong (ThorI Am Legend) will direct. [Deadline]

• Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand) have signed up for The 34th Battalion, an Australian production about an Aussie army unit during World War I. Luke HemsworthEmilie de Ravin (Lost), and Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives) costar. First-time director Luke Sparke penned the script with his father, Ian Sparke. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale board animated 'Great Migration.' Plus: Rachel Griffiths, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Rodriguez


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• Vanessa HudgensAshley TisdaleAshley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), and Big Time Rush members Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson have all signed on to lend their voices to the indie animated feature The Great Migration, about a predator whose altered state proves to be a threat to the local ecosystem. If the project wasn’t already chockablock with teen dreaminess, all of the actors will also contribute to the film’s original soundtrack. No director was announced, but screenwriter Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen) will also perform in the film. [THR]

• Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker have signed onto Saving Mr. Banks, Disney studios announced today, joining Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the film about the struggle between Walt Disney (Hanks) and author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to adapt her Mary Poppins series of books into a feature film. Griffiths will play Travers’ Aunt Ellie, the inspiration for Poppins, and Baker will play Tommie, who worked with Disney at his studio. Colin Farrell, Paul GiamattiJason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, and Bradley Whitford costar. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is directing from a script by Kelly Marcel (who created Fox’s Terra Nova).

• Always up for a party, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to join The Hangover Part III in a small role. Current in production, the film costars Bradley CooperEd Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, with a script by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II, and McCarthy’s upcoming comedy Identity Thief) and director Todd Phillips. [Variety]

• Adam Rodriguez has joined the remake of the ’80s romantic dramedy About Last Night, which follows two singletons (Michael EalyJoy Bryant) who turn a one night stand into a possible relationship. Rodriguez will play the ex-flame of Bryant’s character. The film is as-yet untitled, since screenwriter Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) drew more from the original source material, David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Kevin Hart and Regina Hall play the couple’s respective friends, who don’t approve of the relationship. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is directing. [Variety]

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