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Casting Net: Chadwick Boseman lands lead in 'Message From The King'

• It’s a good time to be Chadwick Boseman: The actor, who was cast as the Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War last week, has also just claimed the lead in Message From The King. Fabrice du Welz is directing the revenge thriller from a script by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher. The film follows Jacob King (Boseman), a South African man who comes to Los Angeles to find his younger sister. Upon discovering she’s been killed, the story follows Jacob’s subsequent revenge in the six days before he flies home. Message from the King is scheduled for a February shoot prior to Marvel’s production. [Deadline]

• Benicio Del Toro will star in The Trap alongside Jamie Foxx. Harmony Korine, of Spring Breakers notoriety, is writing and directing the southern revenge movie. The story catches up with two childhood friends in their adult lives; one is successful, while the other has spent years in jail. The jailed friend is released just in time for his successful counterpart’s big recognition—payback is in store. [THR]

• Hot off his critically acclaimed turn in Whiplash, Miles Teller is in negotiations for The Only Living Boy in New York. The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Marc Webb is attached to direct the indie drama. With Allan Loeb as its scribe, the film follows a young man who tries to stop his father’s affair, but becomes involved with the woman as well. [Variety]

• The Lennon Report has rounded out its cast, EW has confirmed. The film, which Jeremy Profe is writing and directing, depicts the true events that occurred the night John Lennon was killed in New York City on December 8, 1980. Richard Kind has claimed the role of Dr. Stephan G. Lynn, the doctor running Roosevelt Hospital’s emergency room, with Stef Dawson as one of the hospital’s head nurses, Nurse Kammerer. Evan Jonigkeit and Stephen Spinella will portray two instrumental doctors, Dr. David Halleran and Dr. Richard Marks, respectively. Adrienne C. Moore will play another doctor on the scene with David Zayas as Officer Medina, head of the hospital’s security. Gregory Barr will make his feature debut as Lennon with Karen Tsen Lee as his wife, Yoko Ono. Walter Vincent co-wrote the film and will portray reporter Alan Weiss, who broke the tragic news. Devin Ratray will play the part of ABC news assignment editor  Neil Goldstein, whom Weiss calls to break the story. William Pennen is taking over for Kevin Dillon in the part of NYC Police Officer Riley. Filming began today in NYC.

• Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford are teaming up with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen for I Saw the Light. Marc Abraham will direct the Hank Williams biopic, which he also adapted from Colin Escott’s biography. The story follows the life of the country singer who skyrocketed to fame, but later fell to drug and alcohol abuse. Hiddleston takes the lead as Williams, with Olsen as his wife, Audrey Mae. Jones will play Williams’ mother, Lillie. Whitford will play a Nashville music publisher, Fred Rose, who was a professional relation and friend to Williams. David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont, and Wrenn Schmidt also star. The film’s production is ongoing in Louisiana. [THR]

• Marwan Kenzari has joined Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur. The historical epic, from MGM and Paramount, is a remake of the 1959, Charlton Heston-starrer, which won 11 Academy Awards. In the remake, Kenzari will play Druses, a Roman captain who is tied to Messala’s betrayal, which sends Ben-Hur into slavery, and ultimately on a path to redemption. Toby Kebbell, Jack Huston, and Morgan Freeman also star. [Deadline]

Josh Hutcherson finds a shady new calling in 'Paradise Lost' trailer

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Paradise Lost looks to tell the classic story of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl… boy discovers girl’s uncle is famed Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar?

In the first trailer for the film, Josh Hutcherson’s character, surfer Nick Brady, goes on a trip with his brother to Colombia, only to fall in love with Claudia Traisac’s Maria. As the two grow closer, however, Maria introduces Nick to her uncle, Escobar, played by Benicio del Toro. Nick becomes embroiled in the drug lord’s cartel after seeing how the poor view Escobar as their Robin Hood. But, as the trailer shows, the dangers of moving such large amounts of cocaine could cost Nick his life. READ FULL STORY

'Guardians of the Galaxy': Benicio Del Toro may not know he's in a scene with you-know-who

[Warning: This item contains Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers]

As everyone knows who stuck around to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credit sequence, the film concludes with a scene featuring Benicio Del Toro’s Collector and Howard the Duck. But, according to Guardians director James Gunn, one person who may still be unaware of this is Del Toro himself.

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Casting Net: Chiwetel Ejiofor could be the next Bond villain; Plus, Ryan Reynolds, more

• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is reportedly the front-runner to antagonize James Bond in the next film in the series. According to the report, no offer has been made yet. Daniel Craig will return to star as 007, and Sam Mendes, who directed him in Skyfall, is returning to direct. Production is supposed to begin this summer on Bond 24, scheduled for a Nov. 6, 2015, release date. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Carey Mulligan is front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton; Plus James Franco, Javier Bardem, Emmy Rossum, and more

A handful of American actresses have been rumored to be in consideration for the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in upcoming biopic RodhamScarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, and Emma Stone, most prominently. But now a front-runner has emerged: British actress Carey Mulligan, who most recently starred as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Mulligan hasn’t officially announced her candidacy for the role of the former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state, but THR reports that the 28-year-old actress will soon meet with director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) about the project. Rodham will focus on the early years of Clinton’s career, including meeting future president Bill Clinton and her position as a lawyer on the committee involved in Richard Nixon’s impeachment. [THR]

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Benicio Del Toro joins 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

The ever-growing cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has gained another actor. Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro has signed onto the comic book-based movie. Deadline first reported the news.

Details about Del Toro’s role are being kept under wraps, but he’s reportedly playing a character will appear in future Marvel films. Deadline noted that the Traffic actor has signed a deal with Marvel that includes additional films for the studio.  READ FULL STORY

Oliver Stone on Obama: 'I hope he wins'

Oliver Stone has never been one to mince words when it comes to setting his sharp laser tongue — or film lens — on presidential politics, from 1991’s JFK to 1995’s Nixon and 2008’s W. The director was just as passionately outspoken at a small press dinner that EW attended in Beverly Hills on Monday night, the day before the presidential election, celebrating the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and On Demand release of Stone’s drug cartel crime thriller Savages on Nov. 13.

“I vote Obama … and I hope he wins,” Stone said when asked by EW about the election. Savages star Benicio Del Toro, also at the dinner, expressed his support for President Obama as well. Stone said he had already voted for Obama by mail.
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Casting Net: Jean Dujardin to work with 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' Plus: Adam Levine, Benicio Del Toro, Dermot Mulroney

Adam Levine, Maroon 5 frontman and sassy judge/mentor on The Voice, is venturing into the world of feature film acting, signing on to star in Can a Song Save Your Life, the next film from Once director John Carney. Levine will play the not-so-nice musician boyfriend to Keira Knightley‘s character. Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld costar. [Deadline]

• Benicio Del Toro will play the title role in Jimmy Picard, based on the non-fiction book Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, about a Native American WWII vet who befriends a French psychiatrist (Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) will direct. [Deadline]

Dermot Mulroney has joined Jobs, the currently filming indie biopic of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher). He’ll play Mike Markkula, one of the earliest investors in the Silicon Valley company. Joshua Michael Ster(Swing Vote) is directing from a script by first-time feature screenwriter Matt Whiteley. [Deadline]

• Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt) have signed on to director Kimberly Peirce‘s remake of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. Greer will play gym teacher Miss Collins, one of the only characters who’s kind to Carrie White (Chloe Moretz); and Doubleday will play Chris Hargensen, the ringleader of the popular kids who torment Carrie. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Charlize Theron to enter ‘Murder Mystery.’ Plus: Bill Paxton, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan
Casting Net: Hugh Laurie to battle ‘RoboCop.’ Plus: Lindsay Lohan, John Stamos, Justin Bartha
Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth boarding ‘In the Heart of the Sea.’ Plus: Stephen Colbert, Ray Winstone, Anton Yelchin

Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Robert DeNiro jetting off to 'Last Vegas.' Plus: Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid, Chloe Moretz

• Robert DeNiro will star opposite Michael Douglas in the comedy Last Vegas, CBS Films announced today. The film follows four lifelong buddies who jet to Vegas for a bachelor party for the last one of them (Douglas) to get hitched. DeNiro will play the straightlaced friend who has to be cajoled into attending the party. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) will direct from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.)

• Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid will join Ty BurrellJohn Hawkes, and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) in Switch, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel by writer-director Daniel Schechter (the 2012 Tribeca film Supporting Characters). Not to be confused with Aniston’s 2010 comedy The Switch, this film follows a housewife (Aniston) who doesn’t want her embezzling husband (Quaid) back after he gets kidnapped. [THR]

• Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro have signed onto Agent: Century 21, an action comedy about a divorcée relator (Diaz) who finds herself entangled with a Mexican drug cartel. Del Toro will play the head of the cartel. [Variety]

• Chloe Moretz certainly isn’t afraid of things that go bump in the night. The Kick-Ass, Let Me In, and Dark Shadows star is in talks to play a zombie in Maggie, about a father who cares for his daughter during a zombie invasion. Paddy Considine (In America) is in talks to play the dad. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears ‘The Counselor.’ Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth
Casting Net: Rebecca Hall in talks for ‘Iron Man 3.’ Plus: Nina Dobrev, Nicole Kidman, Vince Vaughn
Casting Net: Arnold Schwarzenegger gets gritty in ‘Ten.’ Plus: ‘Maleficent’ fills out its cast

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