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Casting Net: Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson

• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]

• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a younger woman on the couple’s vacation; it doesn’t end well. David Kajganich is writing the script. Shooting begins in Italy next month. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

• Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, who also wrote the script set in the cheap and crime-riddled world of 1970s New York. [THR]

• Oona Laurence, the 11-year-old actress who was one of four girls to originate the title role of Matilda on Broadway, has joined the cast of Lamb. The indie drama stars the film’s writer/director Ross Partridge (The Off Hours) as David Lamb, who goes on a mission of self-discovery. The film is an adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Eva Green in talks to reunite with Tim Burton

• Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star Eva Green is in talks to play the title role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which would reunite the actress with her Dark Shadows director, Tim BurtonJane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) is set to adapt the screenplay from Ransom Riggs’ YA novel. Already slated for a July 31, 2015 release, the story follows a group of orphans with special powers trying to protect themselves from creatures who want to destroy them on a mysterious island. [Variety]

• One month after announcing her exit from ABC’s The ViewSherri Shepherd has found her next project. The comedian will join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2, which will once again be directed by Tim Story (Think Like A Man). The film is shooting for a January 15, 2016 release with previously announced cast members Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom). [Deadline]

• Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) will star in The Incident, a psychological drama filming in Northern England that marks the feature debut of writer/director Jane Linfoot. The story follows a metropolitan couple who are forced to confront their shared guilt when they cross paths with a troubled teen. [Variety]

 Bollywood stars Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh, who co-starred together in the Grand Masti franchise, will once again team up for Bank Chor, an Indian crime caper directed by Bumby. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Uma Thurman signs on for 'Adam Jones,' Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley join Woody Allen project

• Uma Thurman will be joining Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in The Weinstein Co.’s Adam Jones, originally titled Chef (and then John Favreau happened). John Wells directs this story of a rock-star chef (Cooper) who hopes to run his own kitchen and eventually earn the coveted third Michelin Star. Helene (Miller) will help him achieve his goal. Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg, and Erwin Stoff are producing. Dylan Sellers, Julie Rapaport, and Negeen Yazdi are overseeing production for The Weinstein Co. The film just began principal photography. It will shoot in New Orleans for two days before moving on to London from July 27 to Sept. 26. [THR]

• Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley (If I Stay) have been added to Woody Allen’s next film. The untitled project is currently shooting in Rhode Island. Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are set to star. Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum are producing. Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight, also starring Stone, hits theaters Friday. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey in talks to play CIA agent turned American enemy

• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]

• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book about the marketing maven who created the Tupperware home party strategy, thus making the household item a household name. The Help director Tate Taylor will write and direct the film for Sony Pictures. [The Wrap]

• Michael Caine has joined Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest), the film follows an immortal witch hunter partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct for Lionsgate, with a script by Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) and the additional help of D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). [THR]

• Naomi Watts is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee‘s next film, Demolition. Watts would play a single mother who begins a relationship with Gyllenhaal’s character, a young investment banker struggling to deal with the tragic death of his wife. Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail) will pen the script. [The Wrap]

• Idris Elba may reunite with his RocknRolla director Guy Ritchie for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The reimagining of the English myth from Warner Brothers will feature a script from Joby Harold (Awake) with the title role yet to be cast. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star will reportedly play Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who teaches the future King to lead an army. [THR]

• Former TV wrestling diva Trish Stratus and veteran Canadian actor Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) have both joined the cast of the Canadian action-thriller Gridlocked from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), playing a lead SWAT team member and Hollywood agent respectively. [THR]

Casting Net: Ben Whishaw replaces Colin Firth in 'Paddington'

Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) will replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company’s Paddington, based on the popular children’s literature character. Firth departed the live-action/CGI-hybrid project in June. Producer David Heyman told the Daily Mail, which broke Thursday’s news, that Firth’s voice was “too mature” for the part; the film needed a slightly younger voice for the beloved bear who arrives in England from Peru. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi will also lend their voices to the film. [The Wrap]

Christina Chong has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, joining Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, among others. Chong’s role is unknown at this time, but it is believed to be minor. The actress most recently appeared in Fox’s 24: Live Another Day. The Disney and Lucasfilm project is being directed by J.J. Abrams and is set to hit theaters December 18, 2015. [Variety]

Renée Elise Goldsberry has joined Universal’s comedy The Nest. She will play the role of Kim, an old friend of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s characters who host one final house party at their parents’ place. Goldsberry has a recurring role on The Good Wife as Assistant D.A. Geneva Pine, and recently appeared on The Following and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She’s expected to do a bit on the ongoing second season of Masters of Sex. [Deadline]

Glen Powell (Fast Food Nation, Best Friends Forever) has been cast in Universal’s Ride Along 2, teaming up with leads Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Tim Story will direct. Cube and Matt Alvarez are producing for Cubevision along with Will Packer Productions’ Will Packer and Larry Brezner. Powell can next be seen in The Expendables 3, which arrives in theaters August 15. [Deadline]


Casting Net: Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons join 'Race,' Jacki Weaver eyes 'Equals'

Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic, Race. Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights of the Stephen Hopkins-directed film. Stephen James will portray the racing legend with Sudeikis as his obsessive coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play the head of the American Olympic committee, Avery Brundage, who argued for the 1936 Olympics to take place in Berlin. Shooting begins July 24 in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the script. Jean Charles Lévy (Forecast Pictures), Luc Dayan (ID+), and Kate Garwood and Hopkins (Totally Commercial Films), are producing, among others. [THR]

Jacki Weaver is reportedly in negotiations for the futuristic love story Equals. The script was written by Nathan Parker and will be directed by Drake Doremus. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins (Route One) will produce. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lynn Sheil, and Aurora Perrineau have already joined the film, which would have Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. The catch? Both suffer from “switched-on-syndrome,” in which they feel emotion. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor who helps Silas and Nia. Weaver, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, can next be seen in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. [Deadline]

Marc Menchaca (Homeland) and Jon Huertas (Castle) will star in the Kickstarter-funded psychological thriller Reparations. The film comes from writer-director Kyle Ham and follows an Indiana farmer (Menchaca) with a three-year gap in his memory; a man (Huertas) visits him, claiming he was his best friend in the Air Force Security Police. Ham is producing alongside Matthew Lessal and co-writer Steve Timm. The film raised $66,055 on Kickstarter. Principal photography began in June. [THR]

Casting Net: Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts join 'Michael'

Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will join James Franco in Michael, directed by Justin Kelly. Based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the story follows a pastor who was formerly gay, but later renounced homosexuality. Quinto will play ex-boyfriend to Franco’s character; Roberts will play his girlfriend. Chris Zylca (The Leftovers) will play another former love interest. Gus Van Sant is executive producer, alongside producers Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer, and Scott Reeve. [Variety]

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed its voice cast for Big Hero 6, which follows a young robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada, and his robot friend, Baymax. The duo form a team of crime fighters to save the city of San Fransokyo. Ryan Potter will take the lead as Hiro, and Scott Adsit will voice Baymax. The rest of the cast includes: Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney. Big Hero 6 marks the first Disney film to feature Marvel characters. Don Hall and Jordan Roberts are adapting from the Marvel comic mini-series of the same name. The film hits theaters on Nov. 7 in 3-D. [Deadline]

Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), and Cody Horn are set to star in Burning Bodhi, directed by Matthew McDuffie, who also wrote the indie drama. The film follows a young man (Liboiron) in his 20s who discovers that one of his best friends from high school, Bodhi, died suddenly of an aneurysm. He heads home to New Mexico to cope with the death, but finds he must also confront his issues with friends and family. Virginia Madsen and Sasha Pieterse will also appear in the film. Marshall Bear, Mary Vernieu, and Michael Lazo are producing. [THR]

Morena Baccarin (Homeland) has joined Malevolent, an animated horror thriller that follows a young woman (Dani Lennon) who must defeat her powerful, evil father to save herself and her siblings. The film will be directed by Jason Axinn; it also stars Ray Wise and Bill Moseley. Baccarin has been cast as a Gamemaster, a supernatural being who entraps humans into conflicts while her species bets on the results. Jim Cirile and Tanya C. Klein wrote the script and will executive produce the film. Paige Barnett and Cindi Rice will produce. The Coverage Ink Films project is aiming for an early 2015 release. [THR]

Japanese stars Sometani Shota (Himizu) and Maeda Atsuko (The Drudgery Train) star in Ryan Hiroki‘s Sayonara Kabukicho. Sometani plays a “love hotel” manager, while Maeda plays a failed musician and his live-in lover. Minami Kaho, Matsushige Yutaka, Omoro Nao, Murakami Jun, and Taguchi Tomorowo occupy the supporting cast. Arai Haruhiko wrote the script for the film, which will open in January in Japan through distributor Tokyo Theatre. [Variety]

Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]


Casting Net: Rachel Weisz may join Michael Fassbender in period drama

• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]

• Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. [THR]

• Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) and Oliver Platt (Chef) will take The Master Cleanse, a fantasy horror comedy from writer-director Bobby Miller, making his feature debut. Friel replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny (Big Love), who had a scheduling conflict and both actors join previously announced stars Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Angelica Huston (Smash). [The Wrap]

• Jim Belushi (According to Jim) will play the father of a murder suspect in The Whole Truth from Frozen River director Courtney Hunt. Belushi joins  previously announced stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) , Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (The Big C). Production begins this week in New Orleans. [Variety]

 House of Cards actress Kate Lyn Sheil has joined the sci-fi film Equals from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) and written by Nathan Parker (Moon)Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker)Kristen Stewart (Twilight), and Nicholas Hoult will all star in the movie, which depicts a world that has no emotion until a disease unleashes sadness, love, anxiety, and other feelings. [Variety]

• Frances Fisher (Titanic) will play the mother of Ryan Reynolds in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold, about real-life heroine Maria Altmann, played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen). Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will direct the film, which will also star Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Daniel Brühl (Rush), and Katie Holmes (Batman Begins). 

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