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Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will produce with InFilm Productions’ Dorothy Berwin. Watts will executive produce with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli. Production for Three Generations begins in New York in early November. [THR]

• Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino MorenoÓscar Jaenada, and Mehdi Dehbi have been cast in the biopic The Godmother, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film tells the story of real-life Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. Eva Sørhaug is directing from a script by Frank Baldwin. Daniela Cretu is producing for First Born Films. Nicholas Pileggi is executive producing along with Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, and Kelly McCormick of Sierra/Affinity. Filming begins next spring, and Sierra/Affinity will take the film to international buyers at AFM next month. [Deadline]

• Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta have been cast in Anthony Hopkins‘ action-drama Go With Me. Set in a Pacific Northwest logging community, the story follows a young woman who endures harassment by a crime lord when she returns to her hometown. She looks to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his sidekick for help. The story is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr., which Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs will adapt for the screen. Daniel Alfredson directs. Hopkins is producing with Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for the Gotham Group, and Gregory Jacobs. Shooting kicks off in British Columbia in mid-November. [Variety]

• Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks for the untitled low-riders movie from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse, and Imagine Entertainment. The film reportedly stars Demian Bichir and takes place in the East LA street-culture world. Ricardo de Montreuil will direct from a script by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping, with Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James writing previous drafts. Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, while Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse. [Deadline]

• Isla Fisher is joining Jon Hamm and Zack Galifianakis in the spy comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses. Galifianakis and Fisher will play a couple who discovers that they’re seemingly perfect new neighbors, one of which will be played by Hamm, are actually spies. Greg Mottola directs, Mike LeSieur wrote the script, and Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing. [The Wrap]

• Lucy Liu will take the lead in writer-director Evan Jackson Leong’s Snakehead. Set in New York, the drama stars Liu as a poor Chinese immigrant who, after being mentored by powerful bosses named Snakeheads, rises to the top of Chinatown’s human-smuggling business in an effort to reconnect with her daughter and family. 408 films is financing and producing in partnership with Arowana Films; 408’s Brian Yang, Gregory Chou, and E. Brian Dobbins and Principato-Young’s Allen Fisher are producing alongside Untitled’s Jason Weinberg and Frameworks’ Maryellen Mulcahy. Shooting kicks off this spring. [Deadline]

• Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) will provide the voice for a dog in the live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale. With Frederik Du Chau directing, the film tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Dehli, but gets lost in Kolkata when his crate is misplaced. Basil pairs with Santoosh (voiced by Nayyar) and a cow named Uma to find his owners. Stephen Leslie wrote the script. Jason Newmark developed the project with the British Film Institute and is producing with Nisha Parti. The film will be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015. [THR]

• Gal Gadot will not take the female lead in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben Hur. The actress had been eyeing the role of Esther, Ben Hur’s love interest, but had to pass due to her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shooting schedule. Gadot portrays Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder‘s superhero flick and is set to appear in a handful of upcoming Warner Bros.’ Films, including a solo film in 2017. [The Wrap]

Casting Net: Demian Bichir in talks for untitled Low Riders pic

• Demian Bichir is in negotiations to take the lead in the untitled Low Riders film for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct the film. Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James wrote earlier drafts of the script; Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft. Set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging, the story follows a teenager caught in the middle of his traditional father, whom Bichir would play, and his estranged gangbanger brother, both of whom are competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.” Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, and Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse Productions. Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will executive produce. [Variety]

• Hailee Steinfeld has claimed the lead in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from writer-director-executive producer Dustin Lance Black. Based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith, the story follows Hadley (Steinfeld) over the course of a day. It opens with her waiting in the airport for a flight to London for her father’s second wedding. The day quickly turns around, however, when she meets a British young man who she ends up sitting next to on the plane. Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan, and Steve Hutensky are producing. The Exchange will sell the film’s international rights at AFM. [Deadline]

• Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have boarded Vincent-N-Roxxy. Gary Michael Schultz is writing and directing the action crime drama, which follows two rebels who fall in love but fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. Unified Pictures developed the project and its Keith Kjarval is producing in association with Media House Capital. Aaron L. Gilbert is executive producing. The film begins shooting in December in Louisiana. [Deadline]

• Wesley Snipes is set to star in a remake of the Five Minutes to Live. Chuck Russell is directing the crime drama from a script he wrote with Raul Sanchez-Inglis. The original starred Johnny Cash and Vic Tayback as two burglars who plot to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage. Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn, and Richard Rionda Del Castro of Hannibal Pictures are producing. Hannibal will begin selling the international rights at AFM next week. [Variety]

• Matthew Willig has joined Will Smith in Scott Free’s untitled NFL concussion drama. The footballer-turned-actor will portray real-life offensive lineman, the late Justin Strzelczyk. His autopsy revealed that he suffered from irreversible brain damage during his 10 years in the NFL, bringing attention to the dangers of football concussions. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) who discovered the pattern of traumatic brain injuries in deceased NFL players. Landesman wrote the script based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’ 2009 GQ article “Game Brain.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [THR]

• Joe Anderson (Hercules), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy), and Jessica Lowndes (90210) have been cast in Abattoir. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing the thriller, which already stars Lin Shaye, from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum, and Christopher Monfette. The story follows a real estate reporter who unveils the answer to the horrifying question: “How do you build a haunted house?” Jesse Berger is producing. Production is ongoing in New Orleans. [Variety]

Casting Net: Keanu Reeves takes lead in 'Replicas'

• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures’ Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce through Disruption Entertainment along with Darren Moorman, Stephen Johnson, and Hall. Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder, Carney, and Foard will executive produce. Principal photography began on October 27 in Jackson, Mississippi.

• Keanu Reeves has taken the lead in Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures’ Replicas. Tanya Wexler is directing from a script by Chad St. John. Company Films’ partners Stephen Hamel and Reeves developed the script from Hamel’s treatment. The story follows a neuroscientist who will stop at nothing to bring his family back after a deadly car accident. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Hamel, Reeves, and Fundamental Films are producing. Production is scheduled for spring 2015. [Deadline]

• Bruce Greenwood has signed on for the Dan Rather pic, Truth, starring Robert Redford as Rather with Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes. James Vanderbilt will make his directorial debut from a script he wrote. Greenwood will play Andrew Hayward, president of CBS News who eventually fires Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, which details Rather’s 2004 report claiming that George W. Bush received special treatment while in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. His reputation was tarnished, and Mapes was fired, when it was revealed that some documents may have been forged. Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, John Benjamin Hickey, and Topher Grace also star. The film is currently shooting in Australia. [THR]

Fox Searchlight acquired a Wired Magazine article by Joshua Davis, Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share, which will be used as the foundation for the film, IPO Man. Jason Bateman will direct the film and star as a man who put himself out for public offering. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster will pen the script. Bateman and Jim Garavente will produce the film through their Aggregate banner with Davis. [Deadline]

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) is joining Will Smith in Sony’s untitled NFL concussion drama. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu (Smith) whose studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) cause the NFL to take brain injuries seriously. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Dave Duerson, the real-life NFL safety who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Upon his request, Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers who concluded that he suffered from CTE as a result of football injuries. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [Deadline]

• Max Deacon (Into the Storm) has landed at The Call Up. Charles Baker is writing and directing the British action/sci-fi film, which is set in the world of computer gaming and technology. The film follows a group of skilled gamers who are invited to test a virtual reality game that brings modern warfare to life, and ultimately takes a dark turn. The film also stars Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary), Ali Cook (The Anomaly), Parker Sawyers (Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold), Boris Ler (In The Land Of Blood And Honey), Douggie McMeekin, and Adriana Randall. Matthew James Wilkinson is producing for Stigma Films and John Giwa-Amu for Red & Black Films. Alan Martin is executive producing. EOne has the rights for Germany, France, and Scandinavia. Altitude Film Sales will handle international. Shooting kicks off on Nov. 10 in Birmingham, England. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Mark Rylance to play BFG in Spielberg adaptation

• Mark Rylance will play the title role in The BFG, director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. The story follows a young girl, the Queen of England, and a giant, called the BFG, who set out to capture the evil, man-eating giants who are taking over the human world. DreamWorks acquired the book in 2010. Melissa Mathison adapted it for the screen. Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Sam Mercer are producing. Kathleen Kennedy will executive produce with John Madden and Michael Siegel. Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are co-producers. Disney will release the film on July 1, 2016 in the U.S. Disney’s financier Reliance will release in India and Mister Smith will distribute in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Megan Fox takes female lead in 'Zeroville' opposite James Franco

• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline AragonMichael Mendelsohn, and Franco. [THR]

• Olivia Wilde, Armie Hammer, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Smiley have joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. Set in 1978 Boston, the crime drama stars Wilde as a woman who brokers a meeting between Murphy and Smiley and a gang led by Hammer and Evans. StudioCanal has acquired the U.K. rights to the film. It is being launched for presales at American Film Market by Protagonist Pictures. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Meg Ryan boards 'Fan Girl,' Jacki Weaver signs on for 'Zeroville;' more

• Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O’Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. [Deadline] 

• Jacki Weaver will star in director James Franco‘s Zeroville. The two-time Oscar nominee will play lead character Dotty, a film editor who is a friend and mentor to Franco’s character. The film is an adaptation of Steve Erikson‘s 2007 novel about a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to make it in the business. Caroline Aragon and Vince Jolivette are producing. [Deadline]

• Margot Robbie is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle. If it goes through, it will reteam her with with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who directed her in Focus. The film is an adaptation of journalist Kim Barker‘s wartime memoir, which recounts her outsider status in Kabul, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, among other things. Robbie is up for the role of a beautiful, blond on-air news anchor who befriends Baker (Fey) in Afghanistan who is described as willing to do anything to launch her career. Fey is producing the film with Lorne Michaels. [THR]

• Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig are in talks to star in Todd Solondz‘ s Wiener-Dog, an ensemble indie tied together thematically by a dachschund. The film acts as a sort-of sequel to Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse: One story will center on Dawn Wiener from the 1995 cult hit. The nature of Delpy’s character is unknown, but if Gerwig signs on, she would play the adult Dawn Wiener in one storyline. Megan Ellison and her Annapurna production shingle will produce and finance with Christine Vachon and her Killer Films banner, which will produce as well. [THR]

• Bill Skarsgard, Claire van der Boom, and Paula Malcomson will star in Alison Eastwood‘s Battlecreek. The film tells a love story about reconciling your past and finding your future. Skarsgard will play a talented young painter who must live his life at night due to a rare skin disorder. He strikes a romance with a young woman (van der Boom), encouraging him to challenge his overbearing mother (Malcomson) and the lies that surround their relationship. Anthea Anka wrote the script. Connie Hoy is producing under her Maindiner Entertainment banner with Eastwood. Red River Studios is financing the film, and its Michael G. Wallace is executive producing. Production starts later this month in Mississippi. [The Wrap]

• Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) has been cast in The Scorch Trials, the sequel to The Maze Runner. The film, which Wes Ball will return direct, previously added Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar, and Giancarlo Esposito to a cast with Dylan O’Brien and Will Poulter at its center. Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of a group of girls who have escaped from another maze and connect with O’Brien’s group. Harriet is involved in the third installment. The producers of The Maze Runner will return for its sequel. [THR]

• Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Katherine La Nasa (Deception), Jenica Bergere (Trophy Wife), and Leonard Roberts (Drumline) have signed on for Love is All You Need?, a reverse gay-bullying drama starring Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy. The film, which Kim Rocco Shields is directing, is set in a world where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars) also joins the cast as Ryan, a journalist who becomes romantically involved with Evignan’s star quarterback. Love is All You Need? is based on a controversial short film of the same name. It is currently filming in LA. [Deadline]

• Kea Ho has boarded Aaron Kaufman‘s debut film Urge. The thriller stars Pierce Brosnan, Danny Masterson, Ashley Green, Bar Paly, Alexis Knapp, Chris Geere, and Nick Thune. It follows a group of friends who test out a new designer drug while vacationing; the drug makes them unable to control their urges. Ho will play Xiomara, the central performer of Brosnan’s lair. Skip Williamson and Mark Neveldine are producing for their Blackmrkt Incorporated banner. Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, Frank Martinez, Anthony Gudas, Clay Pecorin, Russell Geyser, Gerald Fruchtman, and Peter Fruchtman are executive producing. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Natalie Dormer signs on for 'The Forest,' Patrick Stewart joins 'Green Room;' more

• Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four’s The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. Tory Metzger, President of Lava Bear, is overseeing the project. Focus Features acquired the North American distribution rights to the film and plans to release it on January 8, 2016.

• Patrick Stewart has been cast in Green Room, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. The story follows a punk band who, after witnessing a violent crime by white power skinheads, is trapped in a venue by the perpetrators, attempting to eliminate all witnesses. The actor will play Darcy Banker, the leader of the white supremacist group. Jeremy Saulnier is directing from a script he wrote. The film also stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein, and Macon Blair. Broad Green Pictures is producing and financing the film. Its Victor Moyers along with Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp of filmscience will produce. Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures and Vincent Savino of filmscience will executive produce. Principal photography began this month in and around Portland, OR. Broad Green Pictures plans to release Green Room in 2015.

• Kim Basinger is re-teaming with L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe for Warner Bros.’ The Nice Guys. With Shane Black at the helm, the film also stars Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Beau Knapp, and Keith David. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the film tells the story of a private eye (Gosling) and hired leg breaker (Crowe) who pair to solve the case of a missing girl and the death of a porn star. Basinger will play a chief justice with questionable interests. Joel Silver is producing under his Silver Pictures banner along with Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao. Hal Sadoff and Michael Malone are executive producing. [THR]

• Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) and Talitha Bateman (Hart of Dixie) have joined the cast of The 5th Wave, Sony’s adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s YA novel. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie, a survivor of four alien attacks on Earth, who must rescue her younger brother while an eminent fifth attack is on the way. Siff will play Cassie and Sammy’s mother, Lisa, who suffers from a plague released in the third wave. Bateman will take the role of Teacup, a young girl who is in the child army where Sammy is being held. J Blakeston is directing from a script by Susannah Grant. The film also stars Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe, Liev Schereiber, and Ron Livingston. Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Lynn Harris, and Matthew Plouffe are producing. Denis O’Sullivan and Richard Middleton are executive producing. Andrea Giannetti and Hannah Minghella will oversee for Sony. [THR]

• Michaela Conlin (Bones) has joined Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. DJ Caruso is directing the psychological thriller, written by Wentworth Miller. The  ghost story follows Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and her five-year-old son as they move into a new home, and accidentally unlock horrors in the attic. Conlin will play Jules, one half of a privileged Manhattan couple who doesn’t understand what is happening to Dana. The Disappointments Room is currently filming in North Carolina. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Gal Gadot in talks for 'Ben-Hur;' more

• Gal Gadot is in talks for the female lead in Ben-Hur. Timbur Bekmambetov is directing. The work is a remake of the 1959 film of the same name, as well as an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film follows Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by Messala (Toby Kebbell). Morgan Freeman will play the man who teaches Ben-Hur the art of chariot-racing. If Gadot signs on, she will play Esther, a slave and the love interest of Ben-Hur. Keith Clarke penned the script with a rewrite by John Ridley. Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel, and Joni Levin are producing. Roma Downey, Ridley, Clarke, and Jason F. Brown are executive producing. The film will begin filming in Europe early next year. It is considering a February 2016 release date. [THR]

• David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont, and Wrenn Schmidt have joined the cast of I Saw the Light. The Hank Williams biopic stars Tom Hiddleston as the musician with Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’ wife, Audrey Mae Williams. Marc Abraham is directing the film. He also adapted Colin Escott‘s biography for the screen. The film will tell the life of the famed country singer who quickly rose to fame but later struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Krumholtz will play James Dolan, a journalist who interviews Williams. Pais will play Dore Schary, a one-time production president of MGM who tries to talk Williams into acting. DuMont will play WB Nolan, a music promoter and small-town mayor who forces a performance out of the singer. Schmidt will play Bobbie Jett, one of many women in Williams’ life and the mother of his daughter. RatPac’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert are producing along with G. Marq Roswell and Mark Abraham. James Packer is executive producing for RatPac. Patty Long is the line producer/executive producer. The film kicks off production this week in Louisiana. [THR]

• Briana Evigan (Step Up 5) and Emily Osment (Hannah Montana) have signed on for Love Is All You Need. Kim Rocco Shields is directing. She and David Tillman co-wrote the indie indie drama, which is set in a world where being gay is the norm and being straight is cause for bullying. The film is based on Shields’ 2011 short film of the same name. Evignan will play a star college quarterback, Jude, who begins a romance with a male journalist. Osment will play Jude’s girlfriend, Kelly. Kyla Kennedy (The Walking Dead) also stars as an 11-year-old girl who is bullied for a crush she has on a male classmate. Filming kicks off this week under Love Is All You Need, LLC. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Ariana Grande joins 'Underdogs,' Lizzy Caplan in talks for 'Now You See Me 2'


• Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company’s Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura’s support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. Later, Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns to the wreck havoc on the village and kidnap Laura. When Jake’s foosball table comes to life, he and the players set out to save the town and Laura. Underdogs will be released in 2D and 3D on April 10, 2015.

• Lizzy Caplan is in talks for the female lead in Now You See Me 2. From director Jon M. Chu, the magic-themed sequel will see the return of its original stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo. Daniel Radcliffe is a new addition to the cast. Caplan’s role is unknown at this time. Ed Solomon returned to pen the script with Pete Chiarelli. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen are producing. Lionsgate/Summit will release the film on June 10, 2016. [The Wrap]

• Alexi Knapp, Bar Paly, Chris Geere, and Nick Thune have singed on for indie thriller Urge, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene. Film producer Aaron Kaufman (Chef) will direct, making his directorial debut. Urge follows a group of friends who discover a new drug on an island during a destination weekend—the drug takes away the ability to control ones urges. Skipp Williamson and Mark Neveldine are producing through their Blackmrkt Incorporated banner. Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, Frank Martinez, Anthony Gudas, Clay Pecorin, Russell Geyser, Gerald Fruchtman, and Peter Fruchtman are executive producing. Urge begins production in New York in October. [THR]

• Odeya Rush (The Giver) is joining action-thriller Hunter’s Prayer. Jonathan Mostow is at the helm of the U.S.-U.K. co-production, formerly known as For The Dogs. Based on the Kevin Wignall novel, the film follows Ella (Rush), a young girl who pairs with the hit man hired to kill her family in order to find out who’s behind it all. Sam Worthington will play the contracted killer, Lucas. Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato, and Michael Ferris are adapting the novel for the screen. Navid McIlhargey and Anthony Rhulen are producing for Film Engine, Chris Milburn for Midsummer Films, John and Michael Schwartz and Worthington for Full Clip.  Paul Rock, Jimmy Costas, and Leyden are also producing. Filming begins next month in the UK. [Deadline]

• Jack Davenport and Kelli Garner have signed on for Americana. The film, a Hollywood noir being made by the film group Flies Collective, stars David Call with Frank Mosley and Peter Coyote. Zachary Shedd is writing and directing. The story follows alcoholic film editor (Call)  as he pieces together  his movie star sister’s (Garner) murder. Davenport will play Calib, the producer behind the actress’ last film. Matthew Petock and Daniel Patrick Carbone are producing. Filming begins later this month in San Francisco. [THR]

Casting Net: Joaquim de Almeida and Zoe Kazan join Sandra Bullock in 'Our Brand Is Crisis;' more

• Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. Zoe Kazan (What If) has also signed on for the political dramedy. In addition to Bullock, they’re joining Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored American political campaign strategies in Bolivia. Green’s film stars Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant, with de Almeida as Castillo, the former president of Bolivia who is running for office again. Kazan will play a young woman who uncovers the secrets of political candidates. Peter Straughan wrote the script. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing. Bullock is executive producing. Warner Bros. executives Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste will supervise the project for the studio. Our Brand Is Crisis kicks off production this fall. [The Wrap]

• Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) is heading to Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas is directing from a script by Max Landis. The action romance tells the story of a girl (Anna Kendrick) who finally lands her dream guy (Sam Rockwell); problem is he’s a hit man. Mount will play New Jersey crime syndicate member Richard Cartigan. Michael Eklund (Bates Motel) also joins the cast as thug Johnny Howl, and Katie Nehra (Alex of Venice) joins as Kendrick’s nerdy roommate, Martha. Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Lawrence Mattis, and Rick Jacobs are producing the Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion film. Stephen Emery and Landis are executive producing. [Deadline]

• Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have been cast in The Stanford Prison Experiment. With Kyle Alvarez at the helm, the film tells the story of the 1971 psychological exercise that divided students into prisoners and prison guards. The film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who later wrote a psychology book on good and evil behavior. Thrilby will play Zimbardo’s wife, Christina, also an academic. Ellis will play Jesse Fletcher. Other castings include: Tye Sheridan as prisoner Peter Mitchell, James Frecheville as guard Townshend, Johnny Simmons as prisoner Jeff Jansen, and Ki Hong Lee as prisoner Gavin Chan. Tim Talbott wrote the script. Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features financed the film. Coup d’Etat Films’ Brent Emery is producing alongside Lizzie Friedman, Greg Little, Brian Geraghty, and Lauren Bratman. [Deadline]

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