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Casting Net: 'JAG' star David James Elliott joins indie thriller 'American Hangman'

• JAG star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]

• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Rich Hill, co-wrote the script with Neima Shahdadi. [Deadline]

• Comedian Tom Green and Drop Dead Diva‘s Justin Deeley have joined the cast of Total Frat Movie, based on the popular Total Frat Move website. Green will play Dean Kravitz to Deeley’s Charlie Kent, a member of the Alpha Chi Gamma fraternity who finds a loophole that allows the house back on campus three years after a rival frat sabotaged their annual fireworks display. Warren P. Sonoda is directing the comedy from a script by Sacha Pavlovic and Stephen Fromkin. [Deadline]

• X-Men: Days of Future Past star Lucas Till is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the thriller The Disappointments Room. Beckinsale plays a mother who discovers a secret room in her family’s new country home that unlocks a bloody secret from the past. Till has been cast as a mysterious carpenter working on the house. Prison Break star Wentworth Miller wrote an original screenplay for the film that has since been adapted by director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia). Miller previously wrote the 2013 thriller Stoker, which also featured Till. [THR]

• Jena Malone and Douglas Smith (Big Love) are heading to the Bottom of the World. The two actors will star as Scarlett and Alex, a young couple in director Richard Sears’ indie horror film about the nightmarish world he is plunged into after she vanishes. Ted Levine (The Bridge) has also been cast as sinister priest in the movie from writer Brian Gottlieb. [Deadline]

• Nicholas Braun (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) has joined Kyle Patrick Alvarez‘s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup as Philip Zimbardo. Braun plays Vandy, an abusive and sadistic student guard in the infamous 1971 experiment. [Deadline]

• Australian actor David Coussins has landed a supporting role in Good Kids, the directorial debut of of Chris McCoy from his own 2011 Black List script about four high school students looking for a new start after graduation. [Deadline]

• Lauren Holly (Motive) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl) have joined an orgy – How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, that is. The actresses will star alongside The Killing‘s Jewel Staite in the Canadian indie pic about a big-city sex writer who seeks revenge on her former friends during a trip back home. Writer/director Jeremy Lalonde is helping the film that already includes Christine Horne, Lauren Lee Smith, Katharine Isabelle and Ennis Esmer in the cast. [THR]

• Beth Riesgraf (Leverage), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars) and Jack Kesy (The Strain) will star in the psychological horror thriller Shut In. Riesgraf will play a woman suffering from agoraphobia trapped in her in home by a trio of criminals who break in. TJ Cimfel and David White wrote the film that will be directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within). [THR]

Casting Net: Billy Crudup in talks for Catholic Church drama 'Spotlight'

 Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdamsLiev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]


Casting Net: Keith Stanfield to play young Snoop Dogg in 'Straight Outta Compton', Daryl Hannah joins 'Michael'

Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), Aldis Hodge (MC Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith as Warren G and Carra Patterson as Tomica Woods; Suge Knight will play a significant character as well. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Matt Alvarez, and Tomica Woods-Wright will produce. Gray, Will Packer, and former Universal executive Scott Bernstein will executive produce. Universal executives Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee the project. Straight Outta Compton hits theaters Aug. 14, 2015. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg may star in BP oil disaster film

• Mark Wahlberg may star in the BP oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]

• Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Mack Bolan novel series and is reportedly looking at Bradley Cooper to star as the anti-terrorist operative, originally created by Don Pendleton. Writer Shane Salerno (Armageddon) will adapt the character for screen with Cooper potentially working with The Hangover director Todd Phillips again. [Deadline]

• The landmark Stanford Prison Experiment by Dr. Philip Zimbardo will finally make its way to the screen after being in development for more than a decade. Billy Crudup will star as Zimbardo with Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Michael Angarano (The Knick) also cast. The film is about the classic psychological experiment that divided students up as either prisoners or guards in the summer of 1971. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) will direct. [The Wrap]

• Actress and model Cara Delevingne may have some fun in the sun as the female lead in the Beach Boys-themed musical All Summer LongCraig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) are producing alongside John Stamos. The film will incorporate Beach Boys songs into a fictionalized story by Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich) directed by Michael Sucsy (The Vow). [The Wrap]

• James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Anne Dudek (Mad Men), Michael Bowen (Breaking Bad), and Amiah Miller (Clementine) have all entered the horror-thriller House by the Lake. Adam Gierasch (Autopsy) will direct the story by Josh Burnell (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) that follows a loving yet troubled family on vacation and the mysterious friend who may or may not be real that the autistic 10-year-old daughter begins to fixate on. [The Wrap]

• Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal has been cast in two upcoming films. First, she’ll play the wife of Judge Reinhold in the basketball drama My Many Sons about legendary NCAA coach Don Meyer. Ralph E. Portillo will direct from a script by Carol Miller. Next she will star opposite C. Thomas Howell in Blue Weekend about fraternal twins separated at birth and raised in two extremely different California communities. O’Neal will play a government-employed scientist and adoptive mother to one of the boys with Howell as her husband. The coming-of-age film written by Anastazja Davis will be directed by Carl Colpaert. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and more in talks for 'Geostorm'

• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will direct the feature based on his original draft that has since been updated by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). [THR]

• Trophy Wife star Malin Akerman has joined the cast of the indie drama The Ticket starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. Currently filming in upstate New York, Akerman will play the ex-wife of Stevens’ character, a blind man who regains his vision only to lose his sight, metaphorically, when he becomes obsessed with trivialities. Israeli filmmaker Ido Fluk is at the helm directing his own script. [Deadline]

• Ty Simpkins (Insidious) joins Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, and Elisabeth Moss in the psychological drama Meadowland. The young actor who will appear in next summer’s Jurassic World has been cast as Adam, a special-needs child at the school where Wilde’s character works. Cinematographer Reed Morano will make his feature debut directing the film. [Deadline]

• Katie Aselton (The League) will dive into Milk director Gus Van Sant‘s drama Sea of Trees. Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe star as two desperate men who meet in Japan’s infamous “Suicide Forest” and embark on a reflective journey together. Naomi Watts has already been cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film written by Chris Sparling (Buried) while Aselton will play a woman who has an affair with McConaughey’s character. [THR]

• WWE star Jonathan Good, better known by his stage name Dean Ambrose, will headline the film Lockdown from WWE Studios. The action picture directed by Stephen Reynolds (Tomb Raider: Ascension) and written by Nathan Brooks and Bobby Lee Darby (See No Evil 2) follows a police officer being pursued by crooked cops. [Variety]

• Devious Maids actress Edy Ganem has landed the title role in the indie feature Ana Maria, about a receptionist who suddenly finds herself in the TV world of her favorite telenovela. Georgina Riedel (How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer) is directing the movie, which she co-wrote with Jose Marquez. [Deadline]

• Charlie Carver joins the cast of the drama Michael starring James Franco in the title role, a gay activist who is “saved” from his homosexuality by God and becomes a Christian pastor. Carver, most recently seen on TV as one of the twins in The Leftovers, will play Tyler, a young gay man heartbroken by Michael’s rejection of his sexuality. Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts also star in the film being executive produced by Gus van Sant and directed by Justin Kelly from a script he co-wrote with Stacey Miller. [Deadline]

• Alicia Coppola (Jericho) has been cast in the drama We Are Your Friends from director Max Joseph starring Zac Efron as a young DJ who falls in love with his damaged mentor’s much younger girlfriend (Gone Girl‘s Emily Ratajkowski). [Deadline]

• JAG star David James Elliott has been cast as Hollywood legend John Wayne in Trumbo, the biopic starring Bryan Cranston about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and accused communist Dalton Trumbo.
 Peter Mackenzie (Hart of Dixie) and Roger Bart (The Producers) have also joined the all-star cast of the indie directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Mackenzie will play liberal defense attorney Robert Kenny, and Bart has been cast as producer Buddy Ross. The three men join previously announced stars Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife, Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Michael Stuhlbarg as actor Edward G. Robinson and John Goodman as producer Frank King. [THR]

Casting Net: Samantha Barks, Ken Stott join 'A Hundred Streets'

A handful of new cast members have been added to director Jim O’Hanlon‘s A Hundred Streets, which follows London residents from all backgrounds whose paths cross in a turn of dramatic events. Joining the previously announced Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton are Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Ken Stott (The Hobbit), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), Steve Mackintosh (Luther), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), and Emma Rigby (Plastic). Barks will play Lotte, ex-girlfriend to rich playboy Jahmal (Adaam Bakri), who re-enters his life alongside her best friend (Rigby); soon, Jahmal makes a life-changing choice that sends him on the run with ex-special forces security guard, Gordon (Mackintosh), in hot pursuit. Creed-Miles will play cab driver George who hopes to become a father but first must pull himself back together when his life is torn apart. Cullen will play Emily’s (Arterton) handsome friend from her school days who interferes as she tries to pull her life back together, while Stott will play aging actor Terence who connects with young drug dealer Kingsley (Franz Drameh) and helps him aspire for more. Leon Butler wrote the script. Butler, Elba, Pippa Cross, Carl F. Pauwels, Farah Durrani, and Ros Hubbard will produce. [Variety]

Kevin Dillon (Entourage) will play a New York motorcycle cop who gets caught up in the race to save John Lennon in the The Lennon Report. Jeremy Profe and Walter Vincent wrote the script; Profe will also be making his directorial debut. The film follows real people—including WABC-TV producer Alan Weiss, who was being treated for an unrelated injury and broke the story of the assassination—who were at the Roosevelt Hospital as doctors and nurses attempted to save Lennon. Francisco Productions’ Gabriel and Rafael Francisco will produce. [THR]

Casting Net: Gal Gadot to play Ryan Reynolds' wife in 'Criminal'

• Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who will play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has joined the all-star cast of Criminal. Gadot is set to play Ryan Reynolds’ wife in the CIA thriller directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). The film will also star Kevin CostnerGary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. [THR]

• Jack Huston has officially signed on to play the charismatic blond lieutenant Wickham in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The Boardwalk Empire star joins Lily James (Downton Abbey)Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), and Sam Riley (Maleficent) in the film adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that puts a deadly spin on Jane Austen’s classic. Burr Steers (17 Again) is directing; filming will begin next month. [Deadline]

• Christopher LloydJane Kaczmarek, and newcomer Tekola Cornetet will star in writer-director Arnold Grossman‘s indie drama The Boat Builder. Lloyd will play a former Merchant Marine captain who befriends a bright and inquisitive foster child (Cornetet) while building a ship in his front yard. Kaczmarek will play Lloyd’s daughter in the SAGIndie production, which will also features David Lascher (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)Martin Ganapoler (Howard the Duck), and Jessiqa Pace (Ozu). [The Wrap]

• James Ransone and Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines) will lead the cast of Sinister 2. Ransone is set to reprise his role as a concerned local sheriff’s deputy while Sossamon will play a protective mother who moves into a rural home marked for death. Ciaran Foy (Citadel) will take over directing duties from Scott Derrickson, who will once again write the script with C. Robert Cargill. [Deadline]



Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) at Sony. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are among the names in consideration to play Jennifer Lee Pryor, Richard’s widow, in the film. [Deadline]

• Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to take on the title role in the epic remake of Ben-Hur. The Thor star would play Judah Ben-Hur, the part originated by Charlton Heston in the 1959 original, in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set for a Feb. 26, 2016 release. Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) has written the latest draft of the script, once again based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Lizzy Caplan joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas comedy

• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest in Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve-set comedy. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie will star as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual night-before-Christmas bash. Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) will play Rogen’s wife in the film from writer/director Jonathan Levine, who previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the cancer comedy 50/50. [THR]

• Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci are all in talks for the sex abuse scandal film Spotlight. Ruffalo and McAdams would play reporters for The Boston Globe who launch a yearlong investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophile priests in Massachusetts. Tom McCarthy (Win Win) is directing from a script by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). [THR]

• Matthew Rhys will cook off against Bradley Cooper in the untitled culinary film from director John Wells (August: Osage County)The Americans star is set to play rival chef Reece to Cooper’s Adam Jones, an American cooking in Paris looking to make a comeback after his bad behavior and diva attitude destroy his career. The Steven Knight (Locke)-scripted film was originally titled Chef, but The Weinstein Company will be renaming the flick after the release of Jon Favreau’s own Chef movie. In addition to Cooper, the all-star cast already includes Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, and Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.[Deadline]

• Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the boxing drama Southpaw. Written by Sons of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film follows a welterweight champ struggling to balance his personal life with his professional success. Harris, who will soon reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the next Bond film, will play a social worker trying to help Gyllenhaal’s character and daughter. [Deadline]

• Pitch Perfect actor Ben Platt will worship rock star Meryl Streep in the music drama Ricki and the Flash. Currently starring on Broadway as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, Platt will play Daniel, a bartender obsessed with Streep’s title character. Kevin Kline and Rick Springsteen will also star in the project directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) from Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno). [Deadline]

• Kerry Bishé has joined the indie drama The Ticket. The Halt and Catch Fire actress will play the co-worker and mistress to Dan Stevens’ (Downton Abbey) character, a blind man who regains his sight only to be emotionally blinded by the superficial world. Malin Akerman and Oliver Platt will also star in the film by Israeli writer/director Ido Fluk, which starts filming this month in New York. [Variety]

Casting Net: Alice Eve joins 'Criminal'

• Alice Eve (Stark Trek Into the Darkness) has signed on for Criminal, joining Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, and Gary Oldman. Ariel Vromen will helm the thriller, which tells the story of a convict who has a dead CIA operative’s memories implanted into his brain in the hopes that he can complete the agent’s mission. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Mark Gill, and Matt O’Toole are producing. Avi Lerner, John Thompson, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Lati Groman, Christa Campbell, Christine Crow, and Jason Bloom are executive producing. [THR]

• Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) has joined Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve comedy project. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie. Jonathan Levine (50/50) wrote the script and will direct the film from Sony, Good Universe, and Point Grey Pictures, which follows a group of friends whose annual Christmas holiday reunion results in chaos. Bell will play Betsy, wife to Rogen’s character, who provides the drugs for the friends’ one last hurrah. Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will produce for Good Universe. Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver will produce for Point Grey Pictures. Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter will also produce. [Deadline]

Beau Knapp (The Signal) has signed on for Southpaw. The Weinstein Company film follows a welterweight boxing champion, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who rises in his career while his personal life crumbles. Knapp will play Jon Jon, best friend to the fighter since their days in foster care. Kurt Sutter wrote the script. Antoine Fuqua will direct. [Deadline]

Cullen Douglas (Scandal) has been cast as Vincent Bogel in the indie flick Wrong Side of Right. The film, directed by Alex Ranarivelo, follows a woman who goes undercover to reveal an inhumane dog breeder. Nico Evers-Swindell will also appear in the film. [Deadline]

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