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Casting Net: John C. Reilly signs on for 'Les Cowboys'

• John C. Reilly will star in Les Cowboys alongside Finnegan Oldfield and Francois Damiens. The film marks the feature debut of Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain. Bidegain co-wrote the script with Noé Debré. The story follows a father (Damiens) who, along with his son (Oldfield), goes in search for his missing daughter; she disappears after beginning to date a young, Muslim fundamentalist man. They turn to American headhunter (Reilly) for help. [Variety]

• Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars) has signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, which stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon. The film came from an original idea by Dellal, which Nikole Beckwith fleshed out. The film tells the story of a teen, Ray (Fanning), transitioning from female to male, and the impact it has on her single mother (Watts) and grandmother (Sarandon). Tate Donovan also stars as a boyfriend of Watt’s character. [THR]

• Eddie Marsan has been cast in the untitled adaptation of author Patricia Highsmith‘s The Blunderer. The psychological thriller stars Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, and Haley Bennett, who replaced Imogen Poots. With Andy Goddard directing, the film follows a successful architect living in 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), who has a beautiful wife (Biel). Walter’s fascination with unsolved murders leads him to a killer/detective (Bennett), whom he lusts after. Susan Boyd adapted Highsmith’s 1954 novel for the screen. [THR]

• Lesli Margherita has signed on for One Shot. The movie musical stars Topher Grace and Taye Diggs in the story of a failed actor (Grace), who becomes a stage manager, and must keep his new show afloat for opening night. Margherita will play Brandy, a chorus girl who challenges Malcolm (Diggs) to see who will hook up with a new cast member first. [Deadline]

Casting Net: 'Doctor Who' alum Matt Smith to star in 'Patient Zero'

• Doctor Who alum Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in Patient Zero. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the action thriller from a script by Mike Le. The story follows the spread of a super strain of rabies, which leads to the evolution of a new, violent species. An immune survivor must race to find Patient Zero, and a cure, to save his infected wife and the human race at large. [Deadline]

• Brenton Thwaites is in final negotiations for the role of a British soldier, Henry, in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment. The actor is known for this year’s Maleficent and The Giver. The film, once again starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, will hit theaters July 7, 2017. [Deadline]

• Bryce Dallas Howard is in negotiations for the female lead in Pete’s Dragon. David Lowery is directing the film, a remake of the 1977 film. The film follows Pete, a young boy who is raised by a dragon when his parents pass away. The pair live in a forest, which is being threatened by loggers. Lowery and Toby Halbrooks penned the script. Robert Redford is also in talks for the film. [The Wrap]

• Ashley Bell has been cast in Chris Siverston‘s Maternal Bonds, which stars Sarah Rue and Dean Geyer. The story follows a “baby whisperer” named Beth (Rue) who befriends a group of exhausted new parents. Beth, however, is not the perfect person she appears to be. Bell will play a new mother who turns to an online support group for motherhood advice. [The Wrap]

• Katee Sackhoff is set for the indie dramedy Girl Flu. Dorie Barton is directing the film, which stars Jade Pettyjohn, Jeremy Sisto, Heather Matarazzo, Judy Reyes, and Isaiah Mustafa. The film follows a 12-year-old girl, Bird (Pettyjohn), who moves from the San Fernando Valley to Echo Park. Upon moving, she gets her period, is abandoned by her mother, and learns that she can never move back home. The film is in production in Los Angeles. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Penelope Cruz signs on for 'Zoolander 2'

• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline]

• Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, and gained notoriety for refusing to kill or carry a weapon based on religious grounds. The film has been in the making for more than 13 years. [THR]

• Jon Voight will play college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in Woodlawn. Jon and Andrew Erwin are directing the indie high school football movie from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples. Set in the 1973-74 season at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, the film follows African-American player Tony Nathan throughout the forced integration of Alabama’s public high schools. It will focus on the 1974 Banks vs. Woodlawn game. After being recruited by Bryant, Nathan played for the University of Alabama and went on to have a successful professional career. The cast also includes Nic Bishop as Woodlawn coach Tandy Gerelds, Sean Astin as the team’s counselor and mascot Hank Erwin, C. Thomas Howell as rival coach George “Shorty” White, Sherri Shepherd as Nathan’s mother, Lance Nichols as Nathan’s father, Caleb Castille as Nathan, and Richard Kohnke as rival quarterback Jeff Rutledge. [Variety]

• Hot off his turn in John Wick, Keanu Reeves is reportedly in talks for the lead role in Tarsem Singh’s action-thriller The Panopticon. The story follows an average Joe who receives a pre-recorded message from himself, explaining that only he can save the world from its eminent end. He must, subsequently, uncover the mystery, and save the human race. Craig Rosenberg wrote the script. [The Wrap]

Real-life Broadway star Taye Diggs is joining Topher Grace in the backstage musical comedy One Shot. The story stars Grace as a failed actor who turns to stage managing. Diggs will play Malcolm, a member of the production Grace’s character is managing that’s in desperate need of saving. Isaac Rentz is directing the film. Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Djimon Honsou is in negotiations for Knights of the Round Table. Guy Ritchie is directing the film, which stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Honsou is up for the part of Arthur’s mentor, for which Idris Elba had previously been considered. It was announced yesterday that Jude Law is also in talks for the film; he’s eyeing the villain role. Joby Harold wrote the script for the film, whose plot details are unknown at this time. The film opens July 22, 2016. [Variety]

• Sanaa Lathan will play FBI agent Natalie Austin in Now You See Me 2. The magician caper will see the return of original cast members: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. It will also get a boost from newcomers Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, and Daniel Radcliffe. The story catches up with the magician troupe, the Four Horsemen, a year later. This time, there’s a new dangerous heist and a new enemy at the center of it all. Jon M. Chu is directing the feature, which begins filming on Dec. 1 in the U.K. Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon wrote the script, based on characters by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The film is scheduled for a June 10, 2016 release. [Deadline]

Casting Net: 'Broad City' star Hannibal Buress takes role in 'Daddy's Home'

• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife’s two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children’s biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg’s character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell’s wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR]

• Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, and Maria Bello are set to star with Patton Oswalt, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Foster, Matthew Modine, and Stephen Tobolowsky in The Confirmation. Bob Nelson, who wrote the script for Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, is making his directorial debut with the pic. The film follows an 8-year-old Anthony (Lieberher) and his estranged father (Owen) who spend two days together when the boy’s mother (Bello) and new husband (Modine) are away. Though they get off to a rough start, the father-son pair work toward repairing their relationship in that time. [Deadline]

• Tate Donovan has been cast in Three Generations. The film stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon in the story of a teenager, Ray (Fanning), transitioning from female to male, while Ray’s mother (Watts) and grandmother (Sarandon) work accept the transition. Donovan will play Craig, a boyfriend of Ray’s mom who helped raise him earlier on. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, with a script written by Nikole Beckwith. [Deadline]

• Alexander Ludwig, of Hunger Games fame, is set for Go With Me. Daniel Alfredson is directing the thriller, which stars Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, and Ray Liotta. Alfredson and Hopkins previously worked on Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. The story follows a woman who is harassed by a local crimelord upon returning home, and subsequently seeks help from an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his young sidekick (Ludwig). The film is an adaptation of Castle Freeman Jr.‘s novel of the same name. Hopkins is producing with Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, and Elaine Goldsmith-Vein. [Deadline]

• Ahna O’Reilly and Richard Armitage, known for The Help and The Hobbit respectively, have signed on for Sleepwalker. The psychological thriller stars O’Reilly as a grad student who struggles with insomnia and nightmares, and Armitage as a handsome researcher working at the sleep clinic she turns to for help. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when her reality changes every time she wakes up. Haley Joel Osment takes a supporting role in the film. Elliot Lester is directing from a script by Jack Olsen. [Deadline]

• Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall are set to star in When The Bough Breaks, which Jon Cassar will direct. The film follows a couple who hires a surrogate who develops an unhealthy fixation with the husband. The film falls under Chestnut’s three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. [Deadline]

 World War Z‘s Sterling Jerins has been cast in Geostorm in the role of Hannah Lawson, daugther to Gerard Butler‘s Jake. The film follows two brothers who must save the earth from a terrible storm and save the president from an assassination attempt. Dean Devlin will direct the film, which also stars Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Ed Harris. [Variety]

Casting Net: Paul Wesley to star in and produce 'Convergence'

• The Vampire DiariesPaul Wesley will star in Convergence, a vehicle for him to star in and produce. Little is known about the plot at this time, but the film is said to follow a group of underground biotech engineers who experiment with a new technology that exceeds their expectations. Jeff Richard wrote the script. Filming is planned for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta. [Deadline]

• Sam Huntington, of Being Human fame, has been cast as the lead in Finding Sofia. Nico Casavecchia is directing the indie comedy, which follows Huntington as a young filmmaker who buys a ticket to Buenos Aires on a whim to visit a girl he met online named Sofia (Andrea Carballo). Upon his arrival, he discovers Sofia lives with her boyfriend and his assistant. Principal photography starts Monday in Argentina. [Variety]

• Shailene Woodley is up for a role in writer-director Oliver Stone’s untitled Edward Snowden project. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, with Woodley eyeing the role of his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. The film is based on two books: Time of the Octopus by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, and The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by journalist Luke Harding. [The Wrap]

• Jude Law is in talks to play the villain in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table. The pair previously worked together in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Joby Harold penned the script, and will produce with Ritchie. The story is unknown at this time. The film is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release. [Variety]

• Fury’s Jon Bernthal is in talks for The Accountant. The thriller, from Gavin O’Connor, stars Ben Affleck as an accountant by day and assassin by night. J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick are also in negotiations for the film. Details about Bernthal’s potential role are unknown at this time. Bill Dubuque wrote the script for the film, which is scheduled to begin production in January. [The Wrap]

• Richard Gere has claimed the lead in Oppenheimer Strategies from writer-director Joseph Cedar. The story follows a small-time operator, Norman Oppenheimer, who befriends a down-on-his-luck politician. Fast-forward three years: the politician has become a world leader, and Norman’s life has drastically changed in both good and bad ways. Shooting kicks off January 12 in New York. [Deadline]

• Christine Lahti has signed on for The Steps. Andrew Currie is directing and producing the indie drama, which stars James Brolin and Jason Ritter. The film follows a son, Jeff (Ritter), who spends the weekend at his father’s lake house where he meets his new wife (Lahti) and family. Robyn Harding wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Zulay Henao, Rob Riley, Mo McRae, Hill Harper, and Lala Anthony have been in cast in Destined. Qasim “Q” Basir is directing the film, which follows Rasheed Smith down two different life paths: In one, he goes to prison and becomes the leader of a criminal empire; the other shows him as an ambitious college graduate, working his way up at an architectural firm. The film is currently shooting in Detroit. [Deadline]

• Olivia Cooke, known for Bates Motel and Ouija, is eyeing a central role in director Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur. The film stars Jack Huston as the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed by his friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell), and subsequently forced into slavery. Cooke is up for the role of Ben-Hur’s sister, Tirzah. Ayelet Zurer, Morgan Freeman, and Pedro Pascal also star. Keith Clarke and John Ridley wrote the script, which was adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel; the novel was first brought to the screen in the 1959 Charlton Heston-starring feature. Production kicks off early next year in Europe. The film is scheduled for a February 2016 release. [The Wrap]

Casting Net: Robert DeNiro in negotiations to reteam with Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell for 'Joy'

• Robert De Niro is in talks for Joy. If the deal closes, De Niro would re-team him with actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell, whom he worked with on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The film tells the story of inventor of the Miracle Mop, Joy Mangano, whom Lawrence would play. De Niro is considering the role of Mangano’s father, but his decision reportedly depends on whether Lawrence’s deal closes. Russell is rewriting the script, which tracks Mangano’s path from single mother in Long Island to QVC star, originally by Bridesmaids scribe Annie Mumolo. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in early February. [THR]

• Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are set to star in Central Intelligence. We’re the MillersRawson Marshall Thurber is directing the film, which The Hangover‘s Ed Helms will executive produce. Centered on an approaching high school reunion, the story follows a high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) who is contacted by a high school loser turned—wait for it—CIA contract killer (Johnson). The pair team to stop a plan to sell classified military secrets. Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen wrote the original script, with updates from Sean Anders and John Morris, and the latest draft from Thurber. [Variety]

• Ayelet Zurer, known for Man of Steel and Daredevil, is in talks for Ben-Hur. The film stars Jack Huston as the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed by his friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell), and thrown into slavery as a result. Ben-Hur fights his way out of slavery with a little help from his chariot racing teacher, played by Morgan Freeman. Zurer would play Naomi, Beh-Hur’s mother. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the film, both a remake and adaptation, from a script by Keith Clarke with a rewrite by John Ridley. [THR]

Evil Dead‘s Bruce Campbell and Animal Kingdom‘s James Frecheville have been cast as the leads in Highly Functional. Marc Forby is directing the road comedy, which was written by Tom Dibble. The story follows a young autistic man (Frecheville) who kidnaps a former country rock star (Cambell), believing that a performance from the musician will cure his dying caregiver. Annabeth Gish, Missi Pyle, G.W. Bailey, and Judge Reinhold also star in the film, which features original songs by Christopher Nicholas Bangs. Highly Functional began shooting in New Mexico, and will wrap in Canada in mid-December. [Variety]

Tomorrowland‘s Britt Robertson has signed on for a lead part in Cook. The film tells the story of a dying man who hires a cook to make meals for his girlfriend and daughter following his passing. Eddie Murphy stars as the titular Henry Church who develops a long-lasting relationship with the family. Bruce Beresford is directing the film, which is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles this month. SusanMcMartin wrote the script based on her own experience. [Deadline]

Saturday Night Live alum Brooks Wheelan, stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler, and Men at Work alum Michael Cassidy are the first members of the ensemble to join The Out of Town Wedding. The indie comedy, from writer Jed Rigney, follows a group of five friends who travel to a resort for a wedding that ends in chaos. [THR]

• James Maslow, of Big Time Rush fame, has claimed the lead in the indie thriller Wild for the Night. Maslow will play a loner searching for his sister’s killer amidst the L.A. underground electronic dance music scene. Benny Boom is directing from a script by Gregory Ramon Anderson, Rashad El Amin, Hannah Macpherson, and Joshua Michael Stern. [Variety]

• Sara Rue and Dean Geyer have been added to the cast of Maternal Bonds, which Chris Sivertson will direct. The story follows a “baby whisperer” named Beth (Rue) who befriends a handful of exhausted new parents. But Beth, a single mother who had her child following an affair with a married man, is not the perfect person she appears to be. The film kicks off shooting this week in Los Angeles. [The Wrap]

Casting Net: Kevin Bacon in talks for 'Jungle'

• Kevin Bacon is in talks for Jungle. The thriller is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who penned a memoir about his dangerous trip to the Amazon jungle where he was accompanied by two friends and a mysterious guide. If the deal goes through, Bacon will play the Austrian guide, Karl. Greg McLean, whom Bacon worked with on 6 Miranda Drive, will direct. Justin Monjo adapted Ghinsberg’s 2005 book for the screen. The film will begin shooting early next year in Australia and Colombia. In addition to the film, Ghinsberg’s story also inspired the one-hour Discovery Channel docu-drama series, I Shouldn’t Be Alive. [Deadline]

• Frank Grillo has been cast as the lead in Beyond Skyline. Liam O’Donnell will make his directorial debut with the film, a spin-off to 2010’s Skyline. O’Donnell also wrote the script, and co-wrote the first film. Grillo will take the role of a detective who must save his son from an alien warship. Skyline‘s directors, Greg and Colin Strause, will produce along with Matthew Chausse. The film is a standalone, rather than a sequel. [Variety]

• Edmund Kingsley, son to Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, will take his first lead role in Capsule. Andrew Martin will direct, marking his debut, from a script he wrote. The film will star Kingsley as an experienced fighter pilot who is in charge of Britain’s first manned mission to space during the Cold War; he ultimately finds himself alone in space in a malfunctioning capsule. Lisa Greenwood and Joseph Baird also star. [Deadline 

• Ty Simpkins has signed on for The Nice Guys. Shane Black is directing the film, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) pair to solve the case of a missing girl as well as the death of a porn star; the cases are seemingly unrelated, but there’s likely more than meets the eye. Simpkins takes the role of Bobby, a young boy whose discovery brings the mystery that March and Healy must solve to light. [Deadline]

 Olivia Holt, known for Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It, is joining Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger in Same Kind of Different as Me. Based on the nonfiction book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer, Hall (Kinnear), who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). Jon Voight takes the roll of Hall’s father with Holt as Regan, the daughter of Ron and Debbie Hall. Michael Carney will direct. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Hall. [The Wrap]

Casting Net: Alicia Silverstone to star in 'Who Gets the Dog?'

•  Who Gets the Dog? has found its lead in Alicia Silverstone. Steven C. Miller will direct from a script by Matt J.L. Wheeler and Rick Rapoza. The romantic comedy follows a divorcing couple that fights for custody of their pet. [Variety]

•  Sharon Stone has been cast as the lead in Darknet. Jacques Malaterre will direct the psychological thriller, which also stars Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, and Caterina Murino. Set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, the film takes a deep dive into the world of organ trafficking. It centers on Stone’s character whose husband is murdered when he nearly uncovers a local police officer (Zane) and his involvement in the trafficking that is organized by a blogger (Gershon). Filming kicks off in New Orleans this spring. [Variety]

•  John Malkovich and Toni Collette are joining Noomi Rapace in Unlocked. The story follows Rapace as a CIA interrogator who unintentionally gives information to terrorists. As a result, she must stop an eminent attack on London. Michael Apted is directing from a script by Peter O’Brien. Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom also star. [Deadline]

•  Guillermo del Toro has signed on to voice a part in Extraordinary Tales. The film, from Raul Garcia, is based on the novel by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s broken into five parts, each with a different animation style that takes inspiration from various artists, including Egon Schiele. Del Toro will be featured in a segment, The Pit and the Pendulum, which centers on a man being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition. Christopher Lee, Julian Sands, and Roger Corman round out the voice cast. [Variety]

•  Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, and Stephen Amell are in talks for Whatever Makes You Happy. The film marks Cindy Chupack’s directorial debut. Based on the novel by William Sutcliffe, and an earlier draft by Mark Andrus, the story follows three suburban mothers, all long-time friends, who spontaneously visit their grown sons in New York City. The film is expected to start shooting in New York City in June. [Variety]

• Noah Wyle is set to star in Shot, an indie film from director Jeremy Kagan. The film explores the aftermath of an accidental shooting by a teenager against an innocent bystander. William Lamborn and Anneke Campbell penned the script, based on a story by Kagan. Production kicks off this February. [The Wrap]

Newcomer Zephyr Benson is joining Chris Cooper in Coming Through the Rye. Benson will play Gerry, the brother to one of two teenagers determined to find author J.D. Salinger. Jim Sadwith is writing and directing the film, which is currently in production. Alex Wolff and Stefania Owen also star as the aforementioned teens. [The Wrap]

•  She’s All That’s Rachael Leigh Cook will star as a neuropsychologist in Mindgate. Based on a script by Spanish sci-fi novelist Juan Miguel Aguilera, the story centers on a scientific project that would create a mental connection between healthy volunteers and quadriplegic patients, in effect allowing the patients into gratifying sexual relationships. Aguilera is directing, marking his foray into feature film. Mindgate is scheduled to shoot this May. [THR]

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]

Casting Net: Nicole Kidman in negotiations to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in 'The Secret in Their Eyes'

• Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. The film is an English-language remake of Argentine writer/director Juan Jose Campanella‘s 2010 movie of the same name, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The original follows a retired attorney who writes a novel about an unsolved case and his unreciprocated love, hoping to put both behind him. Billy Ray will direct from a script he wrote, with some updates from the original. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star. [THR]

• Magic City is coming to the big screen with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis as its leads. The film is being adapted from the Starz drama of the same name, which was cancelled last year after its second season. Set in 1962 Miami, the story follows the lives of myriad gangsters, hoteliers, and politicians. The series’ creator, Mitch Glazer, will write and direct the film. He’s joined by the show’s original cast members: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch. [THR]

• Joel Edgerton’s untitled directorial debut has found its lead in Rebecca Hall. Edgerton, whose credits include Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby, also penned the screenplay and will co-star alongside Hall. Details about the suspense thriller’s plot have not yet been revealed. The film kicks off shooting next year. [The Wrap]

• Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais have signed on for Special Correspondents. The French comedy remake tells the story of a New York-based radio journalist (Bana) who makes up war reports from his Manhattan hideaway in order to save his job. Gervais will also write, direct, and produce the film, in addition to starring. [Variety]

• Marton Csokas is joining Emilia Clarke in Voice from the Stone. Eric D. Howell is directing the supernatural thriller, marking his feature directorial debut. Andrew Shaw adapted Silvio Raffo’s Italian-language novel, La Voce Della Pietra, for the screen. The story follows a young boy, Jakob, who lives in a manor that is supposedly haunted by his father (Csokas). Clarke will play a nurse who wants to help Jakob. Principal photography begins this month in Italy. [Variety]

• Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) has signed on for The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials. Wes Ball will direct the sequel with T.S. Nowlin as its screenwriter; both are returning from the original. Taylor will play a doctor, Mary Cooper, who assists Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his companions. Original cast members Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson will also return for the sequel. The film’s debut is scheduled for September 18, 2015. [Deadline]

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