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Casting Net: Pedro Pascal in talks for Great Wall movie

• Game of ThronesPedro Pascal is in talks for director Zhang Yimou‘s untitled Great Wall pic. The film, which marks Yimou’s English-language debut, follows a group of people who fight to protect the iconic landmark. Matt Damon is also in talks for the film. Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the script. Production is scheduled to begin this Spring, with a U.S. release date set for Nov. 23, 2016. [The Wrap]

• Michael Stuhlbarg has signed on for Universal’s Steve Jobs movie. Danny Boyle is directing the film, which has Seth Rogen in the role of Steve Wozniak and Michael Fassbender in talks for the part of Jobs. Stuhlbarg will play Andy Hertzfeld, a computer scientist who, along with a team, worked to come up with the Macintosh Operating System. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script for the film, which is expected to begin production next year. [Deadline]

• Tara Holt, Bryce Johnson, and Katrina Law have been cast in Darkness Rising. Austin Reading is directing the horror film. Vikram Weet wrote the script. The story follows a girl, the only survivor of a brutal attack on her family, who brings evil spirits out to the earthly world when she returns to her childhood home. Production is ongoing in Los Angeles. [The Wrap]

• Embeth Davidtz and Jack Noseworthy are joining Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon in Lifetime’s Marilyn. Based on J. Randy Taraborrelli‘s book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, the four-hour miniseries will tell the tragic story of the classic Hollywood icon. [Deadline]

• C.J. Valleroy, Fiona Shaw, Christina Cole, Nadja Boyleva, and Jon Brazier have taken roles in TNT’s drama pilot Lumen. Joe Johnson is directing, and Chris Black is writing. Valleroy takes the role of a teenager, named Charlie Drake, who is obsessed with a fantasy book series and becomes even more intrigued when the books’ author disappears before his eyes. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Tessa Thompson lands female lead in Rocky spinoff, 'Creed'

Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year’s Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline]

• Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal’s untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, stars Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria. Ricardo de Montreuil is directing from a script by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping with previous drafts by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James. [Deadline]

• Stefanie Scott has landed roles in two upcoming films: Life At These Speeds and Caught. Life At These Speeds follows a young man, Kevin (Graham Rogers), who discovers that running helps him remember his recently deceased friend perfectly. Soon, he must choose between living in the past or present. Scott will take the role of Ellie, Kevin’s deceased girlfriend. Liana Liberato, Sam Rockwell, Melanie Lynskey, and Billy Crudup also star. Based on a true story, director Maggie Kiley‘s Caught stars Scott as a mistress who is kidnapped by a housewife (Anna Camp). Initially meant to teach a lesson, the events take a turn for the worse. [Deadline]

 

Casting Net: Chris Pine to narrate high-school debate documentary

• Chris Pine is set to narrate the high-school debate documentary, This Is Not A Club. Ari Levinson is directing the film, which tracks four debate teams over the course of a year as they compete in two-person speech competitions and, eventually, the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas. [Deadline]

• Ewan McGregor will lend his voice as narrator of Humpback Whales. Greg MacGillivray is directing the underwater, 3D documentary for IMAX and giant-screen theaters. It follows humpback whales in their slow recovery after nearly being hunted to extinction. Stephen Judson is writing and editing. Expect it to hit theaters Feb. 13. [Variety]

 Director Benoit Jacquot has enlisted Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Lindon, and Sandrine Kiberlain for his upcoming mystery drama, Bain de Minuit. Gilles Taurand is adapting George Harrar‘s novel Reunion at Red Paint Bay for the screen. The story follows a family man working as a newspaper editor in Red Paint, Maine. Soon, he receives threatening postcards from a stalker, revealing secrets from his past and causing his life to crumble. [Variety]

Casting Net: Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan to voice parents in Pixar's 'Inside Out'

• Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will voice parents, mother and father respectively, of an 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) in Pixar’s Inside Out. The story takes a deep dive into the emotions located inside Riley’s head at what’s called Headquarters. The emotions are: Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). The film will also take a peek inside the minds of mom and dad. Peter Docter is writing and directing. [USA Today]

• Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film follows Donovan (Kit Harington), an actor whose career crumbles when his communication with an 11-year-old fan surfaces. A gossip columnist (Jessica Chastain) spins the story for the worst. Bates will play Donovan’s manager with Sarandon as his mother. [THR]

• Zoey Deutch has been cast in Dirty Grandpa alongside Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. The story tracks Jason (Efron) on a road trip to Florida in advance of  his wedding. His former Army general grandfather (De Niro) is along for the ride. Deutch will play Jason’s earthy love interest, Shadia. Dan Mazer is directing the film, and John Phillips wrote the script. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Edgar Ramirez in final talks for David O. Russell's 'Joy'

• Edgar Ramirez is in final talks for JoyDavid O. Russell is directing the biopic, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The film is based on the true story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), the inventor/entrepreneur behind the Miracle Mop. De Niro will play Mangano’s father, with Ramirez as her then husband, Tony. Annie Mumolo wrote the script for the film. [THR]

• Natalie Portman has left discussions for the female lead in Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs. Danny Boyle is directing the film. Aaron Sorkin adapted Walter Isaacson‘s biography for the screen. It stars Michael Fassbender as the titular character with Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak. No reason was given as to why Portman passed, but other actresses are currently meeting for the part. [Variety]

 Fast & Furious 6‘s Gina Carano has signed on for the Kickboxer remake. The cast also includes Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi, Georges St. Pierre, Sara Malakul Lane, and original star Jean-Claude Van Damme. The story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), a man who travels to Thailand and learns to kickbox in order to take on his brother’s killer, Tong Po (Bautista). Carano takes the role of a fight promoter. [THR]

Casting Net: Jason Biggs, Ashley Tisdale claim lead roles in 'Drive, She Said'

• Jason Biggs and Ashley Tisdale have been cast as the leads of Drive, She Said. The story follows an unconfident, expectant father (Biggs) who takes a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy). Husband and wife team Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario wrote and directed the film, which was inspired by Syracuse’s experience driving call girls around LA. Jenny Mollen, Adrian Voo, and Steven Weber also star. [THR]

• Chris Pratt is in early negotiations for Magnificent Seven. Antoine Fuqua is directing the remake, which stars Denzel Washington. The 1960 film for which its based followed seven gunmen who defend a Mexican village from outlaws. Nic Pizzolatto wrote the original draft of the script with updates from John Lee Hancock. [Deadline]

• Jonah Hill is in discussions for Todd PhillipsArms and the Dudes. The story, based on Guy Lawson‘s Rolling Stone article, tracks two arms dealers who are contracted to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanista, but trouble ensues abroad and at home. [Variety]

• Kit Harington will star opposite Jessica Chastain in writer-director Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Harrington will play Donovan, an American film star, whose career falls apart when his communication with an 11-year-old actor comes to light. Chastain will play a gossip journalist who attacks Donovan’s relationship in the media.  [Deadline]

• Ben-Hur has found its female lead, Esther, in Homeland‘s Nazanin Boniadi. The remake, from director Timur Bekmambetov, stars Jack Huston as the titular character, a prince betrayed into slavery. Gal Gadot was previously circling the role but had to drop out of the race due to scheduling conflicts. [Deadline]

 Alona Tal has signed on for One Shot. The movie musical stars Topher Grace as a failed actor who turns to stage managing and must save his new show from opening night failure. Tal will take the role of KT, the ex-girlfriend and star of the production. Isaac Rentz is directing the film, which also stars Taye Diggs, JC Chasez, and Lesli Margherita. Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi wrote the script. The film is shooting in Mexico City. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Kerry Washington and Kate Hudson in talks for 'Unforgettable'

• Kerry Washington and Kate Hudson are in early negotiations for Unforgettable. Belle‘s Amma Asante is directing the thriller from a script by Christina Hodson. The story follows a wife (Washington) who faces off with her husband’s ex (Hudson) when she continually stirs up trouble. [Variety]     

The Theory of Everything‘s Felicity Jones is in early talks for a starring role in Inferno. Following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the film marks the third big screen adaptation from the Dan Brown series of novels. Ron Howard will return to direct, and Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Robert Langdon. The story finds Langdon in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Jones is up for the part of Sienna Brooks, a doctor who could potentially recover his memories and, in effect, help Langdon stop a plague tied to Dante’s Inferno. David Koepp wrote the script. Brian Grazer and Howard are producing. [Deadline]

• Amber Heard is in talks to join Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl. Tom Hooper is directing and producing the film, which would have Heard in the supporting part of Oola. Lucinda Coxon adapted David Ebershoff‘s novel for the big screen. The story tracks the relationship of Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda; Wegener became one of the first men to have a sex-change operation. [Deadline]

• Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks for Disney’s Moana. Set in the South Pacific’s Oceania, the CG-animated, comedy-adventure follows a young girl, Moana, who goes in search for a fabled island. Demi-god Maui, whom Johnson would voice, assists her in her journey across the sea. The film comes from The Little Mermaid‘s Ron Clements and John Musker. [The Wrap]

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]

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