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Casting Net: Casey Affleck to star in Boston Marathon drama

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• Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will return to his native Massachusetts to star in and produce a film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The script written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) is based on the book “Boston Strong” by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and chronicles the massive manhunt to find the two men believed responsible for the bombings and the city’s response to the horrific events. [Variety]

• Steve Carell will continue his trend of taking on less comedic roles in an untitled thriller from director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger). The film will be the third straight Verbinski shoots for New Regency after the horror picture A Cure For Wellness and the large-scale action comedy PassengersSteve Conrad, who wrote the script for Passengers as well as the adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will once again collaborate with Verbinski on this project. [Deadline]

Flight of the ConchordsJermaine Clement is teaming with James C. Strouse for People Places Things. Strouse just finished principal photography, and is directing from a script he wrote. The indie feature stars Clement as a freshly single, struggling graphic novelist attempting to raise his young twin daughters while also moving on from the woman who left him. Other cast members include Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, and Jessica Williams. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub are producing for Beachside. Beachside’s Tim Foley is executive producing with Summer Shelton. [Deadline]

• Tom Wilkinson will join Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The ChoiceRoss Katz (Adult Beginners) is directing the film about the unexpected relationship of a young couple who meet as neighbors in a small coastal town, The script was written for the screen by Bryan Sipe. [Variety]

Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) has been added to the rom-com action flick Mr. RightAnna Kendrick will star as a woman who thinks her unlucky streak in love has come to an end when she meets the perfect guy played by Sam Rockwell, who just happens to be a hitman. Wu-Tang rapper/producer RZA is on board to play Shotgun Steve, a marksman who works for a rival gangster. Filming begins next week in New Orleans with director Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh) at the helm from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [Deadline]

• That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson will play a cutthroat yet lonely hedge fund tycoon who takes a group of friends on a mysterious island getaway in the thriller UrgePierce Brosnan is starring as the island gatekeeper and a designer drug dealer with Twilight star Ashley Greene playing one of Masterson’s friends. The film will be the directorial debut for producer Aaron Kaufman (Chef). [Deadline]

• Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have been added to the voice cast of the mixed live action/CGI animated movie PaddingtonBen Whishaw is providing the voice of the curious Peruvian bear in the film written and directed by Paul King and Gambon and Staunton will play his Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy, respectively. The movie also stars Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Julie Walters in their natural human forms. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Jeff Daniels in talks for Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

• Another big name has been launched into consideration for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels is the latest actor in talks to join Matt Damon in the movie about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive. Daniels would play the NASA director dealing with the crisis back on Earth. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara may also star in the film written by Drew Goddard (World War Z) and adapted from the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir. [THR]

• Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Clea DuVall have signed on for Fresno, joining its stars Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne. The comedy, from Jamie Babbit, follows two sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno. Gamechanger Films is financing in association with Leeden Media, Lakeview Productions, and TALU Productions. Mynette Louie, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger are executive producing. [Variety]

• Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden will face off against Idris Elba in the action-thriller Bastille Day. Written by Andrew Baldwin, the film follows a rogue U.S. CIA operative forced to make a young American man “disappear” after he becomes the prime suspect in an attack on the Paris metro. James Watkins (The Woman in Black) is directing for Focus Features. [Variety]

• Nikki Reed (Twilight), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings), and Joe Jonas will all star in The Highway is for Gamblers. Wright will play Heidi, who uncovers dark secrets and violence while searching for her missing friend, rodeo queen Jane (Reed). Writer/director Alexandra McGuiness (Lotus Eaters) is at the helm on the project going into production next month in California. [Deadline]

• Actor and musician Tyson Ritter has signed on for the dramedy Miss You Already opposite Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. The All-American Rejects frontman and Parenthood actor will play a young love interest to one of the ladies in the film about two best friends struggling to balance their everyday lives with each other. Dominic CooperPaddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset will also star in the film directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) from a script written by Morwenna Banks. [Deadline]

• Universal has bought a pitch from Ice Cube to star and produce in a high-concept, big-idea comedy set in Colorado titled Rocky Mountain High. The Ride Along and Friday star is producing with his longtime manager Jeff Kwatinetz and Beau Flynn and if successful, the new film could turn into yet another franchise for the rapper turned actor. [Deadline]

• Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu has landed a major role opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. No details have been given about the role, but the Rush Hour 3 actress has already begun filming the sequel under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) in London. [Variety]

• The Blind Side‘s Quinton Aaron, Edi Gathegi (Twilight Saga) and Gillian Zinser (90201) will all star in Halfway, the feature directorial debut from British writer Ben Caird. Aaron will star as a recently released convict struggling to balance his urban criminal past as the only black man in a white, conservative Wisconsin farming town. Among the executive producers on the film are Aaron and former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, aka Mr. Kerry Washington. [The Wrap]

• Martin Donovan (Weeds) has landed an pivotal yet unidentified role in Marvel’s Ant-ManPeyton Reed (Yes Man) is directing the film starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll and John Slattery about con man Scott Lang (Rudd) and his ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Gabriel Ferrari, Andrew Barrer and Adam McKay wrote the screenplay for Ant-Man that is scheduled for release on July 17, 2015. [THR]

• Charlie Shotwell, soon to be seen opposite Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic, has been cast as the young son of Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara‘s characters in Man Down.  Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman and Terrence Howard also star in the film directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints) from a screenplay by Adam Simon about an Afghanistan war veteran searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. [THR]

• Maddie Hasson (Twisted) has joined the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Hasson will play Williams’ second wife Audrey in the film directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius). [Deadline]

• Smash actor Emory Cohen is heading west in  By Way of Helena. Cohen joins Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in the picture directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) about a Texas Ranger in the 1880s sent to an isolated frontier town after a series of unsolved murders. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Catherine Zeta-Jones to play real-life drug kingpin in 'The Godmother'

• Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the true story crime biopic The Godmotheabout Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes) is directing the Oscar winner as one of the most fearsome figures in the Miami drug wars of the ’70s and ’80s who was killed in a motorcycle drive-by assassination in 2012 after serving 18 years in prison. Filming will begin early next year with a script by Frank Baldwin. [Deadline]

• Erica Bana has joined the ensemble of Disney’s The Finest Hours directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm). Bana will play Daniel Cluff, the deeply respected Coast Guard warrant officer in the film about the massive rescue mission to save oil tank workers off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the best-selling book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias that will also star the previous announced Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. [Deadline]

• Daniel Radcliffe is taking a step back into the world of magic to play Michael Caine‘s son in Now You See Me 2Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) is directing the sequel with Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco all returning. [Deadline]

• Topher Grace and John Benjamin Hickey have been cast in the Dan Rather scandal pic TruthRobert Redford will star as the former CBS newsman in the story behind the 60 Minutes II report on George W. Bush’s preferential treatment that got him out of the Vietnam War. Grace will play researcher Mike Smith while Hickey will play the husband of Mary Mapes, producer of the news report played by Cate Blanchett. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt is making his directorial debut in the film based on Mapes’ 2005 memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President And The Priviliege Of Power that also stars Elizabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid. [THR, Deadline]

• Twilight‘s Ashley Greene will star opposite Pierce Brosnan in the thriller Urge. Film producer Aaron Kaufman (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) is directing the indie about a group of friends unable to resist trying a new designer drug while on vacation in a mysterious island. Greene will play Theresa, one of the friends while Brosnan has been taped as the creator and gatekeeper of the drug. [THR]

• Ron Perlman and Keidrich Sellati (The Americans) have completed the cast of Alfonso Pineda Ulloa’s The Jesuit. Perlman will play the villain in the action film written by Paul Schrader about a wrongly imprisoned ex-con embarking on a revenge rampage against the man who murdered his ex-wife and kidnapped his son. Jose Maria Yazpik (I’m So Excited!) will star in the title role with Sellati as his son. Paz Vega (Spanglish), Shannyn Sossamann (One Missed Call) and Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) also in the cast. [Variety]

• Simon McBruney (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is in talks to join Mission: Impossible 5Tom Cruise is returning to the franchise along Jeremy Renner and newcomers  Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) with Chris McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) directing from a script by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce. McBruney will reportedly play the boss of Ferguson’s character. [Variety]

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Casting Net: William Hurt joins ensemble of Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'

• Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the ensemble of Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) as the legendary track and field star. Hurt will play the president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler. Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) is directing the production currently filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. In addition to James, Hurt joins Jeremy Irons as future International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, Jason Sudeikis as OSU track coach Larry Snyder and Carice van Houten as German director Leni Riefenstahl. The film was written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Frankie and Alice) and will be released by Focus Features on April 8, 2016. [The Wrap]

• Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) may end up being The Choice opposite Benjamin Walker in the adaptation of the 2007 Nicholas Sparks novel. Ross Katz (Adult Beginners) is directing the film about a small-town couple and the ups and downs of their decade-long relationship, which was adapted for the screen by Bryan Sipe. [THR]

• Mud star Jacob Lofland has landed a pivotal role in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. Already in pre-production, Wes Ball will once again direct for Fox with returning stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and newcomers to the franchise Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Rosa Salazar (Parenthood). Lofland will play Aris Jones, a character with a significant connection to the maze and the people who built it. [THR]

• Diane Kruger has been cast in two upcoming indie films. First, The Bridge actress will star in Maryland from French director Alice Winocour (Augustine) about a former soldier suffering from PTSD who is hired by a wealthy Lebanese businessman to protect his family while he’s away. Next, Kruger will reunite with her Frankie director Fabienne Berthaud for Sky, playing a woman reawaken on a solitary journey around the world. The film will mark the first English-language collaboration between the two women. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Benjamin Walker lands lead in Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

• Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall join 'Vacation;' more

• Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have signed on for New Line’s Vacation reboot, joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing, marking their directorial debut. They also wrote the script. The film will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his wife (Applegate) on a cross-country road trip, similar to one he took as a kid. Their destination is Walley World, an amusement park. Key and Hall will play family friends to the Griswolds. David Dobkin is producing through his David Dobkin Productions alongside Chris Bender. Jeff Kleeman and Marc Fisher are executive producing. [Variety]

• Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph are set to star in Diego Luna‘s Mr. Pig. The film follows a farm-worker (Glover) who travels from the U.S. to Mexico, joined by a pig whom he strikes a friendship with. Luna and Augusto Mendoza wrote the script. The film is being produced through Canana, which was founded by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Pablo Cruz. Mundial is managing international sales. The film is currently in production. [Variety]

• Pierce Brosnan will star in the dramatic thriller Urge as the maker of a new designer drug that takes away the ability to control any urges. He experiments on a group of friends vacationing on a island together. Aaron Kaufman, a producer on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, will make his feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Jason Zumwalt (Flock of Dudes) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight). [Deadline]

• Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is in talks to join the psychological thriller Man Down starring Shia LaBeoufKate Mara, and Gary Oldman. Set in a post-apocalypitc America, the film centers on an Afghanistan war veteran haunted by his experiences as he searches for his family. Dito Montiel (Fighting) will direct the picture written by Adam Simon. [The Wrap]

 Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) are set to star in Dead Rising: Watchtower. Zach Lipovsky is directing. Tim Carter wrote the script based on the Capcom franchise. Set during a zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors must fight to survive, while also searching for the source of the outbreak, leading to a government conspiracy. The pic comes from Legendary Entertainment and Crackle. It is the first project from Legendary’s Digital Media division. Carter and Tomas Harlan are producing for Contradiction Films. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is executive producing. The film will debut as a feature on Crackle. Content Media has international rights to the film, and will release it as a feature and episodically. Filming is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Vancouver. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Xavier Samuel cast as The Monster in contemporary 'Frankenstein'

• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic FrankensteinDanny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]

• Michael Peña is in early talks to join Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi action film The Martian. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the movie will star Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut on Mars trying to make it back to Earth alive. Peña, who will soon be seen in the film Fury and the Fox TV event Gracepoint, could also be joined by Jessica Chastain, who is currently in negotiations for the picture as well. [Variety]

• Kate Bosworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) have all boarded the ensemble heist pic Bus 657 starring Robert De Niro. Morgan and Bautista will costar as co-workers attempting to rob a casino owned by De Niro’s character in order to pay for Morgan’s daughter’s medical treatment and end up hijackacking a bus full of hostages in the process. Bosworth will play De Niro’s estranged daughter with Carano as a police officer in pursuit of the bus. Scott Mann (The Tournament) is directing the action thriller that will begin filming in Alabama next month from a script by Stephen Sepher and Max Adams. [Deadline]

• Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will star in the action thriller Patient Zero about an unprecedented global pandemic that allows an aggressive form of rabies to turn victims into predators. Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) is directing from a script written by Mike Le. [Deadline]

• Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield may be entering Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Though no official offer has been made, Burton has his eyes on Butterfield to play the coveted role of 16-year-old Jacob Portman, a boy who encounters a group of peculiar children with special abilities and their female guardian in a time loop while seeking answers for his grandfather’s murder. Eva Green is set to star in the title role with production beginning in February for a March 4, 2016 release. [The Wrap]

• Ann Dowd (The Leftovers) has been cast opposite Sandra Bullock in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green is at the helm with Peter Straughan (Frank) writing the adaptation based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about American political tactics used in a South American campaign. Scoot McNairy and Anthony Mackie have already signed on for the film produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov‘s Smokehouse Pictures. [Variety]

• Sarah Gadon (Belle) will join Aaron Paul and Jamie Dornan as the female lead in The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. The Canadian actress will play Natalie, the mother of the young boy who suffers a a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. Actor Max Minghella (The Mindy Project) will make his screenwriting debut with the adaptation of Liz Jensen’s best selling novel that will be directed by Alexandre Aja. Minghella also appears in Aja’s upcoming fantasy horror flick Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon in talks to climb 'The Great Wall'

• Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon are in very early talks to star in Zhang Yimou‘s China-set movie The Great Wall. This is the second time the film has tried to go into production after a failed attempt by director Ed Zwick that was to star Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker. The latest draft of the supernatural adventure picture was written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity) and follows the mystery surrounding the construction of The Great Wall of China. [Deadline]

• Elisabeth Moss will tell the Truth alongside Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett. The Mad Man star joins the two Oscar winners in the film about the scandal involving George W. Bush and the preferential treatment he received in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft unveiled during a story on 60 Minutes II by Dan Rather. James Vanderbilt, who wrote The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, has adapted the memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes for his directorial debut. Redford is set to star as Rather with Blanchett as Mapes, who lost her job in the wake of the scandal. Moss will play associate producer Lucy Scott, brought on by Mapes to “run point” on the story controversy. [Deadline]

• Dany Boon (Welcome to the Cht’is) and Karin Viard (Polisse) will star in the French satirical comedy Lolo directed by Julie Delpy. The Before Midnight actress and Oscar-nominated writer will also star in the film as a workaholic woman in the fashion industry who falls in love with a computer geek while on a spa retreat. [Variety]

• Zach Knighton (Happy Endings), Isabelle McNally (House of Cards), Agustin Silva (Magic Mike) and Mallory Culbert (Road to Nowhere) have taken on The Big Spoon, an unromantic comedy written and directed by Carlyn Hudson. The movie co-written by Culbert follows two women in two very different relationships as they move on from college and into the real world. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Anthony Hopkins cast in 'Go With Me,' Annabelle Wallis joins 'Mine'

• Anthony Hopkins has been cast in Go With Me. The film comes from helmer Daniel Alfredson, whom Hopkins worked with on Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. Adapted from the 2008 novel by Castle Freeman Jr., the story follows a young woman who is harassed by cop-turned-crimelord Blackway upon returning home in the Pacific Northwest. Rather than leave, she seeks the help of ex-logger (Hopkins) and his right-hand man to fight back. Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs are adapting the novel for the screen. A joint production, Rick Dugdale is producing for Enderby Entertainment alongside Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group. Hopkins will produce with Jacobs as well. The film will shoot in British Columbia, Canada beginning in mid-November. [Deadline]

• British actress Annabelle Wallis is joining Armie Hammer in Mine. The psychological thriller comes from writer-directors Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro. The story follows Mike (Hammer), a soldier who is stranded in the desert following a failed assassination attempt. Wallis will play Mike’s girlfriend, Jenny. His want to repair their complicated relationship helps him persevere through the psychological and physical dangers of his situation. Peter Safran is producing via The Safran Company. Production begins this month in the Canary Islands. [Deadline]

• Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You) and Oona Laurence (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical) have signed on for Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon. David Lowery will direct. Lowery and Toby Halbrooks wrote the script. The original 1977 film followed Pete and his best friend, a dragon named Elliot. In the remake, Fegley will take the titular role of Pete, and Laurence will portray a new character, Natalie, who is also friends with Pete. The film will be live-action, albeit CGI used for the dragon. Though the original was a musical, the remake will likely be a straight narrative. Jim Whitaker is producing. [Variety]

Casting Net: Channing Tatum to be 'Struck by Genius' in new drama

• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as PTSD and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]

• Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join the Ben-Hur remake starring Jack Huston. Kebbell would play the villainous Messala, former friend to the title slave who is now a Roman commander. Wanted‘s Timur Bekmambetov is already set to direct Huston and Morgan Freeman in the adaptation written by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley. [Variety]

• The Big C star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan‘s directorial debut Ithaca. The film written by Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) is adapted from the William Saroyan novel “The Human Comedy” and follows life in a small California town during World War II. Ryan will also appear in the film alongside Tom Hanks, son Jack Quaid, and Sam Shepard. [The Wrap]

• King Arthur has found his queen. French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey has been tapped to play Guinevere in director Guy Ritchie‘s Knights Of The Roundtable: King ArthurCharlie Hunnam is already set to wear the crown of the title role for the Warner Bros film. Previously, Berges-Frisbey appeared as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which required the actress to learn English. The story of the royal legend has been adapted by Joby Harold (Awake) with the potential for six installments of a franchise being created. [Deadline]

• Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has joined Sandra Bullock in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is directing the movie based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Oscar winners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film written by Peter Straughan (Frank). [The Wrap]

• Paul Reiser will play Dr. Elliott Pellman, the chair of the NFL medical committee in Sony’s untitled football concussion movie. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is writing and directing the drama based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. It will star Will Smith as neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu with Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in supporting roles. [THR]

• Dennis Haysbert (24) will appear in two upcoming films. The first is as one of the leads in the zombie movie Dead Rising from director Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins). The freaky film from Legendary Digital and Crackle is based on the video game of the same name. In addition, Haysbert has also booked a cameo role in Seth MacFarlane’Ted 2, currently filming in Boston and starring Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and of course America’s favorite foul-mouthed teddy bear. [The Wrap]

• This won’t be your mother’s Mark Twain. Kyle Gallner (American Sniper) and Adam Nee (Drunk History) will play modern versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, respectively, in the comedic thriller Band of Robbers. Adam and Aaron Nee will direct the film, in which the criminal Huck and corrupt cop Tom join together to form the titled group of misfits including Becky Thatcher, played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist and Injun Joe, played by Avatar‘s Stephen Lang. [Variety]

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