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Casting Net: Ben Whishaw replaces Colin Firth in 'Paddington'

Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) will replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company’s Paddington, based on the popular children’s literature character. Firth departed the live-action/CGI-hybrid project in June. Producer David Heyman told the Daily Mail, which broke Thursday’s news, that Firth’s voice was “too mature” for the part; the film needed a slightly younger voice for the beloved bear who arrives in England from Peru. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi will also lend their voices to the film. [The Wrap]

Christina Chong has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, joining Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, among others. Chong’s role is unknown at this time, but it is believed to be minor. The actress most recently appeared in Fox’s 24: Live Another Day. The Disney and Lucasfilm project is being directed by J.J. Abrams and is set to hit theaters December 18, 2015. [Variety]

Renée Elise Goldsberry has joined Universal’s comedy The Nest. She will play the role of Kim, an old friend of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s characters who host one final house party at their parents’ place. Goldsberry has a recurring role on The Good Wife as Assistant D.A. Geneva Pine, and recently appeared on The Following and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She’s expected to do a bit on the ongoing second season of Masters of Sex. [Deadline]

Glen Powell (Fast Food Nation, Best Friends Forever) has been cast in Universal’s Ride Along 2, teaming up with leads Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Tim Story will direct. Cube and Matt Alvarez are producing for Cubevision along with Will Packer Productions’ Will Packer and Larry Brezner. Powell can next be seen in The Expendables 3, which arrives in theaters August 15. [Deadline]


Casting Net: Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons join 'Race,' Jacki Weaver eyes 'Equals'

Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic, Race. Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights of the Stephen Hopkins-directed film. Stephen James will portray the racing legend with Sudeikis as his obsessive coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play the head of the American Olympic committee, Avery Brundage, who argued for the 1936 Olympics to take place in Berlin. Shooting begins July 24 in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the script. Jean Charles Lévy (Forecast Pictures), Luc Dayan (ID+), and Kate Garwood and Hopkins (Totally Commercial Films), are producing, among others. [THR]

Jacki Weaver is reportedly in negotiations for the futuristic love story Equals. The script was written by Nathan Parker and will be directed by Drake Doremus. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins (Route One) will produce. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lynn Sheil, and Aurora Perrineau have already joined the film, which would have Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. The catch? Both suffer from “switched-on-syndrome,” in which they feel emotion. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor who helps Silas and Nia. Weaver, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, can next be seen in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. [Deadline]

Marc Menchaca (Homeland) and Jon Huertas (Castle) will star in the Kickstarter-funded psychological thriller Reparations. The film comes from writer-director Kyle Ham and follows an Indiana farmer (Menchaca) with a three-year gap in his memory; a man (Huertas) visits him, claiming he was his best friend in the Air Force Security Police. Ham is producing alongside Matthew Lessal and co-writer Steve Timm. The film raised $66,055 on Kickstarter. Principal photography began in June. [THR]

Casting Net: Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts join 'Michael'

Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will join James Franco in Michael, directed by Justin Kelly. Based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the story follows a pastor who was formerly gay, but later renounced homosexuality. Quinto will play ex-boyfriend to Franco’s character; Roberts will play his girlfriend. Chris Zylca (The Leftovers) will play another former love interest. Gus Van Sant is executive producer, alongside producers Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer, and Scott Reeve. [Variety]

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed its voice cast for Big Hero 6, which follows a young robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada, and his robot friend, Baymax. The duo form a team of crime fighters to save the city of San Fransokyo. Ryan Potter will take the lead as Hiro, and Scott Adsit will voice Baymax. The rest of the cast includes: Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney. Big Hero 6 marks the first Disney film to feature Marvel characters. Don Hall and Jordan Roberts are adapting from the Marvel comic mini-series of the same name. The film hits theaters on Nov. 7 in 3-D. [Deadline]

Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), and Cody Horn are set to star in Burning Bodhi, directed by Matthew McDuffie, who also wrote the indie drama. The film follows a young man (Liboiron) in his 20s who discovers that one of his best friends from high school, Bodhi, died suddenly of an aneurysm. He heads home to New Mexico to cope with the death, but finds he must also confront his issues with friends and family. Virginia Madsen and Sasha Pieterse will also appear in the film. Marshall Bear, Mary Vernieu, and Michael Lazo are producing. [THR]

Morena Baccarin (Homeland) has joined Malevolent, an animated horror thriller that follows a young woman (Dani Lennon) who must defeat her powerful, evil father to save herself and her siblings. The film will be directed by Jason Axinn; it also stars Ray Wise and Bill Moseley. Baccarin has been cast as a Gamemaster, a supernatural being who entraps humans into conflicts while her species bets on the results. Jim Cirile and Tanya C. Klein wrote the script and will executive produce the film. Paige Barnett and Cindi Rice will produce. The Coverage Ink Films project is aiming for an early 2015 release. [THR]

Japanese stars Sometani Shota (Himizu) and Maeda Atsuko (The Drudgery Train) star in Ryan Hiroki‘s Sayonara Kabukicho. Sometani plays a “love hotel” manager, while Maeda plays a failed musician and his live-in lover. Minami Kaho, Matsushige Yutaka, Omoro Nao, Murakami Jun, and Taguchi Tomorowo occupy the supporting cast. Arai Haruhiko wrote the script for the film, which will open in January in Japan through distributor Tokyo Theatre. [Variety]

Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]


Casting Net: Rachel Weisz may join Michael Fassbender in period drama

• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]

• Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. [THR]

• Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) and Oliver Platt (Chef) will take The Master Cleanse, a fantasy horror comedy from writer-director Bobby Miller, making his feature debut. Friel replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny (Big Love), who had a scheduling conflict and both actors join previously announced stars Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Angelica Huston (Smash). [The Wrap]

• Jim Belushi (According to Jim) will play the father of a murder suspect in The Whole Truth from Frozen River director Courtney Hunt. Belushi joins  previously announced stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) , Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (The Big C). Production begins this week in New Orleans. [Variety]

 House of Cards actress Kate Lyn Sheil has joined the sci-fi film Equals from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) and written by Nathan Parker (Moon)Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker)Kristen Stewart (Twilight), and Nicholas Hoult will all star in the movie, which depicts a world that has no emotion until a disease unleashes sadness, love, anxiety, and other feelings. [Variety]

• Frances Fisher (Titanic) will play the mother of Ryan Reynolds in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold, about real-life heroine Maria Altmann, played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen). Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will direct the film, which will also star Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Daniel Brühl (Rush), and Katie Holmes (Batman Begins). 

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Casting Net: Jonah Hill in talks for the Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!,' more

• Jonah Hill is in talks to join 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! The film follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer, working to keep the studio’s stars in check. George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star. Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in negotiations, and Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the film. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Dwayne Johnson in early talks for 'The Janson Directive,' more

• Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) is in early talks to star in the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Janson Directive for Universal. The book, published after Ludlum’s death, follows an ex-Navy Seal who is forced on the run when a rescue mission goes bad. There is no writer or director attached at this early stage, but according to the report, it could be a potential franchise. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tina Fey developing 'Untitled Witch Project' with Disney, more

Tina Fey is in early development on a “supernatural-themed feature” with Disney known as the Untitled Witch Project, but it is decidedly not a Hocus Pocus sequel (as was the rumor early Wednesday). According to the report, the project will be in the vein of Ghostbusters, and Fey will star and produce. Next up for Fey is the Jonathan Tropper adaptation This is Where I Leave You, out Sept. 19. She’s currently filming the comedy The Nest, alongside Amy Poehler.  [Deadline]


Casting Net: Ashley Benson boards 'Pixels'; Plus, Liam Hemsworth, more

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has joined the cast of Pixels, a Sony comedy starring Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage as a group of ’80s video game champions who President Kevin James calls on to save the day when aliens attack using strategies from those games. Benson will play a character named Lady Lisa, described as “a beautiful warrior from the fictional ’80s video game Dojo Quest.” [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tom Hardy joins Leonardo DiCaprio in revenge thriller; Plus Kellan Lutz to play William Shatner, more

After months of speculation, Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy has officially signed on for The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on the Michael Punke novel, Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) is directing a script he adapted with Mark L. Smith (The Hole) for a fall 2015 release. The 19th century-set film, which will also feature Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), follows the treacherous journey of a fur trapper seeking revenge against his betrayers. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

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