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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]

Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson in talks for 'The Black Phantom'

Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]

• Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) will star in the sci-fi thriller Prisoners of War, replacing Alex Russell (Chronicle) and joining Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall). The film, directed by Joe Miale, tells the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who pair in Africa in the midst of an alien invasion. Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, 42’s Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and Tea Shop & Film Company’s James Harris, Zev Foreman, and Nicolas Chartier are producing for Voltage. Mark Lane is co-producing for Tea Shop & Film. Filming is scheduled for September in South Africa. [Deadline]

Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jack Reynor are in talks for The Secret Scripture, which tells the story of a woman’s experience at a mental hospital. The trio would be joining Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jeremy Irons in Jim Sheridan‘s film adaptation of Sebastian Barry‘s book of the same name. Bana would play a rebellious doctor who reviews Roseanne’s (Mara) case. James would play a local Catholic priest. Reynor would play a member of the British army and Mara’s romantic interest. Johnny Ferguson is writing the script. Noel Pearson is producing. [Variety]

Geoffrey Rush will star in The Daughter. The drama marks Australian stage director Simon Stone‘s film debut. Rush joins Ewen Leslie (The Railwayman) in the story of a man who returns home to a family secret; his attempt to fix the problem threatens the lives of those he left earlier. Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue will produce the film, which will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and Mongrel International overseas. [Variety]

Dakota Fanning has been cast in Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral. She joins Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly in the film, directed by Philip Noyce and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth. The story follows a big-time high school athlete who grows up, marries a former beauty queen, and eventually inherits his father’s business; his life falls apart when his daughter, Merry Levov (Fanning), becomes a revolutionary during the Vietnam War. Filming is scheduled to begin in March in Pittsburgh. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce. [Variety]

Jamie Dornan will star in Parallel Films’ The Siege of Jadotville, playing Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in the geo-political thriller. The film, directed by Richie Smyth in his feature debut, is based on the 1961 siege of 150 UN Irish troops in the Congo after Moise Tshomber, a pro-Western leader, took control of the Katanga region and killed Patrice Lumumba, a Congoloese leader. Quinlan and his men held their own against 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Kevin Brodbin wrote the script for the film, which was developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an Irish/South African co-production. Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney will produce. The film will shoot in Ireland and South Africa in spring 2015. [Deadline]

Casey Affleck is in talks for Disney’s The Finest Hours. The film will also star Chris Pine and will be directed by Craig Gillespie. The story takes place in 1952 and follows the Coast Guard’s rescue attempts after two oil tankers crash off the coast of Cape Code. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the novel by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias for the screen. Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero are producing. [Deadline]

Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis are set for Bolden. The biopic about jazz musician Buddy Bolden, written and directed by Dan Pritzker, has Gary Carr in the title role. Wynton Marsalis will perform the music for the film. McShane will play Judge Perry, Bolden’s enemy, who was originally supposed to be played by Jackie Earle Haley. Ellis will play Bartley, an entrepreneur who manages the Bolden Band. Jon Cornick and Michele Taylor will produce. Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell, and Marsalis will executive produce. [THR]

Rick Springfield will join Meryl Streep in TriStar Productions’ Ricki and the Flash. Diablo Cody wrote the script for the film, which will be directed by Jonathan Demme. It follows a rock ‘n’ roll lover (Streep) who pursued her musical dreams at the expense of her family, but has the opportunity to make things right. Springfield will play a band member with a crush on Ricki (Streep). Marc Platt and Mason Novick are producing. [THR]

Casting Net: Martial arts stars in talks to join 'Kickboxer' reboot

•  English martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum; Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) and Thai star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) are in discussions to join the Kickboxer reboot. The film will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and will star UFC’s George St. Pierre, stunt man Alain Moussi, and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Moussi will star as martial artist Kurt Sloan, who travels to Thailand to learn kickboxing techniques and avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins is looking at the role of Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa has his sights on the Muay Thai master who trains Kurt. Radar Films’ Ted Field, Dimitri Logothetis, and Nick Celozzi are producing. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce. [Deadline]

Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and David Call will star in the indie thriller Americana. Zachary Shedd is writing and directing the film, which is said to be an indie take on the San Francisco-based thrillers from the ’70s. Call will play recovering alcoholic and hopeful film editor, Avery Wells, who must investigate the death of his movie star sister (Brosnahan). [The Wrap]

Casting Net: Jennifer Connelly joins Ewan McGregor for 'American Pastoral'

• Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly will star opposite Ewan McGregor in the upcoming adaptation of American Pastoral. Phillip Noyce (The Giver) will direct the story based on Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of Swede Levov, a high school athlete who grows up to inherit his father’s business only to have his perfect life shattered when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Connelly will play Levov’s wife Dawn. Filming is set to begin in Pittsburgh in March with John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) adapting the book for film. [The Wrap]

• Taylor Kitsch has reportedly been offered the lead role in the English-language remake of the 2011 Indonesian film The Raid, directed by Gareth EvansThe Friday Night Lights star is also still in contention for one of the leads in the next season of HBO’s True Detective, but a January 2015 shooting schedule would theoretically allow Kitsch to do both. Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) will direct the action picture for Screen Gems from a script by Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night). The story is expected to closely follow the plot of the original film about an elite Indonesian SWAT team trapped in a building run by thugs.  [The Wrap]

• Elijah Wood will join Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Breck Eisner (Sahara) is directing the film about an immortal witch hunter and female witch teaming up to save New York City from a plague. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods Of Egypt) are writing. [Deadline]

• Lily James (Downton Abbey), Sam Riley (Maleficent), and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) have all officially signed on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the long-in-development adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 smash mash-up novel. James will play Elizabeth Bennett with Riley as Mr. Darcy and Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister in the feature directed by Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud). Oscar nominee David O. Russell (American Hustle) was previously set to direct the screenplay he co-wrote with Steers, but dropped out back in 2010. Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) is also in talks for a role in the film that explores the different social classes and human species in 19th century England. [Deadline]

• Before the latest sequel opens in theaters, The Expendables world has already expanded. Producer Avi Lerner revealed that an all-female version, The Expendabelles is already in the works. Production is set to begin early next year with Sigourney Weaver as the only potential cast member currently in consideration. [THR]

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Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play producer Russ Meyer

• Will Ferrell may play schlock film producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. [Deadline]

• Idris Elba will now star in the U.K. indie feature A Hundred Streets with Gemma Arterton (Runner Runner). He first joined the film as a producer back in June 2013, when it was titled One Square Mile. The drama will explore the lives of four people living within one square mile in contemporary London; Elba and Arterton will play an estranged married couple. Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2) wrote the script but will no longer direct the project. He has been replaced by Irish TV director Jim O’Hanlon, who makes his feature debut. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) are also joining the cast. [Deadline]

• One Tree Hill star James Lafferty will appear alongside Danny Glover in Waffle Street. Based on the 2012 memoir of the same name, the film follows the unlikely friendship that develops between two men when one loses his financial job in the market crash and begins working at a 24-hour diner. Ian and Eshom Nelms (Lost on Purpose) will direct the film from a script they co-wrote with Autumn McAlpin. [THR]

• Logan Huffman (Final Girl) has enrolled in the ’80s private school drug ring film The Preppie Connection from director Joe Castelo (The War Within). [Deadline]

• Nico Evers-Swindell, the New Zealand actor best known for playing Prince William in Lifetime’s William & Kate, has joined the cast of Wrong Side of Right, an indie feature about inhumane dog breeding from French director Alex Ranarivelo. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Elle Fanning to star in adaptation of YA book not yet published

• Elle Fanning is attached to star in the film adaptation of the YA novel All the Bright Places—before the book even hits shelves. The love story by Jennifer Niven is about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. It won’t be published until Jan. 6, 2015. [Variety]

• Emily Ratajkowski, the model best known for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” music video, will star opposite Zac Efron in the coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends. The film marks the directorial debut of Catfish star Max Joseph, who co-wrote the script with Meaghan Oppenheimer. Filming is set to begin in the San Fernando Valley with Jonny Weston (Insurgent), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), and Alex Shaffer (Win Win) all in negotiations to join the cast as well. [Deadline]

• Hannah New (Black Sails) will star in Under the Bed, a psychological thriller based on a true story about a women who discovers a social media stalker has taken up residence in her home. The film is written and directed by The Blair Witch Project mastermind Daniel Myrick. [THR]

Casting Net: Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson

• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]

• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a younger woman on the couple’s vacation; it doesn’t end well. David Kajganich is writing the script. Shooting begins in Italy next month. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

• Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, who also wrote the script set in the cheap and crime-riddled world of 1970s New York. [THR]

• Oona Laurence, the 11-year-old actress who was one of four girls to originate the title role of Matilda on Broadway, has joined the cast of Lamb. The indie drama stars the film’s writer/director Ross Partridge (The Off Hours) as David Lamb, who goes on a mission of self-discovery. The film is an adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Eva Green in talks to reunite with Tim Burton

• Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star Eva Green is in talks to play the title role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which would reunite the actress with her Dark Shadows director, Tim BurtonJane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) is set to adapt the screenplay from Ransom Riggs’ YA novel. Already slated for a July 31, 2015 release, the story follows a group of orphans with special powers trying to protect themselves from creatures who want to destroy them on a mysterious island. [Variety]

• One month after announcing her exit from ABC’s The ViewSherri Shepherd has found her next project. The comedian will join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2, which will once again be directed by Tim Story (Think Like A Man). The film is shooting for a January 15, 2016 release with previously announced cast members Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom). [Deadline]

• Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) will star in The Incident, a psychological drama filming in Northern England that marks the feature debut of writer/director Jane Linfoot. The story follows a metropolitan couple who are forced to confront their shared guilt when they cross paths with a troubled teen. [Variety]

 Bollywood stars Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh, who co-starred together in the Grand Masti franchise, will once again team up for Bank Chor, an Indian crime caper directed by Bumby. [Variety]

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