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Casting Net: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and more in talks for 'Geostorm'

• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will direct the feature based on his original draft that has since been updated by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). [THR]

• Trophy Wife star Malin Akerman has joined the cast of the indie drama The Ticket starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. Currently filming in upstate New York, Akerman will play the ex-wife of Stevens’ character, a blind man who regains his vision only to lose his sight, metaphorically, when he becomes obsessed with trivialities. Israeli filmmaker Ido Fluk is at the helm directing his own script. [Deadline]

• Ty Simpkins (Insidious) joins Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, and Elisabeth Moss in the psychological drama Meadowland. The young actor who will appear in next summer’s Jurassic World has been cast as Adam, a special-needs child at the school where Wilde’s character works. Cinematographer Reed Morano will make his feature debut directing the film. [Deadline]

• Katie Aselton (The League) will dive into Milk director Gus Van Sant‘s drama Sea of Trees. Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe star as two desperate men who meet in Japan’s infamous “Suicide Forest” and embark on a reflective journey together. Naomi Watts has already been cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film written by Chris Sparling (Buried) while Aselton will play a woman who has an affair with McConaughey’s character. [THR]

• WWE star Jonathan Good, better known by his stage name Dean Ambrose, will headline the film Lockdown from WWE Studios. The action picture directed by Stephen Reynolds (Tomb Raider: Ascension) and written by Nathan Brooks and Bobby Lee Darby (See No Evil 2) follows a police officer being pursued by crooked cops. [Variety]

• Devious Maids actress Edy Ganem has landed the title role in the indie feature Ana Maria, about a receptionist who suddenly finds herself in the TV world of her favorite telenovela. Georgina Riedel (How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer) is directing the movie, which she co-wrote with Jose Marquez. [Deadline]

• Charlie Carver joins the cast of the drama Michael starring James Franco in the title role, a gay activist who is “saved” from his homosexuality by God and becomes a Christian pastor. Carver, most recently seen on TV as one of the twins in The Leftovers, will play Tyler, a young gay man heartbroken by Michael’s rejection of his sexuality. Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts also star in the film being executive produced by Gus van Sant and directed by Justin Kelly from a script he co-wrote with Stacey Miller. [Deadline]

• Alicia Coppola (Jericho) has been cast in the drama We Are Your Friends from director Max Joseph starring Zac Efron as a young DJ who falls in love with his damaged mentor’s much younger girlfriend (Gone Girl‘s Emily Ratajkowski). [Deadline]

• JAG star David James Elliott has been cast as Hollywood legend John Wayne in Trumbo, the biopic starring Bryan Cranston about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and accused communist Dalton Trumbo.
 Peter Mackenzie (Hart of Dixie) and Roger Bart (The Producers) have also joined the all-star cast of the indie directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Mackenzie will play liberal defense attorney Robert Kenny, and Bart has been cast as producer Buddy Ross. The three men join previously announced stars Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife, Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Michael Stuhlbarg as actor Edward G. Robinson and John Goodman as producer Frank King. [THR]

Casting Net: Samantha Barks, Ken Stott join 'A Hundred Streets'

A handful of new cast members have been added to director Jim O’Hanlon‘s A Hundred Streets, which follows London residents from all backgrounds whose paths cross in a turn of dramatic events. Joining the previously announced Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton are Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Ken Stott (The Hobbit), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), Steve Mackintosh (Luther), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), and Emma Rigby (Plastic). Barks will play Lotte, ex-girlfriend to rich playboy Jahmal (Adaam Bakri), who re-enters his life alongside her best friend (Rigby); soon, Jahmal makes a life-changing choice that sends him on the run with ex-special forces security guard, Gordon (Mackintosh), in hot pursuit. Creed-Miles will play cab driver George who hopes to become a father but first must pull himself back together when his life is torn apart. Cullen will play Emily’s (Arterton) handsome friend from her school days who interferes as she tries to pull her life back together, while Stott will play aging actor Terence who connects with young drug dealer Kingsley (Franz Drameh) and helps him aspire for more. Leon Butler wrote the script. Butler, Elba, Pippa Cross, Carl F. Pauwels, Farah Durrani, and Ros Hubbard will produce. [Variety]

Kevin Dillon (Entourage) will play a New York motorcycle cop who gets caught up in the race to save John Lennon in the The Lennon Report. Jeremy Profe and Walter Vincent wrote the script; Profe will also be making his directorial debut. The film follows real people—including WABC-TV producer Alan Weiss, who was being treated for an unrelated injury and broke the story of the assassination—who were at the Roosevelt Hospital as doctors and nurses attempted to save Lennon. Francisco Productions’ Gabriel and Rafael Francisco will produce. [THR]

Casting Net: Gal Gadot to play Ryan Reynolds' wife in 'Criminal'

• Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who will play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has joined the all-star cast of Criminal. Gadot is set to play Ryan Reynolds’ wife in the CIA thriller directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). The film will also star Kevin CostnerGary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. [THR]

• Jack Huston has officially signed on to play the charismatic blond lieutenant Wickham in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The Boardwalk Empire star joins Lily James (Downton Abbey)Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), and Sam Riley (Maleficent) in the film adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that puts a deadly spin on Jane Austen’s classic. Burr Steers (17 Again) is directing; filming will begin next month. [Deadline]

• Christopher LloydJane Kaczmarek, and newcomer Tekola Cornetet will star in writer-director Arnold Grossman‘s indie drama The Boat Builder. Lloyd will play a former Merchant Marine captain who befriends a bright and inquisitive foster child (Cornetet) while building a ship in his front yard. Kaczmarek will play Lloyd’s daughter in the SAGIndie production, which will also features David Lascher (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)Martin Ganapoler (Howard the Duck), and Jessiqa Pace (Ozu). [The Wrap]

• James Ransone and Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines) will lead the cast of Sinister 2. Ransone is set to reprise his role as a concerned local sheriff’s deputy while Sossamon will play a protective mother who moves into a rural home marked for death. Ciaran Foy (Citadel) will take over directing duties from Scott Derrickson, who will once again write the script with C. Robert Cargill. [Deadline]

 

 

Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) at Sony. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are among the names in consideration to play Jennifer Lee Pryor, Richard’s widow, in the film. [Deadline]

• Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to take on the title role in the epic remake of Ben-Hur. The Thor star would play Judah Ben-Hur, the part originated by Charlton Heston in the 1959 original, in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set for a Feb. 26, 2016 release. Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) has written the latest draft of the script, once again based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

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]

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