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Casting Net: Orlando Bloom may be back on board for 'Pirates 5'

• After taking a break from the franchise, Orlando Bloom has revealed that he has been in discussions to return as blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Johnny Depp has already signed on to reprise his Oscar-nominated performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth film of the Disney series, which seems to be what has sealed the deal for Bloom. Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are taking the commands of the ship from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The film is scheduled for a July 2017 release date. [Yahoo]

• Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) may tackle the world of football for their next film. The two are in talks to join Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in an untitled film about football concussions based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is writing and directing the film that follows forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) on his discovery of CTE, the concussion syndrome attributed to the suicides of two NFL players. Brooks would play Omalu’s mentor Cyril Wecht with no word on Mbatha-Raw’s role. [Variety, Deadline]

• Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars) and Holliday Grainger (Bonnie & Clyde) have both joined the cast of Disney’s The Finest HourCraig Gillespie, who directed Million Dollar Arm for the House of Mouse, will take charge on the disaster picture that follows the 1952 rescue mission of workers in Cape Cod after two oil tanks collided. Gallner has been cast as the rescue-boat’s engine man opposite the previously announced Chris Pine and Casey AffleckPaul Tamasy and Eric Johnson  (The Fighter) have adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias’ 2010 book of the same name. [Deadline]

• German Til Schweiger and Russian Fedor Bondarchuk are joining forces to try and bring a little piece to their respective countries in the culture clash comedy Antalyagrad. Schweiger stars as a divorced dad on vacation with his son on the Turkish coast who helps out Bondarchuk’s character by posing as his mistresses’ lover when his wife arrives unannounced. [THR]

Casting Net: Julia Roberts joins 'The Secret in Their Eyes' remake

• Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former MI-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]

• Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette will star in the relationship drama Miss You Already. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is directing the cast that also includes Dominic Cooper (Need for Speed), Paddy Considine (The World’s End) and Jacqueline Bisset from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks (Damned). Barrymore and Collette play long time best friends whose relationship begins to struggle when their characters deal with infertility and breast cancer, respectively. Cooper and Considine will play their husbands with Bisset portraying the mother of Collette’s character. [Variety]

• Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are teaming up for the adult comedy Driving Dick Kelly, formerly titled Dirty Grandpa. De Niro plays a widowed Army veteran who tricks his grandson (Efron) into taking him to spring break in Florida. Borat scribe Dan Mazer will helm the film as director with the script written by John Phillips, who also wrote the upcoming DreamWorks comedy Who Invited Her? [The Wrap]

• Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may star together as a pair of potheads in Arms and the Dudes. The comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips and writer Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and follows the duo after they win a $300 million contract from the government and become unlikely arms dealers supplying weapons to American allies in Afghanistan. [The Wrap]

• William Hurt and Alice Braga (Elysium) have joined Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in the revenge thriller By Way of Helena. Hemsworth stars as a Texas Ranger sent to investigate the murders and disappearances of the people in an isolated town, pseudo led by a charismatic preacher (Harrelson) with a history with the Ranger. Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) and writer Matt Cook (upcoming Triple Nine) are both on board for the feature with filming expected to begin this month. [Variety]

• Actress and model Yaya DaCosta has joined the cast of the biopic Bolden! about famed New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden. DaCosta, who landed the role of Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story directed by Angela Bassett, will star alongside Downton Abbey‘s Gary Carr in the title role as well as Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up)Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Dan Pritzker is directing from his own script. [Variety]

• Get On Up and 42 star Chadwick Boseman has sold an untitled pitch to Universal to write and star in a thriller in the vein of The FugitiveMarc Platt will produce the project, with Boseman collaborating with his writing partner Logan Coles. The two previously worked together on the 2008 short Blood Over a Broken Pawn. [Deadline]

• Mexican star Eugenio Derbez has signed a multipicture deal with Pantelion Films and has already lined up his first project. Derbez is developing a remake of the French comedy The Valet to attract the coveted Hispanic moviegoing audience. Derbez’s last film Instructions Not Included, which was also produced by Pantelion, went on to gross $44 million in the U.S., making it the highest-grossing Spanish-language film released in America ever. The original 2006 version of the film from French writer/director Francis Veber followed a goofy parking attendant and a top model who must pretend to be a couple to save a CEO’s marriage. [Variety]

• Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden will star in the Bollywood meets Hollywood dance feature Heart Beats 3D  from Duane Adler, the writer behind the Step Up franchise. Teegarden has been cast as an American hip-hop dancer who travels to India for a family wedding and falls in love with both the new style of dance she learns and the young man who introduces it to her. Tiger Shroff is in talks to play her Indian love interest. [THR]

• Sean Harris (The Borgias) has reportedly been offered the villain role in Mission: Impossible 5 which will once again star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Christopher McQuarrie, who just directed Cruise in Jack Reacher and was part of the writing team that adapted his latest summer flick Edge of Tomorrow, is directing the sequel with Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton reprising their roles from the last 2011 film as well in addition to Alec Baldwin. [Deadline]

• German actress Veronica Ferres (Hector and the Search for Happiness) joins Nicolas Cage in the supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost. Ferres will play a professor and mentor to Cage, a fellow professor who tries to track down the vengeful ghost that took his son years ago during a Halloween parade. German filmmaker Uli Edel is directing the feature with a script by Dan Kay, based on the short story by novelist Tim Lebbon. [Deadline]

• Awkward‘s Brett Davern has been cast as an affable young participant in The Stanford Prison Experiment. He’ll play Hubbie Whitlow, a student in the infamous 1971 psychological experiment who plans a failed escape attempt. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G) is directing South Park writer Tim Talbott‘s script. [Deadline]

• Karim Saleh (The Attack), Mona Hala (Cairo Time), and Waleed Zuaiter (Omar) will star in Namour, the feature debut of writer-director Heidi Saman about a young valet driver (Saleh) in Los Angeles worried he will never get out of his post-college rut. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning to star in Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night'

• Once he takes off his Batman cape, Ben Affleck will direct Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning in the Prohibition Era film Live By Night. Affleck has adapted the Dennis Lehane novel himself, reuniting the pair after Affleck’s feature debut Gone Baby Gone, which  was also based on a Lehane novel. The story centers around Joe Coughlin, the police captain’s son who gets himself involved in the world of organized crime. Miller will play Emma, the girlfriend of Coughlin’s mobster boss whom he falls in love with. Saldana has been cast as Graciella Suarez, a woman Coughlin meets in Tampa, with Fanning landing the coveted role of Loretta Figgis, the sheriff’s daughter and an aspiring actress. [Deadline]

• Shia LaBeoufKate Mara (House of Cards) and Gary Oldman will star in Man Down, a psychological thriller from director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints). The film is set in a post-apocalyptic America as an Afghanistan war veteran dealing with his haunted memories searches for his family. Adam Simon (Synapse) has written the script with filming expecting to begin in Louisiana at the end of next month. [Variety]

• Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam and The Wolf Of Wall Street star Margot Robbie are in talks to star in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of the Charles Martin book. Paradise Now director Hany Abu-Assad will helm the survival love story about two strangers who meet after their flight is canceled out of Salt Lake City. Robbie is also in early talks to star in the adaptation of the Japanese comic book Ghost in the Shell for DreamWorks. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing from a script by Bill Wheeler about a member a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission specializing in technology-related crime. [Deadline, Deadline]

• Danish director Joachim Trier has added Oscar nominees Amy Ryan and David Strathairn to the cast of his English-language debut film, Louder Than Bombs Devin McKenzie Druid, who played a younger version of Louis C.K. on Louie, also joins the cast that already includes Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert about a father and his two sons returning the their childhood home after the death of their wife and mother, a celebrated photographer. [Deadline]

• Nymphomaniac actress Stacy Martin will star in the high-concept thriller Taj Mahal. French screenwriter Nicolas Saada (Sleepless Night) will write and direct the film set during the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. The international cast will also include Italy’s Alba Rohrwacher (The Wonders), French actor Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Superstar) and British actress Gina McKee (Jimmy P.). [THR]

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in early discussions for 'The Martian'

• Jessica Chastain is in early discussions for The Martian. She would play the female lead opposite Matt Damon in Fox’s sci-fi film, which Ridley Scott is directing. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the film follows an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must fight to survive and make his way home. Simon Kinberg originally brought the book to Scott, and will produce alongside Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films Banner. Fox’s Steve Asbell will oversee the film for the studio. [Variety]

[Note: Deadline and THR reported that Kristen Wiig is also in early talks for a lead female role in the film.]

• Johnny Knoxville will star alongside Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing in Skiptrace, which Renny Harlin is directing. Knoxville is replacing Seann William Scott. The film, which just began shooting in China, follows a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who pairs with an American gambler (Knoxville) to save his niece and take out the city’s biggest criminal. Chan, Brian Gatewood, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani, and Charlie Coker will produce. Jay Longino, Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Geoff Moore & David Posamentier, and BenDavid Grabinski were involved in the script, which Rodney Rothman is polishing. Dasym Entertainment and Talent Internation Film are co-financing and co-producing. The film was approved as a co-production by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT). [Deadline]

• Julie Engelbrecht has signed on for the Breck Eisner-directed The Last Witch Hunter, joining Vin Diesel, Michael Cane, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie. The German actress will make her American film debut in the Lionsgate/Summit film. The film follows an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who must team with a witch to stop the covens of New York City from releasing a plague on humanity. Engelbrecht will play the evil Witch Queen. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama wrote the script, based on a pitch by Cory Goodman; D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack worked on the script as well. Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, and Diesel will produce. One Race’s Samantha Vincent and Adam Goldworm will executive produce. Summit will manage the film’s North American release. [Deadline]

• Missi Pyle has signed on for Director’s Cut, a dark satire directed by Adam Rifkin. Pyle will play herself in the story about a psycho superfan, played by Penn Jillette. The fan wins a walk-on role for Pyle’s most recent film through a crowdfunding site, and later kidnaps her, forcing her to re-shoot the film in his dungeon studio. Interestingly, the film is a crowdfunded project itself, which Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Stiller, and Joan Rivers, among others, contributed to. In total, it raised $1,164,928 with 4,736 donors through FundMe. Jillette, Rifkin, and Penn & Teller manager/producer Peter Adam Golden are producing the film, which is currently shooting in LA. [Deadline]

• Douglas Booth has joined Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, whose source material comes from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The British actor will play Bingley. L, friend to Mr. Darcy, in the story of heroine Elizabeth Bennet who encounters the undead in Regency-Era England. Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, and Jack Huston also star in the film. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thomson, and Marc Butan will produce. Additionally, Sierra/Affinity is producing with Cross Creek Pictures who will manage foreign sales. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to star in comedy 'The Politician'

• Vince Vaughn has sworn in to star in the comedy The Politician. Vaughn will play the title role, a D.C. elected official on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and a gang of drug dealers after getting caught in a prostitution scandal. What If director Michael Dowse will helm the project from writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman while Seth Rogen will produce with his Point Grey production company. [THR]

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) are in talks to star together in Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel of the same name. TV and stage director Thea Sharrock (Call the Midwife) will make her feature debut on the film. Clarke would play Lou, a small-town girl who gives new hope for life to William (Claflin), a wheelchair-bound man who hires her as his caretaker. (500) Days Of Summer writers Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber have adapted the novel from an original draft written by Moyes. The MGM/Warner Bros. production is slated for release next August. [Deadline]

• Pretty Little Liars actor Sean Faris and True Blood star Mehcad Brooks are set to face-off in the indie thriller Avouterie. Faris plays a man who walks in on his wife with her lover (Brooks) on their anniversary and holds them captive at gunpoint while deciding what to do next. The Black List script inspired by true events was written by H. M. Coakley, who is also directing the film now shooting in Los Angeles. [THR]

• Miltos Yerolemou, the actor who played Arya Stark’s sword teacher on the first season of Game of Thrones, has reportedly joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. There are no details about what part he may be playing in the galaxy far, far away, but replacing a sword with a lightsaber doesn’t sound so difficult. Yerolemou would be the second Game of Thrones actor to join the force alongside Gwendoline Christie. [THR]

• Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine) has joined the all-star cast of the Coen Brothers’ latest dramedy Hail Caesar! The 1950’s set Hollywood-themed film will also feature Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson and be distributed by Universal. [Variety]

Casting Net: 'JAG' star David James Elliott joins indie thriller 'American Hangman'

• JAG star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]

• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Rich Hill, co-wrote the script with Neima Shahdadi. [Deadline]

• Comedian Tom Green and Drop Dead Diva‘s Justin Deeley have joined the cast of Total Frat Movie, based on the popular Total Frat Move website. Green will play Dean Kravitz to Deeley’s Charlie Kent, a member of the Alpha Chi Gamma fraternity who finds a loophole that allows the house back on campus three years after a rival frat sabotaged their annual fireworks display. Warren P. Sonoda is directing the comedy from a script by Sacha Pavlovic and Stephen Fromkin. [Deadline]

• X-Men: Days of Future Past star Lucas Till is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the thriller The Disappointments Room. Beckinsale plays a mother who discovers a secret room in her family’s new country home that unlocks a bloody secret from the past. Till has been cast as a mysterious carpenter working on the house. Prison Break star Wentworth Miller wrote an original screenplay for the film that has since been adapted by director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia). Miller previously wrote the 2013 thriller Stoker, which also featured Till. [THR]

• Jena Malone and Douglas Smith (Big Love) are heading to the Bottom of the World. The two actors will star as Scarlett and Alex, a young couple in director Richard Sears’ indie horror film about the nightmarish world he is plunged into after she vanishes. Ted Levine (The Bridge) has also been cast as sinister priest in the movie from writer Brian Gottlieb. [Deadline]

• Nicholas Braun (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) has joined Kyle Patrick Alvarez‘s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup as Philip Zimbardo. Braun plays Vandy, an abusive and sadistic student guard in the infamous 1971 experiment. [Deadline]

• Australian actor David Coussins has landed a supporting role in Good Kids, the directorial debut of of Chris McCoy from his own 2011 Black List script about four high school students looking for a new start after graduation. [Deadline]

• Lauren Holly (Motive) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl) have joined an orgy – How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, that is. The actresses will star alongside The Killing‘s Jewel Staite in the Canadian indie pic about a big-city sex writer who seeks revenge on her former friends during a trip back home. Writer/director Jeremy Lalonde is helping the film that already includes Christine Horne, Lauren Lee Smith, Katharine Isabelle and Ennis Esmer in the cast. [THR]

• Beth Riesgraf (Leverage), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars) and Jack Kesy (The Strain) will star in the psychological horror thriller Shut In. Riesgraf will play a woman suffering from agoraphobia trapped in her in home by a trio of criminals who break in. TJ Cimfel and David White wrote the film that will be directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within). [THR]

Casting Net: Billy Crudup in talks for Catholic Church drama 'Spotlight'

 Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdamsLiev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]

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Casting Net: Keith Stanfield to play young Snoop Dogg in 'Straight Outta Compton', Daryl Hannah joins 'Michael'

Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), Aldis Hodge (MC Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith as Warren G and Carra Patterson as Tomica Woods; Suge Knight will play a significant character as well. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Matt Alvarez, and Tomica Woods-Wright will produce. Gray, Will Packer, and former Universal executive Scott Bernstein will executive produce. Universal executives Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee the project. Straight Outta Compton hits theaters Aug. 14, 2015. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg may star in BP oil disaster film

• Mark Wahlberg may star in the BP oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]

• Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Mack Bolan novel series and is reportedly looking at Bradley Cooper to star as the anti-terrorist operative, originally created by Don Pendleton. Writer Shane Salerno (Armageddon) will adapt the character for screen with Cooper potentially working with The Hangover director Todd Phillips again. [Deadline]

• The landmark Stanford Prison Experiment by Dr. Philip Zimbardo will finally make its way to the screen after being in development for more than a decade. Billy Crudup will star as Zimbardo with Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Michael Angarano (The Knick) also cast. The film is about the classic psychological experiment that divided students up as either prisoners or guards in the summer of 1971. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) will direct. [The Wrap]

• Actress and model Cara Delevingne may have some fun in the sun as the female lead in the Beach Boys-themed musical All Summer LongCraig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) are producing alongside John Stamos. The film will incorporate Beach Boys songs into a fictionalized story by Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich) directed by Michael Sucsy (The Vow). [The Wrap]

• James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Anne Dudek (Mad Men), Michael Bowen (Breaking Bad), and Amiah Miller (Clementine) have all entered the horror-thriller House by the Lake. Adam Gierasch (Autopsy) will direct the story by Josh Burnell (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) that follows a loving yet troubled family on vacation and the mysterious friend who may or may not be real that the autistic 10-year-old daughter begins to fixate on. [The Wrap]

• Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal has been cast in two upcoming films. First, she’ll play the wife of Judge Reinhold in the basketball drama My Many Sons about legendary NCAA coach Don Meyer. Ralph E. Portillo will direct from a script by Carol Miller. Next she will star opposite C. Thomas Howell in Blue Weekend about fraternal twins separated at birth and raised in two extremely different California communities. O’Neal will play a government-employed scientist and adoptive mother to one of the boys with Howell as her husband. The coming-of-age film written by Anastazja Davis will be directed by Carl Colpaert. [The Wrap]

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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]

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