• Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Ray) is in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Fellow Oscar-winner and biographical film enthusiast Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July) is also in talks to direct. Chasing Mavericks scribe Kario Salem penned the most recent version of the script, and Steven Spielberg will reportedly produce. [The Wrap]
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• Carrie star Chloë Moretz has signed on to star in the big-screen adaptation of Sam Munson’s 2010 novel November Criminals for Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi. The novel tells the story of Addison, a D.C.-based high school senior who becomes obsessed with investigating the murder of one of his classmates while applying for colleges. Moretz will play the part of Phoebe. The lead role has yet to be cast. [The Wrap]
Peter Dinklage is ready to get R-rated.
The Game of Thrones star has signed on to play the lead in an untitled comedy for Paramount, EW confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is about a man who goes around telling people that he’s a leprechaun. Reports state that the goal is to craft a movie that’s similar in tone to 2003′s Bad Santa, which would place it squarely in R-rated territory.
Casting Net: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington sign on for 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'; Plus, Milla Jovovich, more
• Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Sam Worthington (Avatar), and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) have signed on to join the cast of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, starring Anthony Hokpins as the kidnapped beer heir. Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire) is set to direct the true story of the 1983 kidnapping of Heineken and his chauffeur which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at that point (about $50 million today).
Casting Net: Salma Hayek shows Pierce Brosnan 'How To Make Love Like an Englishman,' Plus; Lake Bell, more
• Salma Hayek (Frida) has joined the cast of the indie sex comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman, about a hedonistic, romantic poetry professor at Cambridge (Pierce Brosnan) who questions his lifestyle after he meets the perfect woman (Hayek, of course). The only complicating factor is that he’s just impregnated her stepsister, a grad student played by Jessica Alba. Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas, Starter for 10) is directing the comedy, which is slated to begin shooting this fall. [Deadline]
• Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez will lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s alien invasion comedy Home, based on Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday. Rihanna voices the main character, Gratuity Tucci (or Tip), whose mother (Lopez) was abducted by the Boov (aka aliens). Martin will voice Captain Smek, their leader, who is attempting to force all the humans to relocate to Florida. Jim Parsons will voice a Boov (coincidentally) called J.Lo, who befriends Tip. [The Wrap]
• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan is in talks to star in The Interview alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco, which Rogen is co-writing and directing with Evan Goldberg. The comedy is about a talk show host and his producer who gets tied up in an assassination plot. Caplan worked with Franco and Rogen briefly on Freaks and Geeks. She played Sara, the disco-loving girlfriend of Jason Segel’s Nick. [Variety]
• Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) may take on an antagonist role in Neill Blomkamp’s next venture Chappie. The Elysium director has also recruited Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel to tell the story of a robot who gets abducted by two gangsters angling to use it for their own illegal needs. The Les Miserables star confirmed his involvement during a press conference for his recently released Prisoners, and will be traveling to South Africa to film his scenes at the beginning of next year. Jackman can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [ScreenDaily]
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Casting Net: Rob Riggle joins 'Dumb and Dumber To', Jennifer Lawrence to play a young Kathleen Turner, more
• Comedian Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street) will take on dual roles in Dumb and Dumber To, where he’ll play twins Travis and Captain Lippencott. Travis is a handyman and Captain is…”unstable.” He’ll be joining Dumb and Dumber stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and new additions Kathleen Turner and Laurie Holden. Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly are currently shooting the movie in Atlanta. Jennifer Lawrence will also appear as a younger version of Turner in a cameo role. [THR]
• Justified’s Walton Goggins will join Inside Llewyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund in Mojave, about a suicidal artist who flees to the desert and encounters a homicidal drifter. William Monahan (London Boulevard) is directing the movie off of his own script. [Deadline]
PREVIOUSLY: Taylor Swift to star in ‘The Giver’
After more than 15 years of development hell, a film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery-winning 1993 novel The Giver will finally begin production next month — with singer Taylor Swift in one of its supporting roles.
The Weinstein Company announced Swift’s casting today in a release that also names the rest of the film’s principals, many of whom have been attached to The Giver for months. They include Australian actor Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, a boy living in a colorless dystopian world; Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Jonas’s mentor (as well as one of the film’s producers); Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder of Jonas’s community; Katie Holmes as Jonas’s mother; Alexander Skarsgard as Jonas’s father; Cameron Monaghan as Jonas’s best friend Asher; and Odeye Rush as Jonas’s friend and love interest Fiona.
TWC tells EW that Swift will play Rosemary, the last teen mentored by The Giver before he meets Jonas.
Salt helmer Phil Noyce will direct the film, with a screenplay by The Current War scribe Michael Mitnick. Production begins Oct. 7 in Cape Town, South Africa. Its release date has been set for August 15, 2014.
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