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Casting Net: William Hurt joins ensemble of Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'

• Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the ensemble of Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) as the legendary track and field star. Hurt will play the president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler. Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) is directing the production currently filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. In addition to James, Hurt joins Jeremy Irons as future International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, Jason Sudeikis as OSU track coach Larry Snyder and Carice van Houten as German director Leni Riefenstahl. The film was written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Frankie and Alice) and will be released by Focus Features on April 8, 2016. [The Wrap]

• Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) may end up being The Choice opposite Benjamin Walker in the adaptation of the 2007 Nicholas Sparks novel. Ross Katz (Adult Beginners) is directing the film about a small-town couple and the ups and downs of their decade-long relationship, which was adapted for the screen by Bryan Sipe. [THR]

• Mud star Jacob Lofland has landed a pivotal role in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. Already in pre-production, Wes Ball will once again direct for Fox with returning stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and newcomers to the franchise Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Rosa Salazar (Parenthood). Lofland will play Aris Jones, a character with a significant connection to the maze and the people who built it. [THR]

• Diane Kruger has been cast in two upcoming indie films. First, The Bridge actress will star in Maryland from French director Alice Winocour (Augustine) about a former soldier suffering from PTSD who is hired by a wealthy Lebanese businessman to protect his family while he’s away. Next, Kruger will reunite with her Frankie director Fabienne Berthaud for Sky, playing a woman reawaken on a solitary journey around the world. The film will mark the first English-language collaboration between the two women. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Benjamin Walker lands lead in Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

• Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan complete 'Magic Mike XXL' cast

Talk about a strip tease.

After weeks of unofficial announcements and rumors, Warner Brothers has officially released the cast and first synopsis for Magic Mike XXL. Channing Tatum once again stars as the title-role stripper in the sequel, which he wrote and is producing alongside Reid Carolin. New to the cast is Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan, who confirmed his casting on Monday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael after joking with Tatum multiple times that he was interested in a part in the movie when the actor was a guest on the morning talk show. The trio join the previously announced group of returning and new stars including Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

In addition to the casting, Warner Brothers has also released the first piece of plot for fans to get excited about:

Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Gregory Jacobs, who served as the first assistant to Steven Soderbergh on the original film, is taking over directing duties and has already begun production. Soderbergh is still working on the film as cinematographer, editor and producer. Magic Mike XXL is expected to hit theaters July 1, 2015.

Matt Bomer joins 'Nice Guys' with Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

Matt Bomer has certainly been surrounding himself with some nice company lately.

After filming the sequel Magic Mike XXL, Bomer will next star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the action drama Nice Guys. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Crowe plays a gangster who hires a detective (Gosling) to find a missing girl and uncovers a dangerous conspiracy where Bomer’s character comes in. The TV star is making a strong transition into film now that the USA series White Collar is ending after six seasons. In addition to taking it off again opposite Channing Tatum, Bomer will also star in the upcoming Montgomery Clift biopic Monty Clift. 

Shane Black, who wrote and directed Iron Man 3, is repeating his duties for this film for Warner Brothers. The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley has also joined the cast as the daughter of the corrupt chief justice involved in the scandal.

 

Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl to star in 'Colonia'

Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl will star opposite each other in director Florian Gallenberger’s Chilean thriller, Colonia, EW has confirmed.

According to The Wrap, Brühl and Watson will play Daniel and Lena, a couple living in the heyday of the military coup in Chile in 1973. The couple become separated when Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, and Lena is determined to track Daniel down by infiltrating a cult in the sealed off area of Chile known as Colonia Dignidad, where Daniel is being held.

Brühl previously worked with Gallenberger on City of War: The Story of John Rabe and Honolulu. The film is expected to shoot through the end of the year in Luxem­bourg, Munich, Berlin, and South America.

'Game of Thrones' actor boards 'Maze Runner' sequel as villain

Littlefinger is gearing up to terrorize some Gladers.

Aidan Gillen, the Irish actor best known for his role as Lord Baelish, or Littlefinger, on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has signed on to play the villain in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, based on the second installment in James Dashner’s YA trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox has already dated the pic for a Sept. 18, 2015 release.

To say too much about where, exactly, Scorch Trials picks up would be to spoil the end of the first film, which was just released last weekend and has already grossed $81.5 million worldwide. For those who’ve already read the sequel, Gillen will play Assistant Director Janson, or, as Minho likes to call him, “Rat-Man.”

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is scheduled to being shooting in October with director Wes Ball, who tweeted that Gillen was his first choice, and star Dylan O’Brien set to return.

Gillen’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox join cast of Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) and Matthew Fox (Lost) have joined the Western film Bone Tomahawk, alongside previously announced cast members Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins. The film starts on Monday in southern California and is written and directed by novelist and first-time filmmaker S. Craig Zahler.

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Jada Pinkett Smith joins 'Magic Mike XXL'

The cast of the Magic Mike sequel has grown a little larger.

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on The Queen Latifah Show Monday that she has a role in the upcoming Magic Mike XXL, written by and starring Channing Tatum. The Gotham actress joins other ladies Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell in the film about a group of male strippers. Though she confirmed she won’t be taking off any clothes herself, Smith didn’t reveal much else about the role except for that it was originally written for a man.  READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Oliver Stone likely to team up for Edward Snowden movie

Is the Hollywood forecast calling for 500 Days of Snowden?

According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role of Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about the NSA whistleblower, The Snowden Files. No official deal has been made between the two parties, but it seems the Don Jon star has agreed to play the part of the former U.S. intelligence analyst responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in American history since the Vietnam War. READ FULL STORY

Matt Smith joins cast of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has nabbed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Smith will play wealthy wife-seeker Mr. Collins opposite Lily James, who stars as Liz Bennett.

The horror-comedy— based on Grahame-Smith’s zombie-infiltrated version of the Jane Austen classic and directed by Burr Steers (17 Again)— also features Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. The film has had a rocky journey to the big screen, originally to be directed by David O. Russell—who ended up co-writing the screenplay— and cycling through a slew of directors before securing Steers, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

Smith recently finished filming a Terminator movie, and stars in Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, coming out early next year. The movie, a collaboration between Cross Creek Pictures, Darko Entertainment, and Handsomecharlie Films, is set for a 2015 release date. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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