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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: 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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Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey in talks to play CIA agent turned American enemy

• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]

• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book about the marketing maven who created the Tupperware home party strategy, thus making the household item a household name. The Help director Tate Taylor will write and direct the film for Sony Pictures. [The Wrap]

• Michael Caine has joined Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest), the film follows an immortal witch hunter partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct for Lionsgate, with a script by Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) and the additional help of D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). [THR]

• Naomi Watts is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee‘s next film, Demolition. Watts would play a single mother who begins a relationship with Gyllenhaal’s character, a young investment banker struggling to deal with the tragic death of his wife. Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail) will pen the script. [The Wrap]

• Idris Elba may reunite with his RocknRolla director Guy Ritchie for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The reimagining of the English myth from Warner Brothers will feature a script from Joby Harold (Awake) with the title role yet to be cast. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star will reportedly play Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who teaches the future King to lead an army. [THR]

• Former TV wrestling diva Trish Stratus and veteran Canadian actor Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) have both joined the cast of the Canadian action-thriller Gridlocked from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), playing a lead SWAT team member and Hollywood agent respectively. [THR]

Disney's 'Jungle Book' has found its Mowgli

The Jungle Book is full of tigers, monkeys, and bears—but its most important element may be the human boy at the heart of it all.

In a release, Disney announced that 10-year-old New Yorker Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in director Jon Favreau’s upcoming live action-and-animated adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel. Sethi has no professional acting experience, but earned praise from both Favreau and casting director Sarah Finn for his ability to hold an audience—a necessary skill, as Sethi will be the only actor onscreen in this version of the story.

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Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]

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Casting Net: Rachel Weisz may join Michael Fassbender in period drama

• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]

• Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. [THR]

• Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) and Oliver Platt (Chef) will take The Master Cleanse, a fantasy horror comedy from writer-director Bobby Miller, making his feature debut. Friel replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny (Big Love), who had a scheduling conflict and both actors join previously announced stars Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Angelica Huston (Smash). [The Wrap]

• Jim Belushi (According to Jim) will play the father of a murder suspect in The Whole Truth from Frozen River director Courtney Hunt. Belushi joins  previously announced stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) , Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (The Big C). Production begins this week in New Orleans. [Variety]

 House of Cards actress Kate Lyn Sheil has joined the sci-fi film Equals from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) and written by Nathan Parker (Moon)Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker)Kristen Stewart (Twilight), and Nicholas Hoult will all star in the movie, which depicts a world that has no emotion until a disease unleashes sadness, love, anxiety, and other feelings. [Variety]

• Frances Fisher (Titanic) will play the mother of Ryan Reynolds in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold, about real-life heroine Maria Altmann, played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen). Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will direct the film, which will also star Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Daniel Brühl (Rush), and Katie Holmes (Batman Begins). 

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Sylvester Stallone will play hitman Gregory Scarpa in Brad Furman's 'Scarpa'

Sylvester Stallone is set to play hitman Gregory Scarpa in Brad Furman’s (The Lincoln Lawyer) upcoming film Scarpa.

The script was written by Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the Oscar nominated screenplay Goodfellas. This project will reunite Stallone with Rocky prodcuer Irwin Winkler, who is onboard to produce Scarpa along with Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tina Fey developing 'Untitled Witch Project' with Disney, more

Tina Fey is in early development on a “supernatural-themed feature” with Disney known as the Untitled Witch Project, but it is decidedly not a Hocus Pocus sequel (as was the rumor early Wednesday). According to the report, the project will be in the vein of Ghostbusters, and Fey will star and produce. Next up for Fey is the Jonathan Tropper adaptation This is Where I Leave You, out Sept. 19. She’s currently filming the comedy The Nest, alongside Amy Poehler.  [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Ashley Benson boards 'Pixels'; Plus, Liam Hemsworth, more

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has joined the cast of Pixels, a Sony comedy starring Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage as a group of ’80s video game champions who President Kevin James calls on to save the day when aliens attack using strategies from those games. Benson will play a character named Lady Lisa, described as “a beautiful warrior from the fictional ’80s video game Dojo Quest.” [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

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