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Morgan Freeman joins 'Ted 2'

There’s going to be a pair of talented voices in the sequel to Ted.

According to Variety, Morgan Freeman will be joining the cast of Ted 2, playing a civil rights lawyer tasked with defending the titular teddy bear after running into some legal drama.

Freeman joins Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Amanda Seyfried in the sequel to the 2012 comedy hit, which is currently filming in Wahlberg’s hometown of Boston.

Ted 2 is set to be released in theaters June 26, 2015.

 

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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Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka to star in horror thriller 'February'

If you think being alone on Valentine’s Day is scary, the second month of the year just got a lot worse for you.

Emma Roberts and Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka are set to star together in the horror/thriller film February. Osgood Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins who himself appeared in Legally Blonde and Star Trek, will write and direct. The story centers on Rose and Kat, two girls mysteriously left alone by their parents at their all-girls prep school during winter break when one becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.

Roberts is no stranger to the genre after appearing on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Coven and on the next season, American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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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Jamie Dornan to star in 'The 9th Life of Louis Drax'

No matter how good he looks in light-wash jeans, Jamie Dornan is more than just the man behind Christian Grey. The Fifty Shades actor is set to star in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a new psychological thriller from Miramax that also has Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) in the director’s chair.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax, penned by first-time screenwriter Max Minghella (you may know him from acting turns on The Mindy Project and The Internship), tells the story of Louis Drax—beginning on the character’s 9th birthday, when, according to a press release, he “suffers a near-fatal fall.” Enter Dornan as Dr. Allan Pascal, who works to discover the “strange circumstances surrounding the young boy’s accident,” a mystery that will test “the boundaries of fantasy and reality.”

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Sandra Bullock joins David Gordon Green's 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Sandra Bullock is set to star in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis, sources have confirmed. The film, written by Peter Straughan, is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name. The doc followed American political campaign marketing tactics in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, which saw Evo Morales lose to Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.

According to Variety, which first reported the news, Bullock has been in talks for the political dramedy for months now. Bullock will also serve as an executive producer on the film alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures.

Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, others join Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book'

Andy Serkis has completed his zoo of actors that will voice his adaptation of Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros.

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, and Serkis himself will all join Benedict Cumberbatch as the animal characters in the feature, which mixes together motion capture, CG animation, and live action. Bale will voice the fearsome panther Bagheera; Blanchett, the sinister python Kaa; and Serkis, the beloved Baloo the bear. Mullan, Harris, and Marsan will all voice members of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli, and Hollander will play Tabaqui, the underling jackal of Shere Khan (Cumberbatch).

In addition to the voice actors, Bad Words star Rohan Chand has been cast as the human boy Mowgli. Callie Kloves wrote the script based on Rudyard Kipling’s short stories for the film, which is a completely different take from Jon Favreau’s equally star-filled Jungle Book film over at Disney.

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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