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Johnny Depp (and daughter) to star in Kevin Smith comic book movie

Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith have decided to bring their work closer to home. Or rather, their home closer to work.

The two Hollywood dads will team up for Yoga Hosers with their daughters Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith starring as 15-year-old yoga-obsessed girls both named Colleen. The film will be the second installment in Smith’s True North Trilogy about Canadian myths and culture. It follows next month’s Tusk, starring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, who will also appear in Hosers. The action-adventure follows the Colleens as they fight an ancient evil threatening to ruin their school party; they battle the baddie alongside a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp).

Depp has long been rumored to play Lapointe in Tusk, but the studio has never confirmed that casting. In addition to the Depps, Smith, and the Tusk cast, the “comic book movie” will also star Veep‘s Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), Austin Butler (The Carrie Diaries), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).

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]

'Paddington' director on the 'sad' departure of Colin Firth

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When EW visited the London shoot of Paddington last year, everyone seemed thrilled that King’s Speech Oscar winner Colin Firth was voicing the film’s titular, marmalade-loving bear. “What we liked about Colin is that he’s got a bearish voice, he’s got a sense of humor, and he presents the very best of British,” explained producer David Heyman (of Gravity and the Harry Potter series). “We wanted that.”

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Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) at Sony. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are among the names in consideration to play Jennifer Lee Pryor, Richard’s widow, in the film. [Deadline]

• Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to take on the title role in the epic remake of Ben-Hur. The Thor star would play Judah Ben-Hur, the part originated by Charlton Heston in the 1959 original, in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set for a Feb. 26, 2016 release. Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) has written the latest draft of the script, once again based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Lizzy Caplan joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas comedy

• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest in Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve-set comedy. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie will star as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual night-before-Christmas bash. Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) will play Rogen’s wife in the film from writer/director Jonathan Levine, who previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the cancer comedy 50/50. [THR]

• Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci are all in talks for the sex abuse scandal film Spotlight. Ruffalo and McAdams would play reporters for The Boston Globe who launch a yearlong investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophile priests in Massachusetts. Tom McCarthy (Win Win) is directing from a script by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). [THR]

• Matthew Rhys will cook off against Bradley Cooper in the untitled culinary film from director John Wells (August: Osage County)The Americans star is set to play rival chef Reece to Cooper’s Adam Jones, an American cooking in Paris looking to make a comeback after his bad behavior and diva attitude destroy his career. The Steven Knight (Locke)-scripted film was originally titled Chef, but The Weinstein Company will be renaming the flick after the release of Jon Favreau’s own Chef movie. In addition to Cooper, the all-star cast already includes Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, and Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.[Deadline]

• Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the boxing drama Southpaw. Written by Sons of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film follows a welterweight champ struggling to balance his personal life with his professional success. Harris, who will soon reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the next Bond film, will play a social worker trying to help Gyllenhaal’s character and daughter. [Deadline]

• Pitch Perfect actor Ben Platt will worship rock star Meryl Streep in the music drama Ricki and the Flash. Currently starring on Broadway as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, Platt will play Daniel, a bartender obsessed with Streep’s title character. Kevin Kline and Rick Springsteen will also star in the project directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) from Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno). [Deadline]

• Kerry Bishé has joined the indie drama The Ticket. The Halt and Catch Fire actress will play the co-worker and mistress to Dan Stevens’ (Downton Abbey) character, a blind man who regains his sight only to be emotionally blinded by the superficial world. Malin Akerman and Oliver Platt will also star in the film by Israeli writer/director Ido Fluk, which starts filming this month in New York. [Variety]

Casting Net: Jennifer Connelly joins Ewan McGregor for 'American Pastoral'

• Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly will star opposite Ewan McGregor in the upcoming adaptation of American Pastoral. Phillip Noyce (The Giver) will direct the story based on Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of Swede Levov, a high school athlete who grows up to inherit his father’s business only to have his perfect life shattered when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Connelly will play Levov’s wife Dawn. Filming is set to begin in Pittsburgh in March with John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) adapting the book for film. [The Wrap]

• Taylor Kitsch has reportedly been offered the lead role in the English-language remake of the 2011 Indonesian film The Raid, directed by Gareth EvansThe Friday Night Lights star is also still in contention for one of the leads in the next season of HBO’s True Detective, but a January 2015 shooting schedule would theoretically allow Kitsch to do both. Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) will direct the action picture for Screen Gems from a script by Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night). The story is expected to closely follow the plot of the original film about an elite Indonesian SWAT team trapped in a building run by thugs.  [The Wrap]

• Elijah Wood will join Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Breck Eisner (Sahara) is directing the film about an immortal witch hunter and female witch teaming up to save New York City from a plague. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods Of Egypt) are writing. [Deadline]

• Lily James (Downton Abbey), Sam Riley (Maleficent), and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) have all officially signed on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the long-in-development adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 smash mash-up novel. James will play Elizabeth Bennett with Riley as Mr. Darcy and Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister in the feature directed by Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud). Oscar nominee David O. Russell (American Hustle) was previously set to direct the screenplay he co-wrote with Steers, but dropped out back in 2010. Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) is also in talks for a role in the film that explores the different social classes and human species in 19th century England. [Deadline]

• Before the latest sequel opens in theaters, The Expendables world has already expanded. Producer Avi Lerner revealed that an all-female version, The Expendabelles is already in the works. Production is set to begin early next year with Sigourney Weaver as the only potential cast member currently in consideration. [THR]

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Ryan Reynolds added to Kevin Costner thriller 'Criminal'

Ryan Reynolds has joined the cast of the upcoming CIA thriller Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), the film focuses on an unpredictable prisoner who has the memories, secrets, and skills of a dead CIA operative implanted into his mind. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script, reuniting them with Jones, the star of their 1999 film Double Jeopardy. 

Reynolds will next appear in the drama Mississippi Grind from writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and is currently filming The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren and Katie Holmes.

Bill Murray will voice Baloo in Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book'

Bill Murray is heading to the jungle: The actor is set to voice the character of Baloo in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book.

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Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play producer Russ Meyer

• Will Ferrell may play schlock film producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. [Deadline]

• Idris Elba will now star in the U.K. indie feature A Hundred Streets with Gemma Arterton (Runner Runner). He first joined the film as a producer back in June 2013, when it was titled One Square Mile. The drama will explore the lives of four people living within one square mile in contemporary London; Elba and Arterton will play an estranged married couple. Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2) wrote the script but will no longer direct the project. He has been replaced by Irish TV director Jim O’Hanlon, who makes his feature debut. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) are also joining the cast. [Deadline]

• One Tree Hill star James Lafferty will appear alongside Danny Glover in Waffle Street. Based on the 2012 memoir of the same name, the film follows the unlikely friendship that develops between two men when one loses his financial job in the market crash and begins working at a 24-hour diner. Ian and Eshom Nelms (Lost on Purpose) will direct the film from a script they co-wrote with Autumn McAlpin. [THR]

• Logan Huffman (Final Girl) has enrolled in the ’80s private school drug ring film The Preppie Connection from director Joe Castelo (The War Within). [Deadline]

• Nico Evers-Swindell, the New Zealand actor best known for playing Prince William in Lifetime’s William & Kate, has joined the cast of Wrong Side of Right, an indie feature about inhumane dog breeding from French director Alex Ranarivelo. [Deadline]

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]

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