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Casting Net: Maya Rudolph reunites with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler; Plus, Keanu Reeves, more

• Maya Rudolph will reunite with her Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Universal’s The Nest. She’ll play a childhood friend of Poehler and Fey’s characters, who are sisters who throw one last blowout in their parents’ up-for-sale house. Greta Lee (Girls) has also joined the cast. She’ll play a woman who gets a “pity invite” to the party. Paula Pell wrote the screenplay, and Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct.  [THR; Deadline] READ FULL STORY

James Brolin cast as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's father in 'The Nest'

James Brolin is about to become a father, again.

EW has confirmed that Brolin was cast as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s father in Universal’s comedy The Nest. The film follows Fey and Poehler as two sisters who decide to throw one final party before the sale of their parents’ home. The Nest, which also stars The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholtz, is directed by Jason Moore based on an original script from SNL‘s Paula Pell.

Deadline first reported the news.

Casting Net: Kristen Wiig to direct, star in buddy comedy; Plus, Oprah Winfrey, Kylie Minogue, more

• Kristin Wiig is set to make her directorial debut on an untitled buddy comedy that she and her Bridesmaids co-scribe Annie Mumolo will write together. The story is about “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” Wiig will also star in the pic, which TriStar chairman Tom Rothman joked will be “a searing and depressing drama, which is what the world needs right now.” [New York Times] READ FULL STORY

Dave Franco to star in James Franco's movie about 'The Room'

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James Franco has found the man to play actor Greg Sestero in his forthcoming adaptation of Sestero‘s 2013 book The Disaster Artist, which details the author’s involvement in the cult film The Room. Not that Franco had to look very far: According to 3 News, Franco’s brother Dave attended a Los Angeles screening of The Room over the weekend and, during a Q&A with the film’s mercurial writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau, asked him, “How do you feel about me playing Greg Sestero in the movie?” Wiseau responded by declaring, “That’s what I say: It’s a good choice.” James Franco seemed to confirm the casting news when he tweeted a photograph of Wiseau with his brother, which you can see above.

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Josh Brolin to star with George Clooney in Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!'

Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest project is picking up speed.

In an announcement Monday, Universal Pictures confirmed that they had acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Hail, Caesar!, an original screenplay from the Oscar-winning siblings who will also write and direct the film, which, Deadline reported, centers on a 1950s-era Hollywood “fixer” named Eddie Mannix.

Josh Brolin, who starred in No Country for Old Men and True Grit, will join fellow Coen brothers regular George Clooney (Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) in the pic.

Casting Net: Jake Gyllenhaal circles 'Demolition'; Plus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, more

• Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy) is in early talks to star in Demolition, a Black List screenplay that Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) plans to direct. Penned by Bryan Sipe, the story follows an investment banker dealing with the sudden death of his wife. But, another woman steps in when things seem most desperate. Gyllenhaal has a number of projects in post-production, including David O. Russell’s Nailed, Dan Gilroy’s L.A. noir Nightcrawler and Everest (Sept. 18, 2015). [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Denzel Washington in talks for 'Magnificent Seven' remake; Plus Judi Dench, Zac Efron, more

• Denzel Washington, about to end a run on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, is in talks to star in a remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven for MGM. Washington would once again work with Antoine Fuqua, who directed his Oscar-winning performance in Training Day and the upcoming film The Equalizer. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt had previously been eyed for the project with drafts of the script written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and most recently John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

Lupita Nyong'o to produce and star in adaptation of 'Americanah'

Three days after joining the cast of the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has found her next project. The Yale grad will produce and star in an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, the winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell could re-team for 'Daddy's Home'; Plus, Rose Leslie, more

After the unlikely duo paired up for 2010’s The Other Guys, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are in talks to co-star in Daddy’s Home, which could begin production as early as this fall. The film pits an eager stepfather (Ferrell) against a wild biological father (Wahlberg), as both compete for the love of the children in question. Vince Vaughn was previously circling the pic when Etan Cohen was attached to direct. We’re the Millers scribes Sean Anders and John Morris (who are directing Horrible Bosses 2) are now the likely directors. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Will Smith may tackle NFL concussion pic, more

• Will Smith is reportedly in talks to star in an untitled NFL concussion drama for Sony. The story will be based on Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ 2009 article “Game Brain” that was published in GQ. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is set to write and direct the pic, which is being described as a whistleblower tale similar to The Insider. Smith would play Dr. Bennet Omalu, according to the report. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

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