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John Krasinski set to direct and star in 'The Hollars'

Is Jim Halpert going to try and pull a Zach Braff?

John Krasinski has signed on to direct and star in The Hollars, EW has confirmed. “Krasinski also will star in the lead as John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Margo Martindale) brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Richard Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation,” according to Deadline, which first reported the news.

This will be Krasinski’s second directorial outing; he also directed 2009’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

Casting Net: Anna Kendrick finds 'Mr. Right'; Plus, Nick Offerman, more

• Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) will play a woman looking for love in the Max Landis-scripted Mr. Right. She thinks she may have found the one till she discovers that he’s a hit man…but, you know, a reformed one. His past catches up with him and suddenly both of their lives are in jeopardy. Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) has also joined the cast, but it was unclear from the report whether he is her Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas (Tokarev) will direct the pic, which is scheduled for a fall shoot. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may share the screen again; Plus, Lauren Graham, more

They sizzled in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and now Hollywood’s most famous couple may share the silver screen once more. Angelina Jolie is reportedly in early talks to star with Brad Pitt in a film that she wrote. According to Deadline, the film doesn’t have distribution yet. Very few details are currently available, but let’s take the opportunity to remember the time they did THIS. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult brave the 'Autobahn'; Plus, Anna Kendrick, more

• Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) will play an American couple on the run from two criminals (Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley) in Autobahn. Joel Silver is producing the action-thriller which begins production next week. Evan Creevy (Welcome To The Punch) will direct. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Melissa McCarthy comedy adds Allison Janney, Morena Baccarin; Plus, Rob Lowe, more

• Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) will both play CIA agents in Paul Feig‘s Spy, which is currently filming in Europe. The comedy, about a CIA analyst who gets a shot at field work, reunites the Bridesmaids director with Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne, while Jude Law, Jason Statham, and Bobby Cannavale round out the ensemble cast. [DeadlineTHR] READ FULL STORY

Hailee Steinfeld joins 'Pitch Perfect 2'

The Oscar nominee can sing!

Hailee Steinfeld has been cast in Pitch Perfect 2, EW has confirmed. She’ll join alums from the first movie, including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, in the Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel to the musical comedy hit. No details about Steinfeld’s role have been released, but the script will once again be penned by Kay Cannon.

Filming is currently under way; last week, Wilson tweeted out a photo of the cast on set.

Pitch Perfect 2 will be released May 15, 2015.

Casting Net: Sandra Bullock eyes the Tupperware story; Plus Eddie Redmayne, more

• Sandra Bullock is circling the role of Brownie Wise in an untitled pic about the rise of Tupperware. Wise was the saleswoman who helped the airtight containers succeed in the ’50s thanks to her innovative “party plan” marketing scheme. The Help‘s Tate Taylor is attached to direct the movie, which will be based on Bob Kealing‘s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed. [THR] READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: Episode VII': Casting reports we had a bad feeling about...

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These were not the actors J.J. Abrams was looking for.

In the year since Lucasfilm announced that the Star Trek and Super 8 filmmaker would be launching a new trilogy, we’ve been treated to a litany of casting rumors that would make R2-D2 squeal as his head spun around. Most proved to be utterly false.

Did every actor on the planet want a role? Yes. Did every actor talk to Lucasfilm about a role? No, but a lot did. Here are some of the also-rans. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Knoxville to take 'Sick Day'

Johnny Knoxville will star in Sick Day, EW has confirmed.

Described as a modern-day Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sick Day will follow three friends who call in sick once a year in hopes of fulfilling all their wildest fantasies without getting caught. Knoxville is the first of the trio to be cast. READ FULL STORY

Chloe Grace Moretz will be killing aliens in 'The 5th Wave'

Sony Pictures announced that they officially inked the deal with Chloe Grace Moretz to play Cassie in the film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. Relative newcomer J Blakeson will direct, but veteran Susannah Grant will write the adapted screenplay  (Erin Brockovich; The Soloist). After the world has been destroyed by four waves of brutal alien invasions, a young girl named Cassie is desperately trying to save her little brother before the inevitable “5th wave” of attacks. On her journey she meets a boy who may be her only hope of survival. READ FULL STORY

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