• Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons is the latest name to emerge in the Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill. According to The Wrap, Plemons is flying to Los Angeles to audition for director J.J. Abrams for the highly secretive Disney/Lucasfilm project, which is scheduled for a Dec. 18, 2015, release. Franchise originals Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are all expected to return, but the cast still remains a mystery. Other recent rumors have included Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sullivan Stapleton. [The Wrap]
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Casting Net: John Goodman joins 'The Gambler'; Plus, Gerard Butler in talks for Swayze role in 'Point Break'
• John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis) has reportedly joined the cast of The Gambler. The veteran actor joins Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, and Jessica Lange in the Rupert Wyatt-directed remake of the 1974 James Caan pic that was loosely inspired by a Dostoyevsky novella. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for The Departed, wrote the script. According to the report, Goodman will play a loan shark in the film which likely won’t hit theaters till 2015. In addition to his role in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Goodman can be seen next in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, out Feb. 7, 2014. [The Wrap]
• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]
Vin Diesel will indeed voice the part of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel announced the news Saturday night, even though rumors have been circling his involvement since August. Diesel even posted an unsubtle cover photo on his facebook page of the monstrous tree months ago. But, nothing confirms it like a photo of the Fast & Furious star hugging a model of his on-screen avatar in front of a giant Guardians logo.
• Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange will join Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson in Paramount’s remake of The Gambler. The American Horror Story star will play the wealthy mother of Wahlberg’s character, who is struggling with debt. The 64-year-old actress can be seen next in the thriller In Secret, with Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen (out Feb. 21). [Deadline]
• Girls star Zosia Mamet and Thomas Mann (Project X) have joined the cast of Outliving Emily, an ensemble project currently underway in New York that’s made up of six distinct vignettes. Eric Weber (A Jersey Christmas) is writing and directing the pic about a tumultuous marriage told across 50 years. [Variety]
• Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ Pan. Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) is directing the Peter Pan origin story off of a script from Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). The role was reportedly originally offered to Javier Bardem, who ended up passing on the project. Ryan Gosling also reportedly passed on the Hook part. In this film, Blackbeard will be Pan’s main antagonist, while Hook serves as an ally. In addition to Pan, Wright is looking for an actor to portray Tiger Lily. [Variety]
Paul Rudd may be best known for his high-profile supporting comedic roles, but the veteran actor might be going the superhero route. The Wrap reports that Rudd has been cast as biochemist Hank Pym in director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.
The Kevin Feige-produced Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015 and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but little else is known about Marvel’s newest addition to their big-screen superhero universe. For instance, there may be a second character — Scott Lang — who steals Pym’s discoveries and becomes Ant-Man.
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• Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) is nearing a deal to produce a big screen adaptation of Sandman and is rumored to be in talks to direct and star in the comic book adaptation as the character Morpheus. David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) is penning the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic graphic novel for Warner Bros. Gordon-Levitt can be seen next in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (out Aug. 22, 2014). [Deadline; BadassDigest]
Casting Net: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan in talks for 'Triple Nine'; Plus James Franco, more
• 12 Years a Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), and Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace) are in talks to star in Triple Nine, a crime drama from director John Hillcoat (The Road). Oscar-winners Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) have also been circling the long-gestating project, which follows a group of corrupt police officers looking to plan a heist. Affleck would be replacing Charlie Hunnam in the pic. [The Wrap]
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