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Casting Net: Bruce Willis takes lead in 'Wake,' Steve Carell in talks for 'The Big Short'

Bruce Willis has signed on to star in Wake. In the action-thriller, Willis will play a sociopath who returns to his hometown on a remote island for his brother’s wake. Willis must save the family he is estranged from when the island comes under attack. Shooting is to begin in Cleveland in February. [Variety]

Steve Carell is in talks to join Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling in The Big Short. The film (adapted from Michael Lewis’ book) centers around the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s and the following financial crisis. Carell would play Steve Eisman, “a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

John Krasinski is in talks to star in the next Michael Bay project, 13 Hours. The film will recount “the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.” Krasinski would play one of the lead roles as a Navy SEAL.The film is based off the book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” written by Mitchell Zuckoff. [Variety]

John Lithgow will star opposite Ben Affleck in upcoming action-thriller The Accountant. Lithgow will be playing Lamar Black, a “tech magnate in the robotics field” who hires Affleck to look in to his company’s finances after some recent irregularities are found. [Deadline]

Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) will be joining the cast of The Secret In Their Eyes. Norris will be opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts in this crime-thriller remake of a 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. In the film, Norris will play a District Attorney investigator on an unsolved murder case. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling unite for 'The Big Short'

  • Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will be taking on roles in The Big Short, a film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book follows the story of the creation of the housing and credit bubble of the early 2000s, leading up to the financial crisis, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. Along with the casting news comes the announcement that screenwriter Adam McKay will be leaving his usual comedic wheelhouse (AnchormanTalladega Nights) to pen the script and possibly direct. [Vanity Fair]
  • Selena Gomez has been cast alongside Paul Rudd in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, the story of Ben, a man who takes a job as the caregiver to Trevor, a young man with muscular dystrophy, after losing his family. Gomez will play a “sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.” Shooting will begin Jan. 22 in Atlanta [Deadline]
  • Christopher WalkenMark McGrathPatrick Warburton, and David Spade were all cast in the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture,” Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. While Walken and Spade reprised their roles from the original film, McGrath and Warburton joined the cast as new characters. The sequel will be released in summer 2015 on the Sony Pictures Television streaming service, Crackle. [Broadway World]
  • Sofia Black-D’Elia (SkinsGossip Girl) and Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire) have been cast in the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, Ben-Hur. Black-D’Elia will be taking the role of Tirzah, the politically minded sister of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), and Santoro the role of Jesus, in the story of Ben-Hur’s feud with his once friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) during the age of the Roman Empire. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Homeland’Nazanin Boniadi  have also landed roles in the Mark Burnett-produced film, set to begin filming soon in Europe. [Deadline]

Critical Mass: Will reviews plague 'Exodus'?

“Ridley Scott’s eye-candy spectacle [is] an over-the-top Old Testament epic that’s essentially Gladiator with God,” writes EW‘s Chris Nashawaty. That might serve as both critique and the best advertisement that 20th Century Fox could possibly fathom for Exodus: Gods and Kings. Christian Bale stars as Moses, the Egyptian hero who discovers that his charmed life has been a lie, and that his true destiny is freeing the long-suffering Jewish slaves, who suffer under the heel and whip. Joel Edgerton is Ramses, the narcissistic pharaoh whose heart hardens with every horrible plague that engulfs Egypt, and a slew of famous actors pop up in the background of the Biblical epic.

No spoiler alerts are required, of course. But even though the story is as old as written history, no one will want to miss the end, when a giant wave crushes the Egyptian army, as famously depicted in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic, The Ten Commandments. What will that ultimate special effect look and feel like in the hands of a modern CG master like Scott?

Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

Ridley Scott, Christian Bale talk 'Blade Runner' sequel, Batman, and what Bale's Moses beard was really made of

In anticipation of Exodus: Gods and Kings‘ release on Dec. 12, director Ridley Scott and star Christian Bale sat down for a SiriusXM Town Hall with EW to discuss the film as well as some of their other biggest projects. READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin calls Steve Jobs' daughter 'heroine' of upcoming biopic

Though Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic still hasn’t found its Jobs, the screenwriter has offered up a few more details about the film, as well as why finding someone to fill the role has been such a challenge.

In an interview with The Independent, Sorkin opened up about how Jobs’ daughter Lisa became a major facet of his writing process. Lisa, whom Jobs initially denied paternity of but later reconnected with when she was in her teens, spoke to Sorkin. These conversations were a coup for the writer, as Lisa did not speak to Walter Isaacson for the biography on which the film is based. READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale will not play Steve Jobs

Even though Aaron Sorkin only recently declared that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic, The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Bale will not take on the role.  READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen in talks to play Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs biopic

Seth Rogen may soon have his big dramatic break, perhaps joining Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, as Jobs’ Apple co-founder. A source confirmed to EW that Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak. Sony had no comment.

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Aaron Sorkin says Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg Christian Bale is indeed playing Steve Jobs and that he will “crush it.”  READ FULL STORY

See Ridley Scott's plagues in new 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer

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When one thinks of Moses one typically thinks of… Coldplay, right?* Well, Coldplay is what you’ll get in the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.

(Okay, yes, you may actually think of Coldplay, given that the band has a song called “Moses” and Chris Martin’s son is named Moses. “Moses” is not the song used in this trailer.)

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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.

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