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Casting Net: Demian Bichir in talks for untitled Low Riders pic

• Demian Bichir is in negotiations to take the lead in the untitled Low Riders film for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct the film. Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James wrote earlier drafts of the script; Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft. Set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging, the story follows a teenager caught in the middle of his traditional father, whom Bichir would play, and his estranged gangbanger brother, both of whom are competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.” Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, and Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse Productions. Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will executive produce. [Variety]

• Hailee Steinfeld has claimed the lead in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from writer-director-executive producer Dustin Lance Black. Based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith, the story follows Hadley (Steinfeld) over the course of a day. It opens with her waiting in the airport for a flight to London for her father’s second wedding. The day quickly turns around, however, when she meets a British young man who she ends up sitting next to on the plane. Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan, and Steve Hutensky are producing. The Exchange will sell the film’s international rights at AFM. [Deadline]

• Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have boarded Vincent-N-Roxxy. Gary Michael Schultz is writing and directing the action crime drama, which follows two rebels who fall in love but fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. Unified Pictures developed the project and its Keith Kjarval is producing in association with Media House Capital. Aaron L. Gilbert is executive producing. The film begins shooting in December in Louisiana. [Deadline]

• Wesley Snipes is set to star in a remake of the Five Minutes to Live. Chuck Russell is directing the crime drama from a script he wrote with Raul Sanchez-Inglis. The original starred Johnny Cash and Vic Tayback as two burglars who plot to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage. Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn, and Richard Rionda Del Castro of Hannibal Pictures are producing. Hannibal will begin selling the international rights at AFM next week. [Variety]

• Matthew Willig has joined Will Smith in Scott Free’s untitled NFL concussion drama. The footballer-turned-actor will portray real-life offensive lineman, the late Justin Strzelczyk. His autopsy revealed that he suffered from irreversible brain damage during his 10 years in the NFL, bringing attention to the dangers of football concussions. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) who discovered the pattern of traumatic brain injuries in deceased NFL players. Landesman wrote the script based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’ 2009 GQ article “Game Brain.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [THR]

• Joe Anderson (Hercules), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy), and Jessica Lowndes (90210) have been cast in Abattoir. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing the thriller, which already stars Lin Shaye, from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum, and Christopher Monfette. The story follows a real estate reporter who unveils the answer to the horrifying question: “How do you build a haunted house?” Jesse Berger is producing. Production is ongoing in New Orleans. [Variety]

Casting Net: Zach Galifianakis may re-team with Owen Wilson, more

The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in a heist comedy for Relativity Media. Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess is set to direct the pic, previously titled Loomis Fargo, which follows an armored car driver (Galifianakis) who teams up with a group of aspiring criminals to steal $20 million. Jim Carrey was previously circling the lead, but reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Galifianakis and Wilson recently appeared together in Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but does not yet have a date set for a U.S. theatrical release. [The Wrap]
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Casting Net: Hugh Jackman teams up with Neill Blomkamp; Plus, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, more

• Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) may take on an antagonist role in Neill Blomkamp’s next venture Chappie. The Elysium director has also recruited Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel to tell the story of a robot who gets abducted by two gangsters angling to use it for their own illegal needs. The Les Miserables star confirmed his involvement during a press conference for his recently released Prisoners, and will be traveling to South Africa to film his scenes at the beginning of next year. Jackman can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [ScreenDaily]
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'Machete Kills' trailer: Introducing President Charlie Sheen -- VIDEO

If you thought Danny Trejo’s Machete wouldn’t be back for more bloodshed at the end of Robert Rodriguez’ Machete, then you’ve clearly never seen Machete. Example No. 1: The former Federale returns in Machete Kills, freed from a rope noose at the request of the President of the United States of America to kill. Other stuff, too. (Tacos, occasionally.) Michelle Rodriguez lost an eye? With Demián Bichir, Lady Gaga, and Carlos Estevez — yes, Charlie Sheen — with a big gun and a fancy new title: President.

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Open Road Films to distribute Robert Rodriguez's saucy sequel 'Machete Kills' -- NEW PHOTO

If the lap dance in the newly released photo above is any indication, the Machete sequel Machete Kills, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, will be yet another sassy, violent romp starring perennial tough guy Danny Trejo.

Open Road Films announced Thursday it’s distributing the film, out in wide release in 2013. The second movie in the trilogy, about Trejo as craggy faced ex-Federale agent Machete, hails from a screenplay by Kyle Ward, based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. Besides Trejo, the movie stars a long list of known names, including pop diva Lady Gaga, making her acting debut, as well as Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mel Gibson.  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper face 'Reasonable Doubt.' Plus: Adam Brody, Trey Songs, Demian Bichir

• Adam BrodyTrey Songs, and Taye Diggs have joined the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, about a flight attendant (Paula Patton) desperately seeking a fiancé in time for her little sister’s engagement party. Brody will play a fellow flight attendant, along with costar Octavia SpencerSongs and Diggs will play potential suitors. Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, and Jill Scott also costar. Director David E. Talbert (First Sunday) penned the adaptation of his own 2003 novel of the same name. [Variety, THR]

• Recent Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will join Jude Law in Dom Hemingway, about a ex-con safecracker (Law) who wants to be rewarded for refusing to be a snitch. Bichir will play the crime lord he visits in France. Richard Shepard (The Matador) is writing and directing. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Hugh Jackman keen on MLK Jr. conspiracy drama. Plus: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Diane Lane

• James Franco will face off against Jason Statham in Homefront, a thriller written by (but not starring) Sylvester Stallone about a former DEA agent (Statham) who finds himself battling the head of a meth cartel in his new small town (Franco).  Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) is directing. Doleful beat poetry is mostly likely not involved. [Variety]

• Selena Gomez will star with Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) and Austin Stowell (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in the comedy Parental Guidance Suggested. Based on the Ric Browde novel While I’m Dead, Feed the Dog, the story follows a teenage kid (Wolff) who ends up on a raucous, music-related adventure that involves his high school crush (Gomez). Director Tim Garrick also wrote the screenplay. Dylan McDermott and Cary Elwes costar. [THR]

Diane Lane will star in Every Secret Thing, the feature debut of documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From EvilWest of Memphis). Based on the Laura Lippman novel, the story follows two 18-year-old girls recently released from prison for killing a baby when they were 11. Lane will play one of the girls’ mothers. Nicole Holofcener (Please Give) penned the script. [Variety]

John Leguizamo has signed up for supporting roles in two wildly different movies. In Kick-Ass 2, he’ll play a protective henchman for Christopher Mintz-Plasse‘s nefarious Red Mist (who refashions his persona into an unprintable new villain). Meanwhile, in Ridley Scott‘s drug world thriller The Counselor, Leguizamo will play a low-level dealer. [Deadline]

• Luke Wilson is nearing a deal to star in Million Dollar Man, an indie comedy about a soda delivery driver who finds himself with the unlikely chance of becoming a kicker for the NFL. Scott Marshall (Keeping Up with the Steins) is directing from a script by producer Alex Schrader. [Variety]

• Demian Bichir (SavagesA Better Life) has joined the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop comedy The Heat, playing an F.B.I. agent. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is directing. [Deadline]

• Josh Gad (Broadway’s Book of Mormon) will costar in The Internship opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as a misanthropic engineer employed at the tech firm that have just hired Vaughn and Wilson’s characters as newbie interns. Shawn Levy is directing from Vaughn’s script. [Deadline]

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