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Casting Net: Channing Tatum to be 'Struck by Genius' in new drama

• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as PTSD and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]

• Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join the Ben-Hur remake starring Jack Huston. Kebbell would play the villainous Messala, former friend to the title slave who is now a Roman commander. Wanted‘s Timur Bekmambetov is already set to direct Huston and Morgan Freeman in the adaptation written by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley. [Variety]

• The Big C star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan‘s directorial debut Ithaca. The film written by Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) is adapted from the William Saroyan novel “The Human Comedy” and follows life in a small California town during World War II. Ryan will also appear in the film alongside Tom Hanks, son Jack Quaid, and Sam Shepard. [The Wrap]

• King Arthur has found his queen. French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey has been tapped to play Guinevere in director Guy Ritchie‘s Knights Of The Roundtable: King ArthurCharlie Hunnam is already set to wear the crown of the title role for the Warner Bros film. Previously, Berges-Frisbey appeared as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which required the actress to learn English. The story of the royal legend has been adapted by Joby Harold (Awake) with the potential for six installments of a franchise being created. [Deadline]

• Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has joined Sandra Bullock in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is directing the movie based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Oscar winners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film written by Peter Straughan (Frank). [The Wrap]

• Paul Reiser will play Dr. Elliott Pellman, the chair of the NFL medical committee in Sony’s untitled football concussion movie. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is writing and directing the drama based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. It will star Will Smith as neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu with Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in supporting roles. [THR]

• Dennis Haysbert (24) will appear in two upcoming films. The first is as one of the leads in the zombie movie Dead Rising from director Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins). The freaky film from Legendary Digital and Crackle is based on the video game of the same name. In addition, Haysbert has also booked a cameo role in Seth MacFarlane’Ted 2, currently filming in Boston and starring Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and of course America’s favorite foul-mouthed teddy bear. [The Wrap]

• This won’t be your mother’s Mark Twain. Kyle Gallner (American Sniper) and Adam Nee (Drunk History) will play modern versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, respectively, in the comedic thriller Band of Robbers. Adam and Aaron Nee will direct the film, in which the criminal Huck and corrupt cop Tom join together to form the titled group of misfits including Becky Thatcher, played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist and Injun Joe, played by Avatar‘s Stephen Lang. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Dennis Haysbert takes on Michael Clarke Duncan's role in 'Sin City 2.' Plus: Timothy Olyphant, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Whishaw

• 24‘s Dennis Haysbert is in talks to play Manute in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the role originated in 2005’s Sin City by actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who passed away earlier this year at 54. Haysbert will join Mickey Rourke, Jessica AlbaJaime King, and Rosario Dawsome, who are all reprising their roles in the first film; Jamie Chung is taking over Devon Aoki’s role. As with the first film, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are sharing writing and directing duties on the film, based on Miller’s series of Sin City graphic novels. [THR]

• Timothy Olyphant (FX’s Justified) will join Kurt RussellPeter SarsgaardRichard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter (Showtime’s Dexter) in Bone Tomahawk, a horror Western about four men who are tasked with saving the prisoners of a band of man-eating cave people. First time feature director S. Craig Zahler also penned the script. [Deadline]

• Giancarlo Esposito (NBC’s Revolution, AMC’s Breaking Bad) has signed onto Poker Night, about a cop who must somehow piece together the stories he’s heard at his regular poker game in order to survive a serial killer with an apparent affection for elaborate mind games. Fellow bad ass character actors Ron PerlmanTitus Welliver, and Ron Eldard costar, along with young up-and-comer Beau Mirchoff (MTV’s Awkward., I Am Number Four). Greg Francis, who made his bones directing true crime documentaries for the Investigation Discovery Channel, will make his feature film directorial debut from his own script. [Deadline]

• Ben Whishaw (SkyfallCloud Atlas) has joined the cast of Lilting, playing the British boyfriend of a Chinese man (Andrew LeungComes a Bright Day) whose sudden death leaves behind a mother (Cheng Pei Pei, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) who does not speak English and feels helpless in the U.K. Writer-director Hong Khaou is making his feature debut with the film. [THR]

Ryan Kwanten (HBO’s True Blood) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) have joined Cut Snake, an Australian thriller about two ex-cons who torch a nightclub while people are still inside it, killing 15 people. (It’s inspired by a true story, awfully enough.) Tony Ayres (The Home Song Stories) will direct from a script by Aussie TV scribe Blake Ayshford. [Deadline]

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