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Casting Net: Robert DeNiro in negotiations to reteam with Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell for 'Joy'

• Robert De Niro is in talks for Joy. If the deal closes, De Niro would re-team him with actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell, whom he worked with on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The film tells the story of inventor of the Miracle Mop, Joy Mangano, whom Lawrence would play. De Niro is considering the role of Mangano’s father, but his decision reportedly depends on whether Lawrence’s deal closes. Russell is rewriting the script, which tracks Mangano’s path from single mother in Long Island to QVC star, originally by Bridesmaids scribe Annie Mumolo. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in early February. [THR]

• Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are set to star in Central Intelligence. We’re the MillersRawson Marshall Thurber is directing the film, which The Hangover‘s Ed Helms will executive produce. Centered on an approaching high school reunion, the story follows a high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) who is contacted by a high school loser turned—wait for it—CIA contract killer (Johnson). The pair team to stop a plan to sell classified military secrets. Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen wrote the original script, with updates from Sean Anders and John Morris, and the latest draft from Thurber. [Variety]

• Ayelet Zurer, known for Man of Steel and Daredevil, is in talks for Ben-Hur. The film stars Jack Huston as the titular Jewish prince who is betrayed by his friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell), and thrown into slavery as a result. Ben-Hur fights his way out of slavery with a little help from his chariot racing teacher, played by Morgan Freeman. Zurer would play Naomi, Beh-Hur’s mother. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the film, both a remake and adaptation, from a script by Keith Clarke with a rewrite by John Ridley. [THR]

Evil Dead‘s Bruce Campbell and Animal Kingdom‘s James Frecheville have been cast as the leads in Highly Functional. Marc Forby is directing the road comedy, which was written by Tom Dibble. The story follows a young autistic man (Frecheville) who kidnaps a former country rock star (Cambell), believing that a performance from the musician will cure his dying caregiver. Annabeth Gish, Missi Pyle, G.W. Bailey, and Judge Reinhold also star in the film, which features original songs by Christopher Nicholas Bangs. Highly Functional began shooting in New Mexico, and will wrap in Canada in mid-December. [Variety]

Tomorrowland‘s Britt Robertson has signed on for a lead part in Cook. The film tells the story of a dying man who hires a cook to make meals for his girlfriend and daughter following his passing. Eddie Murphy stars as the titular Henry Church who develops a long-lasting relationship with the family. Bruce Beresford is directing the film, which is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles this month. SusanMcMartin wrote the script based on her own experience. [Deadline]

Saturday Night Live alum Brooks Wheelan, stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler, and Men at Work alum Michael Cassidy are the first members of the ensemble to join The Out of Town Wedding. The indie comedy, from writer Jed Rigney, follows a group of five friends who travel to a resort for a wedding that ends in chaos. [THR]

• James Maslow, of Big Time Rush fame, has claimed the lead in the indie thriller Wild for the Night. Maslow will play a loner searching for his sister’s killer amidst the L.A. underground electronic dance music scene. Benny Boom is directing from a script by Gregory Ramon Anderson, Rashad El Amin, Hannah Macpherson, and Joshua Michael Stern. [Variety]

• Sara Rue and Dean Geyer have been added to the cast of Maternal Bonds, which Chris Sivertson will direct. The story follows a “baby whisperer” named Beth (Rue) who befriends a handful of exhausted new parents. But Beth, a single mother who had her child following an affair with a married man, is not the perfect person she appears to be. The film kicks off shooting this week in Los Angeles. [The Wrap]

The Rock will find two more things to 'Journey' to the center of

Who among us saw the 2008 Brendan Fraser-led remake Journey to the Center of the Earth and thought, “This undoubtedly marks the august beginnings of a four-part motion picture franchise”? Because they would be right.

According to The Hollywood ReporterNew Line Cinemas and Walden Media have announced that both a third and fourth Journey film have entered development. While no one’s talking about plot, Journey 2 star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to return, with scripts from Chad and Carey Hayes, who previously wrote The Conjuring. Brad Peyton, who also worked with Johnson on Journey 2 and the upcoming thriller San Andreas, will return to direct, as will producer Beau Flynn. Actor Josh Hutcherson is expected to return as well, although he is not officially attached.

This post has been updated to reflect that Brad Peyton is attached to direct.

Casting Net: Dwayne Johnson in early talks for 'The Janson Directive,' more

• Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) is in early talks to star in the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Janson Directive for Universal. The book, published after Ludlum’s death, follows an ex-Navy Seal who is forced on the run when a rescue mission goes bad. There is no writer or director attached at this early stage, but according to the report, it could be a potential franchise. [THR] READ FULL STORY

'Hercules' trailer: The son of Zeus just wants to be a husband and a father -- VIDEO

It’s hard being Hercules.

Sure, he can kill a lion as it leaps toward him off a cliff and fashion its skull into a hat, but the son of Zeus (Dwayne Johnson) has more domestic aspirations in Brett Ratner’s latest. Unfortunately, a tragic turn of events sets him down a different path, and Hercules must step up to defend mortals against some unrelenting descendents of Hades.

Check out the second, somewhat spoiler-heavy trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Paul Walker: Dwayne Johnson, Scott Caan, more friends and colleagues remember 'Fast & Furious' star

Paul Walker’s sudden death Saturday shocked his legions of fans, including those closest to him. Entertainment Weekly spoke with several of them who remember a man who loved his job but was primarily devoted to his family. Below, some of the most poignant remarks from his friends and colleagues:


Paul Walker: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson remembers his friend and costar

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared the screen with Paul Walker on 2011’s Fast Five and 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. In honor of Walker, who passed away Nov. 30, Johnson called EW to reflect on his friend and costar.

Entertainment Weekly: It seems like Paul didn’t relish the media spotlight, so we don’t actually know all that much about him off-screen. What would you like people to know?
Dwayne Johnson: That was one of the interesting things about Paul: his reservations about being in the spotlight and being a star, whatever the definition of that may be.  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Robert Pattinson heads to the 'Lost City of Z'; Plus Taylor Kitsch turns sadistic, more

• Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z about the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). The report did not specify who exactly Pattinson would be playing in director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) adaptation. Brad Pitt, who was originally set to star as the explorer, is now just attached in a producing capacity. Pattinson can be seen next in The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and is currently gearing up to work with Werner Herzog to play T.E. Lawrence in Queen of the Desert. [The Wrap]


Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd up for 'Ant-Man'; Plus, Bill Murray, more

With the Avengers largely assembled it’s easy to forget that there are still a few Marvel roles that remain un-cast, including director Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) and Paul Rudd (This Is 40) are reportedly in talks to take on the superhero role for the feature, which already has a July 31, 2015, release date set. Gordon-Levitt, 32, already has some comic book clout, having appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (a DC property). This would be a departure for Rudd, 44, who has tended toward mid-size comedies and smaller dramas for most of his career. [Variety]

Casting Net: Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan plan a road trip; Plus, Cate Blanchett and more

• Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) are set to star in Life, which tells the story of Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and his burgeoning friendship with James Dean (DeHaan) as they embark on a road trip on assignment for Life magazine in 1955. Music video and feature director Anton Corbijn (The American, Control) is helming the project from a screenplay by Luke Davies, who penned 2006’s Candy. The shoot is expected to begin this February in Canada. [ScreenDaily]

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tweets first look at 'Hercules' helmet

This is Sparta Hercules! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted this morning from the set of his upcoming film Hercules: The Thracian Wars, posting a photo of Hercules’ helmet. This follows a set photo Johnson tweeted on Sunday, praising production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos, whose previous work includes Amour, 10,000 B.C., and Lord of War.

The Brett Ratner-directed film is an adaptation of Radical Comics’ eponymous limited series by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya. The film follows the Greek demigod, who, after enduring through his legendary twelve labors, has become a mercenary. His life as a sword-for-hire is tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Also starring Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt, as the King of Thrace, the film is set in a grittier reality without the influence of the supernatural.

Check out the sneak tweet of the Greek demigod’s headgear below:

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