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Casting Net: Andrew Garfield teams up with Scorsese; Plus James Franco joins 3-D Wim Wenders drama, more

• Martin Scorsese has found a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for his feature Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese-language novel. The fictional story follows a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan. Ken Watanabe (Inception) also stars in the film, which will be largely shot in Japanese. At one point, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were going to star in the film. [Variety]

• James Franco is set to join Paris, Texas director Wim Wenders’  upcoming drama Everything Will Be Fine, about a writer who kills a child accidentally. The story will follow Thomas (Franco) for 12 years after the accident as he attempts to live a normal life. Sarah Polley (Splice) also stars. Wenders plans to make the film in 3-D — his second using the format. His first was the 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary Pina. [THR]


MGM wants Rob Corddry for a 'Hot Tub Time Machine' sequel

Hot Tub Time Machine grossed a decent-but-not-huge amount of money in theaters back in 2010, apparently proving once and for all that the American public just wasn’t ready for a movie title Hot Tub Time Machine. But the movie grossed a decent chunk of change on DVD, and now the Hollywood Reporter claims that MGM is currently in the early stages of developing a sequel. The key part of the equation seems to be Rob Corddry, who played Lou, the most memorable/insane part of the original ensemble. In the three years since Hot Tub, Corddry’s Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital has grown into a cult hit. Ratings have risen; the show has won an Emmy; the cast has staged an annual chaos-takeover of EW’s Comic-Con interview lounge. READ FULL STORY

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