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Casting Net: Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons join 'Race,' Jacki Weaver eyes 'Equals'

Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic, Race. Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights of the Stephen Hopkins-directed film. Stephen James will portray the racing legend with Sudeikis as his obsessive coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play the head of the American Olympic committee, Avery Brundage, who argued for the 1936 Olympics to take place in Berlin. Shooting begins July 24 in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the script. Jean Charles Lévy (Forecast Pictures), Luc Dayan (ID+), and Kate Garwood and Hopkins (Totally Commercial Films), are producing, among others. [THR]

Jacki Weaver is reportedly in negotiations for the futuristic love story Equals. The script was written by Nathan Parker and will be directed by Drake Doremus. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins (Route One) will produce. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lynn Sheil, and Aurora Perrineau have already joined the film, which would have Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. The catch? Both suffer from “switched-on-syndrome,” in which they feel emotion. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor who helps Silas and Nia. Weaver, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, can next be seen in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. [Deadline]

Marc Menchaca (Homeland) and Jon Huertas (Castle) will star in the Kickstarter-funded psychological thriller Reparations. The film comes from writer-director Kyle Ham and follows an Indiana farmer (Menchaca) with a three-year gap in his memory; a man (Huertas) visits him, claiming he was his best friend in the Air Force Security Police. Ham is producing alongside Matthew Lessal and co-writer Steve Timm. The film raised $66,055 on Kickstarter. Principal photography began in June. [THR]

Casting Net: Jeremy Irons to star alongside Dev Patel in 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'; plus, Amanda Seyfried, more

Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) will co-star opposite Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel in The Man Who Knew Infinity, an upcoming biopic about revered Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Matthew Brown (Ropewalk) will direct and pen the screenplay for the upcoming film based off Robert Kanigel‘s biography, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. Irons will play G.H. Hardy, an English mathematician who pulls Ramanujan (Patel) out of Edwardian India and installs him at Cambridge University. [Variety]

Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) is in talks to star in He’s F-ing Perfect for Universal, about a woman who uses her social media skills to assess her friends’ dates and search for her own perfect guy. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick are producing. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Jude Law joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert.' Plus: Kim Basinger, Nick Nolte, Soairse Ronan, Jason Bateman

Jude Law (Anna Karenina) has joined the cast of Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert, co-starring Naomi Watts and Rob Pattinson, announced Sierra/Affinity, which will handle international sales of the film, on Friday. The period biopic written and directed by Herzog revolves around writer, archaeologist and British Empire attaché Gertrude Bell (Watts), and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia (Pattinson). Principal photography is set to start in Morocco in March 2013.

Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses, Arrested Development) will star in his own directorial debut Bad Words alongside Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn (Our Idiot Brother), Rohan Chandz (Jack and Jill), and Melissa McCarthy’s hubby and Bridesmaids lust object Ben Falcone, about 41-year-old high school dropout Guy Trilby (Bateman) who, through a loophole, is able to enter the National Quill Spelling Bee and is hit with the outrage of the spelling contest’s director (Janney), according to a press release Friday. Guy advances to the nationals, where he meets a contestant hopeful (Chandz). Andrew Dodge penned the original script.

Kim Basinger has joined the aging fight comedy Grudge Match, about two boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro) who come out of retirement to go head-to-head for one last match. Pete Segel will direct from a script by Tim Kelleher that was spruced up by Entourage creator Doug Ellin. Let the bloody brawl begin! [Variety]

Nick Nolte, Jeremy Irons and Thomas Jane (Hung) will headline thriller Western indie Magnificent Death From a Shattered Hand, with Jane directing from his own script co-written by Jose Prendes. The movie is about a man’s journey through the violent West, which includes an ex-soldier being sought for the rape-murder of an upper class woman. [Variety]

Saoirse Ronan (The Host, Hanna), always adding a dash of sharpness to any project, has signed on to star in Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated The Grand Budapest Hotel, with longtime Anderson muses Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, plus Ralph Fiennes and Owen Wilson, also attached. Details are still cloudy, but the movie is reportedly set in a Hungarian hotel. Anderson, who snagged accolades for this year’s sweet, funny coming-of-age Moonrise Kingdom, is directing from his own script. [Variety]

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'The Words': Bradley Cooper has a secret (and Jeremy Irons knows it) -- VIDEO

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The Words, which stars Bradley Cooper as an overnight literary sensation with a dark secret, has one of the finest examples of whatever the opposite of a meet-cute is called. (A meet-cruel?) The fair-haired young man is catching up on some light reading in the park when a disheveled older man interrupts and starts asking questions. But it’s clearly not a chance meeting; Jeremy Iron’s character has something to say, something he’s aching to say. Watch their introduction below: READ FULL STORY

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