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Casting Net: Bruce Willis takes lead in 'Wake,' Steve Carell in talks for 'The Big Short'

Bruce Willis has signed on to star in Wake. In the action-thriller, Willis will play a sociopath who returns to his hometown on a remote island for his brother’s wake. Willis must save the family he is estranged from when the island comes under attack. Shooting is to begin in Cleveland in February. [Variety]

Steve Carell is in talks to join Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling in The Big Short. The film (adapted from Michael Lewis’ book) centers around the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s and the following financial crisis. Carell would play Steve Eisman, “a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

John Krasinski is in talks to star in the next Michael Bay project, 13 Hours. The film will recount “the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.” Krasinski would play one of the lead roles as a Navy SEAL.The film is based off the book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” written by Mitchell Zuckoff. [Variety]

John Lithgow will star opposite Ben Affleck in upcoming action-thriller The Accountant. Lithgow will be playing Lamar Black, a “tech magnate in the robotics field” who hires Affleck to look in to his company’s finances after some recent irregularities are found. [Deadline]

Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) will be joining the cast of The Secret In Their Eyes. Norris will be opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts in this crime-thriller remake of a 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. In the film, Norris will play a District Attorney investigator on an unsolved murder case. [Deadline]

John Krasinski set to direct and star in 'The Hollars'

Is Jim Halpert going to try and pull a Zach Braff?

John Krasinski has signed on to direct and star in The Hollars, EW has confirmed. “Krasinski also will star in the lead as John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Margo Martindale) brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Richard Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation,” according to Deadline, which first reported the news.

This will be Krasinski’s second directorial outing; he also directed 2009’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, and more lend their voices

• Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon), John Krasinski (The Office), and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) are among the list of stars providing their voices to the English-language version of Director Hayao Miyazaki’s spectacular final feature The Wind Rises. Also voicing characters are Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Martin Short (Saturday Night Live), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Werner Herzog (Jack Reacher), William H. Macy (Shameless), Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Darren Criss (Glee), Elijah Wood (Wilfred) and Ronan Farrow (From Up on Poppy Hill)

• Will Peltz (Paranoia) has joined the cast of Men, Woman & Children, Jason Reitman’s next directing gig. Peltz joins previously announced stars Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Emma Thompson, and Jennifer Garner in the film based on Chad Kultgen’s novel.  [Variety]

Previously: Josh Gad to star in Gilligan’s Island reboot

Casting Net: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce to star in 'Strangerland'; Plus, Damian Lewis, more

• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]

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Titus Welliver on 'Promised Land' fracking issue, his wife's death, working with Affleck and Damon

Titus Welliver may be known to Lost fans as the ominous “Man in Black,” and to others for tough-faced parts in Supernatural, Grimm, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, and Ben Affleck-directed movies Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and now Argo, but in Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land, he plays a regular guy store owner, a refreshing change for Welliver.

The movie, starring and co-written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, has shone a spotlight on the continued debate surrounding hydraulic fracking – an environmentally controversial method of extracting natural gas from the ground that has prompted energy companies to buy drilling rights in rural towns such as the one at the heart of the movie. Damon plays Steve, a company guy who arrives in the small farming town with his co-worker Sue (Frances McDormand) to get landowners to sign off drilling rights to their land. Welliver plays Rob, the owner of an aptly-named local store called Rob’s Guns, Groceries, Guitars and Gas, who strikes up a flirtation with Sue, and is less overtly direct about his own stance on fracking.

Welliver, though, is very clear. He’s anti-fracking, but also sees the movie as a Frank Capra-esque look at the human relationships involved, more than politics. As well, in the midst of promoting the movie, the gravel-voiced actor has been dealing with the devastating loss of his wife, producer Elizabeth W. Alexander, who died from complications due to breast cancer in October. Now a single father to their 6-year-old daughter, and two sons from a previous relationship, Welliver spoke to EW frankly and emotionally about Alexander, her firm belief in him being involved in Promised Land even while she was sick, about the controversy over fracking, and working with both Damon and Affleck, hopefully for years to come.
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CONSIDER THIS: Aaron Sorkin gives a frack about 'Promised Land'

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Academy Awards voting is in full swing, and EW’s Prize Fighter has spent the week asking folks with Oscar histories of their own to share their personal favorites of the year. Aaron Sorkin, who had an adapted screenplay nomination last year for co-writing Moneyball and won in the category for The Social Network, wrote us on behalf of Promised Land, a drama about a rural town that is considering selling its natural gas rights, though there may be an unseen risk to the reward.

Somewhere along the line, someone in the next few weeks is going to tell you that Promised Land, a perfect film from Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Gus Van Sant, is about fracking. They won’t be entirely wrong, but Promised Land is only about fracking if Jaws is about fishing. READ FULL STORY

'Promised Land,' starring and written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, gets Oscar-qualifying release

The first time Matt Damon teamed up with a fellow actor (Ben Affleck) on a feature screenplay (Good Will Hunting), Gus Van Sant directed it, Damon and his writing partner starred in it, and Damon and said partner walked away with an Academy Award. Fifteen years later, could the same thing happen again this Oscar season?

That appears to be the hope of Focus Features, which announced today it will release Van Sant’s newest film Promised Land — written by and starring Damon and John Krasinski — for an Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 28, expanding in a platform release through Jan., 2013. READ FULL STORY

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