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Casting Net: Jack Huston to star as title role in 'Ben-Hur' remake

• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. The movie is set to be released February 26, 2016. [Deadline]

• Katey Sagal will play the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in Bleed For This. The Sons of Anarchy star joins the previously announced Miles Teller as the former world champ nicknamed the Pazmanian Devil. Writer/director Ben Younger (Prime) will oversee a cast that also includes Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Clayton (John Carter), Ciaran Hinds (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) and Tom DeNucci (Loosies) while filming begins in Rhode Island next month. [Deadline]

• Shortly before the release of A Walk Among the TombstonesLiam Neeson has already been approached to star in another thriller novel adaptation for film. Universal has begun working on Tell No One by bestselling novelist Harlan Coben with the hopes that Neeson would star. Chris Terrio (Argo) has written the script from the source material that was already made into a French film in 2006. [Deadline]

• House of Cards‘ Kate Mara has reportedly been offered a role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Adapted from the book by Andy Weir, the film will star Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) has written the script that has had Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in talks for lead roles as well with a Nov. 25, 2015 release. [Deadline]

• John Leguizamo, Nick Sandow (Orange is the New Black) and Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) have joined the ensemble cast of Meadowland. Cinematographer Reed Morano (The Skeleton Twins) is making her directorial debut in the drama written by Chris Rossi. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson star as a couple dealing with the disappearance of their son in drastically different ways with Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins (Insidious), Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed) and Juno Temple also appearing as various New Yorkers they come in contact with. Orange is the New Black Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne was previously attached to the film but has since dropped out due to a schedule conflict. [Screen Daily]

• Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is in talks to star in a film version of the musical Hello Again. Based on the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, the off-Broadway tuner from Michael John LaChiusa follows the sexual trysts of 10 characters in 10 different scenes across several generations. Tom Gustafson will direct the film that partner Cory Krueckeberg has adapted. No word on which character McDonald would play after winning a record-breaking sixth Tony as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at the Emerson Grill. [ShowBiz 411]

• Kevin Pollak (Mom) and Joey King (Wish I Was Here) are heading up north for the indie Canadian road trip movie BorealisJonas Chernick (Degrassi) stars in his own screenplay as an unemployed gambler on the run with his stoner teenage daughter (King) from a volatile bookie (Pollack) chasing after them. Sean Garrity is directing the film that also features Jake Epstein (Degrassi), Greg Bryk (A History of Violence) and Cle Bennett (Rookie Blue). [THR]

• John Carroll Lynch, who will soon appear as the villainous clown on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Freak Show, has been cast as Jerry Sandusky in Happy Valley. Director Brian De Palma is set to reunite with his Scarface star Al Pacino as the late Joe Paterno in the film about the Penn State coach’s legacy and the abuse scandal that ultimately lead to his firing shortly before his death from cancer. The script written by Dave McKenna (American History X) is based on Joe Posnanski’s bestselling book Paterno. [The Wrap]

• Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) will star opposite Elisabeth Moss in the psychological thriller Queen of Earth. Waterson replaces Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery who withdrew when scheduling didn’t work out. The film from Listen Up Phillip director Alex Ross Perry follows two best friends trying to reconnect with each other on a beach vacation. [THR]

• Joey Kern (Workaholics)Luke Edwards (The Wizard)Bree Williamson (True Detective) and Brad Greenquist (Water for Elephants) have signed on for the meta horror film The Beginners Guide to Snuff from directing duo The Butcher Brothers (The Violent Kind), aka Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores. Kern and Edwards star as two actor brothers trying to make it in Hollywood who decide to actually kidnap an actress (Williamson) while making a pretend snuff film in order to make it as terrifying as possible. They soon realize they picked the wrong girl. Greenquist will play the dark head of security at a theme park in the movie written by Cory Knauf, Adam Weis and Altieri. [THR]

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'Chef': Jon Favreau shows his son how to cook (and lie to his mother) -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Come hungry, leave happy.

That’s probably the feeling you’ll have after seeing Chef, the new movie from writer/director Jon Favreau. It premiered at last month’s SXSW festival in Austin, and EW has an exclusive clip of the food lover’s film.

Favreau stars as Carl, who quits his job as a chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant and decides to open a food truck in Miami to stir up his creative juices, sauces, and more! The cast includes Sofia Vergara as Favreau’s ex-wife and John Leguizamo as his friend who both helps out in the new culinary venture and with Favreau’s son, played by Emjay Anthony. In the clip, Vergara calls in to check on the progress of the other three men in a typical, overbearing, motherly way. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Jon Favreau takes talents to Miami in 'Chef' trailer -- VIDEO

Judging by its trailer, Jon Favreau’s Chef will belong in the don’t-see-on-an-empty stomach genre, much like 2009′s Julie and Julia and 2011′s Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Casting Net: Robin Wright, Sam Worthington board 'Everest,' more

• Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) will join the cast of director Baltasar Kormakur‘s Everest, which is currently shooting in Nepal. The large ensemble includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and John Hawkes. Worthington will play a climbing expert, and Wright will play the wife of Brolin’s character. The Universal pic is set for  Sept. 18, 2015, release. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jack Nicholson may reunite with Tom Cruise for a comedy; Plus, James Brown biopic casts its Mick Jagger, more

• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time Oscar winner has not appeared in a movie since 2010′s How Do You Know. [THR]

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Casting Net: Robert Pattinson set for 'Hold On to Me.' Plus: Tyler Perry, Amy Adams, Tom Hardy

• Tyler Perry will star in (as well as write, produce, and direct) Single Mom’s Club, about a group of single mothers who come together after an episode at their local school. No word on what Perry’s role would be, but hopefully it does not involve hunting ruthless assassins a la this weekend’s Alex Cross — that would just be weird. Lionsgate is in final talks to distribute. [Variety]

Amy Adams is attached to play legendary rocker Janis Joplin in the biopic Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, which Lee Daniels is in negotiations to direct. First time feature screenwriters Ron Terry (who is also producing) and Theresa Kounin-Terry penned the script. [THR]

• Tom Hardy is attached to an untitled drama about an ex-special forces soldier who tries to stop illegal poaching in Zimbabwe. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) is penning the script, with Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire among the producers. The trio of actors is also keen on a separate film that also tackles the poaching industry from a Traffic-like ensemble perspective, but no writer is yet set for that project. [Deadline]

• John Leguizamo is in talks to costar with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along, a comedy about a teacher who accompanies a cop — who is also his fiancée’s brother — on a day’s patrol. Leguizamo would play an undercover police officer. Tim Story (Think Like a Man) is directing. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Hugh Jackman keen on MLK Jr. conspiracy drama. Plus: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Diane Lane

• James Franco will face off against Jason Statham in Homefront, a thriller written by (but not starring) Sylvester Stallone about a former DEA agent (Statham) who finds himself battling the head of a meth cartel in his new small town (Franco).  Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) is directing. Doleful beat poetry is mostly likely not involved. [Variety]

• Selena Gomez will star with Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) and Austin Stowell (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in the comedy Parental Guidance Suggested. Based on the Ric Browde novel While I’m Dead, Feed the Dog, the story follows a teenage kid (Wolff) who ends up on a raucous, music-related adventure that involves his high school crush (Gomez). Director Tim Garrick also wrote the screenplay. Dylan McDermott and Cary Elwes costar. [THR]

Diane Lane will star in Every Secret Thing, the feature debut of documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From EvilWest of Memphis). Based on the Laura Lippman novel, the story follows two 18-year-old girls recently released from prison for killing a baby when they were 11. Lane will play one of the girls’ mothers. Nicole Holofcener (Please Give) penned the script. [Variety]

John Leguizamo has signed up for supporting roles in two wildly different movies. In Kick-Ass 2, he’ll play a protective henchman for Christopher Mintz-Plasse‘s nefarious Red Mist (who refashions his persona into an unprintable new villain). Meanwhile, in Ridley Scott‘s drug world thriller The Counselor, Leguizamo will play a low-level dealer. [Deadline]

• Luke Wilson is nearing a deal to star in Million Dollar Man, an indie comedy about a soda delivery driver who finds himself with the unlikely chance of becoming a kicker for the NFL. Scott Marshall (Keeping Up with the Steins) is directing from a script by producer Alex Schrader. [Variety]

• Demian Bichir (SavagesA Better Life) has joined the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop comedy The Heat, playing an F.B.I. agent. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is directing. [Deadline]

• Josh Gad (Broadway’s Book of Mormon) will costar in The Internship opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as a misanthropic engineer employed at the tech firm that have just hired Vaughn and Wilson’s characters as newbie interns. Shawn Levy is directing from Vaughn’s script. [Deadline]

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