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Casting Net: Elizabeth Olsen for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'?; Plus, Bradley Cooper in talks to voice Rocket Raccoon, more

• Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly in talks to play Wanda Maximoff (also known as the Scarlet Witch) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Marvel character is the offspring of Magneto (an X-Men character and Fox property) and boasts the ability to reshape reality and alter probabilities. Olsen broke out in the independent world with her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene, but it seems like she has broader, more mainstream plans — she recently wrapped Godzilla and will be appearing in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. [Bleeding Cool]
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Casting Net: Paul Reiser cast as Miles Teller's father; Plus, Ed Westwick as a vampire?, Kaley Cuoco, more

• After being subjected to an absentee father in the form of Kyle Chandler in The Spectacular Now, there’s a new dad in Miles Teller‘s life.  Paul Reiser has signed on to writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, the feature version of his Sundance-winning short, which is expected to begin shooting in the next few weeks. The Aliens actor recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra and is currently filming the comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, and Dane DeHaan. [THR]

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Casting Net: Melissa McCarthy in talks for a James Bond inspired role; Plus James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein, more

• Melissa McCarthy can basically do whatever she wants these days, especially alongside her Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig. Her latest awesome endeavor? Potentially starring in Susan Cooper, a spy comedy about a James Bond-esque character. McCarthy, of course, would play the female Bond spinoff. According to the report, the project is being developed as a potential franchise and Feig would direct. Scheduling could be an issue, though. McCarthy has multiple projects with her production company On the Day as well as her Mike & Molly commitments. Still, McCarthy as a James Bond-type sounds delightfully promising. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Dev Patel in early talks for Neill Blomkamp film; Plus, David Oyelowo, more

• Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is in early talks to star in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, a sci-fi film with social and political themes based on his short Tertra Vaal about a police force of robots. The British actor is a regular on The Newsroom and will be reprising his role as Neal in the second season of the HBO show, which starts up again on  July 14. [THR]

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Casting Net: Rooney Mara teams up with Martin Sheen; Plus, Lance Reddick, more

 Hopefully Rooney Mara (Side Effects) and Martin Sheen (The Departed) will get a chance to trade Terrence Malick stories when they begin filming Trash in Rio De Janeiro next month. The two actors have signed on to star in the adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s 2010 young adult novel about three homeless boys living in an intentionally ambiguous “third world” country in the near future who discover something in a trash heap worth protecting. Mara will play an NGO worker and Sheen is set for the part of Father Julliard. Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein will make their film debuts as the three boys.  Stephen Daldry (The Hours) is set to direct the project, which was adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis (War Horse). [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Liam Neeson in talks for 'Taken 3'; Plus, 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' finds a lead, more

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• Liam Neeson is reportedly in talks to star in a third installment of Taken, about the retired CIA agent who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are already at work on a script, but no director is currently attached. Pierre Morel directed the first installment, which brought in $145 million on an estimated $25 million budget. Olivier Megaton (Colombiana) stepped in to direct the second film, which made about $139.9 million with a $45 million production budget. Lost‘s Maggie Grace played Neeson’s daughter in both films. [Deadline]

• Disney has found its Alexander. Puberty Blues actor Ed Oxenbould will star as the title character in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the classic Judith Viorst children’s book, Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner are starring as Alexander’s parents. Production is slated to begin on the project in August, with Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) set to direct. [Deadline]
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Focus Features to release Jeremy Renner film 'Kill the Messenger'

Things are moving along for Jeremy Renner movie Kill the Messenger. Just a few days after Renner was announced as star and producer, the film has secured a distributor. Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights, EW has confirmed.

The distribution deal keeps Kill the Messenger in the family with parent company Universal Pictures, where the film was originally developed.
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