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Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson in talks for 'The Black Phantom'

Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]

• Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) will star in the sci-fi thriller Prisoners of War, replacing Alex Russell (Chronicle) and joining Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall). The film, directed by Joe Miale, tells the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who pair in Africa in the midst of an alien invasion. Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, 42’s Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and Tea Shop & Film Company’s James Harris, Zev Foreman, and Nicolas Chartier are producing for Voltage. Mark Lane is co-producing for Tea Shop & Film. Filming is scheduled for September in South Africa. [Deadline]

Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jack Reynor are in talks for The Secret Scripture, which tells the story of a woman’s experience at a mental hospital. The trio would be joining Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jeremy Irons in Jim Sheridan‘s film adaptation of Sebastian Barry‘s book of the same name. Bana would play a rebellious doctor who reviews Roseanne’s (Mara) case. James would play a local Catholic priest. Reynor would play a member of the British army and Mara’s romantic interest. Johnny Ferguson is writing the script. Noel Pearson is producing. [Variety]

Geoffrey Rush will star in The Daughter. The drama marks Australian stage director Simon Stone‘s film debut. Rush joins Ewen Leslie (The Railwayman) in the story of a man who returns home to a family secret; his attempt to fix the problem threatens the lives of those he left earlier. Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue will produce the film, which will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and Mongrel International overseas. [Variety]

Dakota Fanning has been cast in Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral. She joins Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly in the film, directed by Philip Noyce and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth. The story follows a big-time high school athlete who grows up, marries a former beauty queen, and eventually inherits his father’s business; his life falls apart when his daughter, Merry Levov (Fanning), becomes a revolutionary during the Vietnam War. Filming is scheduled to begin in March in Pittsburgh. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce. [Variety]

Jamie Dornan will star in Parallel Films’ The Siege of Jadotville, playing Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in the geo-political thriller. The film, directed by Richie Smyth in his feature debut, is based on the 1961 siege of 150 UN Irish troops in the Congo after Moise Tshomber, a pro-Western leader, took control of the Katanga region and killed Patrice Lumumba, a Congoloese leader. Quinlan and his men held their own against 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Kevin Brodbin wrote the script for the film, which was developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an Irish/South African co-production. Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney will produce. The film will shoot in Ireland and South Africa in spring 2015. [Deadline]

Casey Affleck is in talks for Disney’s The Finest Hours. The film will also star Chris Pine and will be directed by Craig Gillespie. The story takes place in 1952 and follows the Coast Guard’s rescue attempts after two oil tankers crash off the coast of Cape Code. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the novel by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias for the screen. Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero are producing. [Deadline]

Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis are set for Bolden. The biopic about jazz musician Buddy Bolden, written and directed by Dan Pritzker, has Gary Carr in the title role. Wynton Marsalis will perform the music for the film. McShane will play Judge Perry, Bolden’s enemy, who was originally supposed to be played by Jackie Earle Haley. Ellis will play Bartley, an entrepreneur who manages the Bolden Band. Jon Cornick and Michele Taylor will produce. Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell, and Marsalis will executive produce. [THR]

Rick Springfield will join Meryl Streep in TriStar Productions’ Ricki and the Flash. Diablo Cody wrote the script for the film, which will be directed by Jonathan Demme. It follows a rock ‘n’ roll lover (Streep) who pursued her musical dreams at the expense of her family, but has the opportunity to make things right. Springfield will play a band member with a crush on Ricki (Streep). Marc Platt and Mason Novick are producing. [THR]

Casting Net: Lee Pace boards Lance Armstrong pic; Plus, Chris Pratt in early talks for 'Jurassic World', more

• Lee Pace, who plays Thranduil in The Hobbit, has joined director Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong movie. Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is set to play Armstrong in the movie, based on David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.  Bridesmaids standout Chris O’Dowd will portray Walsh. Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Guillaume Canet (The Beach) also star. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' may have found their villain; Plus Shia LaBeouf, more

• Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Fall) is in final talks to star in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy film as the villain. At one point, Pace was being considered for the lead, which eventually went to Chris Pratt. Details on his role are sparse, but we’re not complaining if Guardians wants to take the Avengers route of casting a handsome bad guy. Pace donned a variety of different elaborate costumes recently for his roles in Lincoln, The Hobbit, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and will be appearing in the next two installments of The Hobbit as well as the AMC drama Halt & Catch Fire.  [The Wrap]

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