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Casting Net: Olivia Munn in talks to join thriller 'Mortdecai'; Plus Benedict Cumberbatch exits Guillermo del Toro pic, more

Newsroom favorite Olivia Munn is in talks to join Mortdecai, based on the rakish art-dealing anti-hero Charlie Mortdecai created by author Kyril Bonfiglioni. There’s no word on what her part might be, but she would be joining an all-star cast that currently includes Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor. Writer-director David Koepp (Premium Rush) is helming the project. In addition to her role as Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom, Munn is currently filming the feature Beware the Night with Eric Bana and Joel McHale. [Deadline]


Hugh Jackman goes rogue in the new 'Prisoners' trailer

Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard just want their daughters back in the newest trailer for Prisoners.

On a sleepy late fall afternoon in Pennsylvania, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), and their family go to visit their friends (Howard and Viola Davis). By the time they discover the youngest daughters of both families are missing, what little light those grey autumn days have to offer has already faded, and the chilly rain has started to fall. Of course panic ensues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki is on the case, and they may have a suspect in the form of Paul Dano’s character, but things are not as simple as they might seem.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who earned a 2011 Foreign Language Oscar nomination for his film Incendies, and shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Fargo), what follows is a dark, anxious procedural, and a portrait two very different fathers desperate for a resolution.

Take a look at the second trailer after the jump. It might make you wonder who, exactly, are the “prisoners.”


Casting Net: Adam Sandler says 'Hello Ghost,' Melissa McCarthy fights ghosts; Plus Liam Hemsworth, more

Adam Sandler (Just Go With It) is set to star in Hello Ghost, a remake of a Korean comedy directed by Chris Columbus in which a man attempts to kill himself, but instead of dying is visited by four ghosts who refuse to leave him in peace until he grants each of them a wish. [Hollywood Reporter]

• Speaking of ghosts, The Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) has a new agent — Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) has signed on to voice Watts, an offbeat agent in DreamWorks Animation’s tale of a secret government organization that keeps us all safe from ghosts. McCarthy’s partner in B.O.O. is Jackson Moss, voiced by Seth Rogen (This Is The End). The story is an original idea by co-writer and director Anthony Leonidas, who directed the 2008 animated flick Igor. [Hollywood Reporter]

Casting Net: Cameron Diaz will be 'The Other Woman.' Plus: Chris Hemsworth, Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen

Cameron Diaz is attached to play The Other Woman, a comedy about an unwitting mistress who, upon learning her boyfriend is really a married man, teams up with his wife for revenge. Kristen Wiig is also being considered for the film, though it’s unclear whether she would play the wife. Screenwriter Melissa Stack (who penned the Black Listed, but unproduced, I Want to F— Your Sister) penned the script. No director is yet set for the film. [TheWrap]

• Chris Hemsworth is set to star in Candy Store, a thriller from Syriana writer-director Stephen Gaghan about a former elite spook whose attempt to restart his life quietly in Brooklyn is cut short when he realizes his old enemy is alive in well in his new home. [TheWrap]

• Sylvester Stallone is setting aside the massive explosions for a supporting role in Reach Me, an ensemble drama about a people connected to a self-help book by an ex-football coach. Nelly, Danny Aiello, and Omari Hardwick (Sparkle) costar. Director John Herzfeld (2 Days in the Valley) also penned the script. [Variety]

Viggo Mortensen will produce and star in an untitled fantasy drama about a Danish man who travels with his daughter to a desert that is separate from modern civilization. Argentine director Lisandro Alonso (La Libertad, Liverpool) wrote the script with Fabian Casas. [Variety]

• Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington is in talks to bring his envious head of hair to Pompeii, a thriller about the famed Roman city that was buried in ash when the volcano Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Harington will play a slave racing against time to save his beloved and his best friend. Who else to better direct the historically scalding carnage than Paul W.S. Anderson (the Resident Evil oeuvre)? [THR]

• Jack Nicholson is being pursued to play Robert Downey Jr.‘s father in The Judge, a drama about a lawyer who has to defend his Alzheimer’s-suffering pops when he’s accused of killing their mother. No deal is close, however. David Dobkin (The Change-UpFred Claus) will direct from a script originally penned by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino). [THR]

• Maria Bello has signed onto an untitled horror thriller from producer James Wan (Saw, Insidious) about a group of college students who are discovered murdered inside an abandoned house, and probably not from any rusty nails. Will Canon (The Brotherhood) is directing from a script by first-time feature screenwriter Max La Bella. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen pair up for Sept. 11 drama. Plus: Elizabeth Banks, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe

Woody Harrelson and Martin Sheen are set to star in the drama September Morn, framed around the events of Sept. 11, 2001. B.J. Davis is directing from a screenplay by Howard Cohen. The movie revolves around a group that questions the independent investigation into the terrorist attacks. Harrelson has been making comic waves recently as a killer crime boss in the bloody comedy Seven Psychopaths.

• Comedic blondie Elizabeth Banks has signed on to star in the comedy Walk of Shame, about a news anchor who goes on a zany trek across Los Angeles after a booze-filled one-night stand. Filmmaker Steve Brill is helming the project from his own script. Banks has been on the rise thanks to her role as colorful Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. The sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is currently filming. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

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