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Casting Net: Xavier Samuel cast as The Monster in contemporary 'Frankenstein'

• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic FrankensteinDanny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]

• Michael Peña is in early talks to join Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi action film The Martian. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the movie will star Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut on Mars trying to make it back to Earth alive. Peña, who will soon be seen in the film Fury and the Fox TV event Gracepoint, could also be joined by Jessica Chastain, who is currently in negotiations for the picture as well. [Variety]

• Kate Bosworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) have all boarded the ensemble heist pic Bus 657 starring Robert De Niro. Morgan and Bautista will costar as co-workers attempting to rob a casino owned by De Niro’s character in order to pay for Morgan’s daughter’s medical treatment and end up hijackacking a bus full of hostages in the process. Bosworth will play De Niro’s estranged daughter with Carano as a police officer in pursuit of the bus. Scott Mann (The Tournament) is directing the action thriller that will begin filming in Alabama next month from a script by Stephen Sepher and Max Adams. [Deadline]

• Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will star in the action thriller Patient Zero about an unprecedented global pandemic that allows an aggressive form of rabies to turn victims into predators. Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) is directing from a script written by Mike Le. [Deadline]

• Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield may be entering Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Though no official offer has been made, Burton has his eyes on Butterfield to play the coveted role of 16-year-old Jacob Portman, a boy who encounters a group of peculiar children with special abilities and their female guardian in a time loop while seeking answers for his grandfather’s murder. Eva Green is set to star in the title role with production beginning in February for a March 4, 2016 release. [The Wrap]

• Ann Dowd (The Leftovers) has been cast opposite Sandra Bullock in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green is at the helm with Peter Straughan (Frank) writing the adaptation based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about American political tactics used in a South American campaign. Scoot McNairy and Anthony Mackie have already signed on for the film produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov‘s Smokehouse Pictures. [Variety]

• Sarah Gadon (Belle) will join Aaron Paul and Jamie Dornan as the female lead in The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. The Canadian actress will play Natalie, the mother of the young boy who suffers a a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. Actor Max Minghella (The Mindy Project) will make his screenwriting debut with the adaptation of Liz Jensen’s best selling novel that will be directed by Alexandre Aja. Minghella also appears in Aja’s upcoming fantasy horror flick Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe. [Deadline]

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Video: Brad Pitt and his band of brothers roll in 'Fury' trailer

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David Ayer co-wrote the underrated Matthew McConaughey World War II submarine movie U-571, and he also wrote and directed the pitch-perfect brothers-in-arms cop drama End of Watch. The first trailer for Fury, his WWII tank movie, looks to bottle elements from both, as Brad Pitt leads a gritty Sherman-tank crew into Germany to help end the war in April 1945. But as Pitt’s Sgt. Collier says in the trailer, “The dying’s not done. The killing’s not done.”

Pitt’s crew—which includes Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman—soon finds itself in over its head against staunch German resistance, outnumbered 300 to five. In Saving Private Ryan terms, Pitt is Tom Hanks, the elder, battle-tested leader who’s waged war against the Germans on numerous fronts. Lerman is the film’s Jeremy Davies, a skittish and wide-eyed fresh fish who might not be built for the horrible things he has to do. Together, they’re a band of brothers who aren’t about to run when things get dicey.

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'Fury': First footage from Brad Pitt WWII epic debuts at E3 -- VIDEO

E3 might not be where you expect to see the first footage from a Brad Pitt World War II movie, but given the popularity of warfare videogames (Call of Duty, Wolfenstein, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, et al), it’s a pretty smart place to start.

Sony debuted a minute-and-a-half-long Fury featurette at the Los Angeles gaming expo Tuesday, giving us the first look at the fall movie, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Peña. Check the teaser out below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Ryan Gosling might play Busby Berkeley; Plus, Channing Tatum, more

• Ryan Gosling may direct and star in a biopic of famed director and choreographer Busby Berkeley. Warner Bros. has optioned Jeffrey Spivak’s book Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley for Gosling and Marc Platt (Drive) to produce. Berkeley was known for his elaborate, geographic dance numbers in studio musicals such as 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. He moved on to directing films like Babes on Broadway and For Me and My Gal. It’s still very early in the process, and no writer is currently attached. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington back for 'Avatar' sequels; Plus, Michael Pena for 'Ant-Man', more

• Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington have finalized deals to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully in the three upcoming Avatar sequels for director James Cameron. News of their “expected” return was first reported in August. Stephen Lang is also returning as Marine Colonel Quaritch. The three follow ups will be shot back to back and are rolling out to theaters in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018. [THR]
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Casting Net: Rosemarie DeWitt in talks to star opposite Jeremy Renner; Plus, Michael Pena, more

• Rosemarie DeWitt is in negotiations to star opposite Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) in Kill The Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb and his reporting around the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking. DeWitt, who played Charmaine Craine in United States of Tara, is becoming more of a household name thanks to memorable roles in films such as Your Sister’s Sister and Rachel Getting Married. She can be seen next in Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely with Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Chris Pine reunites with 'Smokin' Aces' director; Plus, Will Smith, Christoph Waltz, Zach Braff's Kickstarter movie, and more

In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more

• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]

• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]

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'End of Watch' Spanish-language trailer trains focus on Michael Pena's character -- VIDEO

End of Watch follows two LAPD police officers played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, as they root out crime in south central Los Angeles while videotaping everything, as one does in the 21st century. The newest, Spanish-language trailer focuses on establishing Peña’s character, including his relationship to his wife and his partner, as well as showing more of the fellow cop played by America Ferrera. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

'End of Watch' red-band trailer: Who knew cops used so many swear words?

The found-footage genre may be reaching its inevitable endpoint with this September’s End of Watch, a drama about a pair of hard-boiled L.A. cops fighting off a drug cartel. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña play the cops, and the new red-band trailer makes it clear that the movie is maximizing its R rating, with F-bombs galore and at least one eye-stabbing. “Come on, man, we’re cops!” says Gyllenhaal. “Everybody wants to kill us!”

So this is basically every episode of COPS, except instead of chasing drunks in tank tops, they’re cashing heavily-armed druglords who enjoy filming everything with their high-quality HD camera. Watch the NSFW trailer: READ FULL STORY

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