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Casting Net: Jeff Daniels in talks for Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

• Another big name has been launched into consideration for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels is the latest actor in talks to join Matt Damon in the movie about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive. Daniels would play the NASA director dealing with the crisis back on Earth. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara may also star in the film written by Drew Goddard (World War Z) and adapted from the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir. [THR]

• Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Clea DuVall have signed on for Fresno, joining its stars Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne. The comedy, from Jamie Babbit, follows two sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno. Gamechanger Films is financing in association with Leeden Media, Lakeview Productions, and TALU Productions. Mynette Louie, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger are executive producing. [Variety]

• Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden will face off against Idris Elba in the action-thriller Bastille Day. Written by Andrew Baldwin, the film follows a rogue U.S. CIA operative forced to make a young American man “disappear” after he becomes the prime suspect in an attack on the Paris metro. James Watkins (The Woman in Black) is directing for Focus Features. [Variety]

• Nikki Reed (Twilight), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings), and Joe Jonas will all star in The Highway is for Gamblers. Wright will play Heidi, who uncovers dark secrets and violence while searching for her missing friend, rodeo queen Jane (Reed). Writer/director Alexandra McGuiness (Lotus Eaters) is at the helm on the project going into production next month in California. [Deadline]

• Actor and musician Tyson Ritter has signed on for the dramedy Miss You Already opposite Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. The All-American Rejects frontman and Parenthood actor will play a young love interest to one of the ladies in the film about two best friends struggling to balance their everyday lives with each other. Dominic CooperPaddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset will also star in the film directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) from a script written by Morwenna Banks. [Deadline]

• Universal has bought a pitch from Ice Cube to star and produce in a high-concept, big-idea comedy set in Colorado titled Rocky Mountain High. The Ride Along and Friday star is producing with his longtime manager Jeff Kwatinetz and Beau Flynn and if successful, the new film could turn into yet another franchise for the rapper turned actor. [Deadline]

• Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu has landed a major role opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. No details have been given about the role, but the Rush Hour 3 actress has already begun filming the sequel under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) in London. [Variety]

• The Blind Side‘s Quinton Aaron, Edi Gathegi (Twilight Saga) and Gillian Zinser (90201) will all star in Halfway, the feature directorial debut from British writer Ben Caird. Aaron will star as a recently released convict struggling to balance his urban criminal past as the only black man in a white, conservative Wisconsin farming town. Among the executive producers on the film are Aaron and former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, aka Mr. Kerry Washington. [The Wrap]

• Martin Donovan (Weeds) has landed an pivotal yet unidentified role in Marvel’s Ant-ManPeyton Reed (Yes Man) is directing the film starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll and John Slattery about con man Scott Lang (Rudd) and his ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Gabriel Ferrari, Andrew Barrer and Adam McKay wrote the screenplay for Ant-Man that is scheduled for release on July 17, 2015. [THR]

• Charlie Shotwell, soon to be seen opposite Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic, has been cast as the young son of Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara‘s characters in Man Down.  Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman and Terrence Howard also star in the film directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints) from a screenplay by Adam Simon about an Afghanistan war veteran searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. [THR]

• Maddie Hasson (Twisted) has joined the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Hasson will play Williams’ second wife Audrey in the film directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius). [Deadline]

• Smash actor Emory Cohen is heading west in  By Way of Helena. Cohen joins Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in the picture directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) about a Texas Ranger in the 1880s sent to an isolated frontier town after a series of unsolved murders. [Deadline]

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'Fort Bliss' trailer: Michelle Monaghan struggles to balance Army life as a mom -- VIDEO

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Michelle Monaghan is a single mother returning home from Afghanistan as a stranger to her 5-year-old son in the upcoming drama Fort Bliss.

The True Detective actress plays Maggie, a decorated U.S. Army medic who, after saving lives abroad, struggles to balance her own when she discovers her son, Paul, has become more attached to her ex-husband (Ron Livingston) and his new girlfriend. The film, written and directed by Claudia Myers (Kettle of Fish), will premiere later this month at the Newport Film Festival in California as part of the “Women Direct!” series and will later be shown on the final night of the GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C., in May, a festival geared specifically toward veterans. In addition to Monaghan and Livingston, the film also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, and Oakes Fegley making his acting debut. Watch the powerful trailer 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: Dustin Hoffman teams up with Adam Sandler; Plus, Ron Livingston, more

Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Golden Globe-winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) are set to join Adam Sandler in The Cobbler. Plot details are being kept secret, but The Cobbler is the brainchild of Win Win and The Station Agent writer-director Thomas McCarthy. [The Wrap]

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Cheers! Magnolia Pictures acquires Anna Kendrick comedy 'Drinking Buddies'

With a cast including Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Ron Livingston, it was only a matter of time before Joe Swanberg’s largely improvised comedy Drinking Buddies would get a distributor. After premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures announced that it had acquired the North American rights to the film. It’s expected to hit theaters later this year.

Set in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, Drinking Buddies tells the story of a pair of brewery (Wilde and Johnson) employees who flirt their way from friendship to…something else. Innocent enough, until you realize that both are in relationships. Kendrick and Livingston play the poor fools who can’t compete with craft beer-induced love.

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Casting Net: Eva Green to star in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'; Plus David Cronenberg, Felicity Jones, Sean Penn

Eva Green (Casino Royale) has signed on to star as Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release announcing the news, Rodriquez and Miller said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.” Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will also join the large cast as a stripper named Marcy. Rodriguez and Miller are currently filming in Austin for an October 4 release. [Deadline]

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) is teaming up with Don DeLillo again for the The Body Artist, DeLillo’s dreamy 2001 novel about the ordinariness of everyday life….and ghosts. Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is set to direct, though, and Cronenberg will actually step in front of the camera to star in the film alongside Isabelle Huppert (Amour) and Denis Lavant (Beau Travail, Holy Motors). Cronenberg recently directed an adaptation of DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Even though he’s best known for his directing work, Cronenberg has acted in a handful of projects including some of his own (The Fly, Videodrome) and for some others too (Alias, To Die For). [Variety]

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Lynn Shelton gets 'Touchy Feely' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Lynn Shelton’s latest film has a touchy subject. Literally. The writer-director of Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister is re-teaming with Rosemarie DeWitt — who just scored a Spirit nom for Sister — on Touchy Feely, a drama about a massage therapist who develops an aversion to bodily contact. Shelton spoke exclusively with EW about the project, which she says goes into more dramatic territory that her previous projects. “It doesn’t have this rollicky, bantering feel that my last couple films have had,” she says. “It definitely has laughs, but it really is a drama. It’s really about attempting to live in your own skin, both literally and metaphorically.” READ FULL STORY

Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, and the rest of young Hollywood star in high school reunion film '10 Years' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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One day, while hanging out on the Charleston, S.C. set of the 2010 Nicholas Sparks weepie Dear John, star Channing Tatum got to talking with costar Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) and the film’s screenwriter, Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall). Porter and Linden were old high school buddies, and they’d just come back from their 10 year reunion. “Channing didn’t go to his,” Linden tells EW, “so he had a bunch of questions.” Soon, producers Reid Carolin, Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey joined in.

Sometimes, filmmaking is just that simple: Stars + writer + producers + personal experience = The indie ensemble comedy 10 Years, written and directed by Linden, and starring Tatum, Porter, and a who’s who cavalcade of young Hollywood. EW has an exclusive first look at the poster for the film, which opens Sept. 14 — check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart join 'Olympus Has Fallen.' Plus: Derek Luke, Ron Livingston, Kristen Schaal

• Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger) will costar with Paula Patton in Baggage Claim, about a flight attendant (Patton) who goes on a month-long search for a potential husband. Director David Talbert (First Sunday) also adapted the screenplay from his novel. [Variety]

• Ron Livingston has signed onto The Pretty One, about a girl (Zoe Kazan) mistaken for her “perfect” identical twin — who happens to be dead. Jake Johnson (Fox’s New Girl) costars; first-time feature director Jenée LaMarque also penned the screenplay. [Deadline]

• Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams will play a rebellious slave in Twelve Years a Slave, the pre-Civil War drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt) as a free man who is kidnapped into slavery. Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Paul Dano costar in the project, co-written by John Ridely (Red Tails) and Steve McQueen (Shame), and directed by McQueen. [Deadline]

Kristen Schaal (NBC’s 30 Rock) will voice an orangutan in Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, the sequel to the 2009 underrated animated comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Anna Faris, Bill Hader, and Andy Samberg will also reprise their roles in the film, which explores the fallout from the events of the first film, i.e. the rise of self-aware creatures made of food. Sounds delicious! Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn will direct. [THR]

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