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Casting Net: Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson in talks to star in 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Zooey Deschanel, more

12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers‘s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘s Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan the tiger. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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Scott Speedman talks rom-com 'Barefoot' opposite Evan Rachel Wood; see first poster here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Scott Speedman’s no stranger to playing romance on screen. But Barefoot‘s central relationship — between an unlikable man and a mental patient — doesn’t read like your typical romantic comedy.

Yet, that’s what Speedman calls it. Directed by Andrew Fleming, the film stars Speedman as Jay Wheeler, the “black sheep” son of a wealthy family who strikes up an improbable relationship with Daisy, a free-spirited patient at a mental hospital played by Evan Rachel Wood. (Check out the first poster for the film above.)

Speedman talked to EW about why he jumped on board to play a “jerk,” working with Evan Rachel Wood, and filming in New Orleans:
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Casting Net: Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman sign on for 'Queen of the Night.' Plus: Jon Bernthal to play Robert De Niro's son

• Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing) and Scott Speedman (Underworld) have signed on for the psychological thriller Queen of the Night. Enos would play the mother of a child kidnapped eight years earlier, whose discovery of eerie artifacts from her daughter’s life leads her and her husband (Ryan Reynolds) to deduce their child may still be alive. Speedman would play the cop assigned to the case. Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) will direct from the script he penned with first time feature writer David Fraser. [Deadline]

• In other former AMC star news, The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal will play Robert De Niro‘s estranged son in Grudge Match, an ensemble boxing film about two retired pros (De Niro and Sylvester Stallone) who face off in the ring one final time. Kim BasingerAlan Arkin, and Kevin Hart costar. Peter Segal (Get Smart) is directing from a script by Tim Kelleher (First Kid) and Doug Ellin (HBO’s Entourage). [Variety]

• Amber Heard will join Kevin Costner in Three Days to Kill, playing a mysterious woman who gives a dying ex-Secret Service agent an experimental drug to save his life, but only if he fulfills one final mission. McG will direct, from a script by Luc Besson (Taken) and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love). [Variety]

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Casting Net: Terrence Howard joins mega ensemble ‘Prisoners.’ Plus: Ty Burrell in ‘Muppets’ sequel, James Marsden

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