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Casting Net: Sigourney Weaver set for 'A Monster Calls'

• Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, which hits theaters Oct. 14, 2016. [THR]

Michael Rooker is returning to the jazz biopic Bolden. Production began seven years ago with reshoots in 2009, but the film lost stars, including Anthony Mackie, to scheduling. Now, Gary Carr has taken the title role of New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden, and filming is set to start again this fall. Rooker will resume his role as Pat McMurphy, right-hand-man to Bolden’s enemy, Judge Perry. Rooker will have to reshoot a number of scenes with Ian McShane, who took over the part of Judge Perry. Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) also recently joined the cast as Bartley, manager to the Bolden Band. Dan Pritzker is writing and directing. Jon Cornick and Michele Tayler will produce. Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell, and Wynton Marsalis are executive producers. Marsalis, a Grammy winner, performed music for Prtizker’s Louis and will perform music for Bolden as well. [Deadline]

Giovanni Ribisi, Scott Mescudi (better known as Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein, Kevin Corrigan, and Juno Temple are heading to Meadowland, which already stars Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Natasha Lyonne, and Ty Simpkins. The film is being directed by Reed Morano, marking her directorial debut. Meadowland follows Sarah and David, a New York couple coping with their son’s disappearance. The Bron Studios film is being produced in association with Creative Wealth Media. Matt Tauber and Wilde are producing next to Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth will executive produce. Domestic rights are represented by WME and Gersh. [Deadline]

Wes Bentley is joining Zac Efron for We Are Your Friends. The drama follows an aspiring DJ, Cole, who finds his place in EDM. Bentley will play James, a DJ who mentors Cole. Emily Ratajkowski (“Blurred Lines”) will play Sophie, James’ younger girlfriend who becomes the apple of Cole’s eye. Max Joseph (Catfish) will make his directorial debut. Meaghan Oppenheimer wrote the script from a story by Richard Silverman. Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. Silverman is executive producing. Studio Canal is financing and representing domestic rights. Filming kicked off today in the San Fernando Valley. [Deadline]

Smallville veterans Annette O’Toole and John Glover are joining forces again for We Go On, a modern ghost story written and directed by the team of Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton. O’Toole and Glover are joining Clark Freeman, Laura Heisler, and Giovanna Zacarias. Freeman will play a man who offers $30,000 to anyone who can prove that there is an afterlife. O’Toole will play his protective mother, and Glover will play a “believer” who attempts to find out. Irina Popov, Richard W. King, and Logan Brown are producing. The film began production this week in Los Angeles in Surfridge, an abandoned neighborhood near LAX. [THR]

Lesley Ann Warren has signed on for Michael, joining Zachary Quinto and James Franco. Warren will play Quinto’s mother in the indie drama that stars Franco as an anti-gay pastor who was formerly gay himself. Quinto will co-star as Franco’s ex-boyfriend. Justin Kelly will direct; he co-wrote the script with Stacey Miller, based on Benoit Denizet-LewisNew York Times Magazine article, “My Ex-Gay Friend.” The cast also includes Emma Roberts who plays Franco’s girlfriend, in addition to Chris Zylka, Avan Jogia, and Charlie Carver. Gus Van Sant will executive produce. Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer, and Scott Reed will produce. [THR]

Casting Net: Jennifer Connelly joins Ewan McGregor for 'American Pastoral'

• Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly will star opposite Ewan McGregor in the upcoming adaptation of American Pastoral. Phillip Noyce (The Giver) will direct the story based on Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of Swede Levov, a high school athlete who grows up to inherit his father’s business only to have his perfect life shattered when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Connelly will play Levov’s wife Dawn. Filming is set to begin in Pittsburgh in March with John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) adapting the book for film. [The Wrap]

• Taylor Kitsch has reportedly been offered the lead role in the English-language remake of the 2011 Indonesian film The Raid, directed by Gareth EvansThe Friday Night Lights star is also still in contention for one of the leads in the next season of HBO’s True Detective, but a January 2015 shooting schedule would theoretically allow Kitsch to do both. Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) will direct the action picture for Screen Gems from a script by Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night). The story is expected to closely follow the plot of the original film about an elite Indonesian SWAT team trapped in a building run by thugs.  [The Wrap]

• Elijah Wood will join Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Breck Eisner (Sahara) is directing the film about an immortal witch hunter and female witch teaming up to save New York City from a plague. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods Of Egypt) are writing. [Deadline]

• Lily James (Downton Abbey), Sam Riley (Maleficent), and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) have all officially signed on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the long-in-development adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 smash mash-up novel. James will play Elizabeth Bennett with Riley as Mr. Darcy and Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister in the feature directed by Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud). Oscar nominee David O. Russell (American Hustle) was previously set to direct the screenplay he co-wrote with Steers, but dropped out back in 2010. Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) is also in talks for a role in the film that explores the different social classes and human species in 19th century England. [Deadline]

• Before the latest sequel opens in theaters, The Expendables world has already expanded. Producer Avi Lerner revealed that an all-female version, The Expendabelles is already in the works. Production is set to begin early next year with Sigourney Weaver as the only potential cast member currently in consideration. [THR]

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Sigourney Weaver will play different character in 'Avatar' sequels

Sigourney Weaver’s character died in battle at the end of Avatar, but James Cameron isn’t letting that get in the way of bringing the actress back for the three sequels he begins filming later this year. Dr. Grace Augustine, the idealistic but tough-as-nails scientist who advocated peaceful outreach with the Na’vi, won’t be resurrected. Instead, Cameron has other ideas.

“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens. We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels,” the director said in a statement.

“Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”

Weaver isn’t the only Avatar actor who will appear in the sequels even though their character perished in the first film. Stephen Lang, who played the scar-faced Marine Miles Quaritch, will also return, as a revitalized version of the same villain. Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana will reprise their characters in the as-yet untitled sequels, which will be filmed back-to-back. The release of the next Avatar movie will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later.

Casting Net: Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in dystopian pic; Plus, Sigourney Weaver, more

• Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) will play seven sisters in the dystopian pic What Happened to Monday? Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) is set to direct the movie about a set of septuplets born into a strictly enforced one-child per family society. Wirkola originally intended to cast a man in the lead. In the release announcing the news, he said: “I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor — male or female — to bring them to life.” Max Botkin wrote the script, which made the 2010 Black List. [THR]

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'Mortal Instruments' sequel moving forward

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy book series may get another big-screen adventure.

The Mortal Instruments sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, is moving forward, EW has confirmed; The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Originally, the sequel was set to begin filming this past September, but after a disappointing return on the first film, those plans were delayed — and reportedly scrapped, although a rep for Constantin Film tells EW that was never the case.

The first installment of the YA franchise, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, received poor reviews and underperformed at the box office when it opened in August, grossing about $31 million against a $60 million budget.

“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make,” Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, told The Reporter. “We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].”

The film hopes to resume production some time next year. Originally, Sigourney Weaver had been attached to join the franchise’s second installment as head of the Shadow Hunters.

Casting Net: Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver circling Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'; Plus 'Jersey Boys' updates, more

• Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) are circling Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus, starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. Paul, now free of his Breaking Bad commitments, is currently in talks to play the part of Joshua, a Hebrew slave. Kingsley would be joining as a Hebrew scholar, while Turturro and Weaver are set to join as Ramses’s parents. Moneyball co-writer Steven Zaillian (who won an Oscar for Schindler’s List), wrote the latest version of the script. The shoot is scheduled to begin in September. [THR; Variety]

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Casting Net: Sigourney Weaver in talks to lead the Shadowhunters; Plus, Joan Cusack, James Marsden join Kristen Wiig comedy, more

• The franchise business can be a funny one. Save for a few clips here and there, the world has yet to see — let alone weigh in on — the first film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, which opens on August 21, but the filmmakers are already gearing up to start shooting the second installment in October. Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to play one of the few new roles that appear in City of Ashes, the second book in Clare’s series about a normal girl (played by Lily Collins) who finds out she’s actually a Shadowhunter, or, a race of sort-of humans who protect the world from werewolves, vampires, and other mystical creatures. Weaver would play the leader of the Shadowhunters out for vengeance against the man who killed her son. [THR]

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Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake among presenters at SAG Awards

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced the first round of presenters, and rest assured, it’s a star-studded affair.

The full lineup consists of current awards season darlings Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence — all of whom are currently nominated for SAG awards — as well as former SAG nominees Viola Davis, Justin Timberlake, and Sigourney Weaver.

The SAG Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and televised on TNT and TBS.

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‘Vamps’: Matthew Crawley pals around with vampires -- VIDEO

Mark your calendar for a new camp classic in the form of Clueless meets Twilight meets the best idea ever. In the trailer for Vamps, Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter star as gal-pal vampires who are young, fabulous and secretly undead. When Stacy (Ritter) falls in love with Joey Van Helsing (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), the son of a vampire hunter, things get complicated. They also get sexy, as evidenced by some shirtless coffin time.

Best exchange from the trailer:
Wallace Shawn (!!!): Do you plan to suck the life out of him?
Krysten Ritter: No more than any other girlfriend!

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'Avatar' sequels to shoot back-to-back... to back, says Sigourney Weaver

When James Cameron told The New York Times last month that he was “in the Avatar business — period,” he meant it. He claimed then that he was focused only on making sequels to the biggest movie of all time — even hinting that he had three more chapters in mind, making Avatar the rare trilogy-plus-one. Now Sigourney Weaver has confirmed the quadrilogy, telling Showbiz411 that she’ll film the three sequels… back-to-back-to-back! Weaver, whose collaborative relationship with Cameron stretches back to Aliens, said she’ll head back to Pandora after starring in Christopher Durang’s Lincoln Center production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opens Nov. 12.

It’s understandable why Cameron and his financiers want to film all the sequels together, but for every successful Lord of the Rings that reined in costs with no apparent adverse effect on storytelling quality, there are twofer sequels like those of The Matrix that disappointed mightily. It would be foolish, however, to bet against Cameron, who has built an empire by defying convention and surpassing the highest expectations.

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