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Kevin Hart teaches Will Ferrell to survive prison in 'Get Hard' trailer

Will Ferrell’s James is so concerned with his impending prison sentence in his new film, Get Hard, he’s enlisted the help of someone he’s kind of, sort of, pretty sure also went to prison—Kevin Hart’s Darnell.

Sentenced to 10 years, James has 30 days to prepare how to survive in prison, Darnell offers his expertise on the matter, though he may be putting on a bit of an act.

Craig T. Nelson and Alison Brie also star in the comedy. Find out if James gets as hard, as the title demands, as he needs to be to make it through lockup when Get Hard arrives in cinemas on March 27, 2015.

Casting Net: Jean-Claude Van Damme back in the ring for 'Kickboxer' remake

• Jean-Claude Van Damme is in final talks for Kickboxer, a franchise remake of the 1989 action film that kickstarted his career. John Stockwell is directing the film, which stars Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi, and Georges St. Pierre. The story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), a man who travels to Thailand and learns how to kickbox in order to face his brother’s killer, Tong Po (Bautista). Van Damme starred as Sloane in the original, and is eyeing an updated version of Sloane’s teacher, Master Chow. If it’s finalized, he will be replacing Tony Jaa who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Jim McGrath wrote the script. The film began shooting in New Orleans this week, and will later shoot in Thailand. [THR]

• Will Ferrell will star in an untitled film about the competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. David Guion and Michael Handelman are writing the script; together, they also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Specific plot details, and the film’s director, have not yet been announced. [Variety]

• Allen Leech, known for his work on Downton Abbey and The Imitation Game, has signed on for Jonathan Mostow‘s Hunter’s Prayer. Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush star. Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato, and Michael Ferris adapted Kevin Wignall‘s novel, For The Dogs, for the screen. The story follows Lucas (Worthington), an assassin who connects with his target, Ella (Rush), causing him to fail his assignment, and become a target as a result. Leech will take the part of Lucas’ former boss. [Deadline]

Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg team up again for 'Daddy's Home'

Paramount Pictures announced today that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are set to team up in the paternal-rivalry comedy Daddy’s Home. 

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The Weinstein Company teams up with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay on 'Plus One'

The Weinstein Company has found some surprising new bedmates in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The famously awards-focused company announced Thursday that they have acquired the rights to April Prosser’s Plus One, a female-driven comedy about a recently single lady whose go-to wing-women have all gotten married, forcing her to team up with a bawdy last resort. Gloria Sanchez Productions, the female-focused arm of Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, will produce under the supervision of executive Jessica Elbaum, who also produced Bachelorette.

“We’re thrilled to be on board with this hilarious and smart film by talented up-and-comer April Prosser. Her script drew one of the strongest responses from our team that I’ve seen in a while,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Female-driven comedies continue to be a tremendously exciting force in film these days and we couldn’t be more delighted to be behind one of this caliber alongside the amazing comedic minds at Gloria Sanchez.”

Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play producer Russ Meyer

• Will Ferrell may play schlock film producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. [Deadline]

• Idris Elba will now star in the U.K. indie feature A Hundred Streets with Gemma Arterton (Runner Runner). He first joined the film as a producer back in June 2013, when it was titled One Square Mile. The drama will explore the lives of four people living within one square mile in contemporary London; Elba and Arterton will play an estranged married couple. Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2) wrote the script but will no longer direct the project. He has been replaced by Irish TV director Jim O’Hanlon, who makes his feature debut. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) are also joining the cast. [Deadline]

• One Tree Hill star James Lafferty will appear alongside Danny Glover in Waffle Street. Based on the 2012 memoir of the same name, the film follows the unlikely friendship that develops between two men when one loses his financial job in the market crash and begins working at a 24-hour diner. Ian and Eshom Nelms (Lost on Purpose) will direct the film from a script they co-wrote with Autumn McAlpin. [THR]

• Logan Huffman (Final Girl) has enrolled in the ’80s private school drug ring film The Preppie Connection from director Joe Castelo (The War Within). [Deadline]

• Nico Evers-Swindell, the New Zealand actor best known for playing Prince William in Lifetime’s William & Kate, has joined the cast of Wrong Side of Right, an indie feature about inhumane dog breeding from French director Alex Ranarivelo. [Deadline]

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to sink their teeth into 'Manimal'

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On a desperate network that aired shows about a talking car and a sarcastic, cat-craving alien, Manimal still holds a special place in the annals of programming infamy. Simon MacCorkindale starred as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy crime-fighter who could morph into all sorts of fierce animal creatures. Since it was still 1983, you can imagine how cheesy the special effects were, and the series was cancelled by NBC after only eight episodes, forever making Manimal a punchline.

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are now hoping to get some more fresh laughs out if it. Their Gary Sanchez Productions is partnering with Sony Pictures Animation, which acquired the rights two years ago, to make a live-action/animation hybrid action-comedy based on Manimal. “I think it’s right down our alley, it’s what we do—it’s tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it’s a comedy,” McKay told Deadline, which reported the news. “Like The Catcher in the Rye or The Sound and the Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen.”

No director has been announced, but Jay Martel and Ian Roberts (Key & Peele) are writing the script. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell could re-team for 'Daddy's Home'; Plus, Rose Leslie, more

After the unlikely duo paired up for 2010’s The Other Guys, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are in talks to co-star in Daddy’s Home, which could begin production as early as this fall. The film pits an eager stepfather (Ferrell) against a wild biological father (Wahlberg), as both compete for the love of the children in question. Vince Vaughn was previously circling the pic when Etan Cohen was attached to direct. We’re the Millers scribes Sean Anders and John Morris (who are directing Horrible Bosses 2) are now the likely directors. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Meet 'The Flintstones'...again! New animated feature in early development

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Our favorite modern stone age family might be coming back to the big screen.

A new, full-length animated Flintstones feature is in early development at Warner Bros. with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, sources confirm to EW. Chris Henchy, who wrote The Campaign and The Other Guys, is penning the script, according to the report first published in The Hollywood Reporter. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Will Ferrell is after the Crown Jewels in 'The Yank'; Oscar Isaac for 'Star Wars'?

• Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) will play a guy who works in insurance and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy to steal England’s Crown Jewels in The Yank. No director has been attached to the film, written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine). [Deadline]

• Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is the 10,000th person rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Per usual, no character was revealed but with principal photography approaching at light speed, it seems like we might be soon getting a look at the new population of that far, far away galaxy.  [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play 'Border Guards'; Plus, Sharon Stone, more

Step Brothers and Talladega Nights co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are in talks to re-team for Sony’s Border Guards. The comedic duo would play a pair of friends who decide to become boarder guards and end up stranded in Mexico with no way to get back. Their longtime collaborator Adam McKay may direct, and The Thick of It‘s Jesse Armstrong is writing the script. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

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