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Viola Davis, Tom Hardy, Jake Gyllenhaal: News in Casting Net

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Tom Hardy will put on his leathers to produce and star in an untitled biker movie for Warner Bros. Based on producer John Linson’s story about a wounded Vietnam vet who falls in with violent motorheads as a reaction to San Francisco’s 1960s Flower Power movement. [THR]

• Just a day after Jake Gyllenhaal seemed set to visit Motor City, talks have fallen through due to scheduling. Gary Oldman and Amber Heard are still on board. [Deadline]

Viola Davis turns back the clock again for a Barbara Jordan biopic. Looking to produce the pic with husband Julius Tennon, Davis hopes to play the pioneering politico, the first African-American woman from the South to be voted into the House of Representatives and a major figure in the Watergate hearings. [Variety]

Rhys Ifans is close to joining Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Toby Jones in 1920s North Carolina murder-in-the-timber-industry intrigue Serena. [Variety]

Maleficent may have found its Princess Aurora. Elle Fanning is in talks to play the princess in Angelina Jolie‘s Sleeping Beauty reboot. [Deadline]

Parks and recommendations. Amy Poehler joins her Parks and Recreation co-star Adam Scott in A.C.O.D. Poehler will play the new wife of Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and nemesis of his first wife, Catherine O’Hara. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also stars. [Variety]

Rosemarie DeWitt has landed the lead in Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski as competitive business bigwigs. [Deadline]

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