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Casting Net: 'Walking Dead' star joins Stephen King film, and more

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• Child stars Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney will play brothers whose grandmother has evil powers in the Stephen King thriller adaptation Mercy. Riggs currently stars on AMC’s The Walking Dead as the son of Sheriff Rick Grimes; Courtney appeared in J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. [THR]

• French breakout star Elodie Yung will co-star with Evan Rachel Wood in the next film from director Gil Junger and the team behind Ten Things I Hate About You, a romantic comedy about a couple who meet while each is attempting suicide, titled Ten Things I Hate About Life. Producers say there’s no connection to the earlier film in the plot. One of the ten things we hate? As far as we know, a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt won’t be making an appearance. [Deadline]

• Lesley Ann-Brandt (Spartacus) will appear in the indie comedy Killing Winston Jones, about a teacher who tries to get the school gym named after his (still living) father. Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover, and Jon Heder also star. [Variety]