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Casting Net: Anne Hathaway and Chloe Moretz might play best friends; Plus, Kate Mara, Peter Fonda, more

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• Things have been pretty quiet for Anne Hathaway on the casting front since her Best Supporting Actress win, but we just assumed that she was waiting to line up the perfect post-Oscar project. She may have found that in Lynn Shelton’s (Your Sister’s Sister) next project Laggies — a dark comedy about a late 20-something afraid of growing up. Chloë Moretz, Sam Rockwell, and Mark Webber are also in talks to star. With a script by Like the Red Panda author Andrea Siegel, Hathaway would play Megan, the 20-something in question. When her boyfriend (potentially Webber) proposes to her, she decides to hide from life with her 16-year-old best friend Annika (Moretz). [Deadline]

House of Cards’ Kate Mara is coming back to the big screen to join Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence. No word yet on her role, but we continue to be very excited for Pfister’s directorial debut. He’s even got the support of his longtime collaborator Christopher Nolan who is serving as a producer on the project along Emma Thomas (Nolan’s wife and producer). Pfister has tapped Jess Hall (Brideshead Revisited) to serve as cinematographer. [Deadline]

73-year-old Peter Fonda is set to star in an adaptation of the Eckhart Tolle, Robert Friedman book Milton’s Secret. The timely children’s book tells the story of 8-year-old Milton who has to deal with Carter, the school bully. Fonda will play Milton’s grandfather, and producer Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come) will direct. [THR]

Mindy Project breakout Ike Barinholtz will join Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in the ensemble comedy Townies. In the film, Rogen’s character and his family move in next to a fraternity house. Efron’s character and his fraternity brothers (including the recently cast Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) essentially declare war on Rogen’s family. No word yet on who exactly Barinholtz will play in the film, but we’re excited to see him getting more comedic roles. [THR]

• J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott have signed on for a still untitled Hugh Grant comedy, written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics). The story follows Grant’s character from Hollywood to a small East Coast college where he has to teach screenwriting. Thankfully there’s a single mom in the form of Marisa Tomei around to keep things interesting for him. Simmons will bring his gruff charm to the film as the head of the English department, and Elliott will play a Shakespeare professor. [Variety]

• Amber Tamblyn has signed on to join X/Y alongside her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-star America Ferrera. She’s play Ferrera’s character’s friend Stacey, a lesbian who is dealing with her mother’s death. [Deadline]

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