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Casting news: Chris Pine, Will Smith, Christoph Waltz join projects

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In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap]

Action-thriller The Candy Store has gained some more Oscar-winning talent. Two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will join fellow two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro in the film directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), who took home his own Oscar gold in 2000 for Traffic. The press release that announced the casting news describes Waltz’s character as a “Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite.” His is one of multiple characters in the film’s interweaving story lines and the movie is said to be set in the criminal underworld of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is also set to appear in the film.

• Will Smith is gearing up to go back to the Wild Wild West. No, it’s not a sequel to his 1999 steampunk Western comedy. It’s a reboot of 1969’s The Wild Bunch, about a gang of aging outlaws on the Texas-Mexico border planning one last job in the changing American West of 1913. Smith will star in and produce the reboot. [The Wrap]

• Zach Braff‘s Kickstarter-funded movie Wish I Was Here has cast Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) as the father of Braff’s character. The project has been the subject of much buzz and controversy as it’s raised over $2.6 million on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The film is about Aiden Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father, and husband who, at age 35, is still trying to find his identity and purpose in life. The news of Patinkin’s casting was first announced to backers on the film’s Kickstarter page before an official release went out to press.

World War Z screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan has found the star for his directorial debut, Violent Talent. Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) will play a man who tries to build a criminal empire in contemporary Chicago. Already signed onto the project are Margot Robbie (Pan Am), Tony Kebbell (RocknRolla) and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions). [Deadline]

The ever-growing cast for Shawn Levy‘s This Is Where I Leave You continues to swell as Dax Shepard (Parenthood) joins the film. Deadline describes his character as “a popular Howard Stern-like radio shock jock.” The comedy about a dysfunctional family that gathers after the death of its patriarch has an ensemble cast that also includes Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Connie Britton (Nashville), Abigail Spencer (This Means War), and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids). [Deadline]

• Michael Pena (Tower Heist) is in negotiations to reunite with his End of Watch director David Ayer for World War II drama Fury. The Brad Pitt-starring film, set for a Nov. 14, 2014 release date, takes place in the final days of the war and centers on a the five-man crew of an American tank that comes across a desperate German division. [THR]

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