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Casting Net: Amanda Seyfried in talks to join Noah Baumbach film; Plus, Gael Garcia Bernal to star in Jon Stewart film

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• Amanda Seyfried may have started out playing teenage bombshells, but she’s defied the trap of typecasting and translated those beginnings into an interesting and diverse career including the high-profile Les Miserables and the upcoming porn-star biopic Lovelace. Now, she’s in talk to join director Noah Baumbach’s (Frances Ha) next project While We’re Young,  alongside Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts (The Impossible), and Adam Driver (Girls). Seyfried would play Driver’s partner in the film, about an older couple who befriends a younger, more free-spirited duo.  [The Wrap]

• Jon Stewart has cast Gael Garcia Bernal (No) as the lead in Rosewater, the comedian’s directorial debut, based on Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Capacity, and Survival. The film will tell the story of a journalist (Bernal) assigned to cover the Iranian Presidential elections who ends up in captivity for 118 days. Stewart co-wrote the script with author Aimee Molloy, who co-authored the book with Bahari. [The Wrap]

• Nick Nolte (Gangster Squad), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead) and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher) have all joined the thriller Return to Sender about a blind date gone terribly wrong. Operation: Endgame director Fouad Mikati will helm the project off a script co-written by Joe Gossett (Shreveport). [THR]

• Jackson Rathbone (aka Jasper Hale from Twilight) and Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) have both joined the thriller The Dead Men — a film about a group of underground radicals of the same name that an American on the run stumbles upon. Kirk Sullivan, a former Joel Silver assistant, is making his feature directorial debut on the project. [THR]

• Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2) will play a mother in Offline, an indie about a high school student who must deal with the fallout from some inappropriate pictures of her that appear online. Kristen Prout (Kyle XY) and Chloe Bridges (The Carrie Diaries) will also star. [Variety]

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