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Zoe Kravitz, Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, Judd Nelson, more casting news

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• Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Robert Sheehan (Misfits), and Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) will star in The Road Within, an indie drama adapted from award-winning 2010 German film Vincent Will Meer. Sheehan will star as Vincent, a young man with Tourette syndrome left at a residential clinic by his father following his mother’s death. Vincent and two fellow patients — an anorexic woman (Kravitz) and his OCD roommate (Patel) — break out of the clinic on a road trip to take his mother’s ashes to the ocean. Production for The Road Within begins in Los Angeles this July. [Deadline]

• Judd Nelson is best known for playing troublemaker Bender in The Breakfast Club, but now he’s taking on a role as a teacher. He’ll play a professor in the independently-produced feature Mining For Ruby. Also lined up for the cast are Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Daniel Ponickly (Raw Cut), and Antoinette Kalaj (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).  Ponickly (who also wrote the script) stars as a widower who is dealing with his continued depression when he falls for Ruby (Kalaj), a passionate environmentalist. Production begins in Alaska later this month. [Variety]

Now that Ewan McGregor has settled into his role on Western Jane Got a Gun (Bradley Cooper and Jude Law each formerly occupied McGregor’s villain role), a family member of the Scottish actor’s character has been cast. Boyd Holbrook (The Host, Hatfields & McCoys) will play the younger brother of McGregor’s outlaw who clashes with Jane (Natalie Portman) and her husband (Joel Edgerton). [The Wrap]

• David Meunier (Justified, Revolution) has joined the cast of The Equalizer, where he’ll appear alongside Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass), and Denzel Washington. In the thriller adapted from the 1980s CBS series of the same name, Meunier will play Slavi, described as a “brutal and sleazy Russian pimp” involved with the young prostitute played by Moretz. [Deadline]

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