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Casting Net: Peter Fonda to play Nicolas Cage's father

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• Peter Fonda is set to play Nicolas Cage‘s father in The Runner, a political drama about a New Orleans congressman whose career is in turmoil following a sex scandal and the 2010 BP oil spill. Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) has also boarded the project as Cage’s character’s wife, while The Wire‘s Wendell Piece will play his chief of staff. Indie producer Austin Stark (Infinitely Polar Bear) wrote and will direct the pic. [THR]

• Ken Jeong (The Hangover) is in talks to star in International Incident, a comedy following five United Nations delegates on a road trip to track down the loves who got away. Steve Carell has signed on to produce through his Carousel Productions. Former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum is penning the script, which Summit recently acquired. [THR]

Veep breakout Reid Scott has boarded Nancy Meyer‘s The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. Much like his Veep character, Scott will play an overly confident, hyper-ambitious man eyeing a position that’s as senior as possible. [Deadline]

• Cory Hardict (Warm Bodies) will join James Badge Dale in the sci-fi thriller Spectral, about a special ops team who are trying to defeat the aliens who’ve invaded New York City. Nic Mathieu is set to direct. [THR]

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