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Casting Net: Tessa Thompson lands female lead in Rocky spinoff, 'Creed'

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Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year’s Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline]

• Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal’s untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, stars Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria. Ricardo de Montreuil is directing from a script by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping with previous drafts by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James. [Deadline]

• Stefanie Scott has landed roles in two upcoming films: Life At These Speeds and Caught. Life At These Speeds follows a young man, Kevin (Graham Rogers), who discovers that running helps him remember his recently deceased friend perfectly. Soon, he must choose between living in the past or present. Scott will take the role of Ellie, Kevin’s deceased girlfriend. Liana Liberato, Sam Rockwell, Melanie Lynskey, and Billy Crudup also star. Based on a true story, director Maggie Kiley‘s Caught stars Scott as a mistress who is kidnapped by a housewife (Anna Camp). Initially meant to teach a lesson, the events take a turn for the worse. [Deadline]