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Casting Net: Josh Gad joins 'Beauty and the Beast,' Eddie Murphy in talks for Richard Pryor biopic

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  • Josh Gad is in final negotiations for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Gad will be playing Gaston’s (Luke Evans) bafoonish sidekick Le Fou. The rest of the announced cast includes Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the cast of Lee Daniel‘s untitled Richard Pryor biopic. Murphy would play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor, a boxer and WWII veteran. Mike Epps is attached to star as the legendary comedian. [Variety]
  • Timothy Simons (Veep) has joined Michelle DarnellThe film stars Melissa McCarthy as a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading and tries to reinvent her life upon her release. But not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. Kathy Bates, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage will also star. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Peter Dinklage and Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are in negotiations to join Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in the drama Deep Blue Goodbye. The film is an adaptation of the John D. MacDonald mystery-adventure books. Dinklage will play a mathematician who made a fortune thanks to an app and ends up as protagonist Travis McGee’s sidekick. Peltz will play a woman who acts older than she is, knows more than she lets on, hires McGee to find stolen sapphires and ends up on the wrong side of a sadistic torturer. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Azita Ghanizada (Alphas), has joined Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover in Joshua Marston‘s untitled drama. The script, which Marston also wrote, centers on a man (Shannon) who is struggling with the decision about whether or not to follow his wife, who has been accepted to a graduate program, to a new state. The decision becomes complicated when an old flame (Weisz), a woman who often changes identities, reenters his life at a dinner party. Ghanizada will play Shannon’s wife. The film begins shooting in New York later in March. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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