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Casting Net: Ben Stiller confirms Penelope Cruz will be in 'Zoolander 2'

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  • Ben Stiller officially announced Friday via Instagram and Twitter that Penelope Cruz will appear in Zoolander 2. Cruz’s character has not been revealed. The sequel to the 2001 reunites Stiller with original cast members Owen WilsonChristine Taylor and Will FerrellKristen Wiig is also part of the cast in an unspecified role. Zoolander 2 is set to bow on Feb. 12, 2016. [Deadline]
  • Judd Hirsch, who appeared in the original Independence Day, is the latest to board its sequel, Independence Day 2Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox will also return. Hirsch is expected to reprise his role as father to Goldblum’s character. Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher will play Pullman’s son-in-law and Fox’s son, respectively. [The Wrap]

  • Arturo Castro (Broad City) has joined Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Ang Lee’s feature adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel follows troops sent on a promotional tour after returning from combat in Iraq. Billy and his troop are set to walk during the halftime show of a Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving Day, before returning to battle. Castro will play Marcellino “Mango” Montoya, a member of Lynn’s Bravo Company. [Deadline]