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Casting Net: Channing Tatum to star in The Forever War, Laura Linney joins TMNT 2

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  • Channing Tatum will star in the adaptation of Joe Haldeman‘s sci-fi story The Forever War. Warner Bros. and Sony are currently battling for the rights to the project, about a young man who is drafted to fight in a war against aliens who are known as the Taurans. As he rises up through the ranks of the military and travels through space, he never ages a day, unlike all of his loved ones on Earth. But there is a female soldier who tries her best to age at the same rate as him. [The Wrap]

  • Three-time Oscar-nominee Laura Linney is joining the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2The sequel last summer’s Paramount hit is based off the ’80s comic and TV show. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are back from the first film, with new stars like Stephen Amell and Tyler Perry joining in. Linney’s character details are unavailable right now. The film is currently in production in New York. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Jennifer Garner is set to star in Miracles From Heaven for TriStar. The film is based on a novel by Christy Beam which follows a young girl who is suffers from an uncommon digestive disorder but finds herself miraculously cured after she survives a horrible accident. Production will begin this summer. [Variety]

  • J.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch have been tapped to star in the comedy The Runaround, a story about a workaholic father (Simmons) who attempts to visit his daughter during an unexpected layover in Los Angeles but discovers that she’s gone missing. He and her awkward ex-boyfriend (Hirsch) must team up to find her over the course of just one night. The project is set to shoot in Los Angeles in July. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Hayden Panettiere and Ellen Burstyn are joining Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno in the courtroom drama Custody The pic will follow three women whose lives become unexpectedly intertwined at a New York family y. Custody will begin shooting this week in New York City. [Variety]

  • Sam Worthington will co-star with Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s The Shack, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by William Paul Young. The book follows a man (Worthington) whose youngest daughter is abducted while the family is on vacation. Evidence is found in an abandoned shack which leads the authorities to believe the girl was murdered. The man receives a note four years later, supposedly from God, inviting him back to that shack. Though he is weary, he goes and finds something there that will forever change his life. Filming will begin this spring. [Variety]