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Casting Net: Josh Hutcherson leads James Franco-directed The Long Home

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  • Josh Hutcherson will be under the tutelage of James Franco again. The Hunger Games star will be the lead in the upcoming Franco-directed The Long Home, based on William Gay’s 1999 debut novel. Set in 1940s Tennessee, Hutcherson will play a young man who works for a bootlegger, who happened to kill his father. Tim Blake Nelson also leapt on the project. Franco might also star. [Variety; The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Nelson was a busy man Friday: He’s heading to Ang Lee‘s new project Billy Lynn, which already has Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, and newcomer/star Joe Alwyn. The film details the return of a teenage private (Alwyn) and his company’s return and promotional tour in the U.S. after surviving and assault. It’s set for a Nov. 11, 2016 release. [THR]
  • Amy Ryan nabs the female lead in Central Intelligence, the forthcoming comedy featuring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Ryan hunts down Johnson, a CIA hitman who tangles Hart into helping defuse a plot to hock classified government information. It’s slotted for a June 2016 release. Rawson Marshall Thurber will direct Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen’s script. [Deadline]
  • Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) could be joining Jeff Daniels and Shailene Woodley in the last two Divergent installments. He’s in final talks for a role in Allegiant: Part 1 and Part 2 and is expected to be frequently paired with fellow series newcomer in Daniels. [The Wrap]
  • The Barbershop 3 hires keep rolling in. Regina Hall and Anthony Anderson both head to Chicago for parts in the Ice Cube-led comedy. Anderson reprises his role from Barbershop as JD, whose poor life decisions nearly close the shop. His character is sent to jail, thus explaining his non-appearance in Barbershop 2. Hall heads up the beauty shop portion of our heroes’ hair joint. Malcolm D. Lee directs the Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver script. [Variety; Deadline]
  • Billy Crudup will be Frank Langella‘s second banana in upcoming dark comedy Youth in Oregon. Crudup plays a man resigned to a long road trip with his cranky father-in-law (Langella) who’s ready to call it quits…on life. Joel David Moore directs. [THR]
  • Daniel Zovatto is given the role with the coolest name: Money. That’s his character, one of three leads in thriller A Man in the Dark, directed by Fede Alvarez. The film follows three thieves who attempt to rob a hermit billionaire, only for the tables to be dangerously turned on them. Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues handled the screenplay. [Deadline]

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