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Casting Net: Scandal star Tony Goldwyn to star in The Belko Experiment

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  • Tony Goldwyn has been tapped to star in Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn‘s horror film The Belko ExperimentGunn made the announcement on his Facebook on Tuesday, a day after announcing that John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) would be playing a lead in the film as well. The film follows an American company after it becomes mysteriously sealed off in South America. The employees end up showing who they really are when they are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. Goldwyn will play Barry Norris, a man who is used to being in charge at the Belko Building in South America, and doesn’t take it well after the new orders come. Greg McLean will direct from Gunn’s script. [Variety]

  • Tim Meadows has joined the cast of The Lonely Island’s Conner4real, about a rapper (Andy Samberg) whose album ends up bombing and leaving him with few career choices other than to get his old boy band back together. Meadows is set to play Harry, Connor’s consistently upbeat and overworked manager. British actress Imogen Poots is in talks to play Samberg‘s love interest. Judd Apatow is producing the film, to be directed by and co-star Lonely Island members Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. [Deadline] [The Wrap]

  • Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk has filled the ranks of its Bravo Squad with actors Arthur Castro (Broad City), as Mango; Barney Harris as Sykes; Beau Knapp as Crack; Mason Lee as Foo; Brian “Astro” Bradley as Lodis; and Ismael Cruz Cordova as Holiday. Makenzie Leigh (The Slap) will play Faison, a Texas cheerleader and the love interest for Billy Flynn (Joe Alywn). The film follows a unit of decorated Iraq war soldiers who survive a bloody battle that is captured by news cameras. They are hailed as heroes and brought back to the U.S. for a victory tour, during which “they become disillusioned with the military and noncombatant civilians when they learn that despite their service, they’re going to be sent back for another tour.” The film will be shot in native 3D and released on Nov. 11, 2016. [Deadline]