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Casting Net: Amy Poehler in talks to play Will Ferrell's wife in comedy 'The House'

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  • Amy Poehler is in negotiations to join New Line’s comedy The House as Will Ferrell‘s wife. The film is about a married couple who joins forces with their neighbors to start up an illegal casino in their basement after losing their daughter’s college fund. The film will be directed by Andrew J. Cohen from a script he penned with his Neighbors collaborator Brendan O’Brien. The film is set to start production this summer in Los Angeles. [The Wrap]

  • Elisabeth Moss has two newly announced roles. She will be joining Annette Bening, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan in the film adaptation of Anton Chekov’s The Seagull. In this Michael Mayer-directed film Moss will play Masha, “a self-destructive alcoholic who hates her life because she cannot be with the man she loves.” Following that film, Moss will be joining Boyd Holbrook in the indie flick The Free World. The film is about a man who is trying to adjust to civilian life after having been released from a long prison sentence due to his exoneration of a murder conviction. Moss will be playing Doris Lamb, “a mysterious woman with a violent past whose world collides with his.” Jason Lew will be directing from his own script. Shooting will begin in New Orleans in July. [Deadline]

  • Timothy Simons (Veep), has signed on to the Matthew McConaughey-starring Gold. The Stephen Gaghan-directed film follows Kenny Wells (McConaughey), an unlucky man who teams up with an equally unlucky geologist (Edgar Ramirez) to search for gold deep inside the uncharted Indonesian jungle. Their journey will take them from the riverbanks of Borneo to the boardrooms of Wall Street. Simons is set to play a Wall Street banker who is forced into the Borneo jungles in order to determine the potential value of the pair’s company. Michelle Williams will also star in the film. Filming is set to begin in July in locations including Thailand, New Mexico and New York. [The Hollywood Reporter]