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Casting Net: Ezra Miller in early negotiations for 'Fantastic Beasts'

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  • Ezra Miller is in early negotiations for the role of Jacob in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie Redmayne is playing the film’s lead character, magizoologist Newt Scamander, who is in New York City while on his travels to locate and document magical creatures. Details on the character of Jacob are few, but he may be a more villainous role or a rival to Scamander. David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, will helm the film from a screenplay penned by J.K. Rowling. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Ariane Labed (The Lobster), has boarded the cast of Assassin’s Creed, the New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game. The film stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Production will begin in early fall with an expected December 21, 2016 release. [Deadline]

  • Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Lili Reinhart (Kings of Summer), Anthony Quintal (Lohanthony), and Rob Huebel (The Descendants) have all boarded Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens. The film is about high school teacher Rachel Stevens (Rabe), who acts as chaperone to three of her students (Chalamet, Reinhart, Quintal) on a weekend field trip to a drama competition. The film “explores the comedy of living, the tragedy of loss, and everything we learn on the road between here and there.” Production on the film has begun in California. [The Wrap]

  • Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Olivia Munn are currently in talks to join stars Luke Evans and David Oyelowo in the indie flick Three Seconds. The film follows a man (Evans) who’s forced to go undercover in a prison for an FBI operation but must escape on his own after he’s abandoned in the middle of the mission. Gyllenhaal will play an FBI agent who has a history with Evans’ character, Brolin will play her supervisor and Munn will play Evans’ wife and the mother of his child. [The Wrap]

  • The cast of Weiner-Dog now includes Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet, and Tracy LettsThe film is a follow-up to the 1996 drama Welcome to the Dollhouse. The film will tell several different stories featuring people who find themselves affected by a dachshund who seems to spread happiness and comfort. [Variety]

  • Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp, and Raymond J. Barry will be starring in Brave New Jersey, an indie comedy about a small New Jersey town and their reaction to the famed 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. The broadcast left millions of Americans wondering if they were being invaded by Martians. Production has already begun  in Tennessee. [Deadline]

  • Maika Monroe (It Follows) is set to star opposite Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) in Hot Summer Nights. The coming-of-age drama is set in 1991 Cape Cod and tells the story of a teenager “whose life spirals out of control when he befriends the town rebel, falls in love, and gets entangled in a drug ring all during one hot, stormy summer.” The film is looking to start production in August. [Deadline]

  • Utkarsh Ambudkar has signed on to Barbershop 3 alongside a cast that includes Ice Cube, Common, and Cedric the Entertainer. He’ll be playing Samir, a talented barber from Detroit who is always being picked on for his Indian-American roots. [Deadline]