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Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez in talks to join Natalie Portman sci-fi film

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  • Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is negotiating to join AnnihilationAlex Garland‘s (Ex Machina) next movie with Natalie Portman. Annihilation, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, follows a group of women who embark on a secret, dangerous mission where the laws of nature don’t apply. Filming is scheduled to begin in spring. [The Wrap]
  • Orlando Bloom is taking on an intense dramatic role in Romans. The actor has been cast as Malky, a man still handling the emotional aftermath of being sexually abused by a priest. The Shamassian Brothers‘ film is based on Geoff Thompson‘s short-film screenplay. Filming begins Monday in London. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • A familiar face is joining Scarlett Johansson for Ghost in the Shell. Lucy co-star Pilou Asbæk, the future Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, has been added to the Ghost in the Shell cast as second-in-command Batou. The adaptation of the acclaimed anime centers on a special force tasked with stopping the baddest of the bad. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing from a script by Jonathan Herman. The film is pegged for a March 31, 2017 release. [Variety]
  • Jane Kaczmarekbest known for her Malcolm in the Middle turn, is boarding Dax Shepard‘s film reboot of the late ’70s TV drama CHiPs. Kaczmarek will captain the squad, featuring Shepard and Michael Pena, as it hunts down a stolen car ring led by Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil). [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Former Sons of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan has been tapped to star in Sand Castle along with Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, and Logan Marshall GreenMark Gordon is directing from Chris Roessner‘s screenplay, which is based on his time as a machine gunner in Iraq. [Deadline]
  • La La Anthony (Think Like a Man) has been cast in Double Play from director Ernest Dickerson. Evan Jones and Alaric Alexander Smeets adapt Frank Martinus Arion‘s novel, the tale of a man’s (Colin Salmon) return to his childhood home, and the memory of a fateful event from long ago. Also starring Lennie James, Alexander Karim, Louis Gossett Jr., and Bronson Pinchot, Double Play begins shooting this month on the Caribbean island of Curacao.