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Adele in talks to appear in Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

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  • Adele is in negotiations to appear in a cameo role in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film comes from director Xavier Dolan, who directed the singer’s “Hello” music video, and stars Jessica ChastainKit HarringtonSusan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates. Dolan is also writing the script for the film, and he’s producing with Nancy Grant and Lyse Lafontaine, with Joe Iacono executive producing. As for any musical contributions, it appears that the artist will not be recording any original music for the film. [Deadline]
  • Amy Landecker has signed on for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which already stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Little is known about the Transparent actress’ role at this time. Scott Derrickson is directing the film from a script by Jon Spaihts, and Kevin Feige is producing. The story centers on neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who uncovers a world of magic after experiencing a terrible car crash, and the film is scheduled for a Nov. 4, 2016 release. [The Wrap
  • Bryan Cranston has been cast as the lead in Wakefield. Robin Swicord is directing and wrote the script, which is based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow that centers on a man who leaves his wife for an extended period of time out of the blue. Cranston, who announced his casting on The Howard Stern Radio Show, will play a married Manhattan lawyer who stays in the attic of his home for multiple months following a nervous breakdown, and also begins a romantic relationship with a younger woman at one point. [Variety]
  • Morgan Freeman is set for the Cold Warriors. Raja Gosnell is attached to direct from a script by Todd Berger. A spy-themed action-comedy, the film tells the story of a retired CIA agent and his video game programmer stepson who helps him complete a Cold War-era mission. Casting is currently underway for the role of the stepson, who Deadline writes is “described as a gamer who forgoes a video game conference in Paris to join a search after he discovers that his stepfather (Freeman) is a former CIA agent,” and adds that the narrative is meant to be a combination of Taken and Get Smart. [Deadline]
  • Ron Perlman has joined the cast of The Bleeder, which tells the story of Chuck Wepner. Liev Schreiber stars as the central heavyweight fighter, and now Perlman will play his manager/trainer, Al Braverman, who helped him get to his title fight with Muhammad Ali (played by Pooch Hall). Philippe Falardeau is directing the film, which has a screenplay by Jeff Feuerzeig & Jerry Stahl and Michael Cristofer and also stars Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Rapaport, Jim Gaffigan, and Morgan Spector. Schreiber, Mike Tollin, Carl Hampe, Christa Campbell, and Lati Grobman are producing, and Jeff Rice is executive producing. [Deadline]
  • Michael Trucco has landed a role in The Bye Bye Man, which already has Doug Jones, Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, and Lucien Laviscount among its cast. Stacy Title is directing, and Jonathan Penner wrote the script, which is inspired by Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” The horror thriller follows three Wisconsin college students (Smith, Bonas, and Laviscount), who are subjected to horrifying events. Trucco takes the role of a brother of one of the students, who experiences one such terrible encounter when his mind is taken over by the title figure (Jones). [Variety]
  • Dustin Milligan will appear in the Gerard Butler starrer The Headhunter’s Calling. Mark Williams is directing and Bill Dubuque wrote the script to the film, which also stars Willem Dafoe, Gretchen Mol, Alison Brie, and Alfred Molina. The film follows a headhunter Dane Jensen (Butler), whose ruthless, professional ambitions are thrown when his 10-year-old son becomes sick, and will have Milligan as an “aggressive young recruiter” working under Dane. [Variety]