August 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

• Rachel McAdams is set to join Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, which tells the story of a writer (James Franco) who causes the death of a young boy. McAdams will take on the role of Franco’s girlfriend — a part that Sarah Polley was originally attached to play. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) will appear as the slain boy’s mother. The story chronicles the 10 years after the accident. [THR]

• Idris Elba, who recently battled giant monsters in Pacific Rim, is set to star in and produce Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel. The story follows a boy living amidst a tumultuous civil war in West Africa who turns to violence when his father dies and his mother and sister disappear. Elba can be seen next in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is set to hit theaters in limited release on Nov. 29.  [Deadline]

Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is set to join the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron and Chloe Moretz. She’ll play Krissi, a stripper who harbors a secret that could affect Theron’s character, Libby Day. [Deadline]

• Quinton Aaron, who starred in The Blind Side, will join Nicolas Cage, Jordin Sparks, and Chad Michael Murray in Left Behind, an adaptation of the a best-selling series about the end of the world by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LeHaye. [THR]

• Spike Lee announced that he’ll be adding The Wire’s Michael K. Williams and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Children of God) to the cast of his Kickstarter project. Details are still sparse, but we do know that the film will take on humans with an addiction to blood. Stephen Tyrone Williams will likely play the lead. [Variety]

Medium’s Jake Weber will appear in the indie Learning to Drive alongside Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, and Grace Gummer. Based on a 2002 Katha Pollitt essay published in The New Yorker, Weber’s character will be a college professor who is married to Clarkson’s Wendy.  Isabel Coixet, who directed Kingsley in 2008’s Elegy, is helming the project. [THR]

Boardwalk Empire’s Vincent Piazza has boarded Clint Eastwood’s big screen adaptation of the popular musical Jersey Boys to play the part of Tommy Devito. [Variety]

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